Baseball: Thunder beat Flyers for first time 4-2

The Zimmerman Thunder notched their first-ever win over Little Falls 4-2 at home on Tuesday behind solid pitching from Zach Nolan and Mitch Mossman.

This is the third year the two teams have been Granite Ridge Conference rivals. The Thunder were 0-4 previously against the Flyers, who have been strong in baseball.

“The kids were happy and it gives them a good shot of confidence early in the season,” said coach Chris Riley.

Nolan pitched five innings, allowing five hits, four walks and two runs, and got the win. Mossman had two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and walk, earning the save. Each had one strikeout.

Riley praised both for keeping things under control and credited the team’s defense, too. The Thunder had one error against Little Falls and none the previous blame, a 3-0 win over Rockford.

“We are not a high strikeout pitching team,” Riley said, “so you know we need to make the plays in the field.”

The Thunder had a pair of two-run innings, each started by back-to-back singles — by Mack Riley and Riley Graham in the first, and Graham and Taylor Snow in the third. Two of the runs scored on errors, one on a ground out and one on a passed ball, with Mossman’s bunt advancing runners in the third.

Graham and Snow were each 2-for-3 and Austin Tretbar 1-for-3 plus a walk.

The Thunder will host Spectrum on Monday.