Area sports recaps from Thursday – Saturday:
Baseball: Little Falls 4-11, Milaca 0-3
Little Falls dispatched Milaca twice to sweep a road doubleheader 4-0, 11-3, Thursday.
Adam Hallberg held the key in the opener, tossing a two-hit shutout without a walk, striking out a dozen.
Alec Zack doubled and drove in three of the Flyers’ four runs, with Kyle Boser plating the other with a home run.
Thomas Bell went 2-for-2 with a couple of runs scored.
The Little Falls bats broke out even more in the second game, with a 14-hit barrage led by Bell with a 3-for-4 effort that included a double and two RBIs and Zack with three hits and two RBIs.
Jeremy Klein and Nicholas Anderson added two hits apiece, with Anderson also recording the win on the mound by holding Milaca to two runs over four innings, striking out five.
Baseball: Little Falls 3, Rocori 1
Little Falls left a runner in scoring position in every inning.
Fortunately, starting pitcher Kyle Boser didn’t require much run support as the Flyers knocked off host Rocori 3-1, Friday.
Boser allowed just one unearned run in the complete-game five-hitter, walking three and striking out four.
Michael Fregin had a double, RBI and run, Alec Zack singled and scored and Benjamin Witt had a run-scoring single.
Baseball: Royalton 14-14, Eagle Valley 4-8
Royalton’s offense caught fire early and didn’t cool off in a home doubleheader versus Eagle Valley, Thursday, sweeping a pair 14-4 and 14-8.
Michael Petron, Brady Moulzolf, Cade Stang, Nathan Psyck, Parker Brezinka and Jason Fussy all had multi-hit games in the opener, with Psyck scoring four runs and knocking in two, Brezinka driving in three runs and Moulzolf scoring twice.
Jordon Smieja added a hit and two RBIs, while Brezinka earned the complete-game win on the mound.
The finale was more of the same, with Moulzolf and Stang each going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Psyck doubled twice and Petron, Brezinka and Matt Presler also added two hits apiece.
Baseball: Osakis 12, Royalton 0 (5 inn.)
Osakis maintained its unblemished record, Friday, shutting out host Royalton 12-0 in five innings.
Nathan Psyck doubled and Brady Moulzolf and Cade Stang also had hits.
Baseball: USA 8, Melrose Area 6; USA 9, Little Fork-Big Falls 5
Upsala-Swanville Area came away with a pair of non-conference wins at Freeport, Saturday, knocking off Melrose Area 8-6 before defeating Little Fork-Big Falls 9-5.
USA rallied from a 3-2 deficit after three innings against Melrose to score the next six runs, including a solo homer by Kyle Soltis in the fifth inning.
Melrose trimmed the gap to 8-6 with a three-run homer in the seventh, but Tyler Evans came on to shut the door and earn the save.
Myron Ripplinger, Justin Cichon, Soltis, Johnson and Chase Douvier all had two hits, with Douvier scoring three runs and Soltis and Ripplinger both knocking in two.
USA had to rally again in its second contest of the day, erasing an early 5-0 deficit by scoring nine unanswered to close the game.
Eric Lampert provided the big jolt with a homer in the third inning, and along with Cichon, Evans, Kyle Soltis and Lane Soltis had multi-hit games.
Ripplinger, Kulla and Cody Wensmann also had hits and each knocked in a run.
Baseball: Browerville 3, USA 2
For the second time this season, Upsala-Swanville saw a game against Browerville end in frustrating fashion in a 3-2 road defeat, Friday.
The Patriots took a 2-0 lead with an RBI single by Tyler Evans in third and a run-scoring base hit by Justin Cichon in the fourth, but the Tigers evened the score with a pair in the bottom of the fourth.
Starting pitcher Eric Lampert, who struck out 12 on the afternoon, retired the first two batters in the seventh, but Browerville’s third batter of the inning reached on an error, then scored after the ensuing batter dropped down a bunt that led to an errant throw past the first baseman.
Cichon finished 3-for-4, Andrew Kulla had a pair of hits and scored a run and Lampert reached in all four of his plate appearances.
Earlier in the spring, Browerville tied a game in the seventh on a missed double-play opportunity that would have ended the game, then prevailed in extra innings.
Baseball: St. Cloud Cathedral 16, Pierz 7
In a classic case of the final score not doing the game justice, St. Cloud Cathedral pulled away in the final frame of a seesaw battle to upend host Pierz 16-7, Friday.
Despite falling behind 4-0 against one of the top pitchers in the state, the Pioneers refused to fold, rallying back for four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie it up, then answering a Crusaders run in the fifth to once again level the contest in the sixth.
Cathedral put the game away for good though in the seventh, plating 11 runs.
Matt Kummet had two hits and a run, Aaron Weber and Beau Winscher each doubled and combined to drive in three runs and Evan Woitalla collected the other Pierz hit.
Baseball: HLWW 3-7, Pierz 1-5
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted pulled off consecutive come-from-behind wins to sweep a doubleheader at Pierz 3-1, 7-5, Thursday.
The opening game was scoreless through four innings until Pierz got on the board on an RBI single to bring in Nick Herold in the fifth.
The Lakers managed to bounce right back with three unearned runs in the top of the sixth, though, to steal the win.
Gruber finished 2-for-2 and Noah Boser had a hit and stole a base.
Pierz bolted to a 5-0 lead in the first inning of the finale, but couldn’t score again as HLWW came right back with three runs in the second and four more in the third.
Matt Kummet reached base four times, singling, doubling and being hit by pitch twice.
Lane Girtz doubled and drew two walks, Aaron Weber had a double and knocked in two runs and Cody Meyer had an RBI and a run.
