Braham is picking up the pace heading into playoff time. The Bombers won their last two games, including taking it to Onamia 16-1 on a wet and chilly May 17. Section 5A playoffs are scheduled to begin May 25.
The Bombers opened with a 3-0 lead in the first against the Panthers, then doubled that margin in the second when Randy Braund, Thomas Johnson and Sam Stigen scored. The team blew the game open with an eight-run third inning ignited by Johnny Clemmer’s leadoff double to right-center. Noah Bone had 2 hits and 2 RBI in the inning, with Shane Parson also adding a looping RBI single to right.
Casey Grell had his good mix going to get the win on the mound while keeping the Panthers down. He finished by catching two batters looking at curves for strikeouts and induced a soft liner to Alex Sutton at first base in the top of the fifth.
• On May 16, the Bombers downed host Isle 10-7 with Stigen getting 5 Ks in the first five innings, and Richard Hanson picking up the win in relief when the Bombers rallied. Grell went 3-for-5 at the plate, and Jacob Ambrose reached base safely four times, scoring twice.
Great River Baseball
Aitkin 11-0, 15-2; Hinckley-Fin. 10-2, 12-2; Pine City 8-3, 9-5; Rush City 7-5, 7-5; Braham 5-6, 5-7; Ogilvie 5-5, 5-8; Isle 2-7, 2-11; East Central 1-10, 1-11; Onamia 0-10, 0-11.
C-I Baseball tips Royals
Kyle Gageby scored a run and drove in another, with Nate Rogers also delivering an RBI when the Bluejackets got past Rogers 2-1 in eight innings May 15. Mike Thomas got the complete-game win, striking out 8 Royals.
On May 16, Grand Rapids defeated visiting C-I 13-3. The Thunderhawks (11-3) and Elk River (12-3) lead the Section 7AAA standings. The section playoffs begin May 27, and the Bluejackets are currently situated to open at either No. 6 Andover or No. 7 Duluth East.
Mississippi 8 Baseball
Big Lake 7-3, 13-5; Monticello 6-4, 10-8; St. Michael-Alb. 5-4, 9-7; Rogers 5-5, 8-9; Buffalo 5-5, 6-9; Cambridge-Isanti 1-8, 1-11.