VFW Baseball: Little Falls pulls off wacky doubleheader sweep

Cold Spring catcher Chris Skluzacek, left, gets the throw a little too late as Little Falls VFW’s Alec Stark slides in safely to score a run in Thursday’s doubleheader. Little Falls won five of seven games during a busy week of play.

Cold Spring catcher Chris Skluzacek, left, gets the throw a little too late as Little Falls VFW’s Alec Stark slides in safely to score a run in Thursday’s doubleheader. Little Falls won five of seven games during a busy week of play.

After blowing a 5-0 lead and rallying for a 13-11 win in game one, the Little Falls VFW baseball team stormed back from a 5-0 deficit to take the finale 9-8 and pull out a marathon home doubleheader sweep over Sauk Rapids, Tuesday.

Sauk Rapids erased Little Falls’ 5-0 lead in the opener with two runs in the top of the third inning and another five in the fourth, only for Little Falls to quickly respond with a six-spot in the bottom of the fourth.

Sauk Rapids later cut the gap to 11-9, but a two-run single by Justin Jenks in the bottom of the fifth pushed the gap back to four.

Sauk Rapids again pulled within a pair with two runs in the top of the sixth, but couldn’t draw any closer.

Chris Reller went 3-for-5 with a double, Mitch Boros and Jenks both were 2-for-3 with a double and Daniel Marod added a pair of hits.

Little Falls dug a 5-0 hole of its own in the finale, but promptly climbed out with an eight-run third inning, highlighted by consecutive run-scoring hits from Alec Stark, Jay Strack and Jesse Mrosla.

Sauk Rapids came back to tie the score at 8-8 in the top of the fourth, but Little Falls plated what proved to be the game-winner in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Stark to bring in Brett Czajkowski.

Czajkowski finished 3-for-3 and Mrosla was 2-for-2.

Strack earned the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

 

LF 7, Foley 1

Chris Reller struck out 11 batters in a two-hitter as Little Falls earned a 7-1 win at Foley, Monday.

Little Falls jumped on the board with a couple of quick runs in the first on a two-run single by Reller, with Foley answering back with one run in the bottom of the inning.

Little Falls held on to the 2-1 lead through the fourth, then put the game away with a run in the fifth on a single by Braden Backowski and four more in the sixth on run-scoring hits by Boros, Jenks, Austin Weisz and Marod.

Jenks finished 3-for-4 with a double and Marod went 2-for-4 with a triple.

 

LF 8-0, Brainerd 7-8

Little Falls battled back from four runs down to knock off visiting Brainerd 8-7 in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader before Brainerd came back to win the second game 8-0.

After falling behind 5-1, Little Falls pulled within one with a three-run fourth, with Brainerd adding a run back onto its lead in the top of the sixth.

In the bottom of the inning, Little Falls put up four runs, led by an RBI double by Boros and a two-run double by Marod, who finished with a pair of hits.

Hunter Swanson worked six innings to record the win, with Reller earning the save.

Boros and Czajkowski had the team’s lone hits in the finale.

 

Cold Spring 10-0, LF 2-3

Little Falls suffered a 10-2 defeat in the opener, but rebounded with a 3-0 shutout victory in the finale of Thursday’s home doubleheader against Cold Spring.

Adam Josephson threw a five-hit shutout in the second game and also singled and scored a run.

Swanson doubled in a run and scored as well.

Jenks doubled in a run and later came in to score in the first contest.

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