Bayside Chatter: May 31
By: Steve Gow for the Lake County News-Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
The Mariner baseball team finished the regular season at home with a 10-7 loss to the South Ridge Panthers. Two days later they were once again at home to host the Wrenshall Wrens in a section 7A play-off game. This time they prevailed by a score of 11-3 and advanced to Hermantown where they will play Carlton. The Mariners finished the regular season with a record of 3-9 and received the No.7 seed in their subsection.
South Ridge jumped out to a 6-3 lead after five innings of play. The Mariners scored four times in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7-6 lead with one inning left to play. Unfortunately the Panthers replied with four in the top of the seventh and the Mariners could not answer back.
Michael Klofstad took the loss in relief of Luke Small, as three Mariner pitchers gave up 14 walks. Zach Duresky had two hits for the Mariners including a double, and Small added another double. Nate Bauck and Justin Ketola each scored twice and Duresky and Small each had two RBIs. Reed Clark and Robbie McQuaid each had two hits for the Panthers, with Chase Miller picking up the win in relief of McQuaid.
The Mariners scored four times in the bottom of the second inning to take a 4-1 lead versus Wrenshall and never looked back. A six run fifth inning cemented the deal. Three Wrenshall pitchers combined to walk 13 Mariners. Klofstad finished with two hits for the Bay and scored twice. Duresky had a double and drove in two runs while going the distance on the mound. He gave up seven hits and struck out 11 Wrens. Spencer Tiboni scored three times and Ketola twice. Mitch Frank and Jared Kittle each had two hits for Wrenshall and Andrew Frank had three.
The Mariner softball team went 6-6 in the regular season and matched that in the playoffs, by going 2-2 to finish the season with an overall record of 8-8.They opened section play with a 10-4 win over McGregor to qualify for the double elimination portion of the tournament. After losing 11-1 in 6 innings to No. 1 seed and defending state champion Cherry, the Mariners rallied for an 8-6 win over Hill City. They were then eliminated by Deer River 12-2 in five innings.
The Mariners scored three times in the first, third and sixth innings against McGregor. The Mercuries pulled off a triple play in the first inning to prevent further damage. Allison Morris went 3/3 and scored four times in the game. Emma Bemlott and Kaelyn Lenski each went 2/3.Rebecca Dilley and Kayla Klofstad each scored twice to go with 3 RBIs from Lenski. Bemlott picked up the victory and Phoenix Lillis had a save.
Game two saw Cherry score three times in the first, fifth and sixth innings. Sidney Topp scored the lone Mariner run and Brooke McMillen had two hits.
A two out single by Klofstad broke up a six-all tie after six innings of play to propel the Mariners to victory. The Mariners were down 5-4 after five. Dilley had three hits including a double and Morris, Bemlott, Allie Kloster and McMillen each finished with two hits. McMillen scored twice and both Klofstad and Dilley had 2 RBIs. Bemlott struck out seven Hornet batters and gave up six hits to get the win.
The Mariners loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first versus the Deer River Warriors and failed to push anyone across the plate. The Warriors responded with five in their half of the first via four hits, three walks and an error. They scored seven more times in the game on one hit as the Mariner pitchers issued 15 walks. Topp and Erika Ernest scored the Mariner runs on a triple by Dilley, who finished the game with two hits. Lenski had a double and Morris had a single to conclude the Mariner offense. Carly Onraet had two singles for the Warriors.