Thief River Falls wrapped up its 2016 regular season high school baseball schedule with a pair of 4-3 Thursday wins over Detroit Lakes at the Multi-Events Center.
Both were walk-off victories – the second game requiring nine innings to complete.
It was a 10-10 campaign for the Prowlers and first-year head coach Mike Gullingsrud.
Kade Nelson turned in a compete-game pitching performance in the opener to earn his third win of the year. He scattered eight hits while striking out six and surrendering just two earned runs.
Nelson doubled and scored the first Thief River Falls run on a sacrifice fly by Landon Kruckeberg for a 1-1 opening inning draw.
Both sides also had matching two-run fourth innings, with the Prowlers scoring on a ground-out by Aaron Berzinski and a single by Kruckeberg.
A mob of Prowlers celebrated at the plate in the bottom of the seventh when a solid single by Brenden Vigen scored Kruckeberg with the tie-breaker.
Gullingsrud figured fans were headed to their vehicles with the Prowlers trailing 3-0 entering the bottom of the seventh in the nightcap.
Limited to just two hits to that point, Thief River Falls turned things around when a lead-off walk issued to Brady Anderson was followed by a Benji Wilebski single to bring up the top of the order.
With two out, the Prowlers got back-to-back hits from Berzinski and Kruckeberg that led to a 3-3 game-extended scoreboard deadlock.
Another two-out rally won it three innings later when singles by Berzinski and then Kruckeberg sent Lucas Magnusson around the bases.
Brady Hoffard “pitched his best game of the season,” pointed out Gullingsrud, who called it a “”brilliant performance on the mound” as he threw all nine innings, striking out 13 and giving up seven hits.
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DL ………………….100 200 0 – 3 8 3
TRF………………..100 200 1 – 4 6 1
Pitching – (TRF) Kade Nelson-W, 7 IP, 8 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, 6 strike-outs.
Offensive highlights – (TRF) Landon Kruckeberg 2/3, 2 RBI; Carsen Retka, Lucas Magnusson, Brenden Vigen had one hit each, with Vigen getting the walk-off RBI single in the seventh.
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DL ……………….002 001 000 – 3 7 1
TRF……………..000 000 301 – 4 7 3
Pitching – (TRF) Brady Hoffard-W, 9 IP, 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 13 strike-outs.
Offensive highlights – (TRF) Benji Wilebski 2/2; Landon Kruckeberg 2/4, 2 RBI, walk-off RBI single; Aaron Berzinski 2/5; Kade Nelson 1 hit, RBI.