After losing their last nine straight, including five in the past 10 days, the Milaca VFW team finally ended the streak with a 5-1 win over Princeton last Monday.
In the victory over Princeton (3-15), Milaca was out hit nine to eight, but used their hits wisely to score runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
Raliegh Millar pitched a complete game for Milaca and allowed one earned run, while striking out five. He also had one of two runs batted in (RBI) in the game for Milaca. The other came from third baseman Riley Moos. Taylor Deshaw was 2-for-2 with three runs scored in the game.
Before that streak-ending win though Milaca lost five games from June 30-July 2.
On June 30 Milaca fell 5-0 at the hands of Buffalo. Milaca had just one hit, a Sam Larsen single. Larsen also got the loss on the mound despite pitching five innings and allowing four earned runs.
On July 1 Milaca lost a pair of games via shutout to a strong Little Falls squad in Milaca.
In game one of the doubleheader Little Falls scored seven runs in the first and five more in the second and never looked back. Milaca had just four hits, two singles from Nathan Hass, and a hit a piece from Hunter Guzy and Calvin Manthie. Matt Fransen took the loss on the hill.
Game two went a little better, but again the bats were not there for Milaca. Little Falls scored four in the fourth, but only needed the one run they scored in the second to win in shutout fashion, 6-0. Milaca’s lone hit came from Manthie. A highlight for Milaca was the 1.2 innings of scoreless relief they received from Blake Kiel.
On July 2 Milaca lost another doubleheader as they played Brainerd.
Brainerd won easily 11-1 in game one. It was the first run for Milaca in three games.
The run came on a Fransen single to drive in Hass in the top of the first inning. Brainerd then scored twice in their half of the first and added four in the second to help secure the win.
Deshaw and Manthie each had hits in the loss.
In game two Milaca’s offense got a bit better, but they still fell to Brainerd 7-2.
Milaca was behind early, but made a comeback effort in the fifth with a pair of runs, but the rally ended there. Peyton Talberg had two singles, while Logan Majerus had an RBI.
The week pushed Milaca’s season record to 5-14 on the season.