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Prep Baseball: Morris/CA outlasts Waska to win South crown outright

GLENWOOD -- Morris/Chokio-Alberta outlasted Minnewaska 9-8 in eight innings Thursday to win the West Central South Conference baseball title outright.

GLENWOOD -- Morris/Chokio-Alberta outlasted Minnewaska 9-8 in eight innings Thursday to win the West Central South Conference baseball title outright.

Minnewaska (12-4, 14-5) had a chance to claim a share of the WCS title with the Tigers (14-2, 18-2), but a 15-hit attack by Mor-ris/Chokio-Alberta was too much to overcome.

Ryan Beyer singled to lead off the top half of the eighth inning and a fielder's choice moved him over the second base. Cole Riley then followed with a single to bring in Beyer with the go-ahead run.

The Lakers had Shane Bosek single in the bottom half of the frame, but a 1-4-3 double play turned by the Tigers ended the game.

The Tigers pulled ahead 4-3 in the third when Tyler Hansen and Alex Erickson hit back-to-back doubles, Beyer tripled and Eric Riley slugged a two-run homer in the first four at-bats.

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After Hansen and Erickson hit back-to-back RBI doubles and Cole Riley smashed a two-run double in the fourth for the Tigers, Minnewaska scored four of its own in the fourth, highlighted by Blake Helmick's two-run single and Bosek's RBI single. The Lakers then tied the game at 8-8 in the sixth when Bosek singled in Helmick.

Matt Lembcke pitched three innings of relief to collect the win.

Morris/CA 9, Minnewaska 8

Morris/CA 004 400 01 -- 9 15 3

Minnewaska 300 401 00 -- 8 13 4

HITTING - Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Tyler Hansen 3-for-5, 2 2b's, 2 runs, rbi; Alex Erickson 3-for-5, 2 2b's, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Ryan Beyer 2-for-5, 3b, 2 runs, rbi; Eric Riley 2-for-4, 2-run HR, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Cole Riley 2-for-5, 3 rbi; Brady Valnes 2-for-4, 2b; Brody Bahr 1-for-1 ... Minnewaska: Blake Helmick 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 rbi; Kameron Drange 2-for-4, 2b, 2 runs, rbi; Shane Bosek 3-for-4, 2 rbi; Kevin Jenks 2-for-4; Dustin Helmick 2-for-3; Andrew Amundson 1-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Sam Mattson 5-9-7-6-4-6, Matt Lembcke (W) 3-4-1-1-1-1 ... Minnewaska: Patrick Stumpf 31/3-10-8-8-2-1, Eric Elbe 42/3-5-1-1-0-6

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