Area Baseball: Miller, Flyers stun top-ranked Crusaders

ST. CLOUD--Thomas Miller pitched a one-hitter to lead the Little Falls Flyers past two-time defending Class 2A champion and top-ranked St. Cloud Cathedral 6-1 Tuesday in a Granite Ridge Conference game at the Municipal Athletic Complex.

ST. CLOUD-Thomas Miller pitched a one-hitter to lead the Little Falls Flyers past two-time defending Class 2A champion and top-ranked St. Cloud Cathedral 6-1 Tuesday in a Granite Ridge Conference game at the Municipal Athletic Complex.

Cathedral entered the game with 58 wins in a row, the longest winning streak in the nation, according to Flyers head coach Cad Kaddatz.

Miller struck out six and walked two while allowing one unearned run over seven innings. He was 1-4 at the plate with a game-opening leadoff double.

The Flyers' Chris Reller was 3-3 with two RBIs, Justin Jenks was 3-4 and Braden McCosky finished 2-4 with an RBI.

Little Falls is ranked eighth in 3A and is 3-1 in the GRC, 4-1 overall. The Flyers host the Crusaders in a rematch at Little Falls at 5 p.m. Thursday.


Little Falls 6 12 3

Cathedral 1 1 1

WP: Thomas Miller. LP: Quinton Young. 2B: Miller. Conference: LF 3-1. Overall: LF 4-1. Next: St. Cloud Cathedral at Little Falls 5 p.m. Thursday.

Aitkin 13, Rush City 0

RUSH CITY-Jeb Sanford pitched a five-inning, two-hit shutout for the Aitkin Gobblers who took over sole possession of the Great River Conference lead with a 13-0 win over the Rush City Tigers Tuesday.

Both teams entered the game with 3-0 conference records.

Jeb Sanford struck out nine while walking three.

Wyatt Sanford went 2-2 with a triple and Dylan Quade was 2-3 with a double. Drew Nordean, Logan Cluff, Jake Westerlund and Jack Kuppich also doubled for the Gobblers who stole seven bases.


Rush City 0 2 3

Aitkin 13 13 0

5 innings

WP: Jeb Sanford. LP: Koehnle. 2B: A-Dylan Quade, Drew Nordean, Logan Cluff, Jake Westerlund, Jack Kuppich. 3B: A-Wyatt Sanford. Conference: A 4-0. Overall:A 4-1 . Next: Aitkin at Greenway 4:30 p.m.Wednesday.

Cardinals sweep C-I

CROSBY-Brady Smith went 3-for-4 with four runs, two RBIs and three stolen bases during the Staples-Motley Cardinals' 12-5 Mid-State Conference Game One win over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers Tuesday.

Reid Busker pitched 4-hit complete first game for the Cardinals.

Jake Larson hit a double for the Rangers in their Game One loss, and Austin Davis recorded eight strikeouts in five innings.
Trey Skeesick pitched a complete game and went 2-for-3 with two runs during the Cardinals' 7-3 Game Two win.


Beau Sanford and Noah Gindorff went 2-for-3 and each hit a double for the Rangers Game Two loss.

Game One

Staples-Motley 12 13 2

Crosby-Ironton 5 4 4

WP: Reid Busker. LP: Austin Davis. 2B: SM-Smith, CI-Larson.

Game Two

Crosby-Ironton 3 8 1

Staples-Motley 7 6 1


WP: Trey Skeesick. LP: Ben Jordan. 2B: SM-Skeesick, Brady Smith, CI-Beau Sanford, Noah Gindorff. Conference: C-I 0-2, SM 0-2. Overall: C-I 0-5, SM 0-6. Next: C-I at Isle 4:30 p.m. Thursday; Osakis at Staples-Motley 4:30 p.m. Friday (2).

Pierz 8, Albany 3

PIERZ-Nick Herold finished 2-2 with a double and three RBIs in the Pierz Pioneers' 8-3 non-conference victory over the Albany Huskies Tuesday.

Lane Girtz and Matt Tautges also collected two hits each. David Skiba pitched a complete game striking out six, walking none and allowing five hits.

Albany 3 5 2

Pierz 8 7 2

WP: David Skiba. 2B: Prz-Nick Herold. Overall: P 6-2. Next: Maple Lake at Pierz 4 p.m. Thursday (2).

Pine River-Backus 12,


Cass Lake-Bena 2

CASS LAKE-Brandon Walski went 3-for-4 and tallied two RBIs during the Pine River-Backus Tigers' 12-2 Northland Conference win over the Cass Lake-Bena Bears Tuesday.

Zach Struss pitched a complete game, stole two bases and doubled for the Tigers. Evan Gravdahl went 2-for-2 and hit a double, and Nick Akerman went 2-for-3 for the Tigers.

PR-Backus 12 10 1

Cass Lake-Bena 2 5 4

(5 innings)

WP: Zach Struss. LP: Terick Frazer. 2B: PRB-Zach Struss, Evan Gravdahl. 3B: . HR: . Conference: PRB 4-1. Overall: PRB 5-2. Next: Pine River-Backus at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Wadena-Deer Creek 17,


B-H/Verndale 2

BERTHA-Jake Dykhoff was the winning pitcher and went 3-4 with a double and three RBIs for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines, who defeated the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders 17-2 in a Park Region Conference game Tuesday.

Dykhoff struck out six and walked one and allowed four hits over four innings.

Isaac Witthuhn was 3-4 with three RBIs and Alex Redfield doubled and drove in two W-DC runs.

Jordan Frethem was 2-2 for the Raiders and Mack Jones drove in both BHV runs.

Wadena-DC 17 13 0

B-H/Verndale 2 4 3

5 innings

WP: Jake Dykhoff. LP: Alex Copa. 2B: WDC-Jake Dykhoff. Conference: WDC 4-1, BHV 2-2. Overall: WDC 6-1, BHV 2-3. Next: Wadena-Deer Creek at Park Rapids 4:30 p.m. Thursday; Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale at Menahga 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Lakers sweep Patriots

PEQUOT LAKES-The Pequot Lakes Patriots opened their Mid-State Conference schedule by dropping a doubleheader to the Detroit Lakes Lakers 9-8 and 9-4 Tuesday.

Losing pitcher Chad Christianson was 3-4 with a double, home run and five RBIs in Game One. Ethan Lehman was 2-4 with a double. Detroit Lakes rallied for six runs in the seventh to pull out the win.

Tyler Manley was 2-2 with a double and two runs for the Patriots in Game Two and Jared Sewall finished 3-4 with an RBI.

Game One

Detroit Lakes 9 14 0

Pequot Lakes 8 9 0

WP: Bergren. LP: Chad Christianson. 2B: PL-Christianson, Ethan Lehman. HR: PL-Christianson.

Game Two

Pequot Lakes 4 6 2

Detroit Lakes 9 12 0

WP: Schumaker. LP: Lehman. 2B: PL-Tyler Manley. Conference: PL 0-2. Overall: PL 2-3. Next: Pequot Lakes at Perham 4:30 p.m. May 3.

New York Mills 7, Pillager 3

NEW YORK MILLS-Chris Ringler went 3-4 and Joe Anderson 2-4 for the Pillager Huskies, who lost 7-3 to the New York Mills Eagles in Tuesday's Park Region Conference game.

Pillager 3 9 1

New York Mills 7 8 1

WP: Skylar Mursu. LP: Josh Doss. Conference: P 0-4. Overall: P 1-5. Next: Pillager at Parkers Prairie 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

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