Area Baseball: Aitkin routs Rangers
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,
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,
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.
Parkers Prairie 7 11 0
Pillager 4 7 0
WP: Eric Ronning. LP: Conner Uselman. 2B: Pil-Devrin House, Jeff Flickinger, Justin Hummel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Menahga 8 9 4
BHV 6 6 4
WP: Levi Schwartz. LP: Dallas Ehrmantruat.
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.