Midway shuts out Wolf Lake

Three pitchers combined on a four-hitter as the Snurdbirds picked up their first amateur baseball win of the season.

Zach Etter slid into third base as Wolf Lake's Max Knoll waited for the throw during Midway's 8-0 Lake & Pine League victory on Saturday, June 27. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Stetson Burkman, Zach Etter and Jake Lund combined on a four-hit shutout as Midway defeated Wolf Lake 8-0 in a Lake & Pine League amateur baseball game at Wolf Lake on Saturday, June 27.

The Snurdbirds scored three runs in both the first and ninth innings to pick up their first victory of the season.

Midway took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning by having the first five batters reach base. Zach Etter was hit by a pitch, Brett Dormanen singled and Chris Baso walked to load the bases. After Jake Lund reached on an error, Alexander Jimenez lined a two-run single.

Dormanen singled and scored on Ike Kyllonen’s grounder to make it 4-0 in the fifth before Etter was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on another Kyllonen grounder for a 5-0 edge in the seventh.

The Snurdbirds concluded the scoring in the ninth. Etter, Dormanen and Quincy Jantz opened the inning with singles before Jimenez followed with a two-run single.


Dormanen (3 for 4, three runs), Etter (2 for 3, three runs) and Jimenez (2 for 5, four RBI) paced Midway’s nine-hit attack. Burkman picked up the win, allowing two hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over the first six innings. Etter allowed one hit and struck out one in the seventh before Lund finished up by giving up one hit and striking out two over the final two innings.

The win lifted Midway’s record to 1-3 this season.

Sam Pikula went the distance for Wolf Lake, which managed only singles by Max Knoll in the first, Dylan Walsh in the sixth, Matt Skoog in the seventh and Derek Pihlaja in the eighth.

Midway plays at Perham at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday (July 4) while Wolf Lake travels to Park Rapids for the Esox’s home opener on Sunday (July 5) for a 1:30 p.m. opening pitch in a Lake & Pine League game. Wolf Lake defeated Park Rapids 12-5 at Wolf Lake on June 28.

Perham prevails

The Pirates made their season debut by scoring single runs in each of the final three innings to rally for an 8-7 exhibition victory over Midway at Perham on Friday, June 26.

Perham took a 3-0 lead in the first on five walks and an error before the Snurdbirds responded by scoring twice in the second and three times in the third for a 5-3 edge. Midway led 6-4 in the fifth and took a 7-6 lead in the eighth before the Pirates tied the game in the bottom of the eighth and scored the winning run in the ninth.

Nine different players had hits for Midway with Baso going 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI, Sam Beck going 1 for 3 with two runs, Dormanen going 1 for 4 with a run and two RBI, and Ray Mueller going 1 for 1 with two runs. Also contributing on offense were Etter (1 for 5), Burkman (1 for 4), Cory Odland (1 for 3, one run), Isaiah Usher (1 for 4, one RBI) and Kyllonen (1 for 3, one RBI).

Etter took the loss in relief by allowing the winning run on a walk, two wild pitches and Gabe Pankonin’s walk-off RBI single in the ninth. Odland issued five walks and three unearned runs in the first inning; Dormanen pitched four innings and gave up five hits and two runs; and Kyllonen allowed two runs on five hits over three innings as the Snurdbirds used four pitchers.


1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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