Bayside Chatter: May 10
By: Steve Gow for the Lake County News-Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
On May 2, Mariner baseball and softball finally began with games at the Lynch Fields in Silver Bay for the season openers. It was quite a contrast to the opening days from last season, which were in early April. The baseball team fielded pretty much the same team which they ended last season with. The softball team had three of the same players in the field from the end of last season.
The girls opened with a 11-5 loss to the Moose Lake Rebels. The Mariner pitching staff gave up four earned runs as the defense was a little shaky at times. Andrea Youngberg, the third batter of the game, put the ball over the right field wall for a two-run homer and the Rebels never trailed in the game. They added two unearned runs in the third. The fifth inning saw a walk, double and triple to make it 6-0. Two more Mariner errors upped it to 8-0 in favor of the Rebels. The Mariners answered with two in their half of the fifth. Phoenix Lillis doubled and scored on a Rebecca Dilley single. Dilley then scored via a Rebel error. The Rebels added three more unearned runs in the top of the sixth to up their total to 11 runs. Sydney Topp scored for the Mariners in their half of the sixth via a single by Lillis. The Mariners added two more in the seventh. Kaelyn Lenski led off with a double and scored on a single off the bat of Emma Bemlott. Bemlott scored via an Allie Kloster single and the Mariners ended the game with the bases loaded.
Lillis led the Mariners with three hits and Dilley, Lenski and Allison Morris each added two more. Maddi Milczark and Chloe Maloney each had three hits for the Rebels. Youngberg reached base four times and scored four times. Maloney went the distance to pick up the victory for the Rebels, giving up five runs on 12 hits. Bemlott went 4 ? for the Mariners and took the loss giving up seven runs, four of them earned, on eight hits. Lillis finished up for the Bay.
The Mariners hit the ball well in their season opener, including several hard smashes that were right at fielders. It was the walks and errors that did them in.
They evened their record at 1-1 with a five-inning 16-4 victory over Cook County in Grand Marais. Bemlott picked up her first varsity victory, giving up three earned runs on four hits. Morris went 2-for-4, Jackie Larson was 2-for-2 and Lillis scored three times.
On Tuesday, they fell 8-3 at Carlton. A five-run third inning did the damage that the Mariners could not recover from. Grace Macor got the win for the Bulldogs and Bemlott took the loss for the Mariners. Larson, Bemlott and Lillis scored the Mariner runs and Brooke McMillen had 2 RBIs. Brooke Camps went 3-for-4 and scored three times for Carlton. The softball team is now 1-2.
The baseball team lost a tough season opener to Moose Lake at home by a score of 3-1. The Rebels scored one in the third and two in the fourth to get the victory for Brad Fossum, who went 6 ? innings on the mound, giving up one run on four hits while striking out nine Mariners. Zach Duresky went the distance for the Mariners in a strong performance for the Bay. He gave up three runs, two of them earned, on three hits while walking nine Rebels.
The Rebels scored an unearned run in the third via a couple of walks and two more in the fourth via a walk, single, sacrifice bunt and another single. Luke Small drew a walk and scored the only Mariner run with a single from Michael Klofstad in the sixth inning. Nathan Bauck had two hits for the Mariners with Spencer Tiboni getting the other one. Terry Ryan went 1-for-2 for the Rebels and scored twice.
The Mariner baseball team picked up their first victory of the season with a 4-2 win at Carlton this week. After falling behind 1-0 after one, the Mariners scored twice in the third to take the lead and two more in the fifth for some insurance.They scored twice in the third on five hits with Bauck and Marcus Small scoring the runs and Jonah Koehler and Luke Small getting the RBIs. In the fifth, Bauck and Koehler scored the runs and Luke Small and Duresky had the RBIs.
Duresky went the distance to pick up the win as he gave up two runs on six hits and struck out nine Bulldogs. Erik Adams also went seven innings for the Bulldogs and took the loss. Bauck and Koehler each finished with three hits for the Mariners. On Monday, the Mariners fell 6-4 to Cook County to leave their record at 1-2.
The baseball team is scheduled to host Barnum Friday in a makeup game. The Mariners host Ely on Wednesday and Floodwood next Friday. The softball team hosts Duluth Marshall on Wednesday and Mesabi East on Thursday.