Morris Junior Legion takes seventh at state

The Morris Junior Legion baseball team finished 1-2 at the Minnesota Division II Junior Legion State Baseball Tournament this past Thursday and Friday, Aug. 4 and 5, in Ely.

Morris closed out the year 15-10 overall, two wins better than their 2021 season of 13-9. The 2022 season was their second state appearance in five years as the team punched the ticket back in 2019 as well.

Top statistical leaders from the season include Owen Anderson (30 hits), Riley Asmus (.444 average), Ashdon Hacker (.408 average), and Johnny Kleindl (24 RBIs). Top pitchers included: Jackson Hallman (1.273 ERA) and Drew Huebner (56 strikeouts). Huebner, Hallman, Kaleb Breuer and Riley Asmus all recorded three wins on the mound for Morris this season.

LeSueur-Henderson 7, Morris 6

Morris had a valiant effort, coming back from a four-run deficit, but came up short, falling to LeSueur-Henderson Thursday, Aug. 4, in the opening round of the Minnesota Division II Junior Legion State Baseball Tournament, in Ely.

Morris trailed early as LeSueur went up 2-1 after one and 3-1 after two innings.

Morris was able to trim the deficit to 4-3 after two runs scored on an error and passed ball.

L-H went up 7-3 in the sixth.

In the bottom of the seventh, with two outs, Kaleb Breuer knocked in Andrew Marty and John Kleindl connected on a two-run pop fly to left field, but Morris could get no closer.

Morris had 11 hits in the game. Asmus went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Morris. Kleindl had three RBIs with two hits.

Sleepy Eye 5, Morris 2

Morris couldn’t recover from being down 2-0 early in a 5-2 loss to Sleepy Eye on Friday, Aug. 5, in Ely.

A bases loaded walk gave Sleepy Eye its first run of the game and the second run was scored on a passed ball in the second inning.

Sleepy Eye made it 5-0 with three runs in the sixth.

In the seventh, Ozzy Jerome got Morris on the board, scoring on a wild pitch. Andrew Marty scored on a single by Riley Asmus.

Drew Huebner took the loss for Morris. He went four innings, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out three.

Morris collected eight hits. Riley Asmus led Morris with three hits in four at bats. Marty added two hits for Morris, who out-hit Sleepy Eye 8-4 in the game.

Morris 11, Hayfield 0

Jackson Hallman tossed his first no-hitter of the season in an 11-0 rout of Hayfield Friday, Aug. 5, in Ely.

Hallman went five innings, walked two and struck out three in the win that was powered by an errorless Morris defense and a hungry Morris offense.

In the first, Riley Asmus scored on an error and Kaleb Breuer scored on a ground out to give Morris a quick 2-0 lead.

After Hallman sent the batters down in order, Morris added two more runs in the second thanks to an error and an RBI double by Asmus.

Hallman helped out his own cause with an RBI single in the third, giving Morris a 5-0 lead, which ballooned to 11-0 in the fourth. Asmus led off the inning with a triple and scored on a double by Owen Anderson. After back-to-back fly outs, Anderson scored on an RBI single by Landen Gibson. Later in the inning, Jonah Huebner hit a hard grounder that allowed Gibson to score, an error scored Hallman and Ashdon Hacker scored on an RBI single by Justin Giese for the 11-0 final.

Riley Asmus went 4-for-4 with a double and a triple to help lead Morris to victory. John Kleindl, Gibson and Hallman added two hits each.