By PATRICK SLACK
At one point, Mora scored 14 unanswered runs in a doubleheader against Little Falls, May 11.
But the visiting Flyers scored the first eight and the final eight, pulling off a wild 8-7, 8-7 sweep that took five hours to complete on a cold, windy afternoon.
The Flyers struck for three runs in each of the first two innings, then added single runs in the third and fourth to build an 8-0 advantage in the first game.
That lead appeared safe until the sixth, when the Mustangs sent 12 batters to the plate, bringing home seven to pull within one run until senior reliever Nathan Masog recorded the final out, stranding runners at the corners.
Senior Collin Eckman recorded the save, bouncing back after hitting the leadoff man to retire the final three batters.
Senior Spencer Fenske worked the first five innings to pick up the win.
The Flyers accumulated 12 hits offensively, with two apiece from seniors Josh Wenzel, Gabe Ploof and Fenske, junior Alec Zack and sophomore Bryce Zawatzke.
Ploof and Fenske each drove in two runs and Wenzel collected a run and an RBI.
The script was nearly completely flipped for everything but the final score in the finale, with Mora storming to a 7-0 lead.
That simply set the stage for the Flyers to add to the Mustangs’ frustration, closing the gap to 7-4 after six to lead up to a last-inning Little Falls comeback.
Fenske, senior Nate Backowski and Zack opened the frame with consecutive singles, before a walk-off walk by Eckman eventually brought home sophomore Bryce Zawatzke with the game-winning run.
Wenzel and Backowski each went 2-for-4 for the Flyers, with Zack scoring twice and driving in a run.
Eckman worked out of a second and third, one-out jam in the top of the seventh to record the win in relief.
The Flyers overcame seven errors in the second contest, with the two teams combining for 16 miscues on the day.
Ploof pitches Flyers to split
Little Falls’ only two runs of the game came from its first two batters.
That was just fine for Ploof, as the starting pitcher tossed a three-hitter to give the Flyers a home doubleheader split against Albany, Monday.
Following a 9-0 defeat in the opening game, senior Josh Wenzel and Ploof reached base back-to-back to lead off the second contest, then both came home to score on wild pitches.
Albany finally got on the board in the sixth inning to close the deficit to 2-1, but that’s where the score remained, as Ploof stranded two runners with consecutive strikeouts to end the inning and the Huskies’ final threat.
Junior Kyle Boser and Zack also had hits for the Flyers in the second game, with Wenzel and senior Matt Stumpf picking up Little Falls’ only hits in the opener.
LF rallies to force extra play, but Monticello wins in eighth
Little Falls scored two runs in the top of the seventh to force extra innings at Monticello, May 10.
But the host Magic brought home the winning run in the eighth, taking the non-conference contest 5-4.
Ploof led off with a double and Eckman followed with a walk before both came home to score on wild pitches during the seventh.
Eckman went 2-for-3 with a triple and scored two runs and Fenske went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Flyers, while Zack and Ploof each reached base four times.