Sports Roundup: Agates, Mariners meet on diamondsAgates, Mariners meet on diamonds, Baseball, Track, SB baseball, TH baseball, TH softball, SB softball, TH track, SB track
By: Matt Suoja and Steve Gow, Lake County News Chronicle
The Agates softball team won its first playoff game in school history last year.
The Mariners softball team is coming off another state playoff appearance.
Put the two together and you have more than just a town rivalry.
The Mariners came out on top Tuesday with a 7-1 win, but the Agates could get revenge May 17 in their next game.
“I knew there program was going to be better,” said Mike Guzzo, head coach for the Mariners. “It will be there for a few years.”
Guzzo felt it was going to be a good game going into it, but it ended being one sided. He said they played their best game of the season and didn’t make many mistakes in the matchup.
The same wasn’t true for Two Harbors.
“Silver Bay is a strong hitting team,” said Julie Benson, head coach for Two Harbors. “We made some errors in the field at some key times and Silver Bay took advantage of them.”
Kirstin Sandstrom got the win for the Mariners allowing three hits, striking out five. She had two hits in the game with an RBI. Silver Bay’s Taylor Guzzo had three hits with an RBI and Marina Carter also had a couple hits.
Madison Olson took the loss for Two Harbors allowing nine hits while getting 12 strikeouts.
Abby Ray had two hits for the Agates including a triple and a run. Cammie Triggs also had an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
On Tuesday the Agates and Mariners renewed its baseball rivalry with Two Harbors coming out on top 4-2.
Sam Strom of the Agates and Ryan DeShaw of the Mariners engaged in an old fashioned pitchers duel thru four innings as the two teams combined for a total of three hits. The Mariners got a lead-off double from Cody Larson in their half of the fifth, only to see Strom bear down to strike out the next two batters and get the third to ground out to the mound.
Strom led off the Agates half of the fifth with a single only to be forced out at second base. The Agates scored the games first run by sandwiching a walk and two hit batters around a pop out. Matt McDannold then did some major damage by doubling to deep left and driving in two more runs. Scott Comrie scored on a wild pitch giving the Agates a 4-0 lead as they scored four times on two hits.
After Luke Thun singled with one out in the sixth, John Forsberg replaced Strom on the mound for the Agates. Forsberg gave up a double to Hunter Panetti, but escaped the inning with the score still at 4-0. The Mariners came to bat in the seventh still trailing by four.
Zach Bulen singled with one out and reached second base due to defensive interference. After he scored on a single by Holden Panetti, DeShaw singled to put runners at first and second with two outs. A single by Thun scored Panetti on a very close play at the plate, but the game ended with DeShaw getting thrown out at third.
Strom picked up the victory with 5 1/3 innings of work, giving up no runs, three hits and striking out five.
Forsberg gave two runs on four hits and struck out one in 1 2/3 innings. DeShaw went the distance and took the loss, giving up four runs on four hits while striking out nine. Cole Myrdal had a hit and scored a run for the Agates while Thun and Hunter Panetti each had two hits for the Mariners. Each team stranded five base runners.
Two Harbors and Silver Bay also renewed its track rivalry Tuesday at the Two Harbors Quad.
The Two Harbors 4-by-400 boys relay team took first and Josh Ensign won the 3200 meters. On the girls side, Agate Sonja Peterson was second in the 800 meters. For Silver Bay, both Shane Loeffler and Kyle Blood placed in the 800 meters.
More results were not available as of press time.
On Monday the Mariners fell 5-3 at home to the Ely Timberwolves.
The Wolves scored three in the first and two in the second, with four of the runs coming on a couple two-run home runs by Alex Koschak. Zach Bulen took the loss for the Mariners going the distance. Hunter Panetti had two hits and two RBIs for the Mariners.
There game on Saturday against Duluth Marshall was cancelled and will be made up May 24.
The Agates fell to Cook County last Thursday 5-2.
Darryl Hansen of Cook County, who plays hockey for Silver Bay, got the win allowing seven hits with eight strikeouts. John Forsberg took the loss for the Agates allowing five hits and six walks whiles striking out eight in five innings of work. Scott Comrie went 2-for-4 for Two Harbors with an RBI while Forsberg was 2-for-2.
Two Harbors lost to Proctor 16-5 last Friday. Ben Ruberg was one of the few bright spots for the Agates during the game going 3-for-4.
On Saturday, the Agates avoided a late-inning scare to top Ely 7-6. Ely loaded the bases in the top of the seventh, but could not overcome the Agates lead with Sam Strom shutting the door pitching three innings allowing one run and three hits to get the save. Forsberg got the win for Two Harbors pitching four innings allowing five hits and five runs.
Forsberg also went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
The Agates defeated Cook County last Thursday 8-3 behind a solid pitching performance from Courtney Kimball.
Kimball pitched seven innings striking out three, allowing eight hits.
