The Morris Eagles jumped ahead 7-0 after five innings and cruised to a 9-2 victory over Clinton to earn back-to-back Region 9C championships on Sunday, Aug. 16, in Rosen.
Bryce Jergenson went the distance on the mound. He gave up two earned runs on five hits, walked two batters and struck out six.
Tanner Picht had a two-run homer. Zach Bruns, Mac Beyer and Brady Jergenson all had two hits in the win. Bruns had a double and Beyer and Jergenson both had two RBIs.
For state, the Eagles drafted pitchers Chris Fellows of Ortonville, Jordan Roos of Dumont and Collin Brown of the Hancock Orphans. Chandler Erickson and Todd Woelfel of the Chokio Coyotes were drafted by the Clinton Cards for state.
Chokio lost to Clinton 6-4 on Saturday, Aug. 15, in Rosen. Clinton then beat Ortonville 3-2 to earn its first trip to state since 2006.
In the first game Saturday against Chokio, the Coyotes struck first when Mitch Daly belted a three-run home run in the first inning. Clinton got one run back in the bottom half, then tied the game on Sam Adelman’s two-run single in the second.
The Cards broke the 3-3 tie in the fifth on a RBI hit from Chance Haugen, and a squeeze bunt from Mike Adelman for a 5-3 lead.
Daly led off the sixth with a ground-rule-double for Chokio, and scored on a fielder’s choice from Tom Holland to make it 5-4. Chris Karsky’s squeeze bunt in the seventh to score Keane Turner put the Cards back up by two at 6-4.
Down to their final strike in the ninth, the Coyotes were able to load the bases with Daly coming to the plate, a triple shy of the cycle. But his chopper back to the pitcher ended the threat and the season for the Coyotes.
S. Adelman earned the win, allowing five runs (two earned) on 10 hits with six strikeouts. Turner finished 3-4 with two runs and two stolen bases, Karsky had two hits.
Daly went 3-5 with three RBIs and two runs, Chandler Erickson was 2-4 at the plate.
Todd Woelfel took the loss giving up five runs on 10 hits, Erickson pitched three innings of one-run ball in relief.
The Coyotes end their season 5-6.