PINE RIVER - Jordan Ackerman hit for the cycle and pitched three innings of two-hit baseball to lead Pine River-Backus past Nevis 12-7 on Friday.
Ackerman went 4-for-4 with five RBIs, including a two-run homer. Andy Davidson went 2-3 with a double and three RBIs. Ryan Snavely went 2-3 as the Tigers won their conference opener.
Nevis 7 8 4
Pine River-Backus 12 12 2
WP: Jordan Ackerman. LP: Corey Schmidt. 2B: (P) Andy Davidson. 3B: (N) Schmidt. HR: (N) Mike Rice, (P) Ackerman. Conference: 1-0. Overall: 1-1. Next: hosts Pequot Lakes 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Pequot Lakes 15, Walker-H-A 4
PEQUOT LAKES - Brandon Hilts was 3-for-3 and Tyler Wittwer was 3-4 with a double for the Pequot Lakes Patriots as they dismantled the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves 15-4 in five innings in non-conference baseball Friday.
Tyler Wicker and Ben Kepner were both 2-3 for the Patriots.
Ryan Pahl got the win as he tossed a complete game, giving up five hits and three earned run with four strikeouts.
Walker-H-A 4 5 2
Pequot Lakes 15 12 1
WP: Ryan Pahl. LP: Parks. 2B: PL-Jake Serfling, Tyler Wittwer. Overall: PL 1-1. Next: Aitkin vs. Pelican Rapids at Metrodome 10 p.m. Saturday.
Aitkin 11, Ogilvie 1
AITKIN - Matt Christensen pitched a complete game and went 3-for-3 with three runs and three RBIs to lead the Aitkin Gobbler's to an 11-1 victory over Ogilvie on Friday.
Christensen, who went five innings, allowed only four hits and one earned run while striking out nine.
Scott Nyberg was 2-2 with three runs, Jase Hegman was 2-3 with three RBIs and Dan Landrus was 1-1 with two runs, two walks and an RBI.
Ogilvie 1 4 1
Aitkin 11 11 1
WP: Matt Christensen. LP: K. Deboer. 2B: Matt Christensen, Nick Harmon. Conference: 1-1. Overall: 1-1. Next: Aitkin at Hinckley-Finlayson Tuesday 4:30 p.m.
Verndale 9, Lake Park-Audubon 7
VERNDALE - Cole Weber collected two hits and scored three runs to help Verndale to a 9-7 win over Lake Park-Audubon in non-conference baseball Friday.
Matt Moenkedick had two hits and two RBIs for the Pirates.
Lake Park-Audubon 7 6 3
Verndale 9 11 6
WP: Caleb Seals (4 strikeouts). LP: Lunde. Overall: V 2-1. Next: hosts Menahga Tuesday 4:30 p.m.
Belgrade-B-E 9, Pierz 4
REGAL - Mike Weber belted a two-run homer and Scott Janson and Bobbie Froelich each had doubles for the Pierz Pioneers in a 9-4 loss to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Friday.
The Pioneers managed six hits but could not overcome B-B-E's five-run second inning. Cory Egan took the loss and Janson and Weber each went 2-4.
Pierz 4 6 1
Belgrade-B-E 9 14 2
WP: Austin Kampsen. LP: Cory Egan. 2B: (P) Scott Janson, Bobbie Froelich, (B) . 3B: . HR: (P) Mike Weber, (B) Josh Roelike. Conference: 1-1. Overall: 1-1. Next: at Kimball 5:00 p.m. Monday.
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