After a very shaky appearance in the Hinckley tournament June 21 and 22, the Mora Blue Devils looked to get back on the winning track in Eastern Minny action this past weekend against Quamba and Braham. The Devils did just that getting a come from behind victory over Quamba and a high scoring victory over Braham. With the victories Mora improved to 7-3 in the Eastern Minny League (7-5).
A very well played game took shape Friday night in Quamba. The Cubs got on the board first as Kevin McFerran got a two out triple and Jordan Nelson knocked him in with a double in the bottom of the first inning.
Quamba extended their lead in the third inning. Kevin McFerran launched a two out solo home run to make it 2-0.
Meanwhile Quamba pitcher, Logan Parker-Sjoberg, was holding Mora hitless into the fifth inning. The Blue Devils finally got their first hit as Brian Kiel delivered a two out single to bring in Jake Oslin to narrow the margin to 2-1.
The Cubs would answer back in the bottom of the sixth inning as once again Kevin McFerran was the catalyst. McFerran led off with a single and eventually came around to score on a Lucas Athey double.
Mora starter Asa Patterson went six innings allowing eight hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
The Blue Devils would need some late inning heroics and they got it in the top of the eighth inning. Relief pitcher Ryan VanSomeren reached on an error. Michael Humphrey singled, and that was followed by a walk to Derek Graves. Darin Erickson grounded out as VanSomeran scored to make it 3-2. With two outs Adam Burgess delivered a three run homer to left field to put Mora up for good 5-3.
VanSomeren got the win in relief of Patterson. He threw three shutout innings with four strikeouts and two hits allowed.
Parker-Sjoberg suffered the hard luck loss. He went eight and two thirds innings allowing just five hits and striking out seven. Justin Krie came in to get the final out in the ninth inning for the Cubs.
On Saturday Mora hosted the Snappers from Braham. Braham took the early lead 1-0 in the first inning, but Mora answered back with two runs immediately. Jaden Ponto got the key hit driving in Michael Humphrey to make it 2-1.
Mora would put five runs up in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 7-1. Michael Humphrey had a 2 RBI bases loaded single followed by a Derek Graves double to drive in another run.
Humphrey had fine day at the plate. He had six plate appearances and reached base all six times. He had two hits, one walk, and three hit by pitches.
Braham wouldn’t go quietly as they got two back in the fifth off starter Derek Graves. But, the Devils would answer that back right away with two of their own in the bottom of the fifth.
Graves would go seven strong innings allowing just three runs on six hits while striking out eight.
Up 10-3 going to the eighth inning it appeared Mora had things under control. But, there was no quit in the Snappers as they scored six in the top of the eighth to close the gap to 10-9. However, as they did throughout the game, Mora answered those runs with runs of their own. This time the Blue Devils scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth to ensure there would be no dramatic comeback.
Logan Graves had to finish off the eighth inning and close it out in the ninth to get the save for Derek Graves who picked up his fourth win of the season.
Mora had 18 hits for the game. Jake Oslin and Derek Graves each had three hits and each also had two doubles. Logan Graves, Michael Humphrey, and Hunter Foss each had two hits. Troy Jones, Darin Erickson, Bryce Haw, and Kendal Bowe each had one hit as every Devil that batted got at least one hit.
Mora will be back in action on Sunday, July 7 when they will make the trek to Hibbing to take on the Miners in a doubleheader that starts at 1 p.m.