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Baseball: Lightning top Rebels, claim division crown

Drew Boland awaits a pitch in the fourth inning of Nisswa's game against Fort Ripley. Boland went 1-for-3 with a walk for the Lightning. Dan Determan/ Echo Journal 1 / 3
Nisswa pitcher Kevin Smith throws to home in the fifth inning of the Lightning's win over the Fort Ripley Rebels on Sunday, July 22. Smith pitched seven innings and struck out three batters in the win. Dan Determan/ Echo Journal 2 / 3
Nisswa's Adam Hardy connects with a pitch in the Lightning's 7-1 victory over Fort Ripley on Sunday, July 22. Dan Determan/ Echo Journal3 / 3

Jason Roepke and Aaron Jenkins belted two-run homers for the Nisswa Lightning who added the North Division playoff championship to their regular-season North title with a 7-1 win over the Fort Ripley Rebels Sunday, July 22.

Jenkins finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs, including a sacrifice fly. Jeremiah Piepkorn was the only other Nisswa player with multiple hits as he went 3-for-5, while Chris Pederson contributed a double.

Tory Miller and Logan McElfresh each notched an RBI in the game.

Kevin Smith was credited with the win as he scattered six hits and one run over seven innings. He also struck out three batters and allowed just one walk. Scott Sand worked two shutout innings in relief to finish, striking out one.

The Lightning now move into the Region 8C tournament, where they will face the Buckman Billygoats on Saturday, July 28, at Pierz Legion Park.

Fort Ripley 1 8 2

Nisswa 7 13 2

WP: Kevin Smith. LP: Mac Brink. 2B: N-Chris Pederson. HR: N-Jason Roepke, Aaron Jenkins; FR-Brett Kramer. Next: North No. 1 Nisswa vs. East No. 2 Buckman 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Pierz; East No. 1 Lastrup vs. North No. 2 Fort Ripley 5 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at Pierz.