Bayside Chatter: May 24
By: Steve Gow for the Lake County News-Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
The Mariners defeated Duluth Marshall 5-2 in their next- to- last regular season home game. With the score tied at one after 4 1/2 innings of play, Rebecca Dilley hit a two out triple and scored on a throwing error to give the Bay the lead for good. The Mariners scored three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to cement the victory. Kaelyn Lenski led off the inning with a single and scored on an Emma Bemlott single that went all the way to the fence. After Sidney Topp drew a walk and stole second, Jackie Larson laid down a sacrifice bunt that scored Kayla Klofstad who was running for Bemlott. Topp then scored on a single by Erika Ernest.
The Mariners had five hits from five different players and Dilley scored twice. Phoenix Lillis picked up the win with a four- hitter and struck out five Hilltoppers. Savannah Russom struck out nine Mariners and gave up three earned runs in taking the loss. Lea Christensen and Lilly Milsop each had two hits for the Hilltoppers.
The Mariners’ next game featured a lineup that will likely take the field next season as all the seniors were gone on their class trip. The Mariners fell behind 3-0 after one, scored two in the second and three in the third to move ahead for good at 5-3 on their way to a 12-6 victory. Lillis and Klofstad each had three hits and Allison Morris, Bemlott, Everly Bauck and Topp each had two. Morris,Bemlott,Klofstad and Bauck each scored twice with Lillis, Bemlott and Topp each driving in two runs. Morris had a double and Klofstad and Topp each had a triple. Bemlott picked up the win, allowing four earned runs.
The next day the Mariners fell 14-4 in six innings to Ely on the road. The Mariners finished the regular season with a record of 6-6.They were 4-4 versus conference opponents and 3-3 versus section opponents. They picked up the No.4 seed in their subsection and will host McGregor in a first round playoff game.
The baseball team lost a tough 4-2 contest at home to the Northeast Range Night Hawks. There were four very close calls in the game and they all went against the Mariners.
After two scoreless innings, the Night Hawks put three across in the top of the third. Carl Vraa singled to lead off the inning and eventually scored on a very close play at the plate. After Dylan Scherer walked, Reuben Bonk singled; a bloop single loaded the bases. A bunt scored Scherer and a bloop single in the infield scored Bonk.
In the Mariners sixth, they finally got on the board. Back to back singles by Nathan Bauck and Zach Duresky followed by an infield hit by Justin Ketola, loaded the bases with nobody out. Bauck attempting to score on a passed ball, was called out on a very close play at the plate. Luke Small then doubled to score both Duresky and Ketola, and cut the deficit to 3-2.That would be all the Mariners would get in the inning and the game. The Night Hawks picked up an insurance run in the seventh. Scherer doubled with one out and Bonk reached base on a strikeout after it appeared he was tagged out in the batter’s box. A sacrifice fly then scored the game’s final run. The Mariners got a lead single from Michael Klofstad to lead off the seventh, but no more.
Duresky pitched five innings and took the loss, giving up one earned run. He gave up seven hits and struck out six. Klofstad pitched the final two innings giving up one run on one hit. Kyle Durbin went five innings for the Night Hawks to pick up the victory.
Kyle Blood won the 800-meter run at the Polar League Conference meet at Two Harbors with a time of 2:03:55. He garnered all-conference honors in the process. Junior Abby Michels finished third in the 100-meter and 400-meter dash with times of 13.53 and 64.02, respectively. The Mariners were ninth in the boys meet, with 18 points and ninth in the girls meet with 18 points.