VFW starts playoffs
The Morris VFW baseball team ended the regular season with three wins and six losses. They open the playoffs this weekend against Montevideo.
Morris traveled to Starbuck for a tournament on Saturday, July 10.
Morris opened by playing Albany and defeated the Huskies 9-5, behind the fine pitching of Sam Mattson. He gave up 10 hits and struck out five batters.
Chandler Erickson led Morris with a 3-for-3 game, with three runs batted in. Mac Beyer had two hits, including a double, with Tanner Picht adding two doubles. Tyler Henrichs also had two hits for Morris.
As a team Morris collected 12 hits for the game.
In the second game Morris took on Hutchinson. Morris plated three runs in the second inning to take the lead and scored another run in the third to take a 4-2 lead before the game was called because of the weather.
Beyer and Lincoln Berget each had an RBI, with Erickson adding two more RBIs to his collection on the day.
Getting hits for the Morris team were Jordan Staples, Erickson, and Berget. Picht had two hits, including a triple.
Beyer gave up three hits in his three innings of work, while striking out two batters.
Morris played extra innings in a 10-9 loss to Benson on Tuesday night. Morris took an early lead, but Benson took the lead 7-5 in the fifth inning on five walks and just three singles. Morris tied it in the fifth with two runs.
In the eighth inning Benson plated three runs thanks to four walks and no hits. Morris scored two runs in the eighth to get within one, but left a runner stranded at third base to end the game.
The VFW defeated New London-Spicer 8-2 in their final regular season league game behind a fine pitching performance from Jake Torgerson. He gave up only one hit and struck out eight as he went the distance for Morris.
Leading the attack for Morris were Tom Holland with three hits, Beyer hitting two doubles, as well as Henrichs hitting the ball hard and going 2-for-4 including a double.
Another highlight of the game in the second inning was Erickson's attempted suicide squeeze with Berget on third base. Erickson was unable to get the bat on the high outside pitch, but Berget scored as the catcher failed to catch the pitch and make the tag.