Nolan Haataja and Charlie Hodge combine on one-hitter

Jack Pietila and Eddie Salmen combine to drive in five runs in the Menahga baseball team's 11-1 win over Nevis.


Nolan Haataja and Charlie Hodge combined on a one-hitter in leading the Menahga baseball team to an 11-1 win over Nevis at Menahga on Friday, April 30.

Jack Pietila’s RBI double sparked a two-run first inning while Eddie Salmen’s two-run single, Pietila’s two-run double and Henry Salmen’s RBI single led to six runs in the second as the Braves led 8-1. Ethan Hendrickson’s two-run single in the fourth completed the scoring.

Pietila (2 for 2, one run, three RBI) and Eddie Salmen (2 for 2, two runs, two RBI) led Menahga’s eight-hit attack. Haataja (1 for 1, two runs), Hodge (1 for 3, one run), Liam Torola (two runs) and Sam Jackola (one run) also contributed to the win.

Haataja allowed one hit and two walks while striking out seven in four innings for the win. Hodge retired all three batters he faced in the fifth as the Braves improved to 4-2. Nevis fell to 6-1.

Payton Rondestvedt threw a three-hitter and struck out nine in leading Wadena-Deer Creek to a 4-0 Park Region Conference win over the Braves at Wadena on Thursday, April 29.


The Braves managed only singles by Ivan Anderson, Eddie Salmen and Jackola. Eddie Salmen took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks with six strikeouts over five innings. Aaron Pietila pitched the sixth.

W-DC improved to 3-1 in the conference and 4-1 overall while Menahga fell to 3-2 against Park Region opponents.

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