VFW Baseball: Little Falls wins six of first eight

By PATRICK SLACK
Sports Editor
patrick.slack@mcrecord.com

Little Falls VFW starting pitcher Evan Athman delivers to the plate during the second game of a home doubleheader against Brainerd, Wednesday. Athman worked four innings as Little Falls picked up a 5-4, 8-6 sweep.

Little Falls VFW starting pitcher Evan Athman delivers to the plate during the second game of a home doubleheader against Brainerd, Wednesday. Athman worked four innings as Little Falls picked up a 5-4, 8-6 sweep.

The Little Falls VFW baseball team opened its season with a full slate of action, playing eight games in as many days, posting a 6-1-1 record.

 

Princeton doubleheader

Little Falls opened its summer season with a 3-2, 9-0 home sweep over Princeton, June 12.

The opening game went 10 innings, with Thomas Miller scoring the winning run on a grounder after narrowly missing a walk-off homer to lead off the inning.

Miller also picked up the win in relief of starter Adam Hallberg, who struck out 14 batters over seven innings, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth.

Jeremy Klein finished 3-for-5 at the plate and Justin Jenks picked up an RBI and scored.

Little Falls cruised in the finale, with Klein throwing three no-hit innings, striking out six to record the win.

Miller and Hunter Kleinschmidt each had two hits.

Foley doubleheader

Little Falls traveled to Foley for a pair, June 13, winning the opener 10-3 before the teams settled for a 4-4 tie in the second game.

Ben Witt earned the complete-game victory in game one, helping his own cause with two doubles and three RBIs.

Logan Kapphahn, Chris Reller and Miller also put together multi-hit games.

Jacob Fasching and Miller each went 2-for-3 with a double in the second game, with Mark Brezinka also hitting a double.

 

St. Cloud Red doubleheader

Little Falls split a pair of high-scoring contests at St. Cloud Red, Monday, taking the opener 14-3 before falling 11-7 in the finale.

Little Falls scored in every inning in game one, led by a 5-for-5 performance by Witt, who also scored three times and drove in two runs.

Braden Backowski, Kleinschmidt and Reller each added two hits and Hallberg earned the complete-game win.

St. Cloud Red pulled away late in the finale, breaking a 6-6 tie after four innings.

Miller went 4-for-4 with two doubles and Muncy recorded two hits.

 

Brainerd doubleheader

Little Falls completed another sweep over visiting Brainerd, Wednesday, withstanding a pair of late rallies to win 5-4 and 8-6.

Little Falls built a 3-0 lead in the first game, but Brainerd came back to seize the lead with four runs in the top of the sixth.

Thomas Miller tied the score with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning, then Jeremy Klein singled home Logan Kapphahn to give Little Falls the win.

Daniel Marod doubled and homered as Little Falls survived in the finale to complete the sweep.

Little Falls worked its lead up to 6-1, sparked by a pair of doubles from Chris Reller and another from Hunter Kleinschmidt, but Brainerd once again put together a big sixth inning to knot the score up at 6-6.

Little Falls quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth for a second time, though, with Marod doubling in the winning run.

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