The Jenkins/Pequot Lakes VFW baseball team had an admirable finish to the season. They compiled a 9-7 overall record, and won’t be competing in the postseason.
“We seven of our last eight games,” said coach Kyle Spray. “So we finished on a strong note. We had 15 kids who will be sophomores and juniors next year, and a lot of them contributed. A lot of kids pitched for us this season.”
Jenkins/PL finished the season with a doubleheader sweep at Crosby in a pair of five-inning games on Thursday, July 11. They won the opener 7-0 as Connor Davich struck out 10 to earn the win.
“Connor pitched well,” Spray said. “He allowed a hit in the first inning, but settled down from there.”
Jenkins/PL scored three times in the first inning. They finished with seven hits, including two by Hunter Larson.
In the second game, Jenkins/PL won 10-8 as Levi Puetz picked up the win. They led 5-0 after two innings, but Crosby rallied with three runs in the fifth. Jenkins/PL had an 8-4 edge in hits, including two each by Austin Mesenbrink, Hunter Larson and Ben Stevens.
On July 10, Jenkins/PL swept a pair of seven-innings home games against Brainerd. They won the opener 2-1 as Karl Satterlund pitched a complete game. Brainerd scored in the fourth, but Jenkins/PL answered with two runs in the fifth as Cody Kettleson scored on a single by Jared Sewell, who later scored the winning run. Mesenbrink was 2-for-3.
In the second game, Jenkins/PL won 10-6 sparked by a four-run second inning when Mesenbrink drilled a three-run homer. Mesenbrink was 3-for-4 with four RBI for Jenkins/PL, who enjoyed a 9-6 edge in hits.
On July 1, Jenkins/PL split a pair of five-inning games with visiting Crosby. They won the opener 8-7 but dropped the second game 11-10.
In the opener, Jenkins/PL fell behind 5-0 after the first inning and trailed most of the game before scoring three times in the bottom of the fifth to win. The rally ended with Mesenbrink’s two-run single that scored Kettleson and Chad Christianson with two outs.
Christianson was 4-for-4 while teammate Jack Kloster was 2-2 for Jenkins/PL, which enjoyed an 8-7 edge in hits. Pitcher Karl Satterlund pitched all five innings for the win.
In the second game, Jenkins/PL was down by two runs in the fifth. They scored once and had the tying run on third base before the game ended. Mesenbrink was 3-3 while Sewell and Kettleson each had two hits. Davich suffered the pitching loss.