The Granite Ridge Conference baseball season rolled on as both the Pierz Pioneers and Little Falls Flyers played in contests within the conference.
The Pioneers won 2-of-3, starting with a 17-0 blowout of Mora in five innings, April 22.
Senior Kolten Happke had a strong day at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs.
Fellow senior Michael Leidenfrost also smashed a double, scored three times and drove in three runs. Senior Jonah Prokott also scored twice and drove in two runs.
Little Falls’ GRC week began with a tough, 3-2, loss to Albany, April 22.
The Flyers took a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh, but allowed two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Spencer Friese and Collin Kray each drove in runs for the Flyers. Zach Gwost scored a run and also struck out five in five innings of pitching, allowing one run on three hits.
Pierz’ next game was a 3-2 loss to Foley, Monday.
The Pioneers allowed three runs in the opening inning, but scored two in the bottom of the third to draw close. However, neither team would score, and the Falcons would hold on for the win.
Noah Cekalla had an RBI double, while Jeremy Bingesser drove in the other Pierz run.
Prokott went the distance on the mound, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and struck out five.
Little Falls’ final game was another one-run loss, 4-3, to Zimmerman, Tuesday.
The Flyers led 1-0 after the first inning, but fell behind 4-1 until the top of the seventh, when they rallied for two more runs, but couldn’t plate the game-tying run.
Trevor Kloeckl drove in two of the three Flyers runs. Kray, Gwost and Austin Neu all scored for Little Falls.
Finally, Pierz earned a 6-3 victory over St. Cloud Cathedral, Tuesday.
A four-run bottom of the fifth put the Pioneers ahead for good in the contest.
Bingesser had a strong game both at the plate and on the mound. He was a perfect 3-for-3 at the dish with a run and three RBIs. On the bump, he pitched four innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits and stuck out eight.
Cekalla had an RBI double, while Ben Virnig pitched three scoreless innings of relief, striking out four and allowing only three hits.
Pierz (4-2) will host Minnewaska, Monday.
Little Falls (1-3) looks to bounce back when it hosts Cathedral, Thursday.