Walker-Hackensack-Akeley’s pitchers issued 12 walks and hit two batters in the first and third innings that provided all the offense the Nevis baseball team needed in a 15-5 five-inning Northand Conference victory at Nevis on Tuesday, May 11.
The Tigers combined a pair of hits with six walks and a hit batter to claim an 8-0 lead after the first inning. Cain Mitchell, Tyler Lindow and Derek Lindow walked to load the bases before Dan Aman lofted a sacrifice fly. A walk to Ethan Klimek reloaded the bases to set up a walk to Eli Klimek and a run-scoring grounder by Ward Davis. After a walk to Reese Kline, Dawson McGee drew a bases-loaded walk. Mitchell and Tyler Lindow followed with two-run singles.
In the third, the Tigers expanded their lead to 15-0 behind three singles, six walks and a hit batter. McGee and Mitchell opened the inning with walks before both scored on Derek Lindow’s single and an error. Walks to Aman, Ethan Klimek and a single by Eli Klimek loaded the bases. An RBI grounder by Davis, a walk to Kline and McGee’s two-run single made it 14-0 before Tyler Lindow was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to cap off the scoring for the Tigers.
W-H-A scored four runs in the fourth and a run in the fifth to conclude the scoring.
Eli Klimek went 2 for 2 and Mitchell scored three times as the Tigers finished with seven hits. Mitchell started and earned the win, allowing four runs on two hits and four walks with four strikeouts while pitching into the fourth. Davis finished up, giving up three hits and a run over the final two innings.
Nevis, which was rated No. 10 in the latest state Class A poll, improved to 9-0 in conference play and 12-1 overall. The Tigers defeated W-H-A 24-1 on April 29. The Wolves fell to 1-5 in conference games and 1-7 overall.
Braves rout OTC
Jack Pietila and Ethan Hendrickson combined to drive in seven runs while Eddie Salmen and Charlie Hodge combined on a two-hitter in leading the Menahga baseball team to a 12-1 five-inning Park Region Conference win over Ottertail Central at Battle Lake on Tuesday, May 11.
Pietila’s two-run double gave the Braves a 3-0 lead in the first. After scoring twice in the second, Ivan Anderson’s RBI double made it 6-0 in the third. Hendrickson’s RBI single and Pietila’s two-run double extended the lead to 10-0 in the fourth before RBI singles by Aaron Pietila and Hendrickson in the fifth pushed the lead to 12-0.
Hendrickson (2 for 4, three RBI), Jack Pietila (2 for 3, four RBI), Liam Torola (1 for 3, two runs), Eddie Salmen (1 for 2, two runs), Anderson (1 for 3, two RBI), Nolan Haataja (1 for 1, three runs) and Henry Salmen (1 for 2, two runs) led Menahga’s 10-hit attack. Eddie Salmen allowed one hit and two walks with seven strikeouts over the first four innings for the win while Hodge gave up one unearned run on one hit and two walks in the fifth.
The win lifted Menahga to 7-3 in the conference and 9-3 overall while OTC fell to 1-7 against Park Region opponents and 2-10 overall.