Little Falls tips Milaca in section baseball tourney

Milaca received strong pitching efforts from juniors Matt VanSomeren and Brian Kiel but the Wolves couldn’t muster up much offense as they lost to Little Falls 3-1 in the first round of the Section 6AA Baseball Tournament Tuesday, May 31, at Little Falls.

“Matt pitched four strong innings, scattering seven hits while allowing two earned runs,” said Milaca Coach Craig Talberg. Then Brian followed with two good innings, allowing just one hit.

“We received good pitching and we played good defense, but we didn’t hit well and we couldn’t get the key hit. We had runners at first and third with one out in the seventh inning but we couldn’t bring them in.”

VanSomeren led Milaca’s offense with a double and a single while sophomore Mike Garber had a double.

Senior Hunter Foss and junior Jorgen Erickson each had a single.

Senior Josh Wenzel picked up the win, allowing five hits and one walk over seven innings. He struck out 10.

Bryce Zatwatzkee hit a home run for the Flyers.

Milaca finished with a 4-9 record.

“I’m sorry to see our season come to an end – the team was just starting to play its best baseball of the season,” said Talberg. “I feel bad for this team because we were only able to get in 12 regular-season games compared to the 20 that were on our schedule.”

St. Cloud Cathedral tipped Little Falls 1-0 Monday in the finals of the winners bracket in the tournament, dropping the Flyers into the losers bracket with Sauk Centre and Minnewaska.

The tournament was scheduled to continue Tuesday and tonight (Thursday) at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud.