The Northland Pines baseball team topped Tomahawk 13-8 and 8-3 in a Great Northern Conference (GNC) doubleheader last Tuesday.

In game one, the Eagles used three pitchers and collected 12 hits in the 13-8 win.

Patrick Heck, Sam Johnson and Lars Evensen all pitched for Pines. Heck allowed three hits and three runs in 3 2⁄3 innings, Johnson allowed two runs in 1 1⁄3 innings and Evensen pitched two innings, allowing three runs. 

“The tone of the games were set by the starting pitchers, who gave us both great starts,” said Pines coach Peter Aerts.

Offensively, Ben Tilley was 2-for-5, with three RBIs, one run and three stolen bases. Braden Neubauer was 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and two runs, and Sam Johnson was 2-for-4, with one run and one stolen base.

“We had 12 hits, with each player recording a hit in the game. All but one guy scored a run,” said Aerts. “We hit the ball hard.”

In game two, Mitch McCanles threw 4 2⁄3 innings, allowing no hits, three runs, and four walks, and he had eight strikeouts. Nathan Hopkins pitched in relief, allowing no earned runs. 

Hopkins was 3-for-3, with a triple, three runs scored, one walk and three stolen bases. Tucker Wittkopf was 1-for-2 with a double, two RBIs, two hit-by-pitch and one stolen base. Neubauer was 1-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and one stolen base. 

“Their pitcher was tough in game two, but we put together great at-bats and had key doubles from Tucker and Braden to plate big runs,” said Aerts. “Both games were complete team wins where we played solid in all aspects of the game.”

The Eagles lost a nonconference game at Wittenberg-Birnamwood 12-4 Saturday. 

Hopkins pitched four innings, allowing two runs on four hits. Bradley Stephens and Logan Hissom pitched in relief, allowing 10 runs. 

Offensively, Tilley was 3-for-4 with a walk, run scored and stolen base. Wittkopf was 1-for-3 with two walks and one RBI. Hissom was 1-for-3 with a double, walk and run scored. 

Pines also faced Auburndale at Wittenberg-Birnamwood, losing 2-0.

Aiden Lifschutz threw six innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits. Evensen pitched an inning of relief, allowing no runs on a walk and strikeout. 

Sam Johnson was 2-for-2 and had three stolen bases against Auburndale.

“In both games we ran into some tough luck offensively, with both Wittenberg and Auburndale making some great plays,” said Aerts. “We had runners on often in both games, but could not come up with the big two-out hit. Overall, our pitchers continued to throw great and kept us in both games. We have a lot to build on, which is exciting in preparation for playoffs.”

Northland Pines, 4-8 in the GNC and 10-11 overall, will host a tournament this Saturday, May 18, starting at 10 a.m. Pines will play Crandon and Laona-Wabeno will play Chequamegon. The cham­­pionship and consolation games will be played at 1 p.m. 

Next Tuesday, May 21, the Eagles will play a nonconference game at Marathon at 5 p.m.