Area Baseball: Pierz, PRB advance in section playoffs

Pierz and Pine River-Backus competed in their respective section tournaments Wednesday, June 2.

The Pierz team celebrates as Jeremy Bingesser crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run against Melrose Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Pierz. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Pierz 4, Melrose 1

PIERZ — Noah Cekalla pitched a complete-game two-hitter and Jeremy Bingesser smashed a two-run home run to power the No. 4 seeded Pierz Pioneers to a 4-1 victory over No. 5 Melrose in the Section 6-2A quarterfinals Wednesday, June 2.

Cekalla struck out six in seven innings. He allowed one run on two hits and didn’t walk a batter.

Kolten Happke finished 2-2 with an RBI single and a run scored. Chandler Doucette finished 2-2 with a double and a run. Michael Leidenfrost scored the other Pierz run.

Pierz beat Melrose 7-2 in the second game of the regular season April 16. The Pioneers improved to 15-6 and will face top-seeded Foley in the Section 6-2A semifinals 5 p.m. Friday, June 4 in Foley.


Melrose 1 2 1
Pierz 4 6 1
WP: Noah Cekalla. LP: Moscho. 2B: Prz-Chandler Doucette. HR: Prz-Jeremy Bingesser. Overall: Prz 15-6. Next: No. 4 Pierz at No. 1 Foley in Section 6-2A semifinals 5 p.m. Friday, June 4.

Pierz Baseball vs Melrose

PRB 12, Nevis 11

NEVIS — Trevor Redding accounted for seven of the 12 Pine River-Backus runs as the No. 3 seeded Tigers upset the No. 2 seeded Nevis Tigers 12-11 in the Section 5-1A quarterfinals Wednesday, June 2.

Nevis swept the regular-season series with PRB 12-0 and 14-8, but Redding finished 2-4 with four runs and three RBIs from his leadoff position.

Irvin Tulenchik, Rian Struss and Konnor King all drove in two runs for the 17-5 PR-B Tigers.

Ryder Compton was 2-3 with a triple and two runs scored. King doubled as one of his two hits as did Tulenchik. Corbin Knapp was 2-2 with an RBI.

Tulenchik pitched the win. He allowed 10 runs, five earned on 12 hits and two walks. He struck out two.


PRB 12 13 6
Nevis 11 13 5
WP: Irvin Tulenchik. LP: Lindow. 2B: PRB-Tulenchik, Konnor King, Owen Carlson. 3B: Ryder Compton. Overall: PRB 17-5. Next: Pine River-Backus vs. Sebeka in Section 5-1A semifinals 5 p.m. Friday, June 4.

Pierz's Noah Cekalla pitches against Melrose Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Pierz. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

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