WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
Senior Austin Mesenbrink was chosen most valuable player for the Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team at a recent postseason banquet. Mesenbrink batted .356 and led the Patriots with 25 RBI. He also had a 2.45 earned-run average as a pitcher this spring. Mesenbrink and teammates Justin Olson and Connor Davich made the All-Mid-State Conference team while Jack Kreitz received honorable mention. The co-offensive player award award went to Olson and Davich while Sewall was the defensive MVP. Olson had the top batting average at .456, and added 18 stolen bases and 20 RBI.
Pequot Lakes junior Kathryn Miska was selected most valuable player at a softball awards banquet on Tuesday, June 16. Miska helped the Patriots compile a 21-4 record while setting a season strikeout record with 245. She pitched 134 1/3 innings with an 18-3 record and a 1.41 earned-run average. Miska allowed 64 hits while walking 41. Senior Hannah Zimmerman was honored as the team's only four-year letterwinner while senior Madison Galligan and juniors Barbara Miller and Haley Wiebolt were three-year letterwinners.
The Hermantown Hawks swept the Pequot Lakes Patriots 4-1 and 3-2 in the finals of the Section 7AA softball tournament on Thursday, May 28, in Grand Rapids. The Patriots, West Subsection champions, went into the day unbeaten in the playoffs but the East Subsection champion Hawks rallied with a pair of wins over Pequot Lakes to defend their section title. Hermantown returns to the Class AA state tournament while the Patriots finish 21-4 overall. "We gave it our best shot," said Pequot Lakes coach Bret Sergent, "but (Hermantown) put things together.
The visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots swept a non-conference doubleheader from Pine River-Backus 8-2 and 14-1 on Friday, May 22, in the regular season finale for both teams. The Patriots, who finish the regular season 13-4-1 overall, were scheduled to open Subsection 7AA play as third seeds against No. 6 Wadena-Deer Creek on Tuesday, May 26. The Tigers, who end 7-9 and are seeded No. 7, were scheduled to face No.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots edged Hermantown 5-4 in extra innings in a battle of top subsection seeds in the Section 7AA playoffs on Tuesday. The Patriots, 21-2 overall, advance to face the loser's bracket winner between Hermantown and International Falls at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, in Grand Rapids. On Tuesday, the Patriots assumed a 4-1 lead as pitcher Kathryn Miska had a one-hitter through six innings. But the Hawks tied it with three runs in the top of the seventh.
Pequot Lakes junior pitcher Kathryn Miska stole the show against visiting Pine River-Backus by throwing a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory in the opener and followed with a one-hitter in a 13-0 five-inning victory in non-conference softball action on Tuesday, May 12. Miska combined to walk four Tiger while striking out 27.
The Pequot Lakes junior varsity softball team finished the season with an 18-2 record, including splitting a doubleheader against Pine River-Backus on Tuesday, May 12. In the first game against PR-B, the Patriots won 6-5 as Taya Salminen was the winning pitcher while Haman and Deutsch were both 2-for-3 and Deutsch and Maggie Miska both drove in two runs. The Tigers won the second game 15-8 as Karlie Trottier was 3-3, Hannah Ray 2-3 with 4 RBI and Miska 2-4. Pequot Lakes finished the season on Friday, May 15, as they swept Bemidji 16-1 and 5-4.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team swept Wadena-Deer Creek by scores 6-3 and 8-0 on Tuesday, May 12, to finish one of their best Mid-State Conference seasons in almost a decade. The Patriots improved to finish third with an 8-3-1 in the conference while the Wolverines fell to 2-8. In the opener, Austin Mesenbrink pitched a complete game as he struck out six to earn the win. Pequot Lakes was outhit 7-4, although one of the Patriots' hits was a triple by Jared Sewall. In the nightcap, Ethan Lehman earned the pitching win as he allowed three hits while striking out five.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots extended their winning streak to nine games by sweeping the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 15-1 and 23-1 in five innings each in a Mid-State Conference doubleheader on Friday, May 8. Kathryn Miska struck out 12, walked three and gave up just one hit to win the opener. Laura Squires went 3-for-3 with three runs and a pair of RBI and Caitlyn Carkhuff was 2-3 with a double. Mikaela Nordlund had the only hit for the Wolverines. Sophomore Taya Salminen picked up her first varsity win in the second game.
Justin Olson homered and drove in three runs to lead the Pequot Lakes Patriots past the Aitkin Gobblers 4-2 in a rain-shortened, non-conference game on Thursday, May 7. The Patriots scored three runs in the top of the fifth before rain stopped the game. Pequot Lakes' Connor Davich collected two hits and Austin Mesenbrink and Jack Kreitz each doubled while Olson was 2-for-3 and scored twice.