After closing out the regular season with a 10-run win, the Nevis baseball team opened the Section 5A playoffs with another 10-run victory before suffering a 1-run loss in the second round of tournament play. All three games were played at Nevis.
Nevis ended the regular season with a 10-0 victory in five innings over Mahnomen/Waubun on May 27. The Tigers received the No. 2 seed in the West for the Section 5A playoffs and opened with a 13-3 victory in five innings over No. 7 Cass Lake-Bena on Tuesday, June 1. No. 3 Pine River-Backus used a six-run fourth inning to spark a 12-11 win over the Tigers on Wednesday, June 2. The Tigers will host No. 4 Hill City/Northland in an elimination game at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 4.
Against Mahnomen/Waubun, Dan Aman scattered five hits and struck out nine for the win. The Tigers scored twice in the first, four times in the third and three times in the fourth before ending this game early with another run in the fifth. Nevis had nine hits with Tyler Lindow (2 for 2, three runs), Eli Klimek (2 for 3, two RBI) and Derek Lindow (1 for 2, two RBI) leading the way.
Mahnomen/Waubun fell to 5-11.
“Overall, this was probably the best game we played all year,” said Nevis head coach Larry Franck. “(We had) good pitching and defense with balanced scoring.”
Cain Mitchell (3 for 4, three RBI), Eli Klimek (1 for 3, two runs, two RBI), Aman (1 for 2, two runs) and Ward Davis (1 for 1, two runs) led Nevis’ eight-hit attack in the playoff win over CL-B. Davis allowed three runs on one hit, four walks and three hit batters while striking out five over three innings for the win while Tyler Lindow struck out three during two hitless innings of relief. Nevis scored four times in the second, twice in the third, five times in the fourth and twice in the fifth for another victory via the 10-run rule.
CL-B, which was defeated by Nevis 18-1 in five innings during the regular season, ended the season with a 1-12 record.
“We took advantage of 11 walks combined with our eight hits,” said Franck. “We started slow, but showed good patience at the plate and made contact when needed.”
Eight Nevis errors helped PR-B pull off the upset as the No. 3 seed advanced to play No. 1 Sebeka.
Nevis scored three times in the first on Aman’s RBI single and Ethan Klimek’s RBI double and once in the third for a 4-2 lead and scored four times in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 8-8. PR-B scored a run in the fifth and three runs in the sixth to take a 12-8 lead before the Tigers scored twice in the sixth on Derek Lindow’s two-run home run and once in the seventh, but the tying run was thrown out at the plate to end the comeback.
The Tigers belted out 15 hits with Tyler Lindow (3 for 5, two runs), Derek Lindow (3 for 5, three runs, four RBI), Aman (3 for 4, two RBI), Mitchell (2 for 4, two runs) and Ethan Klimek (2 for 2) leading the offense. Tyler Lindow took the loss in relief, allowing three earned runs on three hits over two innings. Aman started and gave up five earned runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts over three innings while Derek Lindow issued two earned runs on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in two innings of work.
“Both teams hit the ball hard and there were many mistakes by both teams,” said Franck. “PRB played better for the win.”
Nevis, which defeated PR-B by scores of 12-0 and 14-8 during the regular season, fell to 16-5. PR-B improved to 17-5.