The Morris Post 29 legion baseball team opened the 2019 summer season with a 9-4 win over West Central Area / Brandon-Evansville Thursday, June 6, in Barrett.
Morris scored in the top of the first on a Zach Bruns steal of home, but lost the lead thanks to an error that gave up two runs in the bottom of the first.
Morris regained the lead for good with four runs in the third. Bruns stole home again to tie the game at 2-2 then Morris went ahead on a Colten Scheldorf single, which scored Jack Riley. With the bases loaded, WCA/B-E had back-to-back bad pitches, which allowed Morris to score Bradley Rohloff and Cade Fehr. Morris led 5-2 after three innings.
Morris added three runs on an error and a hit in the fourth inning. Fehr hit a two-RBI single, which scored Jaret Johnson and Rohloff to give Morris an 8-2 lead.
WCA/B-E got one run back in the bottom of the fourth, but Morris responded with its final run of the game in the fifth on a Bruns single to score Austin Berlinger.
WCA/B-E scored in the sixth but could get no closer, falling 9-4.
Bruns was 4-for-5 with a RBI and three runs scored. Johnson had two hits and took the win in the mound. He pitched six innings, gave up four unearned runs, one hit, walked four and struck out four. Berlinger picked up the save.
Morris next plays Hancock in a Post 29 showdown at 6 p.m. Monday, June 10, in Hancock. Morris also hosts Fergus Falls Tuesday, June 11, travels to Osakis Thursday, June 14 and hosts Willmar Friday, June 14.
Morris 9, WCA/B-E 4
Morris (1-0) 104 310 0 – 9 8 4
WCA/B-E (0-1) 200 101 0 – 4 1 4
HITTING – Morris: Zach Bruns 4-5 rbi r-3, Jaret Johnson 2-4 r, Colten Scheldorf 1-4 rbi, Cade Fehr 1-4 rbi-2 r… WCA/B-E: Tanner Bennett 1-4 2b r
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) – Morris: Johnson 6-1-4-0-4-4, Austin Berlinger 1-0-0-0-1-0… WCA/B-E: Teigen Moritz 2.2-4-5-3-3-4, Grant Bueckens 3.1-3-4-0-2-8, Tanner Bitzan 1-1-0-0-1-1