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Legion opens play-offs with 14-4 win over Osakis

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Eric Riley hit two three-run home runs and drove in eight RBIs as the Morris Legion opened District 7 Northwest playoff action with a 14-4 win over Osakis on Thursday night in Morris.

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Morris will now play either Wheaton or Clinton Saturday at 11 a.m. in Morris.

Tyler Hansen picked up the win on the mound and had three hits for Post 29. Ethan Bruer pitched the final inning of the five-inning game.

Eight of the nine starters had hits for Morris and 10 players scored at least one run.

Osakis picked up an unearned run in the top of the first, but Post 29 came back with five of their own in the bottom half. Hansen and Ryan Beyer hit one-out singles before Riley unloaded his first home run. After another out was recorded, Brady Valnes hit a solo home run of his own. Tanner Picht singled, stole second, and scored on an error for the final run of the inning.

Hansen led off the second with a triple and he later scored on a Riley sacrifice fly to make the score 6-1.

Osakis then put together a rally, scoring three in the top of the third to close to within 6-4.

Post 29 answered with three more in their half of the frame, making the score 9-4. Valnes walked and Picht singled to start the inning. Mitch Kill then lined a single to right center, but Picht strayed too far off of second and was thrown out for the first out of the inning.

Alex Erickson drew a two-out walk to load the bases and Hansen drove in two with a sharp single to center. Beyer walked and the final run of the inning scored when Riley's pop up dropped in the infield.

Post 29 ended the game by the 10-run rule in the fifth when Brody Bahr and Erickson led off with singles. Beyer drove in Bahr with a single and Riley followed with his second three-run home run of the game. Cole Riley walked and Valnes reached on an error before Aaron Vold walked to load the bases. C. Riley scored on a fielder's choice ground out to end the game.

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