Emily Richardson | Submitted

The Mora Blue Devils: Bottom row (l-r)  Bryce Norby, Mike Schnabel, Logan Graves, Troy Jones, Michael Humphrey, Greg Chmiel, Derek Graves and Ryan VanSomeren. Top row (l-r)  Aaron Nelson, Matt VanSomeren, Walter Schwartz, Wyatt Foss, Darin Erickson, Jaden Ponto, Erik Raivo and Matthew Peters. The team is managed by Jayson Pautzke assisted by Walter Schwartz


With the Minnesota Department of Health giving clearance for baseball to begin games amateur baseball across the state of Minnesota is in full swing. 

The Mora Blue Devils have gotten five games in to this point and are ready to begin Eastern Minny League action. The Blue Devils competed in the Hinckley Invitational Tournament  June 27 - 28 and finished 2-1 bringing home third place honors. 

Mora opened the tournament with a 4-0 victory over the Metro Knights. Derek Graves went all seven innings allowing just four hits while striking out 15 batters. Graves and Troy Jones led the way at the plate with two hits each. 

The semi-final opponent was the Elko Express. The Blue Devils had troubles against a tough Express pitcher and could only muster two hits. Bryce Norby and Wyatt Foss had the hits. Norby pitched well, but took the loss by a score of 5-0. 

In the third place game Mora defeated Andover by a score of 3-0. Ryan VanSomeren and Logan Graves combined to hold the Aces to just one hit. Derek Graves had two hits while Greg Chmiel had one.

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