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Starbuck eliminates Morris VFW from District 5 tourney

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Collin Richards was the hero in the seventh inning for the Starbuck VFW as Post 4582 defeated Morris 4-3 in the elimination game of the District 5 VFW baseball tournament Sunday afternoon at Minnewaska Area.

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With the game tied at two, Richards lined a two run single into right field to give Starbuck a 4-2 lead in the top of the seventh. In the bottom of the inning, Morris had the bases loaded with one out, down 4-3, Brady Jergenson lined one hard down the third baseline when Richards dove to his right, caught the line drive and stepped on third for the double play.

Starbuck only got two hits off Jergenson, but worked out seven walks. Austin VerSteeg had the other hit for Starbuck.

Ryan Dietz had a hit and drove in a run for Morris. Sean Amundson, Toby Sayles, Trent Marty, Robert Rohloff, Phillip Messner, and Mitch Torgerson had the other hits for Morris. Messner and Sayles had the other RBIs as Post 5039 ended the season with a 9-10 record.

Starbuck 4, Morris 3

Starbuck 010 001 2 – 4 2 3

Morris 000 101 1 – 3 8 1

HITTING – Starbuck: Austin VerSteeg 1-2 r-2, Collin Richards 1-3 rbi-2 r; Morris: Sean Amundson 1-4, Toby Sayles 1-4 rbi, Trent Marty 1-4 2b, Ryan Dietz 2-3 2b rbi, Robert Rohloff 1-3, Phil Messner 1-3 rbi, Mitch Torgerson 1-3 2b

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) – Starbuck: Richards 5.3-6-2-2-1-2, Michael Gruber 1.6-2-1-1-2-0; Morris: Brady Jergenson 7-2-4-2-7-5

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