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Tigers rebound from loss to PR-B with two victories

After being upset by Pine River-Backus to open the double-elimination portion of the Section 5A tournament, the Nevis baseball team stayed alive with wins over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and Hill City/Northland.

After being upset by Pine River-Backus to open the double-elimination portion of the Section 5A tournament, the Nevis baseball team stayed alive with wins over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and Hill City/Northland.

Pine River-Backus, the No. 4 seed in the West, edged the No. 1-seeded Tigers 9-8 in eight innings Wednesday at Wadena. Nevis regrouped to eliminate No. 3 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley with a 9-7 win Wednesday at Deer Creek and oust No. 2 Hill City/Northland with a 9-0 shutout Thursday at Deer Creek.

The Tigers will play either Braham or East Central Monday at Pierz with the winner of that game advancing to Tuesday's elimination game at Pierz to play the loser between Pine River-Backus and Hinckley-Finlayson. Pierz will host the section championship game Thursday at 5.

PR-B scored three runs in the eighth inning and held off a rally by the Tigers in the bottom of that inning to advance in the winners' bracket.

Nevis took a 2-1 lead by scoring twice in the third inning, matched PR-B's three runs in the fifth and scored a run in the sixth to tie the game at 6-6.

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Jack DeWulf went 3 for 5 with a run, three stolen bases and three RBI to pace Nevis' 12-hit attack. Luke DeWulf (2 for 5 with an RBI), Adam Thompson (2 for 4 with three runs), Dillon McGee (1 for 5), Shep Davis (1 for 5 with a run and an RBI), Jack Landquist (1 for 4 with a run and an RBI), Dan Mistic (1 for 5) and Sam Hitchcock (1 for 4 with two runs) also contributed offensively. Luke DeWulf and Thompson had doubles.

Davis took the loss in relief, allowing four unearned runs on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts over 2 ⅓ innings. McGee started and gave up four earned runs on five hits and six walks while striking out seven while Thompson allowed a hit and an unearned run in one inning. Six Nevis errors led to five unearned runs.

Luke DeWulf (2 for 2 with a pair of doubles and an RBI), Thompson (2 for 2 with two steals and two runs) and Mistic (2 for 3 with two RBI) led Nevis' nine-hit attack in the win over W-H-A.

The Tigers matched W-H-A's three runs in the first before taking a 9-5 lead by scoring twice in the second, once in third, twice in the fourth and once in the sixth.

Jack DeWulf (1 for 3 with a triple, two runs and an RBI), McGee (1 for 2 with a double and a run scored) and Tucker Roehl (1 for 3 with a run) also contributed hits while Davis scored two runs and Logan Funk scored a run.

Luke DeWulf started and earned the win, allowing five runs on six hits and five walks with eight strikeouts over 4 ⅓ innings. McGee, Davis and Derek Lindow finished up by combining for one hit, two runs and five strikeouts.

Lindow threw a three-hitter and struck out 11 in a complete-game effort as the Tigers eliminated Hill City.

A five-run first inning set the tone as the Tigers added single runs in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth frames to stay alive.

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Landquist went 3 for 4 with a double, a run scored and four RBI while Mistic went 2 for 3 with two runs to pace Nevis' eight-hit attack. Jack DeWulf (1 for 2 with three stolen bases and three runs), Davis (1 for 3 with an RBI) and Roehl (1 for 2 with an RBI) also had hits while McGee scored a run and stole two bases.

Nevis improved to 17-3 while PR-B improved to 12-6. W-H-A ended the season at 10-6 and Hill City closed at 12-6.

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