The Morris Legion Post 29 clinched the regular season District 7 Northwest championship on Thursday, July 8 with an 8-3 win over Benson. Morris is now 8-0 in the league with one game remaining against Clinton.
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The Morris Legion Post 29 hosted Big Stone City in a non-league game on Friday, July 2 and won 12-1 to run the season's record to 10-7.
Nate Gades worked the first five innings for Post 29, picking up the win, with Travis Rinkenberger finishing out with three strong innings of relief.
Big Stone City scored their lone run in the top of the first for a brief lead before Morris answered with five runs in the bottom of the inning. RBI singles by Ryan Beyer and Brady Valnes, along with bases-loaded walks to Gades and Cole Riley, and a sacrifice fly off of the bat of Ethan Bruer drove in the runs.
Post 29 added a run in the second when Alex Erickson reached on an error and scored on a Dusty Sauter single.
Morris stretched its lead to 7-1 in the third when Eric Riley reached on an error and came around after singles by Gades and C. Riley.
Evan Schultz led off the fourth inning with a single, but was erased on a fielder's choice by Dan Kolden who came around to score on an Erickson home run. One out later Beyer homered as well for a 10-1 Post 29 advantage.
Morris added two more runs in the fifth for the final score of 12-1. Gades singled, Travis Rinkenberger walked, and Bruer and Mitch Kill each hit run-scoring singles.
Erickson, Sauter, Beyer, and Gades each had two hits on the night and Erickson, Beyer, Gades and Bruer each drove in two.
Post 29 defeated Benson 8-3 in District 7 action Thursday, July 8 at home on Chizek Field.
Post 29 scored six times in the bottom of the fifth inning to erase a 3-1 deficit. Tyler Hansen had a two-run, game-tying double and Brady Valnes drove in two runs with a single in the big inning.
Nate Gades and Brennan Kent squared off in a pitcher's dual to open the game, with both hurlers throwing strikes as the game was scoreless heading into the bottom of the fourth. Morris got a run in their half of the frame when Ryan Beyer's fly ball fell in between two Benson fielders for a triple. Beyer then scored on a Valnes ground out for a 1-0 Post 29 lead.
Benson answered with three runs in the top of the fifth with the big blow being a two-out, two-run double by Cam Simmonds.
Cole Riley led off the big bottom of the fifth with a single and after an out, Travis Rinkenberger singled as well. Hansen then drove in both runners with his double and Dusty Sauter singled to put runners on the corners. Beyer walked to load the bases and Eric Riley drove in a run when he reached on an error. Valnes then came through with his single to right and another run scored when Gades' grounder was mishandled to give Morris a 7-3 lead.
E. Riley then entered the game on the mound and he shut the door on Benson the rest of the way, retiring all six batters that he faced.
Post 29 added their final run of the game in the sixth when Hansen hit a one-out single and came around on a Sauter double.
Hansen and Sauter led the offense with two hits each.