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Area Baseball: Cardinals win first two games of season

STAPLES - Eric Kossan picked up two wins, one in relief, to give the Staples-Motley Cardinals their first wins of the season, 8-7 and 9-7 over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in a Mid-State Conference doubleheader Thursday.

STAPLES - Eric Kossan picked up two wins, one in relief, to give the Staples-Motley Cardinals their first wins of the season, 8-7 and 9-7 over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in a Mid-State Conference doubleheader Thursday.

Kossan pitched the final two innings of Game One and was 3-4 at the plate. Tyler Winkels went 3-3 with a pair of doubles, two runs and three RBIs.

In Game Two, Kossan pitched a complete game and had an RBI.

For the Rangers, who have lost nine straight, Matt Stangel had two hits in Game One and Josh Maucieri drove in two runs. In Game Two, Jake Larson was 3-4 with two RBIs and Daniel Hudrlik and Andrew Moore added two hits apiece. Larson, Stangel and Moore each drove in two runs.

Game One

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Staples-Motley 8 11 2

Crosby-Ironton 7 6 4

WP: Eric Kossan. LP: Austain Davis. 2B: SM-Tyler Winkels 2, C-I-Jake Larson, Daniel Hudrlik.

Game Two

Staples-Motley 9 8 5

Crosby-Ironton 7 7 4

WP: Eric Kossan. LP: Daniel Hudrlik. 2B: C-I-Jake Larson, Hudrlik. Conference: C-I 0-8, SM 2-6. Overall: C-I 2-9, SM 2-11. Next: Crosby-Ironton vs. Northeast Range at Babbitt 4:30 p.m. Friday; Staples-Motley at Park Rapids 4 p.m. Tuesday (2).

Patriots sweep Park Rapids

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PEQUOT LAKES - Karl Satterlund singled in Chad Christianson with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to give the Pequot Lakes Patriots a 6-5 victory in the first game of their Mid-State Conference doubleheader with Park Rapids Thursday.

Christianson finished 2-3 with two RBIs while winning pitcher Austin Mesenbrink and Kody Kettleson contributed doubles.

In Game Two, the Patriots were outhit 12-6, but made the most of their chances to pull out a 5-4 win.

Justin Olson went 3-4 with a double and two runs scored and Christianson added his second double of the day.

Austin Mesenbrink picked up the win on the mound in the opener and Connor Davich pitched all seven innings in the nightcap.

Game One

Park Rapids 5 8 4

Pequot Lakes 6 7 4

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WP: Austin Mesenbrink. LP: Derek Porozinski. 2B: PL-Mesenbrink, Kody Kettleson.

Game Two

Pequot Lakes 5 6 1

Park Rapids 4 12 0

WP: Connor Davich. LP: Jordan McCollum. 2B: PL-Chad Christianson, Justin Olson. Conference: PL 6-1-1. Overall: PL 8-1-1. Next: Pequot Lakes at Nevis 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Aitkin 10,

Hinckley-Finlayson 3

AITKIN - Aitkin senior Jake Lynn went 3-3 at the plate with three RBIs while pitching four innings striking out nine and allowing just three hits and one unearned run in the Gobblers' 10-3 win over Hinckley-Finlayson in a Great River Conference game Thursday.

Jacob Hyytinen was 1-3 with a triple and Jeb Sanford pitched three innings in relief striking out four and allowing two runs for the unbeaten Gobblers.

Hinckley-Finlayson 3 8 6

Aitkin 10 9 3

WP: Jake Lynn. LP: TJ Johnson. 3B: A-Jacob Hyytinen. Conference: A 7-0. Overall: A 10-0. Next: Aitkin vs. Moose Lake-Willow River at Hinckley-Finlayson Tournament 5:00 p.m. Friday.

Pierz sweeps Kimball

PIERZ - Cody Meyer was the pitcher of record in both games and had a solid day at the plate in both games as well to lead the Pierz Pioneers past Kimball 11-1 and 15-1 in a Central Minnesota Conference doubleheader Thursday.

Meyer was 2-3 in the opener and pitched all five innings striking out six while allowing five hits.

Teddy Dehler went 3-3 with a double, three runs scored and three RBIs. Matt Kummet was 2-3 with a double.

In the nightcap, Meyer was 2-2 with three RBIs and again got the win pitching the first two innings.

Noah Boser was 3-4 with a double, triple amd six RBIs while Matt Tautges finished 2-3 with a double and six RBIs.

Game One

Kimball 1 5 3

Pierz 11 11 0

5 innings

WP: Cody Meyer. LP: JT Harren. 2B: Prz-Matt Kummet, Teddy Dehler.

Game Two

Pierz 15 11 1

Kimball 1 5 1

WP: Cody Meyer. LP: Joe Von Wahlde. 2B: Prz-Noah Boser, Matt Tautges. 3B: Prz-Boser. Conference: P 7-1. Overall: P 8-4. Next: Holdingford at Pierz 4 p.m. Monday.

Pillager sweeps Sebeka

SEBEKA - The Pillager Huskies won both games of a Park Region Conference doubleheader at Sebeka Thursday.

Ridge Hunstad was 3-3 with four RBIs to lead the Huskies to an 18-5 win in Game One while Zach Forsberg was 2-5 with three RBIs.

In Game Two Bryan Mason went 2-2 with two RBIs as Pillager won 12-5.

Game One

Pillager 18 12 1

Sebeka 5 7 5

WP: Chris Ringler. LP: Tyler Eckman.

Game Two

Sebeka 5 4 3

Pillager 12 11 1

WP: Ryder Hunstad. LP: Wyatt Meech. 2B: Ryder Hunstad. Conference: P 4-1. Overall: P 6-3. Next: Pillager at Parkers Prairie 4 p.m. Tuesday (2).

Pine River-Backus 4,

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 3

PINE RIVER - Kiel Struss went 2-3 recording three RBIs and a walk-off double during the Pine River-Backus Tigers' 4-3 Northland Conference win over the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves Thursday.

Nick Ackerman struck out six and got the win.

Walker-H-A 3 7 1

PR-Backus 4 5 0

WP: Nick Ackerman. LP: Bryan Sea. Conference: PRB 5-0. Overall: PRB 5-2. Next: Pine River-Backus at Laporte 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Ottertail Central 5, BHV 1

BERTHA - Preston Riewer and Jordan Frethem collected the only two hits for the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders in a 5-1 loss to Park Region Conference Ottertail Central Thursday.

Ottertail Central 5 6 0

B-H/Verndale 1 2 1

WP: Nick Trosdahl. LP: Preston Riewer. Conference: BHV 2-3. Overall: BHV 4-4. Next: BHV vs. Lake Park-Audubon at Lake Park 5 p.m. Friday.

Milaca 4, Little Falls 2

LITTLE FALLS - Justin Jenks and Braden Backowski finished 2-3 with a double for the Little Falls Flyers in a 4-2 Granite Ridge Conference loss to Milaca Thursday.

Evan Athman pitched five innings allowing two runs while striking out six for the Flyers.

Milaca 4 8 0

Little Falls 2 7 1

WP: Matt Fransen. LP: Evan Athman. 2B: LF-Justin Jenks, Braden Backowski. Conference: LF 7-2. Overall: LF 7-3. Next: Little Falls vs. St. Francis at St. Cloud Tournament, Dick Putz Field 5 p.m. Friday.

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