Softball: Brandon Valley 10, Little Falls 3; Maple Lake 8, Little Falls 6
Little Falls got in a pair at Alexandria, Saturday, falling 10-3 to Brandon Valley and 8-6 versus Maple Lake.
Against Brandon Valley, Tristen Zimmerman and Linzee Gerads each went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Katelyn Kanieski went 1-for-3 with a run and RBI.
Little Falls jumped to a 3-1 lead after three innings against Maple Lake, but a six-run fourth for the Irish ultimately ended up being the difference.
Kanieski collected three hits, while Sarah Gold, Korlyna Keehr and Gerads each had a pair, with Gerads scoring twice.
Zimmerman added a double, run and RBI.
Gerads struck out eight batters over 5 2/3 innings pitching.
Softball: St. Cloud Cathedral 11, Little Falls 0
One rough inning proved costly as visiting St. Cloud Cathedral scored all of its runs in the second inning of an 11-0 shutout over Little Falls, Thursday.
Tristen Zimmerman and Alea Cekalla had hits for the Flyers.
Softball: West Central Area 8-6, Royalton 6-5
West Central Area pulled off a seventh inning rally to take the opening game of a doubleheader at Royalton 8-6, Thursday, then squeaked by with a 6-5 victory in the finale to secure a sweep.
Brandi Smekofske went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Beth Cimenski doubled and drove in a run, Kayla Eli tripled and Katelyn Kasella scored twice for the Royals in the first game.
Jacquline Nichols went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in the second game.
Softball: Upsala 3, Royalton 2
Upsala made a three-run third inning stand up as it clipped host Royalton 3-2, Friday.
Jacquline Nichols had a pair of hits and stole a base and Nicole Popp doubled and drove in a run for Royalton.
Upsala stats not yet available.
Softball: HLWW 14-11, Pierz 2-4
Powerful Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted swept a doubleheader at Pierz 14-2, 11-4, Thursday.
Lea Uzalac had a hit and scored in the opener, followed by another two hits and two runs in the second contest.
Softball: Kimball Area 15-8, Holdingford 5-7
After taking the opener 15-5, host Kimball Area erased a 7-0 Holdingford lead to take the finale 8-7 and sweep a Central Minnesota Conference doubleheader, Thursday.
In the opening game, Sam Maciej raked three hits and Joelle Ertl hit a pair of doubles for the Huskers.
Holdingford put together seven hits in the second inning, including a three-run blast by Amy Catlin, to go ahead 7-0 early in the finale, but Kimball slowly worked its way back into the game to eventually sneak out the win.
Track and Field: Holdingford boys and girls first at Pillager
The Holdingford boys and girls swept the top spot at Thursday’s Pillager John Reimer Invite, while the Pierz boys took third and Pioneers girls earned fifth and the Upsala-Swanville Area boys and girls each placed 10th.
Event-winners for the Huskers girls were Rachael Preusser in the 400 (1:02.67), Emily Wolter in the 800 (2:32.6) and the 1,600 (5:40.8), Summer Storm in the 100 hurdles (17.5) and the 300 hurdles (50.1) and the 4×800 relay team (10:40.14).
Pierz’ Bridget Bednar won the high jump (5-feet, 2-inches).
In the boys competition, taking first for Holdingford were Chris Burg in the 100 (11.44), Brody Davidson in the 800 (2:06.65), the 4×400 relay team (3:37.3), the 4×800 relay team (9:01.85) and Grant Bullert in the long jump (20-feet, 0.75-inches) and the triple jump (40-feet, 1-inch).
For Pierz, taking first were Robbie Skiba in the 400 (52.63), Tyler Millner in the 300 hurdles (42.62) and Curtis Brisk in the shot put (43-feet, 0.5-inches).
Track and Field: Little Falls boys first, girls fourth at Princeton Invite
The Little Falls boys took first place and the Flyers girls were fourth at Thursday’s Princeton Invite.
Winning events for the Flyers boys were Tim Infinger in the 400 (54.63), Tyler Moore in the 3,200 (10:44.8), Dan Mushel in the pole vault (12-feet) and Trysten Ross in the shot put (51-feet, 11.5-inches) and the discus (135-feet, 10-inches).
Coming out on top for the Little Falls girls were Maria Hauer in the 800 (2:28.29), Rachelle LeBlanc in the pole vault (11-feet), Katie Yorek in the shot put (32-feet, 5-inches) and the 4×800 relay team (10:56.11).
Track and Field: Little Falls girls 10th, boys 11th at Sauk Rapids Mega Meet
Little Falls ventured to the 19-team Sauk Rapids Mega Meet, Saturday, with the Flyers girls earning 10th and the boys taking 11th.
In the girls competition, Rachelle LeBlanc overwhelmed the competition in the pole vault, clearing 10-feet, 6-inches to win the event by more than a foot, while Maria Hauer edged her nearest foe by less than a quarter of a second in the 800, winning with a time of 2:29.39.
Katie Yorek was fourth in the shot put with a distance of 35-feet, 2-inches.
On the boys side, Trysten Ross surpassed the 50-foot mark to win the shot put (50-feet, 5-inches) and added a second-place throw of 142-feet, 2-inches.
Mathew Massmann was second in the 1,600 (4:38.15), Dan Mushel was fifth in the pole vault (12-feet, 3-inches) and Tim Infinger was sixth in the 400 (53.02).
Boys golf: Little Falls fifth at Albany
Landon Atkinson, Kyler Erdman and Michael Orr each shot 44 and Josh DeCann had a 45 as Little Falls took fifth place at the Albany Granite Ridge Conference meet, Thursday.
Ben Majerle followed with a round of 48 and Nathan Hoffman had a 50.