Carter Opheim came through in the clutch, belting his first grand slam as the Wolves beat visiting Menahga 7-4 Thursday night.
Clinging to a 3-2 lead with two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley’s catcher got hold of the 0-1 pitch and drove it over the fence. A wild Wolves’ celebration waited for him at home as he rounded the bases.
The senior finished the game with six RBIs, including a two-run single earlier in the game.
Joe Pinski got the fourth inning started with a single and Austin Smith followed with a single. After Corey Haataja retired the next two batters, Ethan Anderson reached on a run-scoring grounder that was misplayed. Zach Josephson was hit by the next pitch to load the bases.
Anderson improved to 2-1 on the season in nearly five innings of work. He allowed four runs on five hits and five walks, and struck out two.
TJ Smith came on in relief in the fifth with two outs after Menahga cut the lead to three. The junior struck out the next guy and allowed only one hit over the next two frames and struck out three, including two in the seventh.
Conner Craven, Josephson, Pinski and Austin Smith each had one hit.
Menahga scored twice in the top of the first on one walk, a double and a single. Anderson only gave up one hit over the next three innings as WHA grabbed a 7-2 lead.
An error and Josephson’s double was followed by Opheim’s two-run single in the bottom of the first.
Nevis wins 2-1
A lack of production at the plate kept the Wolves from winning a big road game at Nevis Friday.
The first five batters combined to go 1-16 as the Wolves dropped to 5-3 with a 2-1 loss. The win moves the Tigers to 7-1.
Jack Slagle pitched well enough to get his second win, but instead got the loss. He gave up only six hits and two walks while striking out five.
Josephson, TJ Smith, Anderson, Austin Smith and Gavin Johannsen each had a hit.
The Wolves’ only run came in the seventh as TJ Smith doubled to lead off the inning. After an error and an out moved Smith to third, he scored on Austin Smith’s single. Derek Lindow, who got the complete-game victory with seven strike-outs, fanned the next batter and got the final out on an infield play.
Nevis scored a run in the third as Lindow singled and scored on an error. The Tigers’ second run came in the fourth.
Wolves win 11-1
A five-run sixth inning broke open a close game and propelled the Wolves to an 11-1 win over visiting Northome-Kelliher Thursday afternoon.
Josephson went the distance to get his first win of the season. The senior allowed only five hits and two walks, and struck out eight.
The only run the Mustangs scored came in the top of the sixth on Wyatt Plaekner’s two-out single. Josephson struck out the next batter to end the inning.
TJ Smith led WHA with three hits, while Carter Opheim and Austin Smith each had two.
Rasmussen drove in two runs, while Austin Smith and Opheim each had one RBI. Anderson, Opheim, Rasmussen and TJ Smith each scored twice.
The Mustangs committed 13 errors including 11 by wild pitches.