Morton-Canton baseball series even

Bryan Veginski

A pair of two-run doubles ignited the Morton baseball team May 6.

The Potters made an early four-run lead stand up in a 4-2 Mid-Illini Conference win at Canton.

Cole McDonald’s two-base hit to center field in the second inning with one out drove in two runs.

A Joel Sauder two-run double to the opposite field in the third with two outs increased the Morton margin to 4-0.

Sauder, who also doubled in the fifth, and Jordan Wanner had two hits apiece. One of Wanner’s was a triple.

David Rossi pitched four-plus innings for the win. He fanned two without a walk.

Canton trimmed its deficit in half with two fifth-inning tallies.

Corey Dullard threw two frames before Wanner closed out the Little Giants in the seventh with two strikeouts for a save.

Canton 4, MHS 1

The Little Giants earned a conference split with a win May 8 at Morton Community Baseball Stadium.

Morton dropped to 7-5 in the M-I after leaving nine men on base.

One win in the week-seven series vs. fourth-place East Peoria will lock up outright third for

the Potters.

Jake Starkey drove in the lone Morton run in the fourth to cut the home team’s deficit to 4-1.

Wanner, Jake Morsch and Jared Liddle all had two hits. McDonald laced a double.

Wanner struck out seven and walked two in a complete-game defeat.

Alex Shake of Canton navigated 10 Potter hits and three walks issued to Nick Monferdini to lift the visitors into a sixth-place conference tie.

Moline 9-3, MHS 2-0

The Maroons held the Potters to four hits in 14 innings of a Saturday doubleheader sweep.

Moline, meanwhile, had 18 hits on the road off Morton (13-12) pitching.

The Maroons never trailed in game one after a two-run top of the first.

Riley Donald was 2-for-3 to account for half of the Potter hits.

The first of three pitchers, Compton walked two and fanned one in a defeat. He was followed to the hill by Corey Dullard and McDonald.

Morton was no-hit in the second game as it lost for the third straight outing overall.

Starter Ryan Basden, who took the negative decision, and McCleary combined for three Ks and one base on balls.

Moline went up 3-0 with two fourth-inning tallies.

Postseason: Morton is a No. 2 seed in its own Class 3A regional.

The Potters will face third-seeded Washington at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the semifinals.

Morton swept the Panthers in the two-game conference series.

No. 1 seed Metamora will meet either East Peoria or Central in the other semifinal Wednesday.

The regional championship game is set for 11 a.m. May 25.