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HINCKLEY — Dan Bender struck out nine, while giving up one hit and one walk as Aitkin routed Crosby-Ironton 17-0 in Friday’s opening round of the Hinckley-Finlayson tournament.


Travis Bare knocked two doubles and drove in four runs and Drew Burke added a bases-clearing triple for the Gobblers.

Crosby-Ironton 0 1 3

Aitkin 17 12 0

WP: Dan Bender. LP: Matt Malloy. 2B: A-Tommy Landrus, Travis Bare (2), Evan Ferdelman. 3B: A-Drew Burke, Alex Bobenmoyer. Overall: A 10-2, CI 0-9. Next: Aitkin vs Esko, Crosby-Ironton vs Hinckley in second round of Hinckley-Finlayson tournament Saturday.

Little Falls 12,

Princeton 0

LITTLE FALLS — Luke Thoma pitched a five-inning shutout and the Little Falls’ batters found the long ball as Class 2A’s top-ranked Flyers dominated the Princeton Tigers 12-0 in a Granite Ridge Conference game Friday.

Matt Valentine hit a three-run home run in the third. Joey Hanowski went 2-3 with a home run and three RBIs and Collin Eckman ripped a triple.

Thoma struck out seven and walked none.

Princeton 0 2 1

Little Falls 12 8 0

WP: Luke Thoma. LP: Brennen Godeen. 3B: LF-Collin Eckman. HR: LF-Joey Hanowski, Matt Valentine. Conference: LF 7-0. Overall: LF 12-0. Next: Melrose at Little Falls noon Saturday.

Pequot Lakes 10,

Walker-H-A 7

PEQUOT LAKES — Gage Kennedy ripped four hits including a double and struck out three in two innings to close the game as Pequot Lakes edged Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 10-7 in a non conference game Friday.

Nick Greiner added two hits and two RBIs and Gaven Bickford hit a sacrifice fly and an RBI single.

Walker-H-A 7 5 2

Pequot Lakes 10 10 5

WP: Gage Kennedy 2B: PL-Aspen Florey, Gage Kennedy, Hunter Leslie, WHA-Lee. Overall: PL 6-7. Next: Pequot Lakes vs Detroit Lake 4 p.m. Tuesday (2).

Pillager falls twice

PILLAGER — The Pillager Huskies suffered their first Park Region Conference losses of the season falling to Parkers Prairie 7-4 and 7-2 Friday.

Adam Obermiller went 2-3 in Game One and the Huskies got doubles from Devrin House, Jeff Flickinger and Justin Hummel.

Obermiller went 2-3 again in Game Two with a double and Matt Doss finished 2-4.

Game One

Parkers Prairie 7 11 0

Pillager 4 7 0

WP: Eric Ronning. LP: Conner Uselman. 2B: Pil-Devrin House, Jeff Flickinger, Justin Hummel.

Game Two

Parkers Prairie 7 7 2

Pillager 2 8 3

WP: Cole Thomas. LP: Matt Doss. Conference: Pill 4-2. Overall: Pill 4-6. Next: Pillager at Ottertail Central (2) 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Tigers split

CASS LAKE — Beau Howard hit a homer in Game One and Nathan Holm pitched a complete game in Game Two as Pine River-Backus split a Northland Conference doubleheader with Cass Lake-Bena Friday.

Howard’s home run and Darian Rubner’s double were the Tigers’ highlights of an 8-4 Game One loss.

Holm struck out 14 in a 4-3 PR-B win.

Game One

Cass Lake-Bena 8 10 2

Pine River-Backus 4 2 4

WP: Wesley Moe. LP: Beau Howard. 2B: P-Darian Rubner. HR: P-Howard.

Game Two

Cass Lake-Bena 3 3 4

Pine River-Backus 4 3 2

WP: Nathan Holm. LP: Caleb Fisher. 3B: P-Derek Sonenstahl. Conference: PRB 7-2. Overall: PRB 7-3. Next: Pine River-Backus at Nevis 4:30 p.m.. Monday.

BHV drops two

BERTHA — Dallas Ehrmantruat and Preston Riewer were both tagged with losses as Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale was swept by Menahga 8-6 and 7-2 Friday in a Park Region Conference doubleheader.

Game One

Menahga 8 9 4

BHV 6 6 4

WP: Levi Schwartz. LP: Dallas Ehrmantruat.

Game Two

Menahga 7 11 1

BHV 2 6 3

WP: Bob Lusti. LP: Preston Riewer. Conference: BHV 1-6. Overall: BHV 2-8. Next: Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale hosts Sebeka (2) 4 p.m. Tuesday.