Agates looking to make deep run in playoffsAccording to a recent prep ranking for the state of Minnesota, the Two Harbors baseball team was ranked No. 16 in the state for Class AA.
By: Matt Suoja, Lake County News Chronicle
According to a recent prep ranking for the state of Minnesota, the Two Harbors baseball team was ranked No. 16 in the state for Class AA.
It’s not surprising considering the team is full of veteran players with the experience that could carry the team deep into the playoffs.
“We have a lot better depth than previous years,” said head coach Rick Coughlin.
Joel Wuorio, Matt Bruley and Fordes Lodin have been leading the team on the mound this season with strong ERAs. The team has a few heavy hitters as well, but it seems the offense is a collective effort.
Last week did not start out well with a 12-0 loss to Esko Wednesday, but the team was able to bounce back with a tally of wins.
Later in the week, the Agates won a tight ball game against Eveleth-Gilbert 3-2. Mesabi East posed another formidable opponent, but the Agates once again came out on top with a 2-1 victory. A 20-8 win came against Cameron, Wis. came in the later stages of the week.
Bruley pitched a gem Monday to help the Agates over Albrook 6-1. Bruley struck out six while Erik Magnuson went 3-for-5 and Scott Kovacovich added two hits.
On Tuesday, Two Harbors beat Cook County 5-2. Wuorio got the win striking out eight and Bruley added three RBIs to help the offense.
Overall things are looking good for the Agates come playoff time.
Coach Coughlin, however, doesn’t want his team to get to far ahead of itself.
“Hopefully we will go deeper in the playoffs,” he said about previous playoff experiences.
Last year, the team finished their season with a record of 9-8, losing their first game in the playoffs.