The Menahga baseball team extended its winning streak by posting a pair of wins on the road.
The Braves followed a 9-3 win at Frazee on Monday (May 24) with a 13-3 victory at Nevis on Tuesday (May 25) to push their winning streak to six games.
Jack Pietila’s two-out walk and Henry Salmen’s RBI single gave Menahga a 1-0 lead in the first before the Hornets scored twice in the bottom of the inning. A five-run second put the Braves in control. Nolan Haataja singled before two walks, a hit batter and two errors made it 6-2. A single by Charlie Hodge and Liam Torola’s two-run double gave Menahga an 8- 3 lead in the sixth before Ivan Anderson doubled and scored on Haataja’s RBI single in the seventh.
Haataja went 2 for 4 while Jack Pietila, Sam Jackola and Hodge scored two runs each. Haataja picked up the win, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out eight over 5 ⅔ innings to improve to 6-0 on the season. Aaron Pietila pitched the final 1 ⅓ innings, striking out three and walking one as Frazee fell to 5-13.
Torola’s grand-slam homer sparked the Braves past Nevis.
Walks to Jack Pietila, Jackola and Ethan Hendrickson, a single by Eddie Salmen, and an RBI single by Aaron Pietila set up Torola’s bases-clearing homer as Menahga led 6-0 in the second.
After Nevis scored a run in the bottom of that inning, Eddie Salmen’s single and two errors gave the Braves an 8-1 lead in the third. After Jackola singled and scored on Aaron Pietila’s run-scoring grounder in the fifth for a 9-1 lead, the Tigers made it 9-3 in the bottom of that inning on a pair of sacrifice flies.
Menahga concluded the scoring with two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth, Haataja walked, Henry Salmen singled, Jack Pietila had an RBI grounder and Hodge lined an RBI double for an 11-3 advantage. Hendrickson’s single, Torola’s RBI single and Haataja’s RBI double ended the scoring in the seventh.
Hendrickson (2 for 3, two runs), Torola (3 for 4, two runs, five RBI) and Eddie Salmen (2 for 4, two runs) led Menahga’s 12-hit attack. Hodge started and earned the win by allowing two runs on three hits and seven walks with two strikeouts over four innings. Henry Salmen, Jack Pietila and Aaron Pietila finished up.
Menahga, which defeated Nevis 11-1 in five innings on April 30, improved to 15-4. The Tigers fell to 14-4 with their third loss in the last four games.
“We are playing good baseball at the moment and getting the wins that we need, but we will need to start playing even better as we head into the postseason,” said Menahga head coach Nick Jasmer. “The keys to our success have been us being competitive and our execution on offense and defense. When we put everything together, we can be a very tough team to compete against.”