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Lusti pitches Braves to 5-1 win over OTC in conference doubleheader split

     Bob Lusti’s five-hitter led the Menahga baseball team to its only win in four games last week.

     The Braves opened the week by splitting a Park Region Conference doubleheader with Ottertail Central last Tuesday.

     In the first game, OTC took advantage of five Menahga errors while scoring seven unanswered runs in an 8-4 victory.

     Singles by Lusti, Levi Schwartz and Kyle Skoog produced a run in the first before Darien Mickelson scored on Nick Meyer’s RBI single in the second to give Menahga a 2-1 lead.

     OTC scored three times in the second, two times in the third and single runs in the fourth and fifth for an 8-2 lead. Schwartz scored on a bases-loaded walk to Charlie Steidler in the sixth before Meyer scored on Ray Mueller’s grounder in the seventh.

     Meyer took the loss, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and five walks in six innings. Menahga managed only four hits.

     Lusti helped the Braves salvage a split by striking out 11 and allowing one run in a 5-1 win in the second game.

     Meyer scored on Lusti’s RBI single in the first before Mueller doubled and scored on an error to give the Braves a 2-1 lead in the third. Singles by Lusti and Skoog set up a two-run double by Schwartz in the fourth as Menahga led 4-1. Isaac Anderson walked and scored on Lusti’s RBI single to conclude the scoring in the fifth as the Braves finished with seven hits.

     OTC fell to 5-5 in the conference and 9-5 overall.

     Pine River-Backus used a 15-hit attack to spark a 16-13 win over the Braves on Thursday.

     Menahga also finished with 15 hits as Anders Tolkkinen had five hits and four RBI, Lusti had four hits and three RBI, Schwartz had two hits and Mickelson had two hits. Charles Haataja took the loss.

     Skoog’s single accounted for the Braves’ only hit in a 10-0 five-inning loss to New York Mills on Friday.

     New York Mills used a seven-hit attack to improve to 10-0 in the conference and 14-0 overall. Skoog took the loss as Menahga fell to 3-7 in the conference and 5-10 overall.