The Wolves won both games they played Thursday at Bemidji State University, thumping Red Lake 19-2 and Lake of the Woods 14-4, both in five innings.
Cole Rasmussen got the win in the first game as he allowed only one walk and struck out five in the three innings he worked. Joe Pinski gave up two unearned runs in the fourth with two strikeouts, and Jack Slagle struck out the side to end the game.
TJ Smith led with three hits, with Ethan Anderson and Zach Josephson both having two hits. Smith and Josephson both drove in three runs, while Anderson and Colton Hein each had two RBIs.
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley only led Red Lake 4-0 through three innings, but scored four in the top of the fourth with Anderson and Josephson each having two RBIs.
Ten more runs crossed in the fifth as WHA had six hits and Red Lake committed six errors. Hein had two RBIs on a double with Josephson getting an RBI. The other six runs scored on errors.
In the second game, Carter Opheim drove in five runs on three hits, including a three-run homer in the third and a one-run double off the fence. Austin Smith and Josephson each had three RBIs on two hits.
Anderson led with four hits and drove in a run, TJ Smith had three hits and one RBI, and Rasmussen finished with two hits.
TJ Smith allowed three runs on only two hits and two walks and struck out four to get the win.
Gavan Gray gave up one run in two innings and Gavin Johannsen pitched the fifth.
WHA scored all the runs they would need in the first on five hits, one walk and a hit batter for a 6-0 lead. Another run crossed in the second and five in the third.
Austin Smith ended the game early with a walk-off RBI single with one out to score Gray in the bottom of the fifth.
Wolves lose 3 games
The Wolves had a tough weekend at the Ely Tournament, losing all three games.
Friday night WHA opened facing Ely and fell behind 6-0 in the second inning. The Wolves cut the lead to 7-4, but Ely scored three times in the sixth on their way to a 10-7 win.
Josephson had some control problems and walked four batters in the first two innings. Pinski, Craven, Johannsen and Caden Opheim also pitched.
TJ Smith led with three hits and drove in two runs, while Anderson, Carter Opheim and Austin Smith each had two hits. Anderson, Carter Opheim, Austin Smith, Pinski and Slagle each had a RBI.
The Wolves got off to another bad start in their first game Saturday and used five pitchers in a 25-9 loss to a very good South Ridge team.
South Ridge scored 11 runs in the first and led 18-4. The Wolves managed to cut the lead to 18-9, but South Ridge scored seven more runs in the top of the sixth.
TJ Smith once again led the team in hitting with three hits and five RBIs. Caden Opheim had two hits, with Anderson, Carter Opheim and Rasmussen each having a RBI.
In the finale Saturday afternoon, the Wolves got great starting pitching, but the defense let them down as Cherry scored an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh for a 3-2 win.
Anderson pitched six strong innings and gave up only three hits and struck out seven.
Slagle relieving to start the seventh and gave up an infield bloop hit, followed by a bunt that resulted in a throwing error that allowed winning run to score on the play.
The Wolves scored both of their runs in the sixth on hits by TJ Smith and Pinski.
Carter Opheim had two of WHA’s seven hits and scored a run.
Hein belts first homer
Sophomore Colton Hein hit his first varsity home run of his career in the Wolves 16-3 win over visiting Pine River-Backus May 14.
The three-run blast came in the third as WHA scored nine runs in the frame.
Hein, Josephson, Caden Opheim and Carter Opheim each had two hits, while Anderson, Grey, TJ Smith and Slagle each had a hit. Slagle also drove in three runs, with Josephson and Carter Opheim each having two RBIs.
Josephson improved to 3-1 on the season by allowing two runs on two hits with three strike outs. He left with two outs in the third and was relieved by Anderson, who had four strike outs and gave up only one run on two hits and two walks.
Slagle took over to start the fifth, and after a lead-off double and walk, struck out the next three batters.
The Wolves took a 2-0 lead in the first as Anderson singled and scored Carter Opheim hit, who was then driven in by Smith.
Five more runs crossed in the second. Austin Smith got it started with a walk and Hein followed with a double. Caden Opheim’s double scored one, Anderson drove in the second run with a ground-out, Carter Opheim had a RBI single and the other two runs scored on wild pitches.
Pine River scored two runs in the top of third on a single and error, but the Wolves quickly answered.
Austin Smith led it off with a walk followed by Hein’s free base. After Caden Opheim drove in a run Anderson was hit by a pitch, Josephson delivered a two-run double. Two batters later TJ Smith walked and Slagle followed with a two-run single. Hein’s blast came three batters later with two outs.
WHA shut out Panthers
Grey and TJ Smith combined to throw a no-hitter as the host Wolves beat Cass Lake-Bena 10-0 May 14 in five innings.
The two combined to strike out nine and only allowed three walks and one hit batter. Grey improved to 2-0 on the season as he walked only two and fanned four in nearly three innings of work. Smith went the final two-plus and struck out five, including the last three batters looking.
Craven led WHA with two hits, while Josephson and Smith each had a double.
Cass Lake committed seven errors and Walker also took advantage of five walks and one hit batter.
The Wolves scored two unearned runs in the first and one in the third on Craven’s RBI single.
Five runs crossed home in the third. Smith had a RBI double and Grey a RBI ground-out, with the other three runs scoring on wild pitches or errors.
WHA’s final two runs came in the fourth as Rasmussen scored on an error and Pinski on a wild pitch.