Baseball: Menahga and East Grand Forks battle to a split

The Braves rebound from a 4-3 loss for a 1-0 victory.

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MENAHGA – East Grand Forks and Menahga split a pair of close games in a clash of Section 8AA North teams on May 24.

In the opener, EGF prevailed 4-3 while the Braves rebounded to win the second game 1-0 in a pair of pitchers’ duels.

Menahga trailed 1-0 in the first game before taking a 3-1 lead in the third when Bradyen Aho singled, Aaron Pietila lined an RBI triple and Ethan Hendrickson was hit by a pitch. An error allowed the go-ahead runs to score.

After EGF scored three times in the sixth, the Braves threatened in the bottom of that inning when Quincy Jantz doubled, Ivan Anderson was hit by a pitch and Liam Torola singled. But Menahga left the bases loaded. Menahga mounted another threat in the seventh, but couldn’t produce the tying run after singles by Aho and Nolan Haataja.

Pietila (2 for 4) and Aho (2 for 3) led Menahga’s eight-hit attack. Aho took the loss after giving up four runs on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts over six innings. Haataja struck out two batters in the seventh.


Henry Salmen pitched a shutout in the second game, allowing one hit and four walks while striking out seven in this five-inning battle.

The Braves scored the game’s only run in the fifth when Jantz walked and scored on singles by Pietila and Anderson.

Singles by Jantz and Salmen in the first and a single by Hendrickson in the fourth were the only other hits for the Braves, who improved to 4-2 against section teams and 12-6 overall. EGF, the top team in the Section 8AA North standings, is now 10-1 in section play and 11-4 overall.

Yordan Alvarez's 3-run home run was the difference maker

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1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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