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Singles by Mac Schluttner and Matt Lipinski in the bottom of the seventh lifted Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale to a 5-4 victory Monday and gave them a split of a doubleheader at Park Rapids. Park Rapids claimed the opener 3-2 behind a strong pitching performance by Sam Eyestad. The Park Rapids hurler did not give up a walk in his seven innings of work. He scattered four hits and struck out four. Park Rapids grabbed a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth off BHV starter Ethan Korfe. Eyestad led off with a double and Connor Byer singled.
Scott Dau is upbeat about the prognosis for farm crops as Minnesota farmers move into July. Dry conditions early in the planting year delayed the emergence of some crops in Minnesota but a wet May and a mild June have improved the picture considerably. "I would call it good to excellent," said the Leaf River Ag manager last week. The United States Department of Agriculture agrees with Dau. Wheat is one of the first crops harvested each summer and 76 percent of the state crop was headed out by the end of June. "There is some nice looking wheat in the country, it's really looking good," Dau
Drop the name "Peterson" when you are talking basketball in this part of Minnesota and there is a good chance you will hear some stories about a pair of brothers. The Peterson twins of Henning, Dick and Bob, led the Hornets to back-to-back state tournaments half a century ago. They were giants at the time they played high school basketball standing 6-5.
Wadena's Julie Bushinger, Susan Kreklau and Rachael Spear ran the 26.2 miles Grandma's Marathon course Saturday from Two Harbors to Duluth. Bushinger, 43, completed the course in a time of 4:39.12 while Kreklau, 41, ran it in 4:44.42 and Spear, 38, completed the course in 5:05.34. Deer Creek's Scott Dolezal, 41, completed the Grandma's Marathon race in a time of 3:36.34. Area runners finishing the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon included Bertha's John Pokorney and Verndale's Brian Hinman, Vicki Kueker and Melissa Hinman. The 69-year-old Pokorney ran the half marathon in a time of 2:21.14.
Preston Riewer went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs Friday as Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale split an American Legion doubleheader with Staples. Riewer powered BHV to a 10-4 victory in Game 1 with his strong performance in the No. 3 lineup spot. Luke Weniger, Matt Lipinski and Travis Eckel backed Riewer up with two RBIs apiece. Leadoff batter Mac Schluttner scored three times. Riewer's big game at the plate helped his own pitching cause. The right-hander did not allow an earned run in his five innings on the mound. Riewer walked four and fanned six in a five-inning outing.
A whopping 13 walks made the road a smooth one for the Bertha Blazers Saturday as they smoked the Frazee Flames 18-6 in town team baseball action. The fourth inning was a disaster for the Flames as they surrendered six walks and six hits in giving up 11 runs. Sixteen Bertha batters went to the plate in the fourth. Preston Riewer had a solid game for the Blazers at the plate going 3-for-4 at the plate with a triple, three runs and four RBIs. Brian Hinzmann was 3-for-5 in the victory with one run and two RBIs.
Zak Nornberg spun a three-hitter in Game 1 and errors proved costly in Game 2 last Wednesday as Walker took a doubleheader on the Wadena diamond. Nornberg walked one and fanned two in pitching a complete game as Walker opened the American Legion twinbill with a 5-2 victory. Austin Becker slugged a two-run homer in the first inning for Walker. Vic Mastley went 3-for-4 at the plate and scored twice. Noah Ross and Logan Schmitz scored runs for Post 171. Jake Dykhoff gave up 10 hits in his seven innings on the hill for Wadena.
A big league baseball season can resemble a roller coaster ride with all of its ups and downs. After sputtering in April, then climbing the American League Central standings with an incredibly solid May, the Twins have been plunging so far in June. Hey baby, it is a long, long season and a lot of things, good and bad, can and will happen. This isn't the National Football League where they play once a week and call 16 games a season. It is major league baseball, where teams play 10 times as many games as the NFL and half of it means living on the road.
The Sebeka Legion baseball team pushed 10 runs across the plate in the third inning last Monday en route to a 10-5 victory over Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale. The top four hitters in Sebeka's lineup all collected two hits. Tom Tellers, Al Pietala, Levi Schwartz and Ray Mueller combined for eight hits, six runs and eight RBIs. No. 9 hitter Nick Meyer was 2-for-2 with two runs and one RBI. Sebeka's bats went bezerk in the third with 15 hitters going to the plate. Tellers struck the big blow with a three-run double after five runners had already scored.
It is a dangerous time of year for white-tailed deer in Minnesota and the rifle season is still many months away. With green grass growing high in roadside ditches, swarms of mosquitoes hatching out and does forcing their yearlings to fend for themselves, deer are showing up in the wrong place at the wrong time for many drivers. "Green grass is growing, providing good supplemental food," Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Tricia Plautz said.