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Menahga, Nevis upset in playoff openers

Both Menahga and Nevis were upset in the first round and eliminated from the Section 5A baseball playoffs on May 25.

Menahga, the No. 2 seed in the West, was shut out by No. 7 Sebeka 1-0 at Menahga while Nevis, the No. 4 seed in the West, was defeated by No. 5 Pillager 15-9 at Nevis.

Kolby Kiser outdueled Al Pietila as Sebeka pulled off the upset. Kiser threw a one-hitter as the Trojans avenged losses of 3-0 and 7-3 to Menahga during the regular season.

Sebeka scored the game's only run in the fourth inning when Isaac Tellers walked and scored on Mason Dailey's sacrifice fly after a single by Noah Stevens.

Pietila's bunt single with two outs in the third inning was Menahga's only hit of the game. The Braves had only four other baserunners when Isaac Anderson was hit by a pitch in the second, Mitch Peterson walked in the fourth, Matt Horsma was hit by a pitch in the fifth and Pietila was hit by a pitch in the sixth.

Pietila went the distance, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out 10.

Menahga ends the season with a 12-9 record while Sebeka improved to 4-15.

Braeden Wangsness hit a three-run home run and RBI double in leading Pillager past the Tigers.

Bo Kruchten and Josh Doss also hit homers as Pillager jumped out to a 10-2 lead by scoring three times in the first, four times in the second and three times in the third before sealing the win by scoring three times in the fifth and twice in the sixth. The Huskies finished with 17 hits.

Nevis trailed 3-2 after the first inning, 10-3 after the third and 13-3 before scoring four times in the fifth and single runs in the sixth and seventh.

Luke DeWulf led Nevis' 17-hit attack by going 5 for 5 with a run scored. Jack DeWulf went 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles, three runs and an RBI while Dillon McGee went 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI and Tucker Roehl went 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI. Dan Mistic (1 for 4, two runs), Andrew Dudley (1 for 5, one RBI) and Adam Thompson (1 for 4, one run, one RBI) also aided the Tigers' offense.

Dudley started and took the loss, giving up eight runs on seven hits and three walks over two innings. Thompson pitched the final five frames, allowing seven runs on nine hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Four Nevis errors led to five unearned runs.

Nevis ends the season at 14-7 while Pillager advanced with an 11-10 record.