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By: Matt Suoja and Steve Gow, Lake County News Chronicle
Mariners narrowly top Agates
Silver Bay scored three times in the bottom of the seventh inning to come back from a 2-0 deficit and escape with a thrilling 3-2 home victory over the Two Harbors Agates Monday.
“We’ve been in a lot of close games,” said Mike Guzzo, Mariners head coach. “We showed some good fight. It came down to breaks and bounces.”
“This was definitely a team effort,” said Julie Benson, Agates head coach. “I’m very proud of the whole team. In an intense bottom of the seventh, we had a few miscues and Silver Bay took advantage of them and brought in the winning run. It was a tough loss after a well played game.”
Mariners Kirstin Sandstrom and Taylor Guzzo led off the seventh inning with line-drive singles up the middle. After Nikki Babbitt fouled a third strike bunt attempt, Marina Carter reached first base via an error and the bags were full.
Agate hurler Madison Olson then struck out Katie Smedstad for the second out of the inning. Brittany Duresky hit a hard grounder to third and the fielder elected to go to first with the ball. The runner was safe as no one was on the bag and a run scored. After Guzzo scored on a wild pitch to tie it at two, Jessalyn Rowlee hit a ground ball single up the middle to score Carter with the winning run.
The game had been a scoreless pitching duel between Olson and Sandstrom until the Agates struck first in the top of the sixth. Courtney Kimball drew a walk with one out and with two outs Katelyn Adams and Hailey Clark hit back to back singles to score Kimball with the game’s first run. Following a walk to Cammie Triggs, Sasha Fjeran singled to score Adams and it was 2-0.
Both teams left nine runners on base. The Mariners left the bags loaded twice and the Agates did so once. Each team started out with good scoring opportunities in the first inning, but were unable to cash it in. The Agates had runners at second and third with one out and the Mariners had the bases loaded with nobody out until Olson struck out the next three batters. The Agates finished with two runs on seven hits and the Mariners had three runs on ten hits.
Sandstrom picked up the win with five strikeouts and Olson took the loss despite striking out 10 Mariners. Fjeran went 3-for-4 for the Agates, reached base on all four of her at bats and had an RBI. Adams went 2-for-3. For the Mariners, Sandstrom went 3-for-4 with a run scored, Babbitt was 3-for-4 and Rowlee was 2-for-4. Rowlee and Duresky had RBIs. With the win the Mariners move to 14-4 and the Agates are at 7-6.
The game should prepare both teams for the playoffs.
“Definitely, they’re able to compete now,” said Guzzo about it being the most exciting game between the two teams. “Hopefully it will help both teams in the playoffs.”
The Agates topped Duluth Marshall 6-2 Friday.
John Forsberg got the win pitching seven solid innings striking out five, allowing eight hits. On the offensive side, Ben Ruberg stung the ball for three hits as did Matt McDannold who had two hits.
The Agates were destroyed by Esko 18-2 Monday in five innings. Esko opened up the offensive floodgates early scoring six runs in the second and third innings. John Forsberg took the loss for the Agates.
“We’ve had our highs and lows,” said head coach Rick Coughlin about his young team.
He said the team made many mental mistakes against Esko and they just snowballed.
“I would like to see them improve upon last night [Monday],” Coughlin said about his team’s goals for the rest of the season.
Silver Bay defeated Carlton 6-0 Friday on a three-hit shutout by Hunter Panetti. The game was scoreless for 4 1/2 innings until the Mariners erupted for three in the fifth and three in the sixth
A double by Warren Carter drove in Luke Thun with what proved to be the game-winning run.
Carter scored on the same play via a couple of Bulldog errors. Daniel Wilson then singled home Cody Larson, who had walked, to make it 3-0.
In the sixth, Thun singled with one out and stole second. A two out single by Panetti scored Thun. Panetti scored on a double by Larson and Larson scored on a Zach Bulen single.
Ryan DeShaw had two hits for the Mariners with seven other Mariner hitters getting one hit. The Mariners finished with six runs on nine hits.
Freshman Ryan Gunderson went 6 2/3 innings for the Bulldogs. Panetti struck out seven on his way to the victory. The win moves the Mariner record up to 5-6 and is their fifth in a row after starting out 0-6.
The Silver Bay-Cook County boys golf team competed at the Northern Invitational at Giant’s Ridge Friday and Saturday.
Kipp Sande, of Cook County, led the team shooting a 91 on Friday while Zack Twiest, of Cook County, shot a 92. Shane Billings, of Silver Bay, had a good showing scoring a 98 Friday, while Troy LeBlanc, also from Silver Bay, had a 115.
On Saturday, due to scheduling conflicts, only Billings participated shooting a 110.
Last Wednesday, the team competed in a dual meet against Duluth East at Superior National in Lutsen.
Duluth East, which had two teams in the event, shot 325 and 330 respectively. Cook County-Silver Bay scored a 360. Sande shot a third place 81, followed by Twiest with an 87 and Billings at a 95. Erica Borson, of Cook County, was the top girls finisher shooting a 113.
Silver Bay scored three in the third and twice in the fourth to defeat Carlton 5-1 Friday at Lynch Field.
Kirstin Sandstrom led off the third with a double and scored on a single by Taylor Guzzo. Marina Carter singled with one out and a single up the middle by Jessalyn Rowlee scored both runners to make it 3-0. In the fourth Sandstrom singled to lead off the inning and scored on a Guzzo double. Nikki Babbitt then singled to score Guzzo.
Sandstrom picked up the victory with a four hitter while striking out six. Lindsey Stein took the loss for the Bulldogs giving up five runs on nine hits. Alana Groth scored the lone Bulldog run on a single by Christine Eggert. Sandstrom had three hits and Guzzo was 2-for-4 for the Mariners and each scored twice. Guzzo and Rowlee each had two RBIs.
The Agates throttled Duluth Marshall 14-2 Friday.
Madison Olson stuck out six getting the win. Abby Ray had a big game with two hits including a grand slam with five RBIs and three runs. Marissa Engelson also had three hits including a double, plus two runs and an RBI.
“Everyone contributed offensively,” said Julie Benson, head coach. “We hadn’t played for over a week due to the weather, so it was good to see the team come out strong. Madison pitched a good game and we had only two errors in the field. The highlight came in the seventh inning when we loaded up the bases due to some errors on the part of Marshall and Ray hit a home run for the big grand slam.”
The Agates’ game scheduled for last Thursday against Eveleth-Gilbert was postponed to May 19.
The Mariners track squad competed against high levels of competition last Friday at Duluth Central’s Trojan Invitational.
The boys team finished in sixth placed while the girls were eighth.
Head coach Rick Frericks said the meet went alright for his team, with some competitors topping personal best milestones.
On the boys side, Hank Bemlott took third in the high hurdles, while taking seventh in the intermediate version of the event. The team also did well in the 800 meters with Grant Russell placing fourth, Shane Loeffler at No. 6 and Sam Otterblad placing seventh. Russ Loeffler was also eighth in the 100-meter dash.
Baruch Fischer had personal bests in the shot put (seventh place) and discus (fifth).
On the girls team, Sam Anderson had a personal best in the 3,200 meters, even though she finished out of the top three.