By PATRICK SLACK
After outlasting Monticello in 10 innings in Monday’s district playoff opener in Cold Spring, the Little Falls VFW baseball team’s season came to an end with a pair of tightly contested defeats Tuesday.
Little Falls 4, Monticello 3
Little Falls topped Monticello 4-3 to advance in the winners’ bracket, finally winning the game on a squeeze bunt by Thomas Bell that plated Ben Witt in the bottom of the 10th.
The Flyers took the lead twice early, only for Monticello to tie the game each time.
Monticello took its first lead in the top of the ninth, but Little Falls kept its hopes alive in the bottom of the inning when Michael Fregin walked and eventually came around to score on a passed ball.
Bell finished 3-for-5 to lead Little Falls, with Ben Witt and Lucas Cofell adding two hits apiece.
Kyle Boser struck out nine over 7 1/3 innings of work, while Nick Anderson earned the win in relief.
St. Cloud Blue 10, Little Falls 4
Little Falls carried a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, but a nine-run frame by St. Cloud Blue led to a 10-4 defeat in the second round.
The Flyers erased an early deficit when Gabe Ploof scored on a double play in the fourth, then took the lead when Cofell singled home Witt.
Little Falls added a run to its lead in the sixth when Fregin followed a double by Cofell with a run-scoring single.
Dane Peterson doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Witt in the seventh.
St. Cloud Red 5, Little Falls 3
After squandering two leads in the early stages of Tuesday evening’s elimination game, St. Cloud Red went ahead for good with two runs in the fifth en route to a 5-3 victory over the Flyers.
Bryce Zawatzke and Boser each had two hits for Little Falls, with Zawatzke slugging a double.
Witt singled, scored a run and drove in one.
Adam Hallberg struck out five batters in three innings of relief.
Little Falls finished the summer season with a record of 24-7.