Flyers road back to state has to come out of losers bracket

Flyers junior shortstop Jake Kapphahn makes a strong, off-balance throw to first for an out in a win over Fergus Falls.

The No. 3 seeded Little Falls baseball team is still in contention to defend its Section 8AAA title, but this season will have to do it through a series of eliminations contests.

The Flyers were defeated by No. 2 Alexandria, Wednesday, 7-4, in the second round.

The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead, going up 4-0 after two innings.

A big top of the six for Little Falls drew the game to within one.

Senior Hunter Swanson struck a two-run double for the first two runs of the inning. Dylan Lukasavitz, a junior, smacked a pinch-hit, RBI single and later scored for the Flyers’ fourth run.

However, Alexandria scored two more in the bottom half of the inning to get some insurance and held on for the win.

The Flyers were in the winners bracket game thanks to a 6-0 shutout of No. 6 Fergus Falls in the opening round, Tuesday.

Junior hurler AJ Jenks tossed a one-hit shutout in the victory, striking out eight.

Jenks also smashed a two-run home run off of Exchange Arena in the third inning and had another RBI later in the contest.

Junior shortstop Jake Kapphahn played strong defensively and was also 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the victory.

Little Falls played No. 5 Thief River Falls in an elimination contest, Thursday, but results were unavailable by deadline.

If the Flyers won, they would move on to play at noon, Tuesday, at St. John’s. They’d have to win three more games after that to move on to state.