Baseball: Top-ranked Little Falls erases 3-0 deficit against Foley to remain unbeaten

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Little Falls senior Tony Arnold is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning against Foley, Wednesday. Pictured are (from left): Arnold, junior Spencer Fenske, sophomore Sebastian Sowada, juniors Nathan Masog and Matt Stumpf and senior Matt Valentine.

Top-ranked Little Falls got off to another slow start in a make-up game Wednesday, as visiting Foley built a 3-0 lead with runs in the second, third and fifth innings.

But the Falcons paid for missing out on opportunities to build an even bigger lead, with two runners caught stealing and another picked off in the first three innings to keep the Flyers within striking distance.

Little Falls took advantage in the bottom of the fifth, tying the score on a two-run double by senior Mitch Gregory and an RBI by senior Joey Hanowski.

With the game still tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh, senior Michael Holthaus led off with a pinch-hit double.

Senior pinch runner Tony Arnold advanced to third on a base hit by Gregory, then came home to score the winning run when junior Collin Eckman dropped a walk-off single into the outfield.

Gregory and Eckman each went 3-for-4 to collect six of the Flyers’ eight hits.

Little Falls junior Gabe Ploof fires a pitch to the plate in Wednesday's 4-3 win over Foley. Ploof earned the win in relief.

Junior Gabe Ploof allowed only one run in 4 2/3 innings of relief to earn the win.

Little Falls hosts Princeton, Friday.

To view more photos from Wednesday’s game, check out The Record’s online gallery


Foley          3 4 0
Little Falls  4 8 0

Little Falls—Mitch Gregory: 3-4, 2B, 2-RBI, R; Collin Eckman: 3-4, RBI; Michael Holthaus: 1-1, 2B; Gabe Ploof: 1-2; Tony Arnold: 2-R; WP-Ploof: 4 2/3-IP, 1-R, 3-H, 2-BB, 2-K.