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Tigers split opening baseball games

The Pine River-Backus Tigers narrowly won their first game of the season 9-8 against the host Northome-Kelliher Mustangs to give Coach Steve Snavely his 100th career win on Thursday, April 17.

Anthony Phillipson pitched all seven innings, gave up 10 hits, walked three, and struck out six.

Triston Rubner went 2-3 with an RBI and Joe Davidson went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.

The Tigers only had six hits to the Mustangs’ 10, but they also only had three errors to the Mustangs’ five. PR-B was down 1-0 going into the top of the third, when they got Brandon Mager in after he got on base on a walk. The Mustangs answered with two runs in the bottom of the third, and PR-B managed one run in the top of the fourth to make the score 2-3.

In the top of the fifth, the Tigers batted all the way through their lineup and scored five runs to take over the game, while the Mustangs managed only two runs in the bottom of the fifth. PR-B added another two runs to their lead in the top of the sixth, and gave up three runs in the bottom. the Tigers didn’t score in the top of the seventh giving them only a one-run lead as the Mustangs came to bat. The Mustangs got their first batter on base on a single, but the Tigers picked him off as he tried to steal second for the first out. The next two batters both ground-out to give PR-B the win. N-K enjoyed a 10-6 edge in hits but did make five errors compared to three for the Tigers.

Pillager 13, PR-B 1

Triston Rubner scored the only run for the Tigers as they lost to the Pillager Huskies 13-1 in six innings in non-conference action on Monday, April 21.

Rubner got on base in the bottom of the fourth after being hit by a pitch with one out, and he worked his way around the bases until he was able to steal home. Rubner, Brandon Mager, and Nick Gravdahl provided the Tigers’ three hits, while the Huskies had 13 hits. Joe Davidson took the loss as pitcher giving up seven hits, walking seven, and allowing seven runs.

Mason Quick was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI for Pillager. Quick also earned the pitching win as he gave up two hits over five shutout innings against PR-B, which drops to 1-1 overall.