Aaron Jenkins’ RBI double in the top of the eighth lifted the visiting Nisswa Lightning to a 6-5 win over the Avon Lakers in the final game of the regular season Sunday, July 7.
Nisswa finishes the regular season 9-4 overall and in second place in the North Division. The Lightning will host No. 3 Freeport on Saturday, July 13 in the first round of the playoffs.
Aaron Jenkins, Jeremiah Piepkorn, Jason Roepke and Adam Hardy each had two hits for Nisswa, which enjoyed an 11-7 edge in hits. The Lakers also committed four errors.
Reliever Luke Schumer, who retired Avon in order in the bottom of the ninth, homered for the Lightning.
Kyle Schaible, who pitched 5.1 innings in relief, gave up just one run and three hits with one strikeout and one walk. Scott Litchy was 3-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases for Avon.
Nisswa 8, St. Mathias 3
Morgan Shepherd’s two-run homer and a solo shot by Jeremiah Piepkorn sparked Nisswa to an early lead and the Lightning went on to an 8-3 win over the visiting St. Mathias Devils on Saturday, July 6.
Drew Boland added a two-run homer in the fourth for the Lightning. Lincoln Messner, who earned the victory in relief, limited the Devils to one run and one hit with four strikeouts and three walks in 3.2 innings.
Boland finished with three RBI while Adam Hardy went 3-4 and Piepkorn also collected three hits. Mark Germain was 2-3 for Nisswa, which enjoyed an 11-10 edge in hits.
The Devils received three hits from Blake Thiesse and an RBI double from Jake Francis. They finished the regular season in fourth place in the North with a 5-8 record.