The Morris amateur baseball team was knocked out of first place in the Wood Division of the Land O' Duck League by Appleton. It was the second loss in three games for the Eagles.
This weekend Morris will be challenged in the Arlington/Green Isle Tournament. The Eagles face Austin/Hayfield in the first round and former Morris slugger Craig Selk.
The Morris Eagles fell to the Appleton A's 6-5 Friday night at Chizek Field.
Morris led 3-1 after a run scoring double by Matt Carrington and an RBI single by John Lembcke in the sixth.
Chad Christianson was pitching for the Eagles, allowing only one run.
After a pitching change in the eighth, Appleton got hot with the sticks and pushed across four runs.
With two outs for Morris in the bottom of the ninth, Cory Marquart reached on an error. Kirby Marquart then singled to left field. Eric Asche hit a ground ball that the third baseman booted, getting by the left fielder to score Marquart all the way from first.
A pop up ended the inning with a 5-5 tie score.
In the top of the 10th Appleton plated one run which would prove to be the game winner.
Carrington did hit a one-out double in the 10th, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.
St. Cloud Ice 9
Morris took on St. Cloud Ice, the probable favorites to win the class C tourney this year, falling in the first round of the St. Cloud Tournament 9-2. Chad Christianson got the start and suffered some tough luck. The Ice scored two in the second on a walk and two seeing-eye singles just past the Morris fielders.
In the fourth the Ice laid down a bunt with runners on first and second and Christianson threw it into right field. Five runs would score for the Ice.
Andy Lembcke came in relief to throw 2 2/3 innings allowing no earned runs.
Offensively Morris had a good showing against one of the best pitchers in the state. Andrew VanLoy came into the game with a 0.81 era. Morris managed nine hits and two runs off him over seven innings. Kirby Marquart had the big stick back on the field he played on in his St. Cloud State days. He was 3-for-4 with a double.
Tony Schultz also had two hits.
The Eagles rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to defeat the Soderville Outlaws in the second game of the St Cloud Tourney. Soderville, made up of players from Anoka, Blaine, and Coon Rapids, are currently in first place in the Metro Minny league.
The first five innings were hitless for both teams.
Chase Rambow was on the mound for the Eagles, while Nick Wallentiny, a teammate of Brock Pashen at Northern State, was pitching for Soderville.
In the sixth inning a misplayed fly ball led to a double to start the inning for Soderville. Rambow got out of the inning allowing only one run.
In the bottom of the sixth, with one out, Rambow laid a perfect bunt down the third base line for a single, advanced to second on an error, and to third on a wild pitch. Kirby Marquart then walked to put runners on first and third. Rambow then scored on a wild pitch. Dan Folie reached on an error to move Marquart over to second. With runners on first and second, Asche then singled past the third baseman to score Marquart. Ross Haugen then singled to score Folie. Carrington then laid down a perfect suicide squeeze scoring pinch runner Christianson from third.
Rambow closed down the Outlaws in the seventh. He finished allowing only two hits in his best outing of the year.
The Ice defeated Soderville to eliminate the Eagles in pool play and went on to win the tourney.