The Montevideo Spart­ans are one victory away from from advancing to the Region 9 tournament.

The Montevideo Spart­ans are one victory away from from advancing to the Region 9 tournament.

The Spartans opened the Canvas Division playoffs with a 4-2 win over Benson Saturday. Morris clinched a berth in the region tournament by beating the Spartans 5-2 Sunday.

Montevideo will host Appleton Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to play Morris Sunday at 1 p.m. at Morris for the Canvas division championship.

The region tournament will be held at Madison, starting Aug. 7.

“We are playing really good baseball right now,” said Spartans manager Brandon Raymo. “We have lost our number one pitcher, Travis Epema, for the year due to arm troubles, so having the high school kids now that Legion is over is a huge help.”

Montevideo 4, Benson 2
After losing twice to Benson during the regular season, the Spartans edged the Chiefs 4-2 in the opening round of the playoffs Saturday at Morris behind the four-hit pitching of Troy Hendrickson.

The Spartans scored in the top of the first on a walk to Todd Bergeson, a single by James Gallagher and an RBI groundout by Hend­rickson.

The Chiefs scored both of their runs in the bottom of the inning, but Hendrickson blanked them the rest of the way, finishing with eight strikeouts.

The Spartans scored their final three runs in the third. Hendrickson reached on an error and Cam Vien was hit by a pitch. With one out, Ryan Tostenson walked to load the bases. Hendrickson scored on a wild pitch, and Josh Anderson delivered a two-run single.

Montevideo 4, Benson 2
Monte 103 000 000 — 4 3 4
Benson 200 000 000 — 2 4 2
Hitting — Monte: Josh Anderson 1-for-4, 2 rbi; Todd Bergeson 1-for-3; James Gallagher 1-for-4. Benson: Wes Stettner 2-for-4, rbi; Chris Boettcher 1-for-3, 2b; Aaron Hagen 1-for-3.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Monte: Troy Hendrickson (W) 9-4-2-2-4-8. Benson:?Adam Foslien (L) 9-3-4-3-7-6.

Morris 5, Montevideo 2
Morris survived a ninth-inning threat to beat the Spartans 5-2 Sunday at Benson.

The Spartans had the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning but were unable to score.

After falling behind 3-0, the Spartans scored in the sixth inning on a walk to Mitch Christensen, a sacrifice by Todd Bergeson, a walk to Troy Hendrickson and an RBI single by Cam Vien.

The Spartans scored their final run in the eighth inning when Bergeson singled and scored on James Gallagher’s double.

Morris 5, Montevideo 2
Monte 000 001 010 — 2 7 2
Morris 200 102 00x — 5 6 0
Hitting — Monte: Cam Vien 2-for-4, rbi; Tyler Kuno 2-for-4; Todd Bergeson 1-for-3; James Gallagher 1-for-4, 2b, rbi; Joe Schlagel 1-for-4, 2b. Morris: Dusty Sauter 2-for-4, rbi; Kirby Marquardt 1-for-4; Eric Asche 1-for-1, 2b; Jamie VanKempen 1-for-4, 2b, rbi; Matt Carrington 1-for-3, 2 rbi.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Monte: Cam Vien (L) 5 2/3-5-5-4-4-2; Jake Karels 2 1/3-1-0-0-0-0. Morris: Andy Lemke (W) 8-7-2-2-3-6; Craig Knockenmus (S) 1-0-0-0-0-1.