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Morris baseball, softball and soccer get season underway

The Morris baseball, softball and soccer teams opened its season this past weekend. Both the baseball and softball teams were in downstate Jacksonville and the soccer team got things started with a home tie against Herscher.


Redskins at Jacksonville ‘Play the Turf’ Jamboree

Morris went 3-0 down south to open the season, knocking off Yorkville, Lakes Community and Jacksonville.

Morris 3, Yorkville 0

Maddy Feeney went 2-for-2 with two runs scored in the official opener against the Foxes.

Taya Torkelson, Alex Cook, Kellen Bernickus and Abby Burns also added singles. Kelly Kolotka and Lauren Severson had triples with Kolotka, Severson and Torkelson knocking in runs.

Abby Burns was the winning pitcher. She allowed four hits and a walk while striking out nine.

Morris 15, Lakes

Community 2

Kolotka was 3-for-5 at the plate while Severson was 2-for-5 with a triple and three RBI. Bernickus was also 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI and Taylor Waters was 2-for-2. Feeney, Torkelson, Burns and Lines also had a hit. Feeney and Burns had RBI.

Burns again got the slab victory. She allowed two earned runs while striking out six.

Morris 16, Jacksonville 6

Torkelson was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI while Moore was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Feeney, Burns, Severson, Cook, Bernickus and Cook had a hit each. Feeney and Bernickus had and RBI each and Abby Burns two RBI.

Kolotka, Burns, Waters and Benson split time pitching for the Redskins.


Redskins at Jacksonville ‘Play the Turf’ Jamboree

The highlight of the weekend for Morris was a 4-2 win over Carmel on Sunday, though the locals did also beat Solorio Academy 10-0 in a game earlier that day. The Redskins had previously lost on Saturday to Jacksonville (11-3) and Brother Rice (10-0).

Morris 4, Carmel 2

Tim Smyk was the winning pitcher for the Redskins. He went five innings allowing one unearned run on three hits. He fanned five while walking six.

At the plate, Smyk had a double and an RBI as the Redskins as a team had just four hits. Matt Bernickus had two hits, including a double, with a run scored. Tyler Bordner had the other hit for Morris.

“First and foremost, I am very proud of the guys for how they bounced back from [Saturday],” Morris coach Todd Kein said. “It says a lot about them as a team, and I hope this is a sign of good things to come. This was not only a big win for our team because of the circumstances, but also a big win for our program. Carmel has an outstanding ballclub.”

Brock Kukman saved the game for Smyk.

“Tim was an absolute workhorse for us out there today,” Kein said. “And then Brock comes in and gets the job done in the last two. I can’t say enough. Great team win.”

Morris 11, Solorio

Academy 0, 5 innings

Earlier that day, Austin Conrod went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBI in the win. Smyk was also 2-for-3, including a double and a triple, with two runs scored and two RBI. Grant Schlutz had a two-RBI double in the first inning. Bernickus, Trevor Lines, Tyler Bordner, and Geno Persico also had hits.

Cody Niweinski was the winning pitcher and Kukman finished up behind him.

“This was definitely what we needed to come out and do this morning in the aftermath of yesterday’s unfortunate results,” Kein said. “We came out with a different mentality today [Saturday] and the guys were aggressive and got the job done.”

Things were almost the complete opposite the day before.

Brother Rice 10,

Morris 0, 5 innings

Nick Evola took the loss with Thomas Cheshareck going the final two frames. Morris had four hits with Smith leading the way with two doubles. Conrod and Kyle Hill also singled.

“The first game of the season or not, we expect much more out of our starting pitchers and from our hitters,” Kein said. “We did not get either in this one, and it gave us an early exit. Certainly not the way we wanted to start the year.”

Jacksonville 11,

Morris 3

Things were not that much better later on that night.

“This team needs to figure out real quick that the game of baseball does not allow you to feel sorry for yourself, nor does just showing up to play guarantee success,” Kein said. “If the first one wasn’t a wakeup call, I sure hope this one is. I give Jacksonville credit, their kids came out to play, especially with their bats and ours did not.”

Conrod was 3-for-3 with three RBI while Tyler Bordner was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Kyle Hill had the other hit.

Trevor Lines was the losing pitcher with Cheshareck cleaning up in the final two innings.


Morris 2, Herscher 2

Morris scored in the first five minutes on a penalty kick by Amanda Grant and after Herscher tied the game, it remained that way until there was less than three minutes left to play.

At 2:30, Grant scored an unassisted goal to give Morris a 2-1 lead, however, Herscher scored on a penalty kick with 30 seconds left to secure the tie.

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