LITTLE FALLS - Ben Hanowski's two-run, first-inning home run sparked No. 4-seeded Little Falls to an 8-5 win over fifth-seeded Pierz in an East Subsection 6-2A quarterfinal Thursday.
Peter Suska went 3-for-4 for the Flyers. Little Falls pitcher Logan Kalis got the win while supporting his own cause with a double and RBI.
Breck Weber went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Pierz.
Pierz 5 9 2
Little Falls 8 11 3
WP: Logan Kalis. LP: Mike Weber. 2B: Kalis (LF), Michael Sperl (LF), Jesse Nordman (P), Breck Weber (P). HR: Ben Hanowski (LF). Overall: Prz- 12-8 LF- 12-8 . Next: LF vs. Cathedral Tuesday 7:30 p.m. at Putz Field.
Staples-Motley 2, LP-GE 0
STAPLES - A two-run bottom of the sixth provided the only scoring of the game as second-seeded Staples-Motley defeated No. 7 Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 2-0 in a West Subsection 6-2A quarterfinal game Thursday.
A Gunner Johnson single scored Anthony Jenkins and a Jordan Riewer fielder's choice drove in Trevor Ness with the Cardinals' runs.
Riewer came on in relief of starting pitcher Gunner Johnson to pick up the win, tossing 3.2 innings, allowing one hit and no walks with six strikeouts, including two with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the fourth inning.
Johnson went 3.1 innings with six strikeouts to go with three hits and three walks.
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 0 4 1
Staples-Motley 2 5 0
WP: Jordan Riewer. LP: D.J. Ruby. Overall: SM 15-6. Next: No. 2 Staples-Motley vs. No. 3 New London-Spicer at Cold Spring 7 p.m. Tuesday in the West Subsection 6-2A semifinals.
Verndale 3, Nevis 2
VERNDALE - Nate Bart's go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the sixth proved to be the difference as Verndale defeated non-conference opponent Nevis 3-2 Thursday.
Dustin Motchenbacher was 2-for-3 for the Pirates and Brady Siedschlaw collected an RBI double.
Clayton Cottrell picked up the win in a complete-game effort while registering eight strikeouts and allowing two earned runs.
Verndale 3 7 2
WP: Clayton Cottrell. LP: Stenberg. 2B: Brady Siedschlaw. Overall: V 7-13. Next: No. 6 Verndale at No. 3 Hawley 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the North Subsection 6-1A tournament.
Wadena-Deer Creek 9, Frazee 7
WADENA - Kevin Tumberg went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and also earned the victory on the mound with a 9-4 non-conference victory over Frazee in non-conference action Thursday.
Ryan Redfield had three sacrifice bunts for the Wolverines.
Frazee 7 9 2
Wadena-Deer Creek 9 8 5
WP: Kevin Tumberg. LP: Tappe. 2B: W Tumberg. Overall: WDC 5-12. Next: WDC hosts Pelican Rapids 5 p.m. Friday.
McGregor 12, C-I 6
CROSBY - Kyle Pribyl went 2-for-4 with an RBI on his birthday as Crosby-Ironton fell to McGregor 12-6 in non-conference play Thursday.
Corey Henningson was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Rangers.
McGregor 12 16 4
Crosby-Ironton 6 7 4
WP: Marssyla. LP: Brett Arneson. 3B: Colin Leonard. Overall: C-I 2-16. Next: C-I at Aitkin Friday at 4:30 p.m.
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