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Morris was able to comeback from a 10-run deficit in the fifth but the effort fell short in the sub-district playoff opener 11-8 against Kerkhoven on Tuesday, July 18 in Sunburg. Morris scored first in the top of the second. A grounder by Kevin Asfeld scored Eli Grove. Kerkhoven responded with five runs in the bottom half of the inning and another six in the fourth to take a commanding 11-1 lead.
With the temperature right around 75 degrees, about 60 runners took off down Green River Trail for the annual Marv Meyer Fun Run. The event, which features a 2K, 5K, and 10K, took place Saturday, July 15 as a part of Prairie Pioneer Days in Morris. Gabby Schneider and Cortney Carson were the top two finishers in the girls 2K run. Of the six runners in the boys 2K, Brayden Carlson took first with a time of 9:03. Jack Helgenset of Benson finished in second with a time of 9:21.
Wheaton was able to erase an early deficit to earn a rematch with Glenwood / Lowry in the sub-district title game with a 5-3 defeat of Hancock on Saturday, July 15 in Glenwood. Hancock was able to connect in its first three at bats and scored all of them before Wheaton’s Eric Schwagel gave up two hits the rest of the way to earn the win. Schwagel walked four and struck out seven over the 6.33 innings. Lukus Adelman picked up the save striking out the final two batters.
Morris Area’s Jacob Zosel probably could have had his pick of colleges for any of the three sports he participated in for the Tigers. He was an all-state running back for the state bound Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta football team this past fall, then brought his team to the Section 3AA finals in basketball this winter. He finished up his prep career with his third consecutive trip to state golf this past spring.
It was the top of the first inning in the Morris Eagles versus Hancock Orphans game Saturday, July 8 in Hancock when Morris’ Kirby Marquart was hit by a pitch. Marquart, a Hancock High School graduate was playing against several old classmates and friends, assumed he’d get some razzing at his first at bat. “Getting hit was nothing on purpose, I know they meant nothing by it,” Marquart said of the beanball. “It’s all in good fun.”
Two runs in the bottom of the seventh lifted Kerkhoven over Morris junior legion baseball on Friday, July 14 in Kerkhoven. The loss was Morris’ second to Kerkhoven, but growth is evident considering Morris lost to Kerkhoven 20-2 in the season opener back in June. Morris had just three hits in that season opening game. This time around Morris had 12 and outhit Kerkhoven (11).
The Morris Eagles and Hancock Orphans both went 2-0 to close out the regular season this past weekend. The Eagles defeated Clinton 11-1 in seven innings on Friday, July 14 in Morris. On Saturday, July 15, Hancock took an 8-2 win over visitor Ortonville. Both Morris and Hancock won on Sunday, July 16. The Eagles repeated their 11-1 in seven innings final against Ortonville while Hancock took down Rosen 6-4.
Two big innings catapulted the Wheaton Bandits over Hancock legion, 10-3, on Thursday, July 13 in sub-district playoff action in Wheaton. The Bandits opened the game with a four-run first. The inning was highlighted by three hits, one being a RBI by Sam Adelman. A bases loaded walk and a wild pitch also scored two runs.
The Morris Junior Legion baseball team went 0-4 over the week, including going 0-3 at the Starbuck tournament this past Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9 in Glenwood. Morris closed out the regular season on Friday, July 14 at Kerkhoven and now will open up North Sub-District 7 playoffs next Tuesday, July 18 as the No. 3 seed out of four teams. Starbuck 10, Morris 1
The No. 4-seeded Brandon-Evansville Legion Post 188 baseball team sparked its offense in the fourth and fifth innings to take an 8-3 win over No. 5-seeded Morris Legion Post 29 in a sub-district play-in game on Tuesday, July 11 in Evansville.