PINE RIVER - Ben Kepner went 4-for-5 and picked up the win on the mound for Pequot Lakes while Mark Hummel, Jake Serfling and Tyler Wittwer each had two hits as the Patriots beat the Pine-River Backus Tigers 13-2 Thursday.
Marcus Hernandez and Ryan Snavely each hit home runs for the Tigers.
Pequot Lakes 13 16 1
Pine River-Backus 2 4 3
WP-Ben Kepner. LP-Jesse Hernandez. HR-PRB-Marcus Hernandez, Ryan Snavely. Next-PR-B hosts Crosby-Ironton 4:30 p.m. Friday; PL hosts Park Rapids 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Aitkin 12, Onamia 5
AITKIN - Tim Pearson notched his first career win, and Brandon Perrine went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and an RBI as the Aitkin Gobblers scored a 12-5 Great River Conference victory over Onamia Thursday.
Brad Insley had a double and Connor Butenhoff tripled for the Gobblers.
Onamia 5 8 4
Aitkin 12 8 1
WP-Tim Pearson. LP-Alex Leach. 2B-O-Nick Fost; A-Brad Insley. 3B-A-Connor Butenhoff. HR-O-Leach. Conference-A 1-1. Overall-A 1-1. Next-Aitkin vs. Holy Trinity at the Metrodome 9:30 p.m. Friday.
Little Falls 12,
Sauk Rapids 5
LITTLE FALLS - Ben Hanowski finished 3-for-4 with three runs and Beau Hanowski had two hits and three runs to help the Little Falls Flyers defeat the Sauk Rapids Storm 12-5 in Central Lakes Conference baseball Thursday.
Dusty Parker earned the win, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing two earned runs on three hits.
Sauk Rapids 5 4 3
Little Falls 12 9 3
WP-Dusty Parker (1-0). LP-Dillon Hoppe. Conference-LF 1-1. Overall-LF 2-1. Next-Little Falls at St. Cloud Tech 7 p.m. Monday.
Pierz 3, Kimball 1
KIMBALL - Scott Janson hit a solo home run in the fifth inning and Dustin Monson pitched five innings with seven strikeouts to help the Pierz Pioneers to a 3-1 Central Minnesota Conference win over the Kimball Cubs Thursday.
Pierz 3 2 5
Kimball 1 3 0
WP-Dustin Monson. LP-A. Magnuson. HR-P-Scott Janson. Conference-P 2-0. Overall-P 2-0. Next-Prz hosts Melrose 5 p.m. Friday.
Menahga 15, Verndale 7
MENAHGA - Brandon Cottrell sizzled at the plate going 4-for-4 as the Verndale Pirates lost 15-7 to the Menahga Braves in a Park Region Conference game Tuesday.
Verndale 7 9 5
Menahga 15 5 3
WP-Peterson. LP-Brandon Cottrell. 2B-M Peterson. Conference-V 0-2. Overall-V 0-2. Next-Verndale at Eagle Valley-Browerville 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Parkers Prairie 6,
PILLAGER - Jake Eastman turned a seventh-inning extra-base hit into an inside-the-park home run and Tyler Holbrook went 2-for-2 but four errors proved costly as the Pillager Huskies fell to Parkers Prairie 6-4 on Thursday.
Parkers Prairie 6 10 0
Pillager 4 5 4
WP-Thomas Alton. LP-Nick Hummel (0-1). 2B-PP-Andrew Velde; Pil-Nick Hummel. HR-Pil-Jake Eastman. Conference-Pil 1-2. Overall-Pil 1-2. Next-Pillager hosts Menahga 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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