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Morris repels late Paynesville rally

Jake Deadrick, right, of Paynesville avoids a force out at second base when Ryan Beyer of Morris couldn't reach far enough to catch the throw during their West Central South game on Tuesday. Tribune photo by T.J. Bartelt

PAYNESVILLE -- Morris held off a five-run Paynesville rally to hand the Bulldogs a 9-8 loss in West Central South Conference baseball action Tuesday.

The Bulldogs (13-3, 14-4) trailed 9-3 entering the bottom of the seventh and scored three runs on a home run by Nathan Nietfeld.

The Tigers (9-6, 10-9) took a 2-0 lead on a two-run homer from Chris Boettcher to left field and scored another run later for a 3-0 lead. Paynesville tied the game with three runs in the third.

Boettcher hit another two-run homer in the sixth inning and finished with four RBI. Eric Riley slugged a solo homer in the fifth.

Nate Gades and Darrick Henrichs had two hits each, including a double, for the Tigers.

Casey Hess and Shane Kampsen singled for the Bulldogs.

Morris 9, Paynesville 8

Morris 300 042 0 -- 9 13 4

Paynesville 003 000 5 -- 8 4 1

HITTING - Morris: Chris Boettcher 3-for-4, 2 2-run HR's, 3 runs, 4 rbi; Nate Gades 2-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Darrick Henrichs 2-for-4, 2b; Eric Riley 1-for-2, HR, rbi; Tyler Hansen 1-for-3, 2b, 2 runs ... Paynesville: Casey Hess 1-for-4, 2 runs; Shane Kampsen 1-for-2; Nathan Nietfeld 2-for-3, 3-run HR, 4 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Morris: Eric Riley (W) 6Zc-4-8-0-7-7; Tyler Hansen (S) Xc-0-0-0-0-1 ... Paynesville: Jon Kerzman (L) 5-10-8-8-1-1; Jordan Lieser 1-1-1-1-0-1; Jason Kampsen 1-0-0-0-0-2