Sports roundup: Softball teams open playoffs with winsTeams play today (Thursday) in second round.
By: Steve Gow, News-Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
Two Harbors rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to open the Section 7AA high school softball playoffs with a 3-2 win over Esko Tuesday in Two Harbors.
The Agates loaded the bases on a walk, an error and a bunt before Cammie Triggs brought one run home with a grounder. Sasha Fjeran and Madison Olson hit RBI doubles to clinch a spot in Thursday’s quarterfinal round. The team faced Eveleth-Gilbert (14-6) in Cloquet Thursday (5 p.m.).
“The Agates were watching their dreams slowly fading away,” coach Julie Benson said. “But in softball it is not over until it is over. Sasha Fjeran was due.”
Olson tossed a three-hitter and struck out 15 for Two Harbors (12-5).
Two Harbors 3, Esko 2
At Two Harbors. WP: Madison Olson 7IP, 1ER, 3H, 15K, 2BB. LP: Abbey Saralampi 7IP, 7H, 3K, 3BB, 2ER. TH: overcame a 2-0 deficit in 7th as Sasha Fjeran and Olson hit doubles; Katelyn Adams 3x3; Fjeran 2B, RBI; Olson 2B, RBI. E: Katyanna Emanuel 2B.
The Agates closed out the regular season last week with three wins: 6-0 over Virginia Wednesday, a 4-0 game over Mesabi East Thursday and a 9-2 win over Albrook Friday.
Olson allowed just one hit and struck out 13 to lead the host Agates over Mesabi East. She shut down Albrook with 14 strikeouts and allowed just four hits.
Olson had 11 wins and 206 strikeouts during the regular season. Coach Benson said she will be added to the state high school league’s record book for strikeouts in a game with extra innings, 26.
“With the cancellations and rescheduled games, the season became really condensed,” Benson said. The team at one point played 10 games in 11 days. “The team got stronger with everyone contributing at the plate in the last week of the season,” Benson said.
“Madison and Sasha (Fjeran) are one of the strongest pitcher-catcher duos in the region,” Benson said. “Seniors Marissa Engelson, Cammie Triggs and Katelyn Adams really stepped up their game in the last part of the season with key hits and RBIs.”
Wednesday, May 18
Two Harbors 6, Virginia 0
WP: Madison Olson 7IP, 28BF, 10K; 2x3, 2B, 1RBI; Sasha Fjeran 1x3, 1RBI; Cammie Triggs 2x4, 2B, 1R; Abby Cable 2x3, 2B, 2RBI, 1R.
Thursday, May 19
Two Harbors 4, Mesabi East 0
At Two Harbors. WP: Madison Olson 7IP, 1H, 13K. LP: Mariah Essig 3IP, 4H, 5K, ER. TH: Savannah Juenemann 3x3, 2RBIs; Katelyn Adams 2x3 (2B), RBI, 2SB, 2R.
Two Harbors 9, AlBrook 2
At Cloquet. WP: Madison Olson 7IP, 4H, 14K, BB. TH: Olson 3x4, 2RBIs; Savannah Juenemann 2x4, 2RBIs. A (7-7): Kendra Dallmann HR.
The Mariners opened the 7A playoffs with a 8-4 home victory over rival Cook County Tuesday. They advanced to play at Cohasset Thursday against Mesabi East.
The Mariners trailed 2-0 before they came to bat as they gave up two unearned runs in the top of the first. They replied by scoring three times in their half of the first and never trailed again.
Taylor Guzzo tripled with one out and scored on a single by Katie Smedstad. Marina Carter, who was hit by a pitch, scored on a fielder’s choice and Smedstad scored on a Jessalyn Rowlee single. Guzzo singled and scored on a Carter triple in the second to make it 4-2.
The Vikings tied it at four in the top of the third with a double and two singles.
The Mariners took the lead for good in the fourth. Shay Viola scored via a Carter single and Carter came home on a Smedstad single. The Mariners added insurance runs in the sixth. Viola and Guzzo led off the inning with singles. Guzzo drove in Viola and was driven in by Smedstad.
Nikki Babbitt gave up four runs, two of them earned, on six hits for the win. She struck out four.
Smedstad and Guzzo each went 3-4 with Carter and Rowlee each adding two hits. Guzzo scored three times and Viola and Carter each scored twice. Smedstad drove in three runs and Carter two.
