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Wolf Lakes outlasts Midway in pitchers' duel

Wolf Lake's Kody Walsh (3) slid in with the game-winning run as Midway catcher Cory Odland reached for the ball during Sunday's Lake and Pine League game at Midway. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Jake Marcus outdueled Stetson Burkman as Wolf Lake snapped a 21-game losing streak to Midway with a 3-2 victory in 12 innings at Matt Leritz Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Marcus opened the top of the 12th inning by being hit by a pitch. Pinch-runner Kody Walsh advanced to third on Sam Meyer's sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch before scoring on Logan Wacker's fly ball to center field. Marcus pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the 12th inning for the complete-game victory as Midway suffered its first loss in Lake and Pine League amateur baseball play this summer.

Wolf Lake, which was coming off a 6-1 loss to Midway on July 2, took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Dylan Walsh singled with one out and scored on Meyer's RBI double.

A leadoff single by Derek Pihlaja, an infield single by Rij Koehnen and a walk to Max Knoll loaded the bases for Wolf Lake in the second inning. Nick Meyer's sacrifice fly made it 2-0.

Wolf Lake threatened again in the third as two-out singles by Wacker and Pihlaja and a walk to Levi Schwartz loaded the bases, but Burkman stranded all three runners on base.

Midway scored a run in the bottom of the third when Steve Wetterling lined a two-out double and scored on Mike Baso's RBI single.

Both pitchers dominated the rest of the way. Burkman retired 24 of the next 30 batters while Marcus retired 27 of the final 32 batters he faced.

Wolf Lake managed only six baserunners until the 12th inning. Sam Meyer walked with one out in the fifth; Will Pickar was hit by a pitch and Nick Meyer walked in the sixth; Marcus reached on an error to lead off the seventh; and Marcus singled and Sam Meyer walked with two outs in the ninth.

Midway had five baserunners during that stretch. Drew Rasmussen singled with one out in the fifth before Marcus retired 10 batters in a row. Wetterling ended that streak and tied the game with a solo homer with two outs in the eighth. Baso followed with a single before Rasmussen singled and Brett Dormanen walked with one out in the 10th. Marcus retired the final eight batters he faced to preserve the win.

Wolf Lake finished with seven hits with Pihlaja going 2 for 6. Marcus allowed two runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out four over 12 innings. The Wolf Pack, which stranded 12 runners on base, last defeated Midway in August of 2009 with a 13-2 victory.

Burkman also pitched well, allowing three runs on seven hits and six walks while striking out eight in 12 innings. Midway managed only eight hits with Rasmussen going 3 for 6, Wetterling going 2 for 4 and Baso going 2 for 5. The Snurdbirds left eight runners on base.

The win lifted Wolf Lake to 7-4 on the season while Midway fell to 11-1 in league play and 14-4 overall.

Midway travels to Pelican Rapids today (Saturday) for a 3 p.m. game and travels to Nimrod Sunday afternoon at 1:30 for another Lake and Pine League game.

Lund tosses shutout

Jake Lund kept Midway undefeated in Lake and Pine League play by pitching Midway to a 1-0 win over Staples July 7 at Menahga.

Lund threw a three-hitter and struck out nine in a complete-game win.

Jalen Busker also pitched well for Staples, allowing three hits and one run in eight innings of work.

Esox receive forfeits

The Park Rapids Esox picked up three wins in the last two weeks without playing a game.

Pine City couldn't get enough players together and had to forfeit both games of a doubleheader at Park Rapids on July 1.

Verndale also couldn't field a team and had to forfeit a Lake and Pine League game to Park Rapids on July 8.

The Esox will host Huntersville today (Saturday) and Staples Sunday in a pair of Lake and Pine League games. Both games start at 1:30 p.m. Park Rapids concludes the regular season by hosting Nimrod in the Lake and Pine League finale July 23 at 1:30 p.m.

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