ALBANY - Propelled by a four-run sixth inning, the Pierz Pioneers remained perfect on the season defeating the Albany Huskies 5-2 Friday.
The Pioneers had seven players each collect a hit on the night highlighted by doubles from Zach Doroff and Jesse Nordmann.
Pierz 5 7 1
Albany 2 9 1
WP: Mike Poser. LP: Bryan Schlangen. 2B: Prz-Zach Doroff, Jesse Nordmann. Overall: Prz 4-0. Next: Pierz vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Elrosa 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Pine River-Backus 26, Laporte 5
LAPORTE - Jordan Ackerman's three-run home run highlighted a 26-run outpouring by the Pine River-Backus Tigers during Friday's 26-5 demolishing of the Laporte Wildcats.
Darian Rubner capped his 3-for-5 night off with a triple and two RBIs, while Cody Schrupp went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs.
Brian Plantz came into the game out of the bullpen to earn the win for the Tigers, who amassed 16 hits and capitalized on 10 Wildcat errors.
Pine River-Backus 26 16 1
Laporte 5 1 10
WP: Brian Plantz. LP: Matt Christopherson. 2B: Cody Schrupp. 3B: Darian Rubner. HR: Jordan Ackerman. Overall: PRB 4-0. Next: Pine River-Backus hosts Cass Lake-Bena 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Aitkin 7, East Central 4
AITKIN - Kyle Hoffman went 3-for-4 with two singles, a solo home run and three RBIs to lead the Aitkin Gobblers to a 7-4 Great River Conference win over the East Central Eagles Friday.
Collin Burke struck out eight, walked two and allowed just five hits. Nick Harmon added a double and scored twice and Cody Fossum doubled and knocked in two runs.
East Central 4 5 3
Aitkin 7 8 3
WP: Collin Burke. LP: Riley Ludwig. 2B: Nick Harmon, Cody Fossum. HR: Kyle Hoffman. Conference: A 2-1. Overall: A 2-2. Next: Aitkin at Ogilvie 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Esko 17, Crosby-Ironton 4
CROSBY - Corey Henningson went 2-for-2 with two doubles, two runs scored and one RBI, but Crosby-Ironton couldn't generate enough offense as it fell to Esko 17-4 Friday.
Esko- 17 15 2
Crosby-Ironton 4 5 6
WP: Tencestal. LP: Brett Arneson. 2B: CI-Corey Henningson (2), Kyle Leonard. Overall: CI 0-3. Next: Crosby-Ironton at Staples-Motley 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Bertha-Hewitt 11, Wadena-Deer Creek 10
BERTHA - Cody Redfield and Tyler Savaloja each legged out triples, while Josh Sweere tagged a double for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverine, who were edged out 11-10 by the Bertha-Hewitt Bears Friday.
Redfield finished 3-for-4 and Sweere was 2-for-3.
Wadena-Deer Creek 10 10 3
Bertha-Hewitt 11 10 3
LP: Coulter Pettit. 2B: Josh Sweere. 3B: Cody Redfield, Tyler Savaloja. Overall: WDC 1-2. Next: Wadena-Deer Creek hosts Pequot Lakes 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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