The Haugen Knights took a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning, added a couple of insurance runs and won 5-2 at Hayward in Independent Baseball League action Saturday night. The win keeps the Knights in second place and just a game behind front-running Grantsburg. The Knights, who are off this weekend, are 7-1 in league play, while the undefeated Honkers are 8-0. Colton Sirek went eight strong innings for the Knights in the win over Hayward (4-4), with Jordan Crotteau recording the save with a scoreless ninth despite the Hawks' two hits. Sirek allowed six hits, walked five and struck out six. Hayward held early 1-0 and 2-1 leads before the Haugen club scored two runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead. Coltan Ellis scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error after he stole second. Rob Berger's triple to the right field corner scored Carter Crotteau in the top of the ninth. Berger then trotted home on Ellis' two-out single.
Brill wins twice The Brill Millers rolled to two league wins over the weekend, hiking their record to 6-3 for third place. Lefty Arnie Bartes threw a complete game in Brill's 9-1 win Saturday at Cumberland. Chris Walters and Todd Brunclik had three hits each in the win over the Islanders (0-7). Brill then pounded the visiting Haugen Hornets on Sunday, 11-1. Logan Brunclik held the visitors hitless through five innings as the Millers built a 10-0 lead. Brill's 12-hit attack was led by Walters' four for four day. Todd Brunclik and Kirby Brunclik added two hits each. The Hornets (4-3) finished with only two hits off Brunclik and Patrick Rankin, who pitched in relief. Those hits, singles by Turner Swanson and Derek Robarge, plated the Haugen club's only run in the sixth inning. Trent Hanson started and took the loss for the Hornets. Brill hosts Hayward in a league game Sunday when the Millers hold Military Appreciation Day. Prior to the 1 p.m. game, the national anthem will be sung by Megan Nipe, daughter of former military member Kim Nipe, and the VFW Color Guard will present the flag. Both teams will wear military caps from various branches of the armed forces. A free hot dog will be given to any military member, active or retired. Also Sunday in the Independent League, the Haugen Hornets host Cumberland at 1 p.m.