PARK RAPIDS - Gunner Johnson mowed down 12 in the opening game of the Staples-Motley Cardinals Mid-State Conference doubleheader sweep of the Park Rapids Panthers Friday.
Johnson went 2-for-2 with three runs and an RBI, while Tony Jenkins collected a double during the Cardinals 11-2 Game One win.
Devin Becker went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs, and an RBI and earned the win in relief to lead the Cardinals to a 12-8 Game Two win.
Brandon Haglin went 2-for-3 and scored three runs and Alex Jansson was 2-for-4 with two runs for the Cardinals in the second game.
Staples-Motley 11 8 2
Park Rapids 2 2 1
WP: Gunner Johnson. LP: Mitch Long. 2B: Tony Jenkins.
Staples-Motley 12 10 3
Park Rapids 8 12 1
WP: Devin Becker. LP: Kevin McMarrow. 2B: Devin Becker. Conference: SM 5-3. Overall: SM 7-5. Next: Staples-Motley hosts Bertha-Hewitt 5 p.m. Monday.
Aitkin 14, Onamia 2
ONAMIA - Kylan Hill finished 3-for-4 and blasted two doubles and knocked in two runs as the Aitkin Gobblers routed the Onamia Panthers 14-2 during Great River Conference action Friday.
Aitkin's Bryan Collins, Sam Johnson and Billy Cluff each added doubles and Collin Burke finished 4-or-5 with two RBIs.
Kyle Hoffman allowed two unearned runs on four hits for the win. He struck out three.
Aitkin 14 17 2
Onamia 2 4 2
WP: Kyle Hoffman. LP: Alex Crotty. 2B: Kylan Hill( 2), Brian Collins, Sam Johnson, Billy Cluff. Conference: A 5-4. Overall: A 5-5. Next: Aitkin hosts Isle 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Verndale 8, Brandon-Evansville 7
VERNDALE - Clayton Cottrell struck out seven in seven innings and went 3-4 with two RBIs to lead the Verndale Pirates to an 8-7 win over Brandon-Evansville Friday.
Jay Runyan finished 2-4 with a double and two RBIs. Matt Moenkedick was 2-4 with a triple and Brady Siedschlaw was 3-4 with three stolen bases.
Brandon-Evansville 7 6 4
Verndale 8 13 4
WP: Clayton Cottrell. LP: Joe Roers. 2B: V-Jay Runyan. 3B: V-Matt Moenkedick. Overall: V 3-7. Next: Verndale at Bertha-Hewitt 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Holdingford 9, Pierz 8
PIERZ - Pierz could not overcome 11 walks by its pitchers and four errors losing Friday's Central Minnesota Conference game against Holdingford 9-8 despite out-hitting the Huskers 15-8.
Jesse Nordmann was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs, Travis Kahl finished 3-for-5 with a double and three runs and Breck Weber and Tyler Monson each collected two hits with a double and two RBIs.
Holdingford 9 8 1
Pierz 8 15 4
WP: Mitch Bialka. LP: Brett Barett. 2B: Jesse Nordmann, Breck Weber, Tyler Monson, Mike Poser. Conference: Prz 6-2. Overall: Prz 8-2. Next: Pierz hosts Eden Valley-Watkins 4 p.m. Monday.
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