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Morris VFW heading to state

Ryan Lawler of Willmar, left, avoids the tag of Morris' third baseman Brady Valnes during the third inning of the District 5 VFW baseball championship Monday in Benson. Lawler would score on a wild pitch but Morris won the game 13-4. Photo by T.J. Bartelt, West Central Tribune.

BENSON -- Morris scored in every inning and drubbed Willmar 13-4 in the District 5 VFW baseball championship on Monday night.

Morris improved to 17-4 and Willmar finished the season with a 22-6 mark.

Morris plays in the VFW state tournament in St. Cloud on Aug. 6-9.

Morris slapped 16 hits in the win.

"It was just one of those games," said Willmar coach George Jacobson. "Everything they hit dropped in."

Brady Valnes went 4-for-4 and drove in four runs to lead the Morris attack. Morris scored four times in the first and second innings.

Nathaniel Swoyer had two of Willmar's five hits. Dean Stier, Gabe Amon and Jacob Damhof had one hit each.

Swoyer absorbed the loss for Willmar.

Willmar, the No. 1 seed, went 4-2 in the district playoffs. Morris, the No. 3 seed, went 4-0.

Morris 13, Willmar 4

Willmar 121 000 0 -- 4 5 1

Morris 442 111 x -- 13 16 3

HITTING - Willmar: Dean Stier 1-for-5; Gabe Amon 1-for-4; Nathaniel Swoyer 2-for-4, 2b, 3 rbi; Jacob Damhof 1-for-4 ... Morris: Hanson 2-for-4, 2 runs; Beyer 2-for-5, 3 runs, 2b, 2 rbi; Riley 3-for-3, 5 runs, 3 rbi; Valnes 4-for-4, 4 rbi; Riley 3-for-4, rbi; Kill 2-for-3, 2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Willmar: Nathaniel Swoyer (L) 2-9-8-*-1-3, Damon Ruter 1-3-2-*-0-0, Jacob Damhof 2-3-2-*-2-2, Darren Eschen 1-1-1-*-1-0 ... Morris: Hanson 2-3-3-*-5-1, Rinkenberger (W) 2-1-1-*-1-0, Erickson (S) 3-1-0-0-0-2