The Pine River-Backus Tigers baseball team’s five game win streak ended when they were swept by the Nevis Tigers in a conference double header on Tuesday, May 21. The Tigers lost the opener 13- 7 before dropping the nightcap 7-5.
The Tigers, who finished the regular season 7-6 overall after losing to Bagley 15-5 on Wednesday, May 22, were seeded No. 7 scheduled to play at second-seeded Menahga in the Subsection 6A playoffs on Tuesday, May 28. The winner advances to face the winner between No. 3 Barnesville and No. 6 Lake Park/Audubon in the subsection semifinals on Wednesday, May 29.
Nevis scored five runs in the first inning, four in the second, three in the third, and one in the fourth. The Tigers scored all their runs in the fourth as Nick Gravdahl, Triston Rubner, and Beau Howard all walked to load the bases. Cole Larson hit a single to bring in Gravdahl, and Henry Krecklau got on base on an error to bring in Rubner. The Tigers got one out and went into the top of their lineup with Anthony Phillipson walking to bring in Howard. Zach Struss hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Larson and Jared Adkins smashed a home run scoring Krecklau, Phillipson, and himself for the seventh run. Phillipson took the loss, struck out four, walked one, and gave up nine hits. Rubner went 2-2 with two doubles. Adkins homed and had two RBI.
In the second game, the Tigers lost 7-5 after leading 5-0 after the first two innings. Nevis came back with four runs in the third inning, and took over the lead with three runs in the fourth. The Tigers stranded three runners on base in the fifth. Howard was the losing pitcher as he struck out four, walked six, and gave up five hits. Phillipson, Adkins, and Howard each went 2-3.
Bagley 15, Tigers 5
The Tigers were defeated by the Bagley Flyers on Wednesday, May 22, at Bemidji State University.
Both teams had a run in the first inning, and Bagley grabbed a 2-1 lead in the second. Neither team scored in the third, but Bagley extended its lead with four runs in the fourth. Bagley scored three runs in the fifth, but the Tigers answered with three runs. The Tigers scored one run in the sixth and kept Bagley from scoring in the inning. Bagley scored six runs in the seventh to put the game away.
Andrew Munsch took the loss as he struck out one, walked three, and gave up eight hits. He was relieved in the fourth by Zach Semmler, who walked two and gave up three hits. Austin Smith came in relief in the fifth, and he hit three batters, and gave up three hits. Adkins went 3-3 while Rubner had two RBI.