Bayside chatter: June 6
for the Lake County News-Chronicle
What a difference a day makes! On Tuesday the Mariners could do little wrong as they swept Floodwood and South Ridge at Hermantown. On Thursday at Hibbing, little would go right for the Mariners as they were defeated 11-1 by the Ely Timberwolves in six innings, and 18-7 by the Cook County Vikings in five innings, to get eliminated from the section 7A baseball playoffs.
Ely pitched its number-three starter in Pat Huisman against the Mariners and he threw some heat they hadn’t seen yet this season. He allowed only six hits, with Spencer Tiboni being the only Mariner to advance past second base when he put the ball over the left field monster for a home run. Huisman struck out six Mariners.
Luke Small started out on the mound for the Mariners and took the loss. He was relieved by Zach Duresky. Ely had 13 hits and drew eight walks, of which five scored. The Timberwolves scored four in the first inning. That proved to be all they would need. A five run fourth inning cemented things for them. Matt Gantt, Will Gustafson, Eliott Omerza and Tayler Banks each finished with two hits for Ely. Nate Bauck had a double for the Mariners.
Game two saw the Vikings score seven times in the bottom of the first after the Mariners went scoreless in their half of the inning. The Vikings scored seven times on three hits, two walks and three Mariner errors. The Mariners scored four times in the top of the second to get back into the game. With one out, back to back to back singles by Marc Small, Tanner Ketola and Nick Perfetto were followed by back to back doubles from Justin Ketola and Bauck.
The Vikings scored once in the second and three times in the third to go up 11-4.The Mariners loaded the bases with three walks and nobody out to start the fourth inning. A ground out by Luke Small scored one and Jonah Koehler scored another with a sacrifice fly. A Tiboni double then scored what would be the last Mariner run of the game. The Vikings put up another seven in the second half of the fourth and when the Mariners failed to score in the fifth, the game was over.
Sean McDonnell picked up the win for the Vikings and Tiboni took the loss for the Mariners. Perfetto finished things up on the mound for the Mariners. Four walks, six Mariner errors and 14 Viking hits did in the Mariners.
Marc Small was two for three for the Mariners and Owen Anderson was three for four for the Vikings. Joe Borud, Jamie Wick, Frankie Miller and Jack Wieben each had two hits for the Vikings.
With the conclusion of the Mariner sports season, this column will now go on hiatus until the fall sports season starts up.