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Solid pitching helps keep Midway undefeated

Brad Lusti threw a pair of two-hit shutouts and followed with a four-hitter as Midway remained undefeated on the season.

Lusti gave up two hits and two walks and struck out eight as the Snurdbirds blanked Staples 10-0 in a Lake and Pine League amateur baseball game on May 2. A six-run fourth inning sparked Midway's win.

Steve Wetterling went 3 for 3 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI and Pete Marjamaa went 3 for 5 with two RBI to pace Midway's 15-hit attack. Lusti went 2 for 5 with two runs scored and Tony Meech went 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Mike Baso and Jeff Marjamaa also drove in two runs apiece for Midway.

Lusti followed with a two-hit, no-walk, 15-strikeout performance as Midway defeated Huntersville 8-0 in another Lake and Pine League game on May 9.

Drew Rasmussen went 3 for 5 with three RBI and Jake Lund went 2 for 4 with a solo homer and two runs scored. Jeff Marjamaa drove in two runs as Midway finished with nine hits. Lusti and Meech had the other RBI for the Snurdbirds while Rasmussen, Shane Hendrickson, Baso, Meech, Pete Marjamaa and Brandon Mickelson scored the other runs.

Jake Lund and Zach Etter combined on a three-hitter as Midway defeated Dent 6-2 on May 15.

Lund also went 3 for 3 at the plate with a homer, two runs scored and three RBI. Mike Baso also hit a homer and went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI while Jeff Marjamaa went 2 for 5 with a run and an RBI. Wetterling and Mickelson scored the other runs for the Snurdbirds, who had 11 hits in the game. Lund allowed one earned run with 10 strikeouts over the first six innings for the win while Etter gave up one hit over the final three innings for the save.

In a 6-2 win over Wadena-Deer Creek on May 16, Lusti gave up four hits and one earned run while striking out eight in another complete game.

Etter hit a home run and stole three bases while going 2 for 4 with four runs and two RBI. Rasmussen went 3 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored while Lusti went 2 for 4. Meech scored the other run while Jeff Marjamaa drove in the other two runs.

Midway pushed its record to 7-0 with a 14-0 win over Red Eye Saturday and a 3-2 win in 10 innings over Nisswa Sunday.

A 10-run fifth inning sparked the Snurdbirds past Red Eye. Wetterling and Lund hit homers to spark Midway's 12-hit attack.

Wetterling went 2 for 3 with two runs and four RBI, Lund scored twice and drove in three runs, Rasmussen went 2 for 4 with a run and three stolen bases, Jeff Marjamaa went 2 for 4 with two runs and an RBI, and Pete Marjamaa drove in two runs. Hendrickson also scored twice while Etter and Mike Baso stole two bases each.

Hendrickson picked up the win, allowing four hits and striking out nine over six innings. Pete Marjamaa finished up.

Solo homers by Hendrickson and Lund led Midway past Nisswa as the Snurdbirds tied the game in the ninth before winning it in the 10th.

Mickelson went 2 for 4 while Etter scored Pete Marjamaa with the other run. Lusti earned the win in relief of Lund. Lund allowed two runs on three hits over the first five innings while Lusti gave up one hit over the final five innings.

Midway travels to Bemidji Friday night before hosting Wolf Lake in a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1.