Nevis posted a shutout while Menahga pulled off an upset as the Section 5A baseball playoffs began on Thursday, May 23.
Derek Lindow threw a no-hitter and struck out 18 in leading Nevis to a 6-0 win over Cass Lake at Nevis. The Tigers, the No. 2 seed in the West, defeated Cass Lake 24-4 during the regular season.
Nevis used a 10-hit attack to score twice in the second inning and four times in the fifth. Reese Kline (2 for 3, one run), Wyatt Rech (1 for 3, two RBI), Dan Aman (1 for 3, one run), Ward Davis (1 for 3, one run), Ian Ahrendt (1 for 3), Lindow (1 for 3, one RBI), Shep Davis (1 for 2, one run), Cain Mitchell (1 for 3) and Dan Mistic (1 for 3, one run, one RBI) led the Tigers offensively.
Nevis advanced with a 10-9 record while Cass Lake-Bena fell to 4-8.
Menahga, the No. 6 seed, upset No. 3 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley with a 3-1 victory at Walker. W-H-A defeated the Braves 7-4 during the regular season.
Lars Keranen and Eddie Salmen combined on a three-hitter. Keranen gave up one run over six innings before Salmen pitched a scoreless seventh for the save.
Menahga managed only four hits with Thomas Litzau having two hits and an RBI. Keranen and Nolan Haataja also had a hit each with Keranen driving in a run. The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first before W-H-A tied it in the fourth. Menahga scored twice in the seventh to advance.
Menahga improved to 4-12-1 while the Wolves fell to 12-7.
Frazee sweeps Tigers
Nevis was held to only six hits in ending the regular season with a pair of losses at Frazee on May 21.
Kline's single provided the only hit as the Tigers were shut out 10-0 in six innings in the first game while six Nevis errors helped Frazee complete the sweep with a 5-1 win in five innings in the second game.
A five-run first inning sparked Frazee to the win in the opener. The Hornets scored twice in the third and three times in the sixth to end this game early via the 10-run rule. Ward Davis started and took the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits in four innings. Only one of those runs was earned. Aiden Thompson allowed three runs on two hits and five walks over the final 1 ⅔ innings.
Rech plated Eli Johnson with Nevis' only run in the fifth inning in the second game as Frazee completed the sweep by scoring once in the first and four times in the third. Singles by Tyler Lindow, Ward Davis, Derek Lindow, Shep Davis and Mitchell accounted for Nevis' five hits. Rech went the distance, allowing two earned runs on five hits.
Frazee improved to 5-13.