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Baseball: Lightning topple Aitkin, fall to Fort Ripley

Lightning pitcher Tory Miller throws to home in the Lightning's 10-6 loss to Fort Ripley on Friday, July 6. Dan Determan / Echo Journal

Jeremiah Piepkorn had a two-run home run and Chris Peterson went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs as the Nisswa Lightning finished the regular season in style with an 11-0 victory over the Aitkin Steam on Sunday, July 8.

Brett Jenkins went 2-for-4 for the Lightning, hitting in one run, while Tory Miller had a hit, an RBI and a stolen base.

Kevin Smith earned the victory on the mound, pitching six scoreless innings and striking out seven batters.

With the win, the Lightning have clinched the North Division title.

The Lightning play the Steam again on Saturday, July 14, in the opening round of the playoffs.

Aitkin 0 3 3Nisswa 11 9 0WP: Kevin Smith. LP: Drew Nordeen. 2B: N-Chris Peterson, Morgan Shepard. HR: N-Jeremiah Piepkorn
Overall: N-11-2.

Fort Ripley 10, Nisswa 6

The Lightning saw a four-game win streak halted on Friday, July 6, as they fell in a 10-6 loss to the Fort Ripley Rebels at home on Friday, July 6.

The Rebels pounded out 18 hits against the Lightning. Drew Boland finished 3-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs for Nisswa. Jason Roepke also homered and went 2-4 with a pair of RBIs and Jeremiah Piepkorn finished with two hits.

Fort Ripley 10 18 2Nisswa 6 10 3WP: Ethan Barnum. LP: Jason Roepke. 2B: FR-Rhett Williamson, Brett Kramer;N-Brett Jenkins. HR: N-Roepke, Drew Boland. Division: FR 7-1, N 6-1.
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