Eagles split opening play-off games
The Morris amateur baseball team opened the Land O' Ducks - Wood playoffs with a win over Wheaton Saturday, but fell to Clinton Sunday. The Eagles must win this Saturday when they play the Dumont Saints in Wheaton to stay alive in the region tournament.
Morris broke a tie with the Wheaton Walleyes Saturday, scoring in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.
Chase Rambow was back to his dominating ways on the mound, pitching a complete game. He allowed six hits and only one earned run while striking out seven.
Runs were hard to come by for the both teams, but Morris got on the bard first. In the second inning Ross Haugen led off with a single. Matt Carrington walked to put runners on first and second. Adam Torkelson followed with a single to the right-center gap that scored Haugen. That was all Morris scored in the second, failing on a suicide attempt.
Wheaton scored one in the fifth, but the Eagles answered in the bottom of the inning by scoring on an error.
Wheaton tied the score in the eighth.
With the score tied 2-2, Haugen led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, Carrington hit a ground ball to short that the short stop threw past the first basemen. With runners on second and third, Torkelson was intentionally walked to load the bases. Andy Lembcke drilled a single between short and third to win the game for the Eagles.
Also on Saturday, Clinton defeated Chokio in the play-in game 8-5. Later, Clinton got their second win of the day upsetting the Dumont Saints 6-4.
Clinton's Mike Adelman pitched back-to-back nine-inning complete game wins Saturday over Dumont and Sunday over Morris. The 39-year-old former Southwest State pitcher kept the Eagles off balance for most of the game after losing to the Eagles the previous week.
Chad Christianson started on the hill for the Eagles and was solid, allowing three earned runs as he also pitched a complete game.
Morris, down 5-1 going into the bottom of the ninth, made a rally that wasn't quite enough. Carrington led off with a single. With one out Rambow walked. Dan Folie followed with a double that scored pinch runner Brock Pashen and left runners at second and third. Kirby Marquart followed with a single which scored two runs and put the tying run on first. Adelman ended the rally with two popouts to end the game.