The only Morris batter to have Zimmel figured out was Brady Jergenson. Jergenson rapped a single and double, but no other Morris batters hit safely. It was Zimmel's day. He walked only one.
Osakis plated one run in the first inning and one in the fourth. RBI base hits off the bats of Mike Herringhsaw and Jarrett Weisphening did the job. Drew Searing had a triple for the victor. Osakis played errorless ball while our Post 29 team had one error. The Osakis hit total was a modest five.
Joey Dufault was quite steady on the mound for Post 29. Dufault fanned two batters, walked two and gave up five hits in his six innings of work. Both Osakis runs were earned.
Morris enters the Saturday game with a 9-6 season record.
Success by NL-Spicer too
New London-Spicer stayed alive in the playoffs with an 8-1 triumph over Wheaton. NL-Spicer was in the losers bracket due to the 4-3 loss it was dealt by Morris. NL-Spicer felt sting in that game by some bad fortune: a ground rule double ruling that appeared to deny them a run.
NL-Spicer wasted no time establishing an edge in the contest against Wheaton. NL-Spicer raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. The onslaught grew with one run each in the second and fourth and two in the sixth. Ryan Vraa, the player who hit that pivotal ground rule double vs. Morris, continued showing his offensive prowess, this time with three hits in four at-bats and two RBIs. Lucas Nordmeyer was a perfect three-for-three. Wyatt White had a two-for-three line, and Trey Austvold and Tyson Gislason each had a hit. Gislason drove in a run.
In all the NL-S bats produced ten hits, and that robust number was complemented by zero errors. Wheaton had four hits and one error. Braedon Lampe had two of the Wheaton hits.
Nordmeyer got the pitching win with his six innings of work. He fanned four batters, walked three and gave up four hits. Jarrett Hatlestad wrapped things up with one inning of pitching (one strikeout, zero walks, zero hits allowed). Cameron Maudal took the pitching loss.
NL-Spicer has the No. 4 seed and came out of Thursday with a 6-6 season mark. NL-S will vie in Wheaton Saturday like Morris. At 2 p.m., the NL-Spicer nine will take the field to play either Clinton or Brandon-Evansville.