The 2020 Mora Blue Devils season came to a close in the first round of the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament. Traveling to manager Jayson Pautzke’s hometown of Springfield, Mora fell to the Luverne Redbirds by a score of 5-3.
Mora fell behind really early in the game. In the top of the second inning, a misplayed fly ball, a booming double and an error led to three Luverne runs off of starter Derek Graves.
Luverne got another run in the third inning. A misplayed line drive to right field turned into a triple with one out, and a single followed to make it 4-0.
The Redbirds manufactured a run in the fourth inning. A single and a walk was followed by a sacrifice bunt moving the runners up a base. An infield ground out plated the fifth run of the game for Luverne making it 5-0.
Graves settled in and kept Mora in the game. Over the last five innings Graves allowed just two hits and a walk. For the game, Graves struck out seven, walked three and allowed eight hits.
Mora got on the board in the fifth inning. Logan Graves singled with two outs. A crucial error on a Jake Carlson ground ball brought Graves all the way around to score to make it 5-1.
The Blue Devils made things interesting in the eighth inning. Bryce Norby led off with a single. Troy Jones followed with a walk. Ryan Van Someren ripped a single scoring Norby to make it 5-2. After a strikeout, Jones scored from third base to make it 5-3. Brian Kiel then walked which was followed by Michael Humphrey getting hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. But, back to back strikeouts ended the threat.
Bryce Norby was hit by a pitch in the ninth inning with one out. But, Mora couldn’t muster anything after that falling by a score of 5-3.
Mora ended the season with a record of 14-6 while appearing in their sixth state tournament in seven years. It was a challenging season due to the late start and COVID-19 protocols that were in place.
The Blue Devils would like to thank their great sponsors for the season: Braham Monument Company, Braham Precast Step Company, Star Granite Works, State Farm Insurance (Dan Johnson) and Graffco Spec-Rite Pumps and Dispensers.