By PATRICK SLACK
Little Falls manufactured an early lead that Kyle Boser wouldn’t relinquish to earn a 4-1 win in the opening game of a doubleheader against Monticello, Monday.
In the finale, the Flyers Post 1112 continued to score until it came out on top 7-6 in a rollercoaster extra-inning game.
Playing at home for the first time this summer, Little Falls utilized three consecutive hits, including a run-scoring single by Dane Peterson to take an early 2-0 lead in the second inning in the opener.
The Flyers tacked on a run in the fifth when Boser squeezed home Alec Zack and one more in the sixth when Lucas Cofell drew a walk and came around to cross the plate on a sacrifice fly by Dane Peterson.
Gabe Ploof went 2-for-2 while Nick Anderson, Ben Witt, Peterson and Cofell all singled.
Boser allowed just two hits over six innings while striking out nine.
Anderson worked a scoreless seventh to pick up the save.
In what was scheduled to be a five-inning, non-league contest, Little Falls took the lead three times in the first four innings, only for Monticello to rally back and tie the score each time to force extra frames.
Monticello finally seized a lead with a run in the top of the sixth to go up 6-5.
In the bottom of the inning, Brady Muncy led off with a single for the Flyers, followed by a double by Thomas Bell and a walk by Jeremy Klein to fill the bases.
Monticello recorded one out, but misplayed a ball hit back to the mound to allow Muncy to score the tying run.
A failed squeeze attempt enabled Monticello to record the second out, but Klein was able to dash home on a wild pitch to give Little Falls its fourth win in a row to open the season.
Klein and Bell each went 2-for-3, with Klein scoring twice.
Austin Fenske and Kyle Kabanuk each contributed a double and Muncy had a hit and scored two runs.
Bell went the distance on the mound, allowing only one earned run to notch the victory.
Little Falls plays at Pierz, Tuesday, at 11 a.m.