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Tanner Wegscheid is greeted by teammates Adam Snelgrove, Derek Gaudette, Mike Cichy and Mason Roberts after pounding a grand slam in the Eagles' 11-5 win.

Eagles split two with Braves

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Gusting winds produced two very different baseball games as New York Mills split a doubleheader with conference foe Menahga falling 3-1 in the opener and taking the nightcap 11-5.

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Tanner Wegscheid took a one-strike pitch over the left field fence for a grand slam not even 35 mph gusts could knock down. The ball dropped just behind the fence 320 feet from home plate.

"Tanner does a great job as a lead-off hitter," Coach Chris Bushinger said.

Nice to have that kind of power at the top of the order. Wegscheid's blast was the beef behind a seven-run fourth inning that proved enough to seal game two and manage a split in the doubleheader.

"In the 13 years I've coached against them, I know they will always have a tough group of ball players," Bushinger said. "With that said, we're glad to at least split."

Adam Snelgrove and Mason Roberts combined on a five-hit performance on the mound. Snelgrove sent the Braves to the dugout quietly for three strong innings before the cold and wind, combined with a lengthy fourth inning of scoring, made it difficult to stay loose.

Roberts was strong in relief until the seventh when a late rally, highlighted by a two-run home run by Menahga shortstop Kasey Tyge, made the finale interesting, as the lights came on at Russ Jacobson field.

Both Wegscheid's and Tyge's homers were directly into a strong wind blowing in from left field. Tyge's shot was a goner from the crack of the bat.

Mike Cichy had two hits in three appearances with two runs batted in. Derek Gaudette and Jarrod Norton also knocked in a run.

The early game saw a no-hit bid by Tyge end in the fifth on a double by Roberts. Tyge fanned 11 Eagles on way to an impressive 3-1 win.

"He did a super job," Braves Coach Charlie Dormanen said. "Kasey threw strikes, mixed pitches well and seemed in command."

Not to be outdone was Ted Rohr, who battled more batters and got out of a few jams, before notching a complete game of his own. He allowed three runs on only four hits. He struck out five and walked six.

"Ted Rohr did a great job last night," Bushinger said. "He settled down, got in a groove and threw strikes. When we play doubleheaders, there's going to be times when we're going to go through pitchers quickly. Ted is one of the guys we're going to depend on to give us some quality innings."

The Braves led the entire game. The Eagles did mount a two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh when they got the tying runs to second and third base before Tyge fanned Wegscheid on three straight pitches.

Game Notes: Two injuries occurred during play Tuesday. Eagles first baseman Norton took a cleat to the chin during a collision at first base with Matt Skoog. A high throw from Cichy at third carried Norton off the bag and into the path of the sprinting Skoog. Norton was able to return to the game.

Cichy is in a tough spot this year transitioning from outfield to third base when Snelgrove or Roberts take the mound. That throw from third is not as easy as it looks.

A second collision happened at third and it was a mismatch between Eagles' senior designated hitter Eric Wallgren and Menahga freshman third baseman Stetson Burkman. Wallgren slid in past Burkman's tag before taking him out at the bag. Burkman was down in foul territory and the ball lay quietly in front of the bag. Wallgren was safe on the play. Burkman, not so much, he did not return.

The Eagles upped their record to 2-1 on the season. They travel to Pillager next Tuesday before a three-game home stand against Wadena-Deer Creek, Ottertail Central and Verndale to get the season into May.

Eagles results

Menahga at New York Mills, Doubleheader at Russ Jacobson Field Tuesday, April 13.

Game 1:

MEN 100 011 - 3 4 1

NYM 000 010 - 1 4 3

Menahga

AB R H Bi

Dormanen 3 2 2 0

Hendrickson 2 0 0 0

Tyge 3 0 0 0

Pihlaja 3 0 0 0

Skoog, M. 3 1 1 0

Skoog, B. 4 0 0 0

Tolkkinen 3 0 0 0

Burkman 1 0 0 0

Burkman 2 0 1 0

Tomperi 3 0 0 0

Totals 28 3 4 0

Eagles

AB R H Bi

Wegscheid 3 0 0 0

Huwe 3 0 0 0

Roberts 3 1 1 0

Norton 3 0 1 1

Rohr 3 0 0 0

Wallgren 3 1 0 0

Cichy 2 0 0 0

Gaudette 3 0 1 0

Imsande 3 0 1 0

Totals 26 1 4 1

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): MEN: Tyge (WP 1-0) 7-4-1-1-1-11...NYM - Rohr (LP 0-1) 7-4-3-0-6-5.

Game 2:

NYM 210 020 00 - 11 11 5

MEN 000 010 31- 5 3 2

Eagles

AB R H Bi

Wegscheid 3 2 3 4

Huwe 4 1 1 0

Roberts 5 1 1 0

Norton 4 0 2 1

Rohr 4 2 2 0

Wallgren 2 1 0 0

x-Salo 1 0 0 0

Cichy 3 2 1 2

Gaudette 4 1 1 1

Snelgrove 4 1 0 0

Totals 34 11 11 8

Menahga

AB R H Bi

Dormanen 4 2 0 0

Skoog, M. 4 0 0 0

Tyge 3 1 1 2

Pihlaja 3 2 1 0

Skoog, B. 4 0 1 0

Tolkkinen 4 0 0 0

Burkman 1 0 0 0

x- Bureau 1 0 0 0

Lusti 3 0 0 0

Hendrickson 2 0 0 0

x- Moren 1 0 0 0

Totals 31 5 3 2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): NYM - Snelgrove (WP 2-0) 4 2/3-1-2-1-2-5; Roberts 2 1/3-4-3-1-1-1...MEN: Dormanen (LP 0-1) 3 1/3-5-7-4-2-2; Skoog, B. 3 2/3-6-4-3-2-2.

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Robert Williams
Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
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