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Menahga still alive in Section 6A baseball playoffs

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     Solid pitching performances by Bob Lusti and Stetson Burkman kept the Menahga baseball team alive in the Section 6A playoffs.

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     Lusti didn’t allow an earned run as the No. 2-seeded Braves opened the tournament with a 10-4 win over No. 7 Pine River-Backus at Menahga on May 28.

     Burkman followed with another complete game as Menahga edged No. 3 Barnesville 5-4 Thursday at Wadena.

     New York Mills, the top seed in the north half, shut out Menahga 4-0 in Thursday’s second game at Verndale.

     The Braves faced Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, the No. 1 seed in the south, in an elimination game Tuesday at Fergus Falls. The section title game will be played Thursday at Fergus Falls.

Big inning lifts Braves past PR-B

     A 10-run fourth inning propelled Menahga past PR-B in the tournament opener.

     PR-B jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first before the Braves sent 15 batters to the plate in the fourth. An RBI double by Tristan Kjellberg and RBI singles by Brandon Junes, Al Pietila, Ray Mueller and Jeff Skoog were the key hits in that inning.

     Lusti allowed eight hits and struck out 11 for the win. Burkman went 2 for 3 to pace Menahga’s nine-hit attack.

Braves edge Barnesville

     Mueller hit two home runs and drove in all five runs in leading the Braves past Barnesville.

     A two-out single by Levi Schwartz set up a two-run homer by Mueller in the first as Menahga claimed a 2-1 lead.

     Barnesville scored single runs in the next three innings to build a 4-2 lead before lead-off singles by Frank Moren and Lusti set up a three-run blast by Mueller in the fifth to give Menahga the lead.

     Burkman retired eight of the final nine batters to preserve the win. Burkman allowed eight hits and struck out four for the win. Moren also had two hits as Menahga finished with nine hits in the game.

Braves shut out by NYM

     Tucker Skoblick threw a four-hit shutout as New York Mills defeated Menahga and stayed undefeated in the tournament.

     Lusti’s single in the first, Moren’s single and Lusti’s double in the third, and Pietila’s single in the fifth were the only hits for Menahga.

     Junes took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in three innings. Kjellberg gave up two runs before Lusti allowed one hit over the final 2 2/3 innings.

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