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Area Baseball: Greiner, Pequot pounce on Aitkin

PEQUOT LAKES — Nick Greiner went 2-3 with an RBI and pitched the Pequot Lakes Patriots to a 6-2 non-conference win over the Aitkin Gobblers Thursday.

Zach Cogan hit a two-run double for the Patriots.

Aitkin’s Peter Zasmeta finished 2-4 with a triple and an RBI. Nathan Ehnstrom went 2-3 and Ben Peterson drove in a run.

Aitkin 2 6 2

Pequot Lakes 6 8 4

WP: Nick Greiner. LP: Evan Ferdelman. 2B: PL-Zach Cogan. 3B: A-Peter Zasmeta. Overall: A 17-3, PL 8-10. Next: Aitkin in Section 7-2A tournament May 30; Pine River-Backus at Pequot Lakes 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Little Falls 10, Milaca 0

MILACA — Kyle Boser earned his first varsity victory in impressive fashion Tuesday.

The sophomore struck out five and allowed one hit and three walks over five innings in his varsity debut to power the Little Falls Flyers to a 10-0 Granite Ridge Conference win.

Class 2A’s top-ranked Flyers (17-0) saw Joey Hanowski finish 2-3 with a triple. Matt Valentine went 1-2 with a triple and Spencer Fenske was 1-3 with a double.

Boser also impressed at the plate as he drove in four runs and was 1-3 with a double.

The victory gives Little Falls a share of the conference title with a key matchup Saturday against defending state champion St. Cloud Cathedral.

Little Falls 10 12 1

Milaca 0 1 2

WP: Kyle Boser. LP: Paul Young. 2B: LF-Spencer Fenske, Boser. 3B: LF-Joey Hanowski, Matt Valentine. Conference: LF 10-0. Overall: 17-0. Next: Little Falls vs. St. Cloud Cathedral 2 p.m. Saturday at Melrose.

Pierz splits

ROCKFORD — The Pierz Pioneers won Game One, but lost to Rockford in Game Two of Thursday’s Central Minnesota Conference doubleheader.

Nick Lochner hit a two-run double in the sixth inning as the Pioneers won 3-2.

Lochner had the lone Pierz hit in a 16-2 Game Two loss.

Game One

Pierz 3 7 0

Rockford 2 6 1

WP: Logan Meyer. 2B: P-Brad Trapp.

Game Two

Pierz 2 1 3

Rockford 16 13 2

LP: Ben Boser. Conference: P 9-5. Overall: P 11-8. Next: Pierz at Long Prairie-GE 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Sebeka 9, Pillager 0

PILLAGER — Sebeka’s Taylor Carlson was one error away from a perfect game as he pitched the Trojans to a 9-0 Park Region Conference victory over Pillager Tuesday.

Carlson struck out seven and walked none for the no hitter.

Sebeka 9 10 1

Pillager 0 0 5

WP: Taylor Carlson. LP: Conner Uselman. Conference: P 5-6. Overall: P 5-11. Next: Pillager at Royalton 5 p.m. Friday.

Pine River-Backus 18,

Laporte 2

LAPORTE — Sophomore Anthony Phillipson improved his record to 5-0 as he led the Pine River-Backus Tigers to an 18-2 Northland Conference win over Laport Thursday.

Phillipson struck out seven, walked one and gave up three hits in four innings. He was 2-3 at the plate with a double.

Nathan Holm went 3-5 with a double and Russ Burgoyne also doubled.

PR-Backus 18 11 4

Laporte 2 4 3

WP: Anthony Phillipson. LP: Isaiah Silivis. 2B: PRB-Phillipson, Russ Burgoyne, Nathan Holm. Conference: PRB 11-2. Overall: PRB 13-5. Next: Northland Remer at Pine River-Backus 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Staples-Motley 8,

Ottertail Central 7

BATTLE LAKE — Devon White took the squeeze out of a called suicide squeeze and simply stole home leading the Staples-Motley Cardinals to a 8-7 non-conference win over the Ottertail Central Bulldogs Thursday.

White then pitched the bottom half of the seventh to get the win.

S-M’s Jordan Jenkins was 3-4 with a run. Jalen Busker was 2-4 with two RBIs. Kyle Jansson went 2-3 with a run and an RBI. Jordan Wick finished 2-4 with two runs and Brent Sterriker was 2-4 with two RBIs.

OTC’s Vinny Otake led the Bulldogs by going 3-4 with two runs, a triple, a home run and three RBIs.

Staples-Motley 8 13 2

Ottertail Central 7 9 2

WP: Devon White. LP: Zach Torgerson. Overall: SM 13-4. Next: Perham at Staples-Motley 10 a.m. Saturday (2).

B-H/Verndale 6,

McGregor/Cromwell 1

Dallas Ehrmantraut collected four hits and Preston Riewer pitched a two-hitter for Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale in a 6-1 win over McGregor/Cromwell in a non-conference game at Mills Field in Brainerd.

Riewer also collected two hits along with Daryn Kirscht and Eric Blaha.

B-H/Verndale 6 11 1

McGregor/Cromwell 1 2 1

WP: Preston Riewer. LP: Hoover. Overall: BHV 4-10. Next: Frazee at BHV 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Long Prairie-GE 5,

Wadena-DC 2

WADENA — Ryan Redfield finished 2-3 with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI in a 5-2 non-conference loss to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thursday.

David Najjar took the loss for the Wolverines.

Long Prairie-GE 5 9 1

Wadena-DC 2 4 3

WP: Shawn Colten. LP: David Najjar. HR: W-Ryan Redfield. Overall: WDC 10-7. Next: WDC at Minnewaska 4:30 p.m. Friday.

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