The Little Falls VFW baseball team swept a double head at Monticello Thursday, 7-5 and 7-2.
In game one, Thomas Miller led off with a triple and scored on Jeremy Klein’s sacrifice fly.
Monticello scored two in the bottom of the second, taking a 2-1 lead. Miller walked, stole second and came in to score on an error to tie the game, 2-2.
Monticello scored two in the bottom of the fourth to go ahead 4-2, before Little Falls loaded the bases, allowing Mark Brezinka to score on an infield error, making the score 4-3. Adam Hallberg delivered a clutch hit, clearing the bases with a three-run double, making the score 6-4.
Monticello scored one in the bottom of the fifth, but the Flyers answered with another run in the sixth.
With one out, Logan Kapphahn singled, stole second and came in on Jeremy Klein’s two-out single, making the final score 7-5.
Miller pitched 3 2/3 innings, striking out four, walking one, allowing two hits and one run, in relief of starting pitcher Ben Witt.
Chris Reller led the charge in the second game, pitching five innings, striking out six, walking one, allowing two hits and two runs, while his teammates played errorless ball.
Little Falls scored three in the first as Kapphahn and Brady Muncy led off with walks. Reller singled to score Kapphahn, then he and Muncy scored on Hunter Kleinschmidt’s two-out single ending the first inning with a 3-0 lead.
Scoring single runs in the second and third, Little Falls took a 5-0 lead, before Monticello scored one.
Little Falls put away the game on a Jacob Fasching two-run single to score Justin Jenks and Evan Athman, for the final 7-1 score.
Little Falls split a double-header with Pierz Monday, winning 9-1 in the first game, and falling short in the second, 2-1.
In game one, Austin Fenske led off the second inning with a single and stole second base. Hallberg walked, but after a strike out and ground out, Little Falls had not scored and had two runners on base. Miller changed that with his second home run of the year, this time to dead center field, to give Little Falls a 3-0 lead.
In the third, Fenske, Hallberg and Kyle Kabanuk hit back-to-back-to-back singles to make the score 4-0.
Ben Witt had a three-run single (scoring Kabanuk, Miller and Klein) in the fifth to make the score 7-0.
Pierz scored its lone run in the sixth inning, to make the score 7-1. Athman singled and later scored on Fenske’s single to make it 8-1. Fenske later scored on Hallberg’s RBI double, bringing the final to 9-1
Hallberg pitched seven innings, striking out six, walking three, allowing five hits and one run.
Game two was a pitching duel, as Little Falls was only able to scratch out one hit, but capitalized on a walk and an error in the second inning to score all three runs. Pierz scored a two out run in the fifth to make the score 3-1.
Athman pitched five innings of two-hit ball to pick up the win. He struck out eight and walked two.
Hunter Kleinschmidt collected Little Falls’ lone hit.
In a match-up against Cold Spring July 3, Little Falls pounded out 13 hits, but couldn’t hold a late lead and ended losing to Cold Spring in nine innings, 7-6.
Little Falls took a 2-0 lead in the second inning as Thomas Bell led off the inning with a double, and later scored, as did Kabanuk.
In the sixth inning, after Cold Spring cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the inning, Daniel Marod doubled and later scored on Thomas Miller’s double to make the score 3-1.
A walk, two hits and a costly error in the seventh, allowed Cold Spring to tie the score at 3-3
Little Falls was able to get two runners on in the seventh and eighth, but couldn’t push the winning run across the plate.
Cold Spring used three walks and three hits to take a 7-3 lead in the ninth. Chris Reller led off the bottom of the inning with a walk and Bell singled. After a fly out, Hallberg walked to load the bases. Reller scored on Kyle Kapphahn’s ground out, then two more runs came in on Logan Kapphahn’s two out single to make it 7-6. Cold Spring was able to get a ground out to end the game and preserve the win.
Jeremy Klein took the loss, pitching one inning and allowing three walks, three hits and four runs.
Little Falls is now 15-7 on the season and 7-4 in league play.
The team’s final two double headers are Monday in Sartell and Tuesday at St. Cloud Cathedral before playoffs begin Thursday.