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Midway enters L & P playoffs as No. 1 seed

Midway will enter the Lake and Pine League amateur baseball playoffs as the No. 1 seed after going 15-1 in league play this season. The Snurdbirds had their bid for an undefeated record in Lake and Pine League play denied with an 11-2 loss to Wol...

Midway will enter the Lake and Pine League amateur baseball playoffs as the No. 1 seed after going 15-1 in league play this season.

The Snurdbirds had their bid for an undefeated record in Lake and Pine League play denied with an 11-2 loss to Wolf Lake last Friday night at Menahga.

Ben Davis' two-run single scored Tony Meech and Brett Dormanen to give Midway a 2-1 lead in the fifth before Wolf Lake rallied with one run in the bottom of the fifth, two runs in the sixth, one run in the seventh and six runs in the eighth.

Derek Dormanen went 2 for 3 to lead Midway's seven-hit attack. Wolf Lake finished with 19 hits off Pete Marjamaa (two runs on six hits and five walks in five innings), Zach Etter (three runs on five hits and two walks in two innings) and Derek Dormanen (six runs on eight hits in one inning).

Brad Lusti (2 for 5 with three runs and two RBI), Chris Baso (2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI), Jeff Marjamaa (3 for 5 with two runs) and Dustin Hanninen (2 for 3) led Midway to a 15-4 victory over Red Eye on July 9 at Menahga. Etter scored two runs while Meech had two RBI as Midway finished with 12 hits. Meech picked up the win, allowing four runs on five hits over five innings. Chris Baso didn't allow a hit and struck out three in two innings of relief.

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In earlier games, Midway defeated Red Eye 8-3 on July 5 and swept a doubleheader from Verndale on July 6 by scores of 8-5 and 13-1.

In the win over Red Eye, Lusti (2 for 4 with two runs), Andy Baso (2 for 2) and Davis (3 for 3 with two runs and two RBI) led Midway's 10-hit attack. Jake Lund improved to 5-1 on the season by allowing three runs on two hits over six innings. Pete Marjamaa and Meech didn't allow a hit over the final three innings.

Meech improved to 1-1 on the season in pitching the Snurdbirds to an 8-5 win in the first game of the doubleheader against Verndale. James Burkman started and gave up five runs over the first 2 1/3 innings before Meech held the Bison scoreless over the next 3 2/3 innings. Drew Rasmussen pitched the seven for his first save.

Offensively, Davis (2 for 3), Rasmussen (2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI) and Brandon Mickelson (2 for 3) led Midway's 13-hit attack. Davis, Pete Marjamaa, Cody Bjornson and Jamo Burkman also chipped in one RBI each.

Etter threw a five-hit complete game and led the offense with five RBI in leading Midway to the sweep over Verndale.

Etter struck out nine and gave up five hits to improve to 7-1 on the season. Etter also went 2 for 3, including a home run, and scored three times to lead Midway's 12-hit offensive attack.

Rasmussen went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI and Jeff Marjamaa went 2 for 4 for Midway. Peyton Burkman, James Burkman and Davis scored two runs each as the Snurdbirds won the second game in five innings via the 10-run rule.

Midway, which went 22-6 during the regular season, will open the Lake and Pine League North playoffs at Staples today (Saturday). The Snurdbirds will host Staples Sunday afternoon at 1:30.

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Wolf Lake, the No. 2 seed, plays at Nisswa today (Saturday) before hosting Lakes Area Sunday at 1:30.

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