Quad City team takes second place
BIG RAPIDS — The Storm Tourney turned out to be a unique weekend for the host Quad City Storm.
The Storm 18U team advanced to the championship game on Sunday in Big Rapids and lost to the Michigan Rebels of Kalamazoo 6-4.
The Rebels had five runs in one inning. Johnny Yonker went all seven innings for the Storm and took the pitching loss.
Quad City had local athletes on its team including from Big Rapids, Reed City and Evart.
SImon Moreno had three hits for Quad City while Billy Conklin and Jackson Lund were among the others who had key hits.
“It was a great game and both teams played well,” Quad City coach Dave Yonker said. “We just had one bad inning where we made some blunders in the field and they took advantage of it.”
Quad City defeated West Michigan of Jenison 8-1 in Sunday’s semifinal game.
Hunter Morrison went all six innings and allowed no earned runs and five hits. Morrison had an RBI single, which ended the game on the time limit.
Quad City scored four runs in the second and four in the sixth. Jeffery Phenix also had a hit. Elliott Blair had two hits
“We played well and got some great pitching from Hunter Morrison,” Quad City coach Dave Yonker said.
Morrison said he pitched three innings on Saturday compared to six in the semifinal game.
Sunday’s games were at Win Kellum. Weekend rains made Big Rapids’ varsity field unplayable.
“I pitched really well,” Morrison said. “I was giving everything I’ve got because I knew it will be the final game I pitch this season before college starts up.”
Morrison is one of the eight players on the Quad City Storm, who has signed for college baseball.
“It’s going good,” Morrison said. “We won our first tournament and came close our second tournament. We went down to Indianapolis for a big invite. That was rough but everyone was incredibly good. It was good for the team.”
The Storm was 3-0 on Saturday. Quad City opened with a 10-3 win over Traverse City Power. Phenix had a 3-run homer for the winners. Morrison was the winning pitcher while Johnny Yonker threw in relief.
Quad City defeated the Central Hornets of Stanton in the second game 10-4. Connor Vennix had two home runs for the Storm. Jackson Lund was the winning pitcher.
In the third game on Saturday, Quad City beat the Buick City Skyhawks 4-3. Brandon Wirth was the winning pitcher. Yonker earned the save.
“The guys are hitting the ball well,” Dave Yonker said after Saturday’s game. “They’re pitching well and playing good defense and having fun. This is the last time they’ll be together before most of them go on to college.”
The Quad City 14U team took first and 16U was second in the weekend tournament which featured games all over Big Rapids.