PINE RIVER — Nathan Holm went 4-4 at the plate with three RBIs, and pitched five innings with 15 strikeouts, in a 12-5 win for Pine River-Backus over Nevis in a Northland Conference game.
Russell Burgoyne had a big day, finishing 2-4 with a home run and two RBIs. Anthony Phillipson was another hitting star, going 2-3 with three RBIs for the Tigers.
Nevis 5 2 2
PR-Backus 12 11 2
WP: Nathan Holm. LP: Brett Byer. 2B: PR-B Jared Adkins. HR: PR-B Russell Burgoyne. Conference: PRB 1-0. Overall: PRB 1-0. Next: Blackduck at PRB 3:30 p.m.
Aitkin 9, Onamia 8,
AITKIN — Peter Zasmeta picked a good time for his first hit of the year ,driving a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Aitkin Gobblers a 9-8 victory over Onamia in a Great River Conference game Thursday.
The Gobblers trailed 8-5 going into the sixth, but tallied three to set up the seventh.
Nathan Ehnstrom went 3-4 with a triple, two RBIs and a pair of runs scored for Aitkin. Travis Bare also tripled, driving in a run, and Jordan Chouanard doubled and scored for the 1-1 Gobblers.
Dan Bender was credited with the win.
Onamia 8 6 3
Aitkin 9 8 4
WP: Dan Bender. 2B: A-Jordan Chouanard. 3B: A-Nathan Ehnstrom, Travis Bare. Conference: A 1-0. Overall: A 1-1. Next: East Central at Aitkin 4:30 p.m. Friday.
BERTHA — Matt Doss struck out 11 and walked one to help the Pillager Huskies fend off the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders 5-4 in a Park Region Conference victory Thursday.
Conner Uselman hit a two-run triple to highlight Pillager’s offense.
Pillager 5 5 2
B-H/Verndale 4 9 1
WP: Matt Doss. LP: Dallas Ehrmantraut. 2B: . 3B: Pill-Connor Uselman. HR: . Conference: P 1-0, BHV . Overall: P 1-2, BHV . Next: New York Mills vs. BHV at Verndale 4:30 p.m. Thursday; Upsala at Pillager 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Hill City 5,
CROSBY — Michael Hoge pitched a complete game, giving up six hits while striking out three, as the Crosby-Ironton Rangers lost to Hill City 5-3 in a non-conference game Thursday.
Hoge also supplied the offense for the Rangers with a double.
Hill City 5 6 6
Crosby-Ironton 3 2 5
WP: Swing. LP: Michael Hoge. 2B: CI -Hoge. Overall: C-I 0-1. Next: C-I at Pequot Lakes 4 p.m. Friday (2).