TJ Smith scores the Wolves only run in the fourth inning as the ball gets by the Menahga’s catcher (left side of photo).

Ethan Anderson pitched a phenominal game for the Wolves in the opening round of the Section 5A Baseball Playoffs Thursday night.

It was the lack of offense by Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, one of the top scoring teams in Class 1A, that cost them in a 3-1 home loss to Menahga.

Anderson gave up only four hits and struck out six.

Eddie Salmen also pitched well for the Braves as he only gave up three hits and struck out two, but it was Wolves’ base running miscues that ran them out of a couple of scoring chances.

WHA also stranded four runners in scoring position in the first four innings but did not have a batter reach base in the final three frames.

Menahga scored their first run in the first as Lars Keranen led-off with a walk and after a stolen base scored on Tom Litzau’s single.

In the bottom half the Wolves had runners at first and third with one out, but two base running errors allowed Menahga to end the inning on a doubleplay.

WHA also stranded a runner at second in the second but finally scored in the fourth. TJ Smith got it started with a one-out double. With two outs Carter Opheim walked, and Caden Opheim singled to score Smith with the other two runners moving into scoring position on a throw to the plate where the ball got by the catcher.

Salmen got the next batter to pop out to third to end the threat.

Neither team would threaten to score again until the top of the seventh when Menahga broke the tie in their last at-bats. The No. 8 hitter led-off the seventh with a walk, and after a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second, Lars Keranen ripped a RBI double. Keranen would score on a fly-ball out to left.

The Wolves went down in order in the bottom of the seventh to end their season at 12-7.


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