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Lightning win two of three

Logan McElfresh pitched the first 5.2 innings for the Lightning on Saturday, July 8, allowing seven hits and striking out five batters.1 / 2
Tory Miller makes the play at shortstop in the first inning of the Lightning's game against Pierz on Saturday, July 8.2 / 2

The Nisswa Lightning locked up the North's No. 2 seed with a 10-7 come-from-behind win over the Pierz Bulldogs Saturday.

The Lightning trailed 4-1 after six innings and 7-6 after the top of the eighth before scoring the final four runs of the game in the bottom of the eighth. Adam Hardy had a two-run single, Tyler Witter singled home another run and a Morgan Shepherd sacrifice fly made it 10-7.

Aaron Jenkins hit a grand slam for the Lightning in the sixth and Hardy hit a solo blast in the same inning. Chris Pederson and Wittwer each finished with three hits including doubles while Tory Miller and Drew Boland had two hits apiece.

Ryan Foreman went 3-5 with a solo home run for Pierz, Andy Leidenfrost was 3-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs. Craig Luberts was 2-4 with a double and Joe Hanson was 2-3 with a pair of RBIs and scored twice.

Boland earned the win tossing the final 1.2 innings in relief of starter Logan McElfresh and Wittwer. Nick Herold took the loss for the Bulldogs who used five pitchers.

Bulldogs 7 11 1

Nisswa 10 15 3

WP: Drew Boland. LP: Nick Herold. 2B: N-Chris Pederson, Tyler Wittwer; Prz-Craig Luberts, Andy Leidenfrost. HR: N-Aaron Jenkins, Adam Hardy; Prz-Ryan Foreman.

Lightning split Aitkin doubleheader

The Lighting and the Aitkin Steam split a doubleheader Friday, July 7, with the Steam taking the opener 10-8 in eight innings and the Lightning bouncing back to win the nightcap 5-3 in seven scheduled innings.

The Lightning were led by Miller, who went 3-5 scoring three runs. Jenkins, Boland and Pederson had two hits apiece and Wittwer delivered a three-run double in the bottom of the seventh that tied the score 8-8 and sent the game into extra innings.

In the second game, Jenkins gave Nisswa the lead with a three-run homer in the top of the third, but Aitkin tied it up in the fifth with a three-run shot by Sam Peterson.

Nisswa plated the winning runs in the seventh on an error and RBI single by Boland.

Both teams finished with just five hits, including a double by Luke Schumer.

Miller picked up the win tossing the final two innings in relief of Schumer who started.

Game One

Aitkin 10 13 0

Nisswa 8 12 2

8 innings

WP: Jeremy Janzen. LP: Luke Schumer. 2B: A-Sam Peterson, Brian Burman 2, Nathan Ehnstrom, Drew Nordean; N-Tyler Wittwer. HR: A-Burman, Jake Lynn.

Game Two

Nisswa 5 5 0

Aitkin 3 5 1

WP: Tory Miller. LP: Drew Nordean. 2B: N-Luke Schumer; A-Brian Burman. HR: N-Aaron Jenkins; A-Sam Peterson.