VFW closes out perfect league season
The Morris VFW Post 5039 closed out an undefeated regular season by defeating Benson 15-2 on Wednesday in Benson, and Ortonville 16-6 Tuesday at Chizek Field.
Tanner Berning led way, going 4-for-5 and driving in seven runs.
Ryan Beyer got his first start on the mound and he responded by throwing a complete game, giving up just one earned run and striking out seven.
Morris finished 10-0 in the district and is 14-2 overall. The team now enters District 5 tournament play as the No. 1 seed and will open up with a game at Chizek Field on Tuesday July 22 at 6 p.m.
The remainder of the tournament will be played at Spicer on July 25-28.
Morris got a run in the first inning when Tyler Hansen, Beyer, and Eric Riley each were hit by a pitch and Hansen scored on a wild pitch. They added four runs in the second when Nate Gibson was hit by yet another pitch, Evan Schultz drew the first of his four walks, and Berning drove in Gibson with a single.
Beyer hit a sacrifice fly for another run, Berning scored on a wild pitch and Brady Valnes singled in the final run.
Gibson reached on an error in the third and eventually scored on another single by Berning. Berning drove in another run with a double in the fourth and two more runs scored on wild pitches.
Benson scored an unearned run off of Beyer in the third and then added an earned run in the fifth. Morris extended its lead to 10-2 when Berning drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth, and then scored five more times in the seventh. Beyer and Eric Riley led off the inning with singles and Valnes walked. A Jon Jallo sacrifice fly scored the first run and another scored on a single by Gibson. Berning completed his big night with a bases loaded triple.
Nate Gibson went 2-3 with five RBI's and Tyler Hansen pitched a complete game for the Morris VFW Post 5039 team in a win over Ortonville at Chizek Field on July 15.
After Ortonville scored two runs in the top of the first Morris came back with six in the bottom of the inning. Hansen hit a one-out single and stole second. Hansen scored when Eric Riley reached on an error. Mitch Kill then followed a walk to Jon Jallo with a single to load the bases and Gibson followed with a two-run single. Travis Rinkenberger reached on another error to score another run, and an Ethan Bruer single and a Tanner Berning double plated the last two runs of the inning.
Morris' third and fourth errors of the game allowed Ortonville to score three more unearned runs in the top of the second. The score stayed at 6-5 until the third when Gibson walked, stole second and came around on another Ortonville error. Morris added four runs in the fourth when Ryan Beyer led off with a single and scored on a double by Eric Riley. After another walk to Jallo, Kill reached on a fielder's choice and both runners scored on a double by Gibson. Gibson scored on a single by Rinkenberger.
Ortonville added yet another unearned run in the top of the fifth and then Morris scored 5 times in the bottom of the inning to end the game by the ten-run rule. Hansen led off with a single and Beyer and Riley walked. One run scored on a wild pitch and another when a ball hit by Cole Riley was mishandled. Another scored on a Kill double, and Gibson drove in a run with a ground out. The final run of the game scored on a Berning double.
Morris had 13 hits on the game and were aided by six walks and nine Ortonville errors. Morris helped the Ortonville cause with six walks and five errors.
In the exhibition game, Ortonville scored twice in the top of the fifth and last inning to pull out a 4-3 win. Mitch Kill went the distance, striking out seven. Bruer, Kill, Cole Riley, Brady Valnes, Rinkenberger, Gibson, and Hansen each hit safely for Morris with Cole Riley, Rinkenberger, and Hansen driving in the three runs.