By PATRICK SLACK
The Little Falls VFW baseball team wrapped up its regular season with a 5-4, 1-0 sweep at St. Cloud Blue, Tuesday, made up of players from St. Cloud Cathedral.
With the score tied at 3-3 after four innings, Ben Witt and Adam Hallberg delivered back-to-back RBI singles in the fifth to give Little Falls a lead it would not relinquish in the opener.
Evan Athman worked five innings in picking up the win, with Chris Reller tossing two scoreless frames to notch the save.
Reller came back to work a scoreless first inning in the finale, followed up by four shutout innings from Braden Backowski.
Little Falls scored its lone run in the second inning as Daniel Marod singled before eventually coming around to score on a grounder by Brady Muncy.
Little Falls closed the regular season with an 18-8 overall record, including a 9-4 mark in league play.
Little Falls split a pair of lopsided games in a doubleheader against visiting Sartell, Monday, winning the first game 13-0 before dropping the second 12-4.
Little Falls put the first game out of reach early, striking for four runs in the first inning and eight more in the second.
Jeremy Klein, Ben Witt, Adam Hallberg and Thomas Bell all doubled in the first, while Thomas Miller tripled and Jeremy Klein singled, doubled and drove in four runs in the second.
Little Falls used three pitchers in the game to save up for the upcoming playoffs, with Hallberg, Miller and Witt combining on the two-hit shutout.
Sartell rebounded in the finale to gain the split, rallying from an early 3-1 deficit to earn the win.
Jacob Fasching and Evan Athman each had two hits for Little Falls.
Little Falls will open the postseason at home Thursday, playing in a best-of-three series.