Silver Bay 8, Cook-Orr 4
At Silver Bay. WP: Nikki Babbitt 7IP, 4R, 2ER, 9H, 5K. SB (11-6): Taylor Guzzo 3H (2B, 3B); Marina Carter 2H, 2RBIs; Katie Smedstad 2H, 3RBIs; Jessalyn Rowlee 2H. CO: Brea Boomer 2H; Cecelia Schnobrich 3H.
Silver Bay pulled off another huge comeback victory when they scored four times in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat the Floodwood Polar Bears 5-4 at home last week to close the season.
The Polar Bears were cruising behind the no-hit pitching of Molly Johnsen, who struck out 11 Mariners and didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning.
Floodwood scored one in the first, one in the second, one in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 4-0 lead on seven hits. The Mariners got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning. Taylor Guzzo hit a one-out triple over the head of the right fielder to break up the no-hitter and scored on a single by Marina Carter.
The Polar Bears were held scoreless in their half of the seventh despite two hits. The Mariners had the 7-8-9 batters coming up who had so far combined for five strikeouts and a infield popup. Brittany Duresky led off by drawing a walk. She advanced to second when a ground ball to the pitcher by Jessica Hipple turned into a fielder’s choice when no one was on second base for the relay and the force out. A single from Phoenix Lillis scored Duresky and it was 4-2. After Shay Viola reached first on a force out on second base, Guzzo walked on four pitches to load the bases with one out. Carter then cleared the bases and ended the game at 5-4 with a double over the head of the left fielder.
Carter finished the game with four RBIs and was 2-4 at the plate. Guzzo was 1-3 and scored twice. Nikki Babbitt went the distance for the victory.
Silver Bay 5, Floodwood 4
At Silver Bay. WP: Nikki Babbitt 7IP, 9H, 0BB, 4K, 4R. LP: Molly Johnsen 7IP, 4H, 11K, 4BB, 5R. SB (10-6): rallied from 4-0 deficit to win on four runs in 7th; Marina Carter 2x4, 4RBIs; Taylor Guzzo 3B, 2R; Phoenix Lillis RBI. F: Johnsen 4x4 (2-2B, 2-3B); Shawna Behrendt 2x3, 2RBIs.
The Mariners came back from a 2-0 deficit following the top of the first inning, took a 6-2 lead after their half of the inning and never trailed again as they defeated Duluth Marshall last Wed-nesday. They eventually upped their lead to 16-8 with an eight-run fifth inning and then held on for the win.
The Mariners sent all nine of their batters to the plate in the first and scored six times on four hits. A lead-off double from Lucas Small, singles from Daniel Wilson and Jonah Koehler and a two-run home run from eighth-grader Jordan Fralich in his third varsity at bat did the damage along with a couple of Hilltopper errors.
After the first four Marshall batters reached base in the second inning via a walk, the Mariners went to freshman Koehler on the mound. He got out of the inning with only two of his inherited runners scoring and the Mariners still ahead by a score of 6-5. An RBI single by Cody Larson scored Warren Carter in the second and Small singled and scored on a wild pitch in the fourth to make it 8-5.
In the fifth the Mariners sent 13 batters to the plate and scored eight times on eight hits to make it 16-8. In the top of the seventh, three walks and a single made it 16-9, before Judd Peterson doubled to score three more to cut it to a four run deficit. DeShaw then came in in relief and struck out the only two batters he faced to end the game.
Koehler picked up the win for his first varsity victory going five and a third innings. Every Mariner batter hit safely at least once. DeShaw and Fralich had three and Small, Larson, Cody Vadnais, Koehler and Holden Panetti each had two. Small, Carter and Koehler each scored three times. Larson had four RBIs and Fralich added three more.
Silver Bay 16, Duluth Marshall 12
At Silver Bay. WP: Jonah Koehler. SB (7-4): Jordan Fralich 3x4 (HR), 3RBIs; Ryan DeShaw 3x5, 2RBIs; Cody Larson 2x3 (HR), 3RBIs. DM: Doug Lewis 2x5 (2B).
On Thursday the Mariners defeated the BEST Beavers 18-3 in five innings at Lynch Field. Wilson picked up the win giving up two hits. DeShaw went 3-4 and Carter was 2-3.
Silver Bay 18, BEST 3
At Silver Bay. WP: Daniel Wilson 5IP, 2H, 3R, K. SB (8-4): Ryan DeShaw 3x4; Warren Carter 2x3 (2B).
