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NYM eliminates Braves from playoffs

     New York Mills ended the season for the Menahga baseball team Tuesday with a 17-2 five-inning victory in the Section 6A North quarterfinals.

     Menahga, the No. 8 seed, opened the playoffs with a 7-2 win over No. 9 Pine River-Backus in Tuesday’s first game at New York Mills before being eliminated by the No. 1 seed.

     The Braves used a 13-hit attack to eliminate PR-B. Nick Meyer scored on Ray Mueller’s grounder in the first before Anders Tolkkinen tripled and scored on Chris Maki’s RBI single in the second for a 2-0 lead.

     After PR-B tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth, Joe Keranen singled and scored on Maki’s RBI single in the bottom of that inning.

     A three-run fifth sealed the win as singles by Bob Lusti, Levi Schwartz and Kyle Skoog and a two-run double by Tolkkinen gave Menahga a 6-2 lead.

     Lusti’s solo homer in the sixth concluded the scoring as Meyer struck out nine and allowed three hits for the win. PR-B ended the season at 6-13.

     Singles by Meyer, Lusti and Mueller gave the Braves a 1-0 lead in the first against NYM before the Eagles scored five runs in the first, six runs in the third and six runs in the fourth to take control. Singles by Meyer and Skoog led to the Braves’ other run in the third.

     New York Mills advanced with a 19-0 record while the Braves ended the season at 7-13.

     Menahga ended the regular season by splitting a Park Region Conference doubleheader with Pillager and falling to Frazee.

     On May 20, Pillager won the opener 6-4 by scoring two runs in both the fifth and seventh innings.

     Mueller singled and scored on Joe Keranen’s RBI double in the second; Skoog walked and scored on Schwartz’s RBI double in the third; and singles by Meyer, Tolkkinen and Keranen and a sacrifice fly by Isaac Anderson gave Menahga a 4-2 lead in the fourth.

     Menahga earned a split as Lusti threw a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts in a 2-0 victory.

     This game was scoreless until the seventh when a double by Meyer, singles by Lusti and Mueller, and an error produced the only runs of the game.

     The split gave Menahga a 4-8 record in conference play while Pillager finished 2-10 in the conference and 5-13 overall.

     Frazee pounded out 19 hits to defeat Menahga 18-4 in the regular-season finale on May 20.

     Meyer had two hits and Tolkkinen scored two runs to lead the Braves, who were held to only three hits in the game. Frazee improved to 12-9.