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Braves need extra innings to defeat Pillager in conference battle

After winning two shortened games, the Menahga baseball team went extra innings to cap off an undefeated week.

The Braves defeated both Browerville and Verndale 13-3 in six innings before rallying to defeat Pillager 5-4 in 10 innings last week.

Derek Pihlaja allowed one earned run on six hits and struck out seven in leading Menahga past Browerville last Monday.

Singles by Brandon Mickelson, Alex White and Mitch Melander led to three runs in the first and doubles by Pihlaja and Mickelson sparked a five-run third. Four walks led to two more runs in the fifth before a double by Kasey Tyge and RBI singles by Brady Yrjo and Ben Skoog ended the game via the 10-run rule in the sixth.

Mickelson went 3 for 3 with two RBI to lead the Braves' 11-hit attack.

An eight-run sixth inning ended Menahga's win over Verndale last Tuesday.

Two-run singles by Mickelson and Tyge sparked that inning. Mickelson went 2 for 3 with three runs, Sean Dormanen went 2 for 3 with two runs, Tyge went 2 for 4 and Yrjo went 2 for 3 as Menahga tallied 11 hits.

Tyge gave up seven hits and two earned runs while striking out seven over six innings for the win.

Yrjo's two-run single in the eighth tied the game at 4-4 before Tyge's RBI single in the 10th gave Menahga the win over Pillager on Thursday.

Two errors led to a run in the second and Dormanen's RBI grounder gave Menahga a 2-0 lead in the third. Pillager used errors to score once in the fourth and once in the sixth to tie the game before scoring twice in the eighth for a 4-2 lead.

Yrjo's two-out single scored White and Marko Tolkinen with the tying runs in the bottom of the eighth before White walked and scored on Tyge's two-out single in the 10th.

Yrjo and Pihlaja each went 2 for 4 to lead Menahga's eight-hit attack. Tyge picked up the win with 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief. Dormanen started and gave up two unearned runs in five innings while Mickelson gave up two runs on four hits in 3 1/3 innings.