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AREA BASEBALL: Brezinsky leads Aitkin to GRC title

AITKIN — Jaron Brezinsky went the distance with a five-inning, five-strikeout performance, while helping his cause by going 3-3 with a triple, stolen base, two RBIs and two runs as Aitkin defeated Pine City 12-2 Monday in a Great River Conference game.

With the win, the Gobblers locked up the Great River title.

Jordan Chouanard went 3-4 with a pair of RBIs in the mercy rule win, and Nathan Ehnstrom added two hits and two RBIs for the Gobblers.

Pine City 2 2 5

Aitkin 12 13 0

WP: Jaron Brezinsky. LP: Quinn Rarick. 3B: A-Brezinsky. Conference: A 11-0. Overall: A 16-2. Next: C-I at Aitkin 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Pierz 2,

Holdingford 0

PIERZ — Cody Weiss went the distance, striking out eight in seven innings while allowing no runs on of four hits, as Pierz edged Holdingford 2-0 in a Central Minnesota Conference game Monday.

Logan Meyer went 2-3 with an RBI triple, and Ben Boser notched a hit and RBI for Pierz.

Holdingford 0 4 1

Pierz 2 6 2

WP: Cody Weiss. LP: Sam Butler. 2B: P-Cody Nordman, Brady Dorn. 3B: P-Logan Meyer. Conference: P 8-4. Overall: P 10-7. Next: Pierz at Rockford 4 p.m. Thursday (2).

Pine River-Backus 6,

Blackduck 3

PINE RIVER — Nick Gravdahl pitched seven innings, giving up just one earned run while striking out seven, as Pine River-Backus stopped Blackduck’s nine-game winning streak with a 6-3 win over the Drakes on Monday.

Nathan Holm went 2-3 for the Tigers.

Blackduck 3 4 3

PR-Backus 6 7 1

WP: Nick Gravdahl. LP: Weisert. Conference: PRB 9-2. Overall: PRB 11-4. Next: Lake of the Woods at PRB 4 p.m. Tuesday (2).

Wadena-Deer Creek 4, Sebeka 2

SEBEKA — Matt Laughlin struck out four in six innings while giving up five hits and two earned runs as Wadena-Deer Creek edged Sebeka 4-2 in a non-conference game Monday.

Jake Krause notched two hits, two RBIs and a run for W-DC. David Najjar added two hits and a run for the Wolverines.

Wadena-DC 4 8 0

Sebeka 2 5 1

WP: Matt Laughlin. LP: Sam Tellers. Overall: WDC 8-6. Next: Detroit Lakes at WDC 4 p.m. Tuesday (2).

PR sweeps Rangers

CROSBY — Michael Hoge went 3-3 in Game One with a home run and two runs scored, and finished 2-3 in Game Two for Crosby-Ironton in a Mid-State Conference doubleheader loss to Park Rapids on Monday.

Game One

Park Rapids 14 13 0

Crosby-Ironton 4 6 7

WP: Erickson. LP: Michael Hoge.

Game Two

Park Rapids 20 16 1

Crosby-Ironton 3 3 5

WP: Gardner. LP: Joe Sura. Conference: C-I 0-9. Overall: C-I 0-14. Next: C-I at Aitkin 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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