Madison Olson went 4-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs including a two-run double. Marissa Engelson also had two hits for Two Harbors and two RBIs.
“After three days of practice (before the game), it was good to see the girls make solid contact and move their teammates around the bases,” said head coach Julie Benson. “We made a few shifts in the field on defense and had no errors for the game.”
On Saturday, the Agates blew out Ely 12-0 in five innings. Olson got the win pitching a two-hitter while striking out eight.
The Agates exploded in the third inning scoring six runs and never looked back. Cammie Triggs went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Savannah Juenemann also had two RBIs.
“Everyone contributed offensively,” Benson said. “Once on base, our players took advantage of wild pitches and moved themselves around to be in scoring position when the hits did come. We worked well as a team.”
Silver Bay fell behind Ely 4-0 Monday after three and a half innings of play, but didn’t panic and came back with one in the fourth, two in the fifth and two more in the sixth for a 5-4 victory at home.
Facing a pitcher in Whitney Walsh, who didn’t have the heat of a lot of the pitchers the Mariners have faced this season threw off the timing of some of the Bay’s bats. That along with an inability to play small ball when needed via the bunt, kept the game closer than it should have been.
Ely scored one in the first and three in the fourth to jump ahead 4-0. A Taylor Skelton triple scored Hope Moser in the first. In the fourth the Wolves loaded the bases with nobody out with two infield singles and a bloop single.
The Mariners then changed pitchers, bringing in Kirstin Sandstrom to replace Nikki Babbitt. The first batter Sandstrom faced, fellow pitcher Walsh, put a double over the head of the right fielder to score two runs. After a hit batter and a pop up to the pitcher, a dropped fly ball scored one more, before Sandstrom retired the next two batters.
A single by Katie Smedstad followed by a double from Brittany Duresky scored the first Mariner run in the bottom of the fourth. After Sandstrom opened the fifth with a double, Taylor Guzzo was hit by a pitch in the helmet. A sacrifice fly from Marina Carter scored Sandstrom and a Babbitt single scored Guzzo to cut the deficit to 4-3.
After Sandstrom worked her second straight three up three down on the mound, the Mariners went to work again at the plate. Rebecca Dilley led off with a single and scored on a Sandstrom double. Sandstrom reached third on a wild pitch and scored on a Guzzo ground ball out to the right side of the infield that put the Mariners ahead.
Carter followed that up with a triple, but was stranded at third. After Ely hit two singles through the infield with one out in the seventh, Sandstrom got two ground ball outs to end the game in favor of the Mariners.
Carter finished 3-for-3 at the plate and Smedstad was 2-for-2. Sandstrom added two doubles and Duresky had two hits. Five different Mariner batters had a RBI. Babbitt pitched three innings for the Mariners giving up four runs on nine hits with a strikeout.
Sandstrom threw four innings and picked up the win in relief with no runs on three hits with two strikeouts. Walsh went the distance for the Timberwolves giving up five runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts. Ely left nine runners on base while the Mariners stranded eight.
The team was supposed to have a tournament last Saturday at Princeton, but when they got down there it was cancelled due to rain. The trek down there took about 3 ½ hours.
Success followed the Two Harbors track team once again to the Steve Kerzie Invitational last Friday in Virginia.
The boys team finished third overall with numerous competitors finishing in the top three of their perspective events.
The boys 4-by-200 meter relay team along with the 4-by-100 team won events. The 4-by-400 meter team also finished in third place.
Individual competitors finished strong with Caleb Hamp-Sill winning the long jump and placing No. 2 in the 100-meter dash. Ryan Guentzel placed second in the 200-meter dash and Alex Horoshak was No. 3 in the triple jump.
The relay teams were also successful on the girls side with the 4-by-400 team finishing second and the 4-by-200 and 4-by-100 teams finishing third.
For individuals, Lacey Myrdal won the 400-meter dash and took second in the 200 meters. Sonja Peterson finished first in the 3200-met run while Stephanie McGregor was successful in field events winning the shot put and discus.
Other top finishers include Nicole Johnson (second in discus), Nina Bukowski (third in triple jump) and Kaley Peterson (second in shot put).
The girls team finished third overall.
Last Tuesday the Mariners put on a strong showing at a McGregor meet.
Shane Loeffler ran the 1600 meters in a time of 5:06, 20 seconds off his personal record, for a fourth place finish.
The 400-by-800 team of Loeffler, Sam Otterblad, Kyle Blood and Alex Anderson finished second with a time of 9:47.
“If you can start running in the low 9’s, [the team] is starting to get serious,” said Rick Frericks, head coach. “My goal for them is to get to the section meet.”
The 4-by-100 team also finished in third place at the meet.
On the girls side, seventh-grader Sam Anderson placed No. 2 in the 3200 meters.
“A lot of what she’s competing in, it’s her first time [competing in those events],” Frericks said.
Abby Michels also finished in fifth place in the 100 and 800 meters.