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Dan Determan / Echo Journal Bo Kruchten connects with a pitch in the Lightning's 8-3 win over Randall on Friday, June 29.1 / 4
Dan Determan / Echo Journal Shortstop Morgan Shephard throws to first base Friday, June 29.2 / 4
Dan Determan / Echo Journal Pitcher Tory Miller throws to home in the Lightning's game against the Randall Cubs on Friday, June 29.3 / 4
Dan Determan / Echo Journal Third baseman Tyler Wittwer bare-hands a ground ball and loads up to make a play at first against Randall Friday, June 29.4 / 4

Drew Boland belted two home runs - including one on the first pitch of the game - and doubled twice while driving in three runs and scoring four times to lead the North Division leading Nisswa Lightning to an 8-3 win over the Randall Cubs in non-division play Friday, June 29.

Jeremiah Piepkorn also collected four hits, including two doubles. Chris Pederson added a home run and Kevin Smith doubled.

Scott Sand earned the win for the Lightning, pitching eight innings while allowing three runs and eight hits. Jason Roepke was on the mound in relief in the ninth inning, allowing no one on base.

The Lightning's game against Aitkin scheduled for Sunday, July 1, was postponed due to inclement weather. They will face the Fort Ripley Rebels at home on Friday, July 6.

Nisswa 8 16 2

Randall 3 8 0

WP: Scott Sand. LP: Derek Poser. 2B: N-Drew Boland 2, Jeremiah Piepkorn 2, Kevin Smith. HR: N-Boland 2, Chris Pederson.

North Division Standings

Nisswa Lightning 9-1, Fort Ripley Rebels 7-3, Cuyuna Range Miners 2-9, Aitkin Steam 1-7, St. Mathias Devils 1-9