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Morris wins, then loses in 6A baseball

MORRIS -- Morris earned a spot in the Section 6A final four with a semifinal victory in the 6A-South against West Central, 10-3, Thursday.

The Tigers (12-11) lost to No. 1-seed Wheaton 9-8 in the 6A-South final, which puts Morris as the second seed from the South. The Tigers will play Hawley at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Morris 10, West Central 3

Morris expanded on its 1-0 lead with three runs in the third. Tanner Berning and Ryan Beyer each hit RBI singles and the third run scored on a wild pitch.

Chris Boettcher smack-ed a two-run double in the fourth.

Eric Riley went the distance, striking out 14 and walking one. He allowed three hits.

West Central 000 003 0 -- 3 3 3

Morris 103 222 x -- 10 10 2

HITTING - West Central: Allan Strom 1-for-3; Bryce Olson 1-for-3; Brent Anderson 1-for-3 ... Morris: Chris Boettcher 1-for-3, 2b, 2 rbi; Nate Gades 2-for-4, 2b, rbi; Tanner Berning 1-for-4, 2 rbi; Ryan Beyer 2-for-4, 2 rbi; Tanner Rohloff 2-for-3, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- West Central: Eric Erickson (L) 6-10-10-8-4-3 ... Morris: Eric Riley (W) 7-3-3-0-1-14

Wheaton 9, Morris 8

Riley Wilson's one-out, two-run single down the left field line in the seventh inning gave Wheaton (17-5) the win.

The Tigers tied the game in the sixth on Chris Boettcher's RBI double and a bases-loaded single by Darrick Henrichs.

Kevin Coffman and Dylan McCalip had three hits each for Wheaton, which beat Chokio-Alberta 6-3 earlier in the day.

Morris 211 202 0 -- 8 13 3

Wheaton 241 000 2 -- 9 11 0

HITTING - Morris: Chris Boettcher 3-for-4, 2b, rbi; Dusty Sauter 1-for-4; Darrick Henrichs 2-for-4, 2 rbi; Tanner Rohloff 1-for-3; Ryan Beyer 3-for-3, 2 runs; Mitch Carbert 1-for-4, rbi; Eric Riley 2-for-2, 2 rbi ... Wheaton: Kevin Coffman 3-for-4, 2 rbi; Dylan McCalip 3-for-4; Kelly Engquist 2-for-4, 2b; Riley Wilson 1-for-4, 2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Morris: Hansen 1Xc-6-6-4-4-0; Dusty Sauter (L) 4Xc-4-3-3-4-1 ... Wheaton: Zach Fridgen 2Xc-5-4-4-1-1; Mason Lampey (W) 4Zc-9-4-4-4-1