Lightning split with Cuyuna, Fort Ripley
The host Nisswa Lightning split a pair of Victory League North division games on Sunday, June 30 - defeating the Cuyuna Miners 19-1 and then falling to the Fort Ripley Rebels 7-4.
The Lightning, 10-6 overall, is scheduled to host St. Mathias at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, and play at Avon at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 7.
Lightning 19, Cuyuna 1
In Sunday’s first game, Nisswa assumed a quick 16-1 lead after three innings after Cuyuna opened the scoring with an unearned run in the top of the first.
“We came out swinging and had a solid start to the game,” said player/manager Aaron Jenkins, whose team scored 22 runs in beating Opole on Saturday. “We had 38 runs over a stretch of 10 innings.”
Jason Roepke homered and scored four runs while Pequot Lakes graduate Tyler Wittwer drilled a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Morgan Shepherd drove in three runs while Drew Boland, Luke Schumer, Bronson Shepherd, Mike Zauhar and Mark Germain had two hits.
Adam Hardy had three hits while Boland, Jake Mehr and Brett Jenkins had two. Winner Brett Cloutier allowed one hit in four innings and Kyle Schaible allowed one hit in three innings.
Fort Ripley 7, Lightning 4
In Sunday’s second game, Nisswa led 2-0 after Roepke’s two-run homer. That lead lasted until the fourth when the Rebels tied it 2-2. Fort Ripley moved ahead 3-2 with three straight singles in the fifth and then extended the lead to four runs following a three-run homer by Brett Kramer. Nisswa cut the deficit to 6-4 with a pair of runs in the sixth before the Rebels added a final run in the eighth.
Fort Ripley enjoyed a 14-9 edge in hits as Nick Jelaci was 4-for-5 and Robby Veith had three hits. Roepke and Wittwer each had two hits while Boland and Hardy both doubled.
Fort Ripley improved to 7-3 in division play while Nisswa dropped to 7-4.
Lightning 22, Opole 3
On Saturday, June 29, Nisswa defeated the Bears by pounding out six homers and 25 hits in a makeup game from earlier in the season. The Lightning scored in every inning, including plating five runs in both the third and fifth innings.
Drew Boland drilled a pair of homers while Morgan and Bronson Shepherd, Aaron Jenkins and Whittwer each had one home run. Boland, who also drove in five runs, joined Luke Schumer and Wittwer who all had four hits. Bronson Shepherd and Aaron and Bret Jenkins each had three hits. Lincoln Messner allowed nine hits while pitching all seven innings for Nisswa to earn the win.
Lightning 10, Brainerd 2
On Wednesday, June 26, Nisswa assumed a 6-0 lead after two innings and cruised past the Brainerd Bees.
Schumer had three hits while Aaron Jenkins added two. Schaible pitched three innings for the win.