Baseball: Six-run fourth propels Little Falls past Sauk Rapids

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Little Falls junior Gabe Ploof beat out a key infield single with the bases loaded to bring home two runs in Tuesday's 10-5 win. Ploof started on the mound and worked four innings for the win.

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After a back-and-forth start to Tuesday’s game against Sauk Rapids-Rice, the Little Falls baseball team used a six-run fourth inning to create a gap the visiting Storm could not recover from, winning 10-5.

Little Falls jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, but Sauk Rapids scored three runs in the second to go up 3-2.

After the Flyers tied the score in the bottom of the inning, Sauk Rapids regained the lead with two more in the third.

Little Falls got one back in the third to pull within 5-4 and used a double play to stifle a threat in the top of the fourth.

Sauk Rapids loaded the bases with no one out in the seventh, but Little Falls junior Spencer Fenske worked out of trouble to close out the win.

Seniors Joey Hanowski and Mitch Gregory and juniors Matt Stumpf, Collin Eckman and Fenske each collected two hits to power the balanced attack.

Hanowski doubled twice and scored three runs and Fenske doubled and knocked in a pair.

Junior Matt Stumpf connects for one of his two hits in Tuesday's game. Stumpf was one of five Flyers with multi-hit performances in a 10-5 win over Sauk Rapids-Rice.

Junior Gabe Ploof worked the first four innings to pick up the win, surrendering only one earned run.

Little Falls travels to Perham for a doubleheader, Saturday.


Sauk Rapids  5   8   5
Little Falls    10 13  3

Little Falls—Joey Hanowski: 2-5, 2-2B, 3-R; Spencer Fenske: 2-3, 2B, 2-RBI, 2-R; Matt Stumpf: 2-3, RBI, R; Collin Eckman: 2-5, RBI, R; Mitch Gregory: 2-5, 2B, R; Matt Valentine: 1-3, 2-RBI, R; Gabe Ploof: 1-3, 2-RBI; Michael Holthaus: 1-2; Fenske: 3-IP, 0-R; WP-Ploof: 4-IP, 1-ER, 5-H, 3-BB, 4-K.