Things were shaping up to be an interesting playoffs as seventh-seeded Milaca was coming into a match-up against second-seed Little Falls on a four-game win streak. Then the Flyers started pitcher Kyle Boser, and it was all but over for the Wolves.
Boser, who will play for St. Cloud State next season, struck out 13, and allowed only two hits to the Wolves on the May 20 meeting in the sub-section’s win or go home first round.
“We saw a really good pitcher from Little Falls, and he was throwing mid-80s and we just couldn’t catch up to him,” said Milaca head coach Craig Talberg. “That’s what happens when you get to playoffs and see No. 2 seeds, you’re going to see a good pitcher.”
Milaca had a strong pitching performance of their own though, which kept the game close. Brian Kiel went the distance for Milaca and had five strike outs and only two earned runs.
The Flyers got two of their runs in the third inning thanks to two hit batsmen and an error. They added two more in the sixth inning on a Boser two-run single.
The lone hits for the Wolves came from Kiel and senior Jorgen Erickson.
Talberg was proud of seniors like Kiel, Erickson, Ian Carpenter, Matt VanSomeren, Justin Fransen, Austin Walker and Mason Hoskins.
“It was good for my seniors to end on a strong note, winning our last four games,” Talberg said. “It showed a lot of heart coming into the end of the year, they could have easily thrown in the towel, and not cared about the last four, five games.”
Added Talberg, “For them to come back and just finish the season strong, I was just really proud of them.”
The Wolves knew what they were getting into when they headed up to Little Falls.
“We knew going into Little falls that it was going to be a tough game,” Talberg said. “We played pretty good defense, and it was a pretty close game, but we just ran into a pretty good pitcher.”
Milaca finished 6-11 on the season after starting 2-10.
They return strong junior performers in catcher Mike Garber, first baseman Nick Wolbert and infielder Gavin Mickelson. Also coming back next year with some experience is sophomore Hunter Johnson.