Flyers win conference, but finally lose
NEW MUNICH — Joey Hanowski went 3-4 with a double two runs scored and an RBI and Luke Thoma went the distance to pitch Class 2A’s top-ranked Little Falls Flyers past sixth-ranked St. Cloud Cathedral 6-0 Saturday in the Melrose tournament.
The victory handed the Flyers the Granite Ridge Conference title.
Matt Stumpf was 2-4 with two RBIs for the Flyers
Thoma struck out one, walked one and allowed eight hits in the shutout.
The Flyers lost their first game of the season 6-5 to former Central Lakes Conference foe Rocori. It was the first loss of the season for the Flyers, who stand at 18-1.
Mitch Gregory went 3-5 with a run. Hanowski drove in two and Collin Eckman went 3-6 with an RBI.
Michael Holthaus also had two hits for the Flyers.
Rocori 6 10 0
Little Falls 5 12 3
WP: Luke Jokela. LP: Joey Hanowski. 2B: LF-Matt Stumpf.
Cathedral 0 8 3
Little Falls 6 9 0
WP: Luke Thoma. LP: Michael Ellings. 2B: LF-Joey Hanowski. Conference: LF 11-0. Overall: LF 18-1. Next: Little Falls at Foley 5 p.m. Tuesday.
S-M drops two
STAPLES — Jordan Wick went 1-3 with a double and Tyler O’Brien added a hit and drove in the only run for Staples-Motley in an 8-1 Game One loss to Perham Saturday.
Perham swept the Mid-State Conference doubleheader to claim the conference title thanks to a 9-5 Game Two win.
Five Cardinals recorded multiple hits in the second game. Jalen Busker, Kyle Janson, Devon White and Jordan Jenkins each drove in a run for Staples-Motley and Austin Redemski added two runs scored.
Perham 8 8 0
Staples-Motley 1 5 2
WP: Jesse Hein . LP: Jacob Vetsch. 2B: SM-Jordan Wick.
Perham 9 14 2
Staples-Motley 5 12 3
WP: Dylan Ellingson. LP: Jalen Busker. Conference: SM 8-4. Overall: SM 13-6. Next: Staples-Motley hosts Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 5 p.m. Monday.