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Braves push win streak to 8 in a row

An eight-game winning streak has the Menahga baseball team in second place in the Park Region Conference standings.

The Braves went 4-0 last week with a 6-1 win over Pine River-Backus last Monday, a 19-7 victory over Parkers Prairie last Tuesday, and wins of 6-1 and 4-3 over New York Mills on Thursday.

Menahga improved to 5-2 in the conference to trail only Bertha-Hewitt's 8-0 record. The Braves are 8-4 overall.

In the win over PR-B, Kasey Tyge threw a three-hitter and struck out 14 while going 2 for 4 at the plate. Brandon Mickelson went 2 for 2 and scored twice and Brady Yrjo went 2 for 4 with two RBI. Tyge had a two-run double during a two-run first, Matt Skoog had an RBI double in the fifth, and Yrjo had an RBI single and Derek Pihlaja had a two-run double to spark a three-run seventh.

Menahga pounded out 22 hits to defeat Parkers Prairie. Skoog went 4 for 5 with three runs and two RBI to lead the offense. Mickelson went 2 for 2 and scored twice, Markus Tolkkinen went 2 for 3, Alex White went 2 for 4 with four runs and two RBI, Yrjo went 2 for 5, Tyge went 3 for 4 with three runs and three RBI, Sean Dormanen went 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBI, and Mitch Melander went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI. Mickelson's RBI triple highlighted a five-run second inning. Tyge's RBI double sparked a three-run fifth, and White's RBI double was the key hit during a seven-run seventh. Pihlaja earned the win.

Melander allowed seven hits and struck out five in 6 1/3 innings in Menahga's 6-1 win over New York Mills. Skoog and Tyge each went 2 for 3 to lead the Braves. Dormanen's RBI single capped a two-run third before Menahga followed a three-run fourth by scoring twice in the fifth on Melander's two-run single.

Tyge didn't allow a run in five innings of relief to lead the Braves to the sweep over New York Mills. Dormanen and White had RBI singles during a two-run first and Dormanen lined an RBI single as the Braves claimed a 3-2 lead in the second. Tyge's solo homer with two outs in the seventh produced the winning run. Pihlaja, Dormanen and White each went 2 for 4 to lead Menahga.