Post 29 Legion baseball team off to 3-0 start
The Morris American Legion Post 29 baseball team starts the 2010 season 3-0, with wins over Wheaton, Glenwood, and Benson.
Post 29 opened the season on June 10 with a 13-0 drubbing of Wheaton at Chizek Field in Morris. Alex Erickson pitched the five-inning shutout, allowing two hits with two walks, one hit batter, and 11 strikeouts.
Post 29 put the game away early, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the first inning. They added two runs in the third and four more in the fourth as they collected 12 hits, all singles, in the game.
Nine players contributed hits on the night with Ryan Beyer, Cole Riley, and Mitch Kill each getting two. Beyer drove in four runs, and Brady Valnes, Evan Schultz, and Travis Rinkenberger two each.
Morris also played an errorless game in the field.
On June 15, Post 29 hosted Glenwood and pulled out an exciting 3-2 win when Nate Gades singled home two runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Glenwood got on the board first when they scored an unearned run in the top of the first inning off of Morris starter Eric Riley. Trenton Berg, the Glenwood lead-off hitter singled, stole second, advanced to third on an error, and scored with two outs on a passed ball.
Morris answered with a run in the bottom of the inning.
Erickson led off with a double high off of the left field fence and Tyler Hansen walked. Erickson got to third on a double-play grounder, and scored on a Beyer single.
Riley and the Glenwood starter Corey Holten then settled in and the score remained 1-1 heading into the sixth inning. Back-to-back singles by Shane Bosek and Mike Nielson opened the frame for Glenwood. After a fielder's choice retired Bosek for the first out, a passed ball and a wild pitch scored Nielson and Glenwood led 2-1. The inning ended on a double play with Cole Riley throwing out a runner at the plate after recording an out on a ground-out at first.
Dusty Sauter led off the bottom of the inning with a line drive double to the gap in left center. After a strikeout, Eric Riley singled to put runners on the corners. Riley then stole second as another Morris hitter went down on strikes before Gades lined the game-winning hit to left.
Riley retired the side in order in the seventh. Riley allowed just three hits, three walks, and struck out six in gaining the victory.
E. Riley and Gades each had two hits for Post 29.
Post 29 improved to 3-0 on the season with an 18-2 road win at Benson. Alex Erickson threw a five-inning complete game, allowing just one hit, a fourth-inning home run off of the bat of Kyle Peterson, walking one, and striking out eight.
Sauter led the offense with a double, home run, and four RBIs. Cole Riley had two hits and three RBIs, and Tyler Hansen, Brady Valnes, and Mitch Kill had two hits apiece. Both Hansen and Kill drove in two runs.
Sauter got Post 29 on the board early with a long two-run home run to left field in the top of the first. The lead reached 4-0 in the second when Hansen singled in Kill and Erickson scored on a wild pitch.
The big inning for Morris was the third, when 13 hitters were sent to the plate, scoring nine times. C. Riley and Hansen had RBI singles, Kill singled in two runs, Erickson had an RBI double, Sauter doubled in two, and Eric Riley closed out the scoring in the inning with a two-run home run.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Morris scored five more in the fifth. Valnes had an RBI single, C. Riley doubled in two, a run scored on an error, and Evan Schultz picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice.
Post 29 will be competing in the Red River Diamond Classic in Fargo over the weekend before returning home to play Clinton in Morris on Monday and they travel to Evansville on Thursday.