Bats went silent as the Morris Junior Legion baseball team ended the season 19-8 after going 0-2 at state tournament Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9 and 10, in St. Charles.
In the regular season, Morris averaged .350 at the plate with a dozen batters batting above the .300 mark. In the postseason, Morris continued that trend batting .438 as a team with seven batters over the .500 average mark and 11 over the .300 mark.
At state however, that hot-hitting trend was non-existent as Morris averaged just .098 as a team with just four hits in two games. Will Breuer was 2-for-5 with a hit in each game to lead Morris at the plate.
“Great experience,” Kirby Sayles said of being at the state tournament. “We wish we could’ve shown our best, but a fantastic time regardless.”
After a successful overall season, Sayles is already looking forward to working with this group during school ball next spring.
“Much more (to come),” Sayles said of the success.
Esko 8, Morris 0
Esko was able to capitalize on six Morris errors to win 8-0 in the state tournament opener Friday afternoon, in St. Charles.
Morris was outhit just 2-to-3, but was not able to get past second base in the loss.
Will Breuer and Brandon Jergenson tallied the hits for Morris.
Morris (19-7)............000 000 0 – 0 2 6
Esko...................................102 014 x – 8 3 0
HITTING – Morris: Brandon Jergenson 1-3, Will Breuer 1-3… Esko: Furcht 3-4 2b 3b rbi-2, Dane Hoffman 1-3 2b r
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) – Morris: Zach Bruns (L) 5.2-3-8-1-4-2, Dylan Rose 0.1-0-0-0-0-0… Esko: Noah Furcht (W) 6.1-2-0-0-1-13, James LeGarde 0.2-0-0-0-1-1
Luverne 12, Morris 1
Sam Kleinwolterink’s solo home run in the second inning was the lone run for Morris in a 12-1 five-inning loss to Luverne in a consolation game at the state tournament Saturday, Aug. 10, in St. Charles.
With Morris eliminated, Luverne went on to claim the consolation title with a 4-3 win over Holy Family Sunday, Aug. 11.
Morris (19-8)...................010 00 – 1 2 3
Luverne................................103 8x – 12 13 1
HITTING – Morris: Will Breuer 1-2, Sam Kleinwolterink 1-2 hr rbi r… Luverne: Bailey Cowell 1-2 r-2, Cade Wenninger 2-3 r-2, Colby Crabtree 2-3 rbi r-2, Casey Sehr 2-3 rbi-3 r, Ethan Beyer 2-2 rbi-2, Jacob Wontersch 2-3 rbi-2 r-2, Jaime Palmquist 1-2 rbi r, Shaid Shearer 1-2 rbi r-2
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) – Morris: Brady Backman (L) 3-10-11-11-3-1, Tristan Raths 1-3-1-1-0-1… Luverne: Wenninger (W) 5-2-1-1-0-7