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Braves fall into tie for first in conference

New York Mills' 5-2 win at Menahga Friday created a three-way tie for first place in the Park Region Conference baseball standings.

New York Mills, Menahga and Parkers Prairie are all 4-1 and tied atop the conference standings. The Braves fell to 6-2 overall after seeing their four-game winning streak snapped.

Menahga defeated Sebeka 7-3 Thursday in a conference make-up game as Charlie Steidler-Thompson went 3 for 3 to pace the Braves' seven-hit attack.

A single by Steidler-Thompson, a two-run triple by Mitch Peterson and an RBI grounder by Lars Keranen gave Menahga a 3-0 lead in the first.

Canton Matson walked and Pietila singled to set up a two-run single by Steidler-Thompson as the Braves led 5-1 in the second.

Graham Skoog and Jonah Howard scored in the sixth to conclude the scoring as Steidler-Thompson capped the inning with an RBI single.

Pietila went 2 for 4 while Thomas Litzau picked up the win in relief by allowing two hits and no runs with six strikeouts over the final 4.1 innings. Skoog started and allowed three unearned runs.

Sebeka fell to 2-4 in the conference and 2-5 overall.

New York Mills scored three times in the first and twice in the third to hand the Braves their first loss of the season.

Pietila doubled and scored on an error in the first and singled and scored on Litzau's RBI single in the sixth to account for Menahga's two runs.

Pietila went 3 for 4 and Steidler-Thompson went 2 for 4 as Menahga finished with eight hits.

Pietila took the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out eight in four innings. Peterson finished up, allowing no hits while striking out five.

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