Bayside Chatter: June 8
By: Steve Gow for the Lake County News-Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
The Mariner’s baseball season came to a close with a 11-2 loss at Hermantown to the Carlton Bulldogs. The Mariners jumped out to a 2-0 lead in their first at bat, but the Bulldogs replied with four in their half of the first and never trailed again. Zach Veno pitched five innings to pick up the victory for the Bulldogs and struck out 12 Mariners. Zack Duresky gave up six runs in two innings of work, to take the loss for the Mariners. The Mariners twice left the bases loaded without scoring a run. The Bulldogs hit the ball hard early and often and drew eight walks to go along with that.
Nathan Bauck was hit by a pitch to lead off the game for the Mariners. Luke Small singled up the middle with one out and Chad Smuk then singled to left center to drive in both runners. Duresky, Michael Kolfstad and Brock LeBlanc had the other Mariner hits, all singles.
Eric Adams pitched two innings of relief for the Bulldogs, went 3/4 while reaching base four times, scored three times and drove in three runs. Brytton George also went 3/4.
Blood goes to State in 800
Senior Kyle Blood finished first in the 800-meter run at the section 7A track meet at Malosky Stadium at UMD with a time of 1:59:96. In the process, he qualified for the state meet which is today and tomorrow at Klas Field at Hamline University.
State softball tourney
The state softball tournament began yesterday at Caswell Park in North Mankato. Stillwater in AAA, New Ulm in AA and Cherry in A, all return to defend their titles. Cherry and Hermantown in AA represent the Northland. In class A, a first round matchup has the two favorites — Cherry and New Life Academy meeting up for a showdown. Cherry went undefeated to win it all last year and is undefeated versus class A teams this season. New Life won the previous four titles.
New Ulm and Hermantown are the favorites in AA. Maple Grove, with sophomore pitching sensation Sydney Smith, is one of the favorites in AAA along with Stillwater and Forest Lake.
Polar League baseball title decided
Floodwood won the Polar League baseball title with a record of 7-1.The athletic directors and coaches got together and determined the champion by coaches’ votes. Floodwood received the most first place votes. Floodwood’s only loss was to Moose Lake in extra innings. In softball, Esko finished with the best conference record at 6-0 and Carlton was 6-1. Each team thus had 12 points.