Menahga and Nevis saw their runs at qualifying for the state baseball tournament end on Tuesday, June 8.
Menahga stayed alive with a 6-3 win over Warroad before being eliminated with a 6-5 loss to Wadena-Deer Creek during the Section 8AA tournament at Wadena on June 8. Nevis stayed alive with a 13-5 win over Ogilvie at Nevis on Monday, June 7. The Tigers’ season ended with a 3-2 loss in 10 innings to Hinckley-Finlayson at Pierz on June 8.
W-DC advanced to play Roseau with the winner facing Perham for the Section 8AA championship. Braham defeated Hinckley-Finlayson 13-3 to earn a shot at playing Sebeka for the Section 5A title.
W-DC ousts Braves
The Braves eliminated Warroad before being eliminated by W-DC.
Menahga (the No. 3 seed in the South) scored two runs in the fourth inning and single runs in the second, third, sixth and seventh innings to eliminate Warroad (the No. 1 seed in the North).
Eddie Salmen’s RBI single gave Menahga a 1-0 lead in the second and Sam Jackola scored on a double steal to make it 2-1 in the third. Doubles by Ivan Anderson and Henry Salmen in the fourth, a single by Nolan Haataja and an RBI double by Anderson in the fifth, and Charlie Hodge’s RBI single in the sixth capped off Menahga’s scoring.
Haataja earned the win, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks with three strikeouts over 6 ⅔ innings. Eddie Salmen closed out the game for the save, allowing one hit. Anderson went 2 for 3 and scored twice as the Braves had eight hits in the game.
W-DC (the No. 2 seed in the South) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings and held off a late rally to end the Braves’ season.
In the sixth, the Braves loaded the bases when Ethan Hendrickson singled and Anderson was hit by a pitch following an error. Henry Salmen’s two-run single and Jack Pietila’s RBI single pulled Menahga to within 5-3.
After W-DC scored a run in the seventh, the Braves mounted a rally in the bottom of the inning. Hendrickson and Liam Torola were hit by pitches. Hendrickson scored on Haataja’s RBI single and Torola scored on a steal to make it 6-5 before the Wolverines ended the comeback.
The Braves had five hits with Jack Pietila going 2 for 3 and Hendrickson and Torola scoring two runs each. Jack Pietila took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits over the first 2 ⅓ innings. Aaron Pietila finished up, giving up two runs on three hits in 4 ⅔ innings of relief.
W-DC, which defeated the Braves 10-2 earlier in the tournament, improved to 22-3 while Menahga ended the season at 19-6. Warroad concluded the season with an 18-5 record.
H-F eliminates Tigers
The Tigers used a 14-hit attack to eliminate Ogilvie before falling to Hinckley-Finlayson in extra innings.
Ogilvie, the No. 4 seed in the East, led 3-1 before the Tigers took control by scoring twice in the third, three times in the fourth and seven times in the fifth.
Cain Mitchell went 3 for 5 and scored five runs, Derek Lindow went 2 for 3 with three runs and two RBI, Dan Aman went 4 for 4 with two RBI, and Eli Klimek went 2 for 4 to lead Nevis’ offense. Aman earned the win, allowing three earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out 11 in 5 ⅓ innings. Tyler Lindow struck out three in 1 ⅔ innings of scoreless relief.
Nevis’ playoff run ended as Hinckley-Finlayson prevailed.
Nevis, the No. 2 seed in the West, trailed 1-0 before Derek Lindow walked, stole second and scored on Aman’s RBI single to tie the game at 1-1 in the fifth. The Tigers took a 2-1 lead in the sixth on a single by Klimek, a walk to Reese Kline and an RBI single by Mitchell.
Hinckley-Finlayson, the No. 1 seed in the East, tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth before scoring the game-winning run with two outs in the 10th.
Derek Lindow allowed two runs on four hits and one walk with eight strikeouts over the first 8 ⅔ innings. Tyler Lindow took the loss, allowing three hits and one earned run. The Tigers had eight hits in ending the season with an 18-6 record. Hinckley-Finlayson advanced with a 17-5 mark while Ogilvie closed the season at 12-12.
"Our guys played their hearts out these past few games in extreme heat,” said Nevis head coach Larry Franck. “This was one of the best games I have been a part of for over 13 years. There were a few mistakes by both teams, but overall it was a great game.”