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Bad inning seals Morris' fate in loss to Yorkville

Redskins drop second straight game to Foxes in key NIB 12 series

MORRIS — In many cases, one bad inning will do in a baseball team.

Such was the case Tuesday for the Morris Redskins, as Yorkville scored six runs in the top of the second inning and made them stand as the Foxes took a 6-2 Northern Illinois Big 12 decision.

"One bad inning is enough, especially in conference play against a team as good as Yorkville," Morris coach Todd Kein said.

Both starting pitchers, freshman Cody Bledsoe for Morris and senior Ty Liromatis for Yorkville, set down the side in order in the first inning. Bledsoe then got the first batter out in the top of the second.

Then, things got worse.

Zach Haddox lined a single to left for the first hit of the game, and Luke Williams followed with a double that put runners on second and third. A single by Bryan Corrigan drove in Haddox, with Corrigan taking second on the throw home. Liromatis then singled to score both Williams and Corrigan for a 3-0 Yorkville lead. Luis Rodriguez walked and Elisa Flowers singled home Liromatis to make it 4-0.

Kein then removed Bledsoe and brought in Danny Borgstrom, who induced a soft liner to second by Stephen Sewruk before Mark Sommers reached on an error that scored both Rodriguez and Flowers for a 6-0 Foxes lead. Borgstrom got out of the inning by striking out Grant Weiland, but the damage was done.

"We had a kid [Bledsoe] making his varsity debut," Kein said. "We need to make plays behind him, and we didn't. We missed cutoff men and gave them extra bases, and didn't make plays we should have.

"It doesn't matter who is pitching, you can't give teams extra bases and extra outs, and we saw that today. Cody threw strikes and didn't beat himself, which is all we could ask of him."

Morris (15-6, 5-3) answered with two runs in the bottom of the second. Borgstrom led off with a double and went to third on a throwing error on a ball hit by Logan Edwards. An error on a ball hit by Tyler Dunne loaded the bases before Alex Cameron lifted a sacrifice fly to center that scored Borgstrom. Edwards was caught off of second on the play, though, for the second out of the inning. Zach Reddinger followed with an infield single that sent Dunne to third, and Blake Breyman reached on an error that scored Dunne and sent Reddinger to third before Nathan Wantland struck out to end the inning.

From there, both pitchers dominated as neither team was able to score again. Only one player from each team reached second base in the final five innings. Borgstrom retired 17 of the 20 batters he faced, while Liromatis allowed just four hits. Dunne singled in the fourth and Alex Cameron doubled in the seventh for Morris for the Redskins' only hits after the second inning.

"We had a great week at the plate last week, but so far this week, it's been the opposite," Kein said. "Our highs are real high and our lows are real low. There is no in-between. We need to sustain some consistency."

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