On Friday the Mariners came back from a 5-1 deficit to tie the game at 5-5 against Floodwood after four innings of play but eventually lost the game 15-6. The Mariners left seven runners stranded in their next three at bats and managed one more run in their final at bat. Floodwood scored 10 times in the top of the seventh and won 15-6.
Floodwood 15, Silver Bay 6
At Silver Bay. WP: Trevor Bernsdorf 3IP, 1R, 3H, 4K, 0BB. F (10-3): scored 10 runs in 7th; Justin Hall 4x5 (2B), 3R; Bernsdorf 2x4 (2R-HR), 3R, 3RBIs; Zack Heggedahl 2x4 (2B). SB: Ryan DeShaw 3x4 (2-2B); Jonah Koehler 2x4.
The Mariners are now 9-5 overall and 7-4 in the conference after a 6-1win against AlBrook Tuesday.
Silver Bay 6, AlBrook 1
At Silver Bay. WP: Ryan DeShaw 7IP, 3H, 10K. SB (9-5): Cody Larson 2H, 2RBIs.
Eveleth-Gilbert 5, Two Harbors 2
At Two Harbors. WP: Ben Littler 7IP, 2ER, 3K. EG: Kivela 2RBIs.
Two Harbors took the sprint relays but couldn’t catch Esko last Wednesday in the Polar League Championship meet in Barnum. The Agates came up second to the Eskomos, 171 to 146.
The Agates won the 400-meter relay with Alex Horoshak, Caleb Hamp-Sill, Jon McDannold and Lee Myrdal, and the 800 relay with Horoshak, Drew Christianson, McDannold and Myrdal.
Hamp-Sill won the 100-meter dash (11.81) and the long jump (20–4.75. He was second in the triple jump at 40 feet. Micaiah Schubert won the 1600- meter run (4:57.21).
The girls team was also second to Esko. Lacey Myrdal won the long jump (15-10.25), and Steph McGregor (111-8.5) and Madison Stroozas (86-9.5) went 1-2 in the discus. Amanda Anderson got a second in 100 hurdles. Kaley Peterson (32-4.75) was second in the shot.
The Section 7A meet at the University of Minnesota Duluth is June 3
Wednesday, May 18
Polar League Championship
Boys team results
1. Esko, 171; 2. Two Harbors, 146; 3. Moose Lake-Willow River, 89.5; 4. Cromwell, 62; 5. Barnum, 46.5; 6. McGregor, 38; 7. Floodwood, 36; 8. Cook County, 30; 9. Silver Bay, 19; 10. Carlton, 16; 11. Wrenshall, 1.
100 — 1. Caleb Hamp-Sill, TH, 11.8; 2. Peter Warren, CC, 12.1; 800 — 1. Kyle Blood, SB, 2:06.6; 2. Ben Moonen, MLWR, 2:06.8; 1,600 — 1. Micaiah Schubert, TH, 4:57.2; 2. Ben Hanson, E, 4:58.2; 100 hurdles — 1. Ryan Guthrie, E, 17.9; 2. Kevin Thewis, TH, 18.0; 300 hurdles — 1. Guthrie, E, 43.5; 2. Thewis, TH, 43.7; 400 relay — 1. Two Harbors, 45.7; 2. Esko, 47.7; 800 relay — 1. Two Harbors, 1:35.8; 2. Esko, 1:35.9; long jump — 1. Hamp-Sill, TH, 20-4¾; 2. Alex Horoshak, TH, 19-11¾; triple jump — 1. Max Reinertsen, E, 40-5½; 2. Hamp-Sill, TH, 40-0.
Girls team results
1. Esko, 271.5; 2. Two Harbors, 91.5; 3. Moose Lake-Willow River, 57; 4. Cromwell, 51; 5. Cook County, 50; 6. McGregor, 40; 7. Carlton, 36; 8. Barnum, 25; 9. Silver Bay, 15; 10. Wrenshall, 10; 11. Floodwood, 8.
100 hurdles — 1. Caitlin Lilly, E, 17.1; 2. Amanda Anderson, TH, 17.6; 400 relay — 1. Esko, 52.8; 2. Two Harbors, 57. 1. Lacey Myrdal, TH, 15-10¼; 2. Beaudot, E, 15-7¼; shot put — 1. Mercedes L-Adams, B, 32-6; 2. Kaley Peterson, TH, 32-4¾; discus — 1. Steph McGregor, TH, 111-8½; 2. Madison Stroozas, TH, 86-9½.