LITTLEFORK - The Falls High School baseball team notched a victory in its final game of the regular season Thursday, beating the Littlefork-Big Falls Vikings 8-0 in the 2019 baseball edition of the Battle for Borderland.
Leaders for the Broncos were:
- Joe Glowack - 2 runs, 1 hit and 2 RBI
- Blaine Humbert - 1 hit and 2 RBI
- Bradyn Dremmel - 1 run and 2 hits
Leaders for the Vikings were:
- Matt Kennedy - 1 hit
- Cameron McRoberts - 1 hit
The winning pitcher was senior Blaine Humbert (nine strikeouts), while the losing pitcher was junior Cam McRoberts (five strikeouts).
Both pitchers came out firing in the first inning, with McRoberts getting the first three Bronco batters out.
The Vikings would threaten early, putting a man on third base in the bottom of the first. However, they were unable to advance the runner home.
The Bronco bats started warming up at the top of the second inning, advancing runners on base.
The Broncos got their first run of the game when a double hit by senior Garrett Koenig brought home junior Bradyn Dremmel, giving the away team a 1-0 lead.
Throughout the first three innings of the ballgame, the Vikings would advance a runner to third base, but could not find the timely hitting needed to advance those runners home to put points on the board.
"The first three innings I think we really put pressure on the Falls," said Viking head coach Mason Imhof. "We were knocking on the door, but we just couldn't kick it open."
Meanwhile, the Broncos strung hits together throughout the third and fourth innings, bringing home five more runners to put the Vikings in a 6-0 hole.
The Vikings' hitting issues continued to plague them in the later innings of the ballgame and ultimately they were unable to bring any runners home.
The Broncos sealed Thursday's game in the top of the seventh inning when sophomore Tucker Hell brought home fellow sophomore Bryant Koenig with a single.
Hell made it home himself when senior Simon Palm grounded a ball towards center field to give the Broncos the 8-0 win.
Imhof said he was happy with how the Vikings hung around with the Broncos.
"We made them earn every run they scored," he said. "We competed, but we just didn't do enough to win."
Bronco head coach Eric Walls said a big win like this is a major confidence booster for this team.
"We've played pretty well these last couple of weeks," he said. "We may not have a lot of wins to show for it, but our attitude has been good and these kids have been working hard so hopefully this will carry into the playoffs."
Imhof said despite the loss, there is still a lot of positive buzz around the Vikings heading into their own playoffs.
"Before this game we had won two straight, which I don't think has happened for quite a while," he said. "These kids are confident, they just need to believe in themselves and this team."
The Broncos and Vikings both competed in their respective section tournaments Tuesday.
The Broncos traveled to Nashwauk to take on the Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears.
The Vikings traveled to Cohasset to take on the Chisholm Bluestreaks.
The results of both games were unavailable at press time.