STAPLES - Gunner Johnson struck out 14 batters and allowed one walk and two hits as the Staples-Motley Cardinals edged Browerville 2-1 in a non-conference game Friday.
Alex Jansson and Trevor Ness were 1-for-3 and Trevor Smith was 1-2 with an RBI single in the second. Johnson was 1-3 with a double.
Losing pitcher Dillon Lundeen struck out 10 and walked four in a complete game.
The scheduled second game was postponed until 7 p.m. May 14 at Clarissa.
Browerville 1 2 1
Staples-Motley 2 4 2
WP: Gunner Johnson. LP: Dillon Lundeen. 2B: . Overall: SM 5-3. Next: Detroit Lakes at SM 4 p.m. Tuesday (2).
Little Falls 8, Melrose 1
MELROSE - Ben Hanowski went 3-for-4, including a double, home run and four RBIs, to lead the Little Falls Flyers to an 8-1 win over the Melrose Dutchmen in non-conference play Friday.
Junior left-hander Joe Waldvogel pitched a complete game for the Flyers, giving up one run on two hits and struck out four.
Joe Rydeen and Eddie Wenzel each went 2-for-4.
Little Falls 8 10 1
Melrose 1 2 5
WP: Cody Waldvogel. LP: Joe Welle. 2B: Ben Hanowski. HR: Ben Hanowski. Overall: LF 4-3. Next: LF hosts Albany 11 a.m. Saturday.
Pillager 5, Isle 1
PILLAGER - Justin Gangestad allowed one run on five hits and struck out eight to pitch the Pillager Huskies to a 5-1 non-conference victory of the Isle Huskies Friday.
Gangestad also collected two hits, including a double. Tyson Bell smashed two doubles and knocked in three runs for the Huskies while Sebastian Stelck collected three hits.
Isle 1 5 2
Pillager 5 10 1
WP: Justin Gangestad. LP: Wesley Oswald. 2B: Gangestad, Tyson Bell (2). Overall: P 3-3. Next: Pillager hosts Verndale 4 p.m. Thursday.
Pequot Lakes 5, Pine River-Backus 0
PINE RIVER - Ben Kepner went 2-for-3 with a triple and two-run home run for the Pequot Lakes Patriots in a 5-0 victory over the Pine River Backus Tigers in non-conference play Friday.
Nathan Lehman gave up two hits and struck out four in seven innings of shutout baseball for the Patriots.
Freshman Nate Holm pitched six innings for the Tigers, giving up two hits and striking out five. Holm and Darian Rubner collected the Tigers' only hits.
Pequot Lakes 5 5 0
Pine River-Backus 0 2 2
WP: Nate Lehman. LP: Nate Holm. 2B: . 3B: . HR: . Overall: PL 5-1 PRB 4-1. Next: PL hosts Browerville 4:30 p.m. Monday. PRB hosts Menahga 4:30 p.m. Monday.
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