PEQUOT LAKES - Ben Kepner pitched four innings, with four strikeouts, and also drove in two runs in Pequot Lakes' 9-2 non-conference baseball victory over Pine River-Backus on Friday.
The Patriots received doubles from Levi Christianson, Brandon Hilts and Chase Mason. Mason also had two RBIs for the Patriots.
Pine River-Backus 2 3 4
Pequot Lakes 9 5 4
WP: Ben Kepner. LP: Ackerman. 2B: PRB-Waslaski, PL-Levi Christianson, Brandon Hilts, Chase Mason. Overall: PL 6-5. Next: PL hosts doubleheader vs. Crosby-Ironton 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Staples-Motley 12-9, Wadena-DC 2-4
WADENA - Trevor Ness and Trevor Smith each doubled twice for Staples-Motley as the Cardinals claimed a 12-2 win over Wadena-Deer Creek in Game One of a Mid-State Conference doubleheader Friday.
Winning pitcher Jordan Riewer threw six innings and struck out nine batters, giving up no walks. Chad Beebe, Caleb Nurnberger and Ryan Halverson each added doubles for Staples-Motley. Josh Sweere doubled for the Wolverines.
In Game Two, Halverson, Beebe, Ness and Riewer all doubled for S-M as the Cardinals pulled out a 9-4 win. Riewer went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Matt Stone, Kevin Tumberg and Gannon George all doubled for W-DC.
Staples-Motley 12 13 1
Wadena-Deer Creek 2 6 2
WP: Jordan Riewer. LP: Kevin Tumberg. 2B: SM-Trevor Smith (2), Trevor Ness (2), Chad Beebe, Caleb Nurnberger, Ryan Halverson; WDC-Josh Sweere.
Staples-Motley 9 12 0
Wadena-Deer Creek 4 8 1
WP: Ben Enney. LP: Nick Goeden. 2B: SM-Ryan Halverson, Chad Beebe, Riewer, Ness; WDC-Matt Stone; Tumberg, Gannon George. Conference: SM 7-3; WDC 1-5. Overall: SM 8-3; WDC 1-7. Next: SM at Sebeka Monday 4 p.m./WDC at Perham Tuesday 4 p.m.
Moose Lake-WR 8, Aitkin 4
HINCKLEY - Kyle Hoffman, Dan Landrus and Jase Hegman doubled for the Aitkin Gobblers as they fell to Moose Lake 8-4 in the Hinckley-Finlayson tournament Friday.
Scott Nyberg was 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Gobblers. Landrus was 2-4 with an RBI and Hegman 3-4.
Hegman took the loss. He went six innings, with three strikeouts and four walks.
Aitkin 4 11 2
Moose Lake 8 14 1
WP: Jay Bohati. LP: Jase Hegman. 2B: A-Kyle Hoffman, Dan Landrus, Hegman. Overall: A 4-4. Next: A vs. Crosby-Ironton 2:30 p.m., Hinckley-Finlayson 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
St. Cloud Apollo 15, Little Falls 1
ST. CLOUD - Ryan Hirsch went 2-3 and Ben Hanowski was 1-3 with a double for Little Falls in a 15-1 loss to St. Cloud Apollo on Friday.
Derek Thielen got the win for Apollo, allowing one run on six hits. Ben Hanowski gave up seven runs on 10 hits to take the loss.
Little Falls 1 6 1
St. Cloud Apollo 15 18 1
WP: Derek Thielen. LP: Ben Hanowski. 2B: LF-Hanowski, SCA-Logan Birr, Chad Hockemeyer.
St. Cloud Cath. 10, Pierz 2
PIERZ - Corey Egan was 2-for-3 with a run scored, RBI and stolen base for the Pierz Pioneers as they were defeated by St. Cloud Cathedral 10-2 in non-conference baseball Friday.
Michael Weber was 2-2 with a RBI and Alex Leach had the other hit for Pierz.
Mark Kahl was tagged with the loss.
St. Cloud Cathedral 10 12 0
Pierz 2 5 4
WP: Adam Theis. LP: Mark Kahl. 2B: STC-Eric Schwinghammer, Nick Maiers. 3B: STC-Steve Rindeloub. Overall: Prz 9-4. Next: Pierz at Holdingford 3:15 p.m. Monday.
Pequot Lakes 9-2, Park Rapids 7-12
PARK RAPIDS - The Pequot Lakes Patriots split a Mid-State Conference doubleheader with Park Rapids, winning Game One 9-7 before losing the nightcap 12-2 Thursday.
In the first game, Ben Kepner was 3-for-5 with a double, triple and home run, Jake Serfling was 3-4 with a home run, Ben Tweed was 3-3, Brandon Hilts 2-5 with a double and Ryan Paul 2-4 for the Patriots.
Levi Christensen picked up the win as he threw a complete game, giving up 11 hits and seven runs of which only three were earned.
In the second game, Tyler Wittwer, Ryan Pahl and Tweed each had a hit and Hilts was tagged with the loss.
Pequot Lakes 9 15 0
Park Rapids 7 11 0
WP: Levi Christensen. LP: Donatelle. 2B: PL-Brandon Hilts, Ben Kepner. 3B: PL-Kepner. HR: PL-Kepner, Jake Serfling.
Pequot Lakes 2 4 6
Park Rapids 12 10 4
WP: Dierkhising. LP: Brandon Hilts. Conference: PL 3-3. Overall: PL 5-5. Next: Pequot Lakes host Pine River-Backus 3 p.m. Friday.
Aitkin 10, Isle 5
ISLE - Tim Pearson tripled and struck out eight to help Aitkin to a 10-5 Great River Conference win over Isle on Thursday. Nick Harmon doubled for the Gobblers.
WP: Tim Pearson. 2B: A-Nick Harmon. 3B: A-Tim Pearson.
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