The Fort Ripley Rebels’ Bryce Flanagan belted a two-run homer in the eighth inning to defeat the Nisswa Lightning 9-7 in Victory League amateur baseball action Friday, July 16.

Nisswa, which finishes the regular season 10-7 overall, was seeded No. 4 for the North/East Division playoffs and is scheduled to host the No. 5 Pierz Brewers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 23. Other division playoffs include: No. 1 Buckman vs. No. 8 St. Mathias; No. 2 Foley vs. No. 7 Royalton; and No. 3 Fort Ripley vs. No. 6 Pierz Lakers.

Against Fort Ripley, Sam Peterson belted a solo blast in the first inning to cut the deficit to 2-1. The Rebels’ Zach Heidmann drilled his second homer of the night and drove in each of the first five runs for a 5-1 lead in the second inning.

Starting pitcher Brett Jenkins throws to home in the Lightning's 9-7 loss to Fort Ripley Friday, July 16. Dan Determan / Echo Journal
Starting pitcher Brett Jenkins throws to home in the Lightning's 9-7 loss to Fort Ripley Friday, July 16. Dan Determan / Echo Journal

Kody Ruedisili hit a solo homer for Nisswa in the third inning to make it 5-2. The Lightning’s Jon Blanchette’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth and teammate Jeremiah Piepkorn’s RBI single in the fifth cut the deficit to 6-4. The Rebels made it 7-4 in the seventh, but Nisswa’s Aaron Jenkins hit a three-run homer to tie it at 7-7 in the bottom of the inning. Flanagan then homered to win the game in the eighth.

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Ruedisili was the losing pitcher while Nathan Ehnstrom earned the win in relief. Ruedisili had two of the Lightning’s eight hits.