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Lightning win playoff opener

The Victory League North amateur baseball league’s winner’s bracket game between the No. 2 seeded Nisswa Lightning and the top-seeded Fort Ripley Rebels was rained out on Sunday, July 14.

The game is scheduled to be made up at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 19, in Pierz. The loser will face the Freeport Black Sox in the loser bracket game on Saturday, July 20.

On Saturday, July 13, Nisswa defeated Freeport 7-1 while Fort Ripley topped St. Mathias 6-3 in the double elimination tournament.

Against Freeport, Jeremiah Piepkorn went 4-for-5 to lead Nisswa, which enjoyed an 11-6 edge in hits.

Drew Boland was 3-for-4 with two runs scored while Luke Schumer was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Aaron Jenkins also scored two runs.

Boland, Piepkorn and Schumer all doubled for Nisswa, which led 3-0 after the first inning.

Jason Roepke earned the pitching win for the Lightning. He allowed six hits while striking out five and walking just one in going the distance.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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