The Morris baseball team opened up the season on the road this past weekend on its annual southern trip. On Saturday, the Redskins beat Springfield 14-4 in six innings and Johnsburg 8-2. However, the action was snowed out on Sunday when the Springfield area was clobbered with 19 inches of snow.
“Well, it was great to finally get outside and play some baseball,” Morris coach Todd Kein said. “We came away from the weekend with a lot of positives. Our defense consistently made plays, we rattled off 25 hits on the day and our pitchers all threw quality innings. It was a nice way to start the season officially. The guys did a great job.”
Springfield 4, 6 innings
Tim Smyk was the winning pitcher for the Redskins. He went five innings and gave up three earned runs.
At the plate, Morris had 14 hits with Grant Davis leading the way with a 3-for-4 performance with a run scored and three RBI. Also contributing two hits each were Preston Miracle (three runs, doubles, two walks), Ryan Borgstrom (three runs, RBI), Trevor Lines (double, run, two RBI) and Grant Schluntz (two runs, two RBI).
Jason Matteson, Austin Conrod and Nick Kelly had hits, Kelly’s was a double.
Schluntz went 3-for-3 with a run scored and a triple to lead the way.
Additionally, Lines was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, Matteson a double, three RBI, Conrod a single, run, two RBI and Borgstrom a single (RBI), Capko, Davis a single and Matt Bernickus a single (RBI).
Putnam County 12, 10
Seneca 7, 2
The Irish got the season underway with a pair of non-conference games against Putnam County, which were played in Hennepin. Seneca lost both contests.
In the opener, Seneca lost 12-7. Brent Bergeson was the losing pitcher. He went 1 2/3 innings allowing four earned runs on two hits and he walked five while striking out one. Josh Roeder pitched well in relief. He recorded 3 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking one.
The second game saw PC win 10-2. Brian Bergeson was the losing pitcher. He went two innings, yielding four earned runs on one walk while striking out two.
Offensively, Bergeson was 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI and he also stole three bases. Brandon Pasdertz was also 3-for-4 with two RBI.
El Paso 4, 9
Dwight 3, 6
Kiefer Kious and Chris Peck combined to throw a six hitter in the loss.
At the plate, Ryan Kodat was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Karsen Kopmann, Carson Banks and Kious also singled.
In the second game, Owen Pulver pitched and went the first four innings, striking out six while also allowing just one earned run.
At the plate, Kodat was 3-for-3 with an RBI double and a single, Kious had two singles and Peck two singles and an RBI.