VFW Baseball: Little Falls drops pair of nail-biters as district run ends

The Little Falls VFW baseball team won three playoff games, but a pair of nail-biting defeats spelled the end of its run in the District 6 tournament.

After pounding Milaca in its best-of-three postseason opener, Little Falls took  on Monticello as the tournament transitioned to Cold Spring, Friday.

Little Falls found itself in an early 4-0 hole, but clawed back within a run in the third inning on run-scoring singles from Austin Weisz and Daniel Marod and a sacrifice fly by Braden Backowski.

Monticello proceeded to add back on to its lead though, scoring five times in the fifth and a solo run in the sixth to move ahead 10-3 heading into the seventh.

Little Falls didn’t pack it in, however, as the first eight batters of the inning reached.

But with the tying run at third base and the winning run at second with nobody out, Monticello managed to sneak away with a 10-9 win by retiring the next three hitters via a strikeout and two pop ups.

Justin Jenks finished 3-for-5, Weisz had two hits and Hunter Swanson hit a two-run double.

Little Falls bounced back with a come-from-behind 8-5 victory over Pierz, Monday, with Jenks earning the complete-game win.

Pierz built a 5-1 lead through four innings, but Little Falls cut the gap to one with a three-run fifth and grabbed the lead for good with a four-spot in the top of the sixth.

Daniel Marod and Swanson each had two hits, with Marod and Thomas Miller tripling in the game.

Little Falls then had to take on top-seeded Cold Spring in another elimination game, Tuesday, falling 2-1 in eight innings.

Miller led off the game with a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Marod to give Little Falls a 1-0 lead in the first, but it turned out to be the only run it could score.

Cold Spring tied the game in the fifth on a squeeze bunt, then executed another squeeze in the eighth for the walk-off win.

Jenks finished with a pair of hits.

Miller allowed only one run over 4 2/3 innings before departing with an injury.

Little Falls finished the season with a record of 22-10, going 14-6 in league play.

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