The Morris Legion baseball team improved to 7-0 in District 7 play, 9-7 overall, with wins at Wheaton and Glenwood. Post 29 stands on top of District 7.
Post 29 returned to District 7 action on Monday, June 28t and they defeated Wheaton 15-6.
Post 29 belted five home runs on the night as Dustin Sauter and Tyler Hansen led the way offensively, combining for eight hits, three home runs, and 10 RBIs. Sauter launched two two-run homers, added a single and a double, and knocked in six base runners. Hansen had one home run, three singles, and he added four RBIs.
Morris scored three times in the first inning on the first of the two Sauter home runs and a long solo shot off of the bat of Eric Riley.
Three more scored in the second when Cole Riley led off with a double, scored on a Hansen single, and then Sauter launched his second home run.
Nate Gades led off the third with a double and Alex Erickson coaxed a two-out walk before Hansen hit an RBI single and Sauter an RBI double.
Wheaton picked up one run in the second and two runs in their half of the third to make the score 8-3.
Hansen hit a solo home run in the fifth and Post 29 tacked on four more runs in the sixth inning. Brady Valnes led off with another home run and Gades walked. Travis Rinkenberger singled Gades to second and both runners came in on a double off of the bat of Erickson. Erickson scored on a Sauter single.
Wheaton's Riley Wilson hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to draw them to within 13-6 and keep the game from being stopped by the 10-run rule.
Morris then added two more runs in the top of the seventh when Jordan Fletcher led off by being hit by a pitch and Ethan Bruer singled. Consecutive walks to Rinkenberger and Evan Schultz forced in one run and the final run scored on a fielder's choice ground out by Hansen.
Eric Riley pitched a complete game for the win. He battled some control problems as he walked seven, hit two batters and gave up seven hits. Riley struck out 12.
Erickson threw a complete game one-hitter, walking just one and striking out 17, as Morris defeated Glenwood/Lowry by a score of 6-0 on July 1 in Glenwood. Erickson was dominant the entire night, allowing just a third inning two-out single to Trenton Berg and two other base runners, none of which advanced past first base.
Morris scored an unearned run in the top of the first when Hansen hit a one-out single, advanced to second on an errant pick-off attempt, and scored on a throwing error. Glenwood/Lowry starter Cory Holten settled in after that, keeping the game at 1-0 heading into the sixth.
Sauter led off the top of the sixth with a long triple to center field. Riley singled in Sauter with one out and stole second where he came around on an error on a ground ball hit by Nate Gades.
Mike Whittemore came on to pitch for Glenwood/Lowry in the seventh and Post 29 put the game away with three runs. Rinkenberger and Erickson led off the inning with walks and Erickson was erased on a fielder's choice ground out by Hansen. Sauter hit a sacrifice fly to score Rinkenberger, and Hansen came around when Ryan Beyer hit a long home run to left center field.
Erickson struck out the side for the third time in the game in the bottom of the inning to close out the game.
Hansen was the only Morris player with two hits on the night as they managed just six for the game.