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NYM, OTC hand Braves three conference losses

Eddie Salmen prepared to scoop up a ground ball during Menahga's game against New York Mills Thursday. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Menahga was held to only eight hits and one run in dropping three Park Region Conference baseball games at home.

New York Mills followed a 20-0 victory in five innings in the first game with an 11-1 win in six innings in the second game Thursday before Ottertail Central posted a 5-0 victory Friday. All three games were played at Menahga.

In the first game Thursday, New York Mills scored five runs in both the first and second innings, six runs in the fourth and four runs in the fifth behind a 19-hit attack. Adrian Ness reached on an error with two outs in the third and Lars Keranen singled with two outs in the fourth to account for the Braves' only two baserunners.

Corey Haataja (six earned runs on five hits and three walks in 1 inning) took the loss. Nolan Haataja pitched 2 ⅔ innings, allowing 10 runs on 10 hits and two walks while Eddie Salmen finished up, giving up four runs on four hits in 1 ⅓ innings.

New York Mills used a five-run second inning and three-run fifth inning to spark the sweep.

Thomas Litzau reached on an error, stole second and scored on Keranen's RBI single in the third for the Braves' lone run. Jack Pietila singled in the first and Nolan Haataja singled in the fourth to account for Menahga's other two hits.

Charlie Hodge went the distance, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits over five innings.

Keranen and Ivan Anderson combined on an eight-hitter in the loss to OTC. Keranen allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks over six innings while Anderson gave up a hit in a scoreless seventh.

Ness singled with two outs in the first, Nolan Haataja led off the third with a double, and Anderson and Salmen singled in the seventh to account for Menahga's four hits. OTC scored twice in the fifth and seventh innings to pull off the win.

In the three games, NYM and OTC combined for 36 runs on 37 hits.

New York Mills improved to 7-2 in the conference and 8-2 overall with the sweep while OTC improved to 6-3 in conference games and 6-5 overall. Menahga fell to 0-11 in Park Region play and 0-12 overall.