Bayside chatter: May 30
Steve Gow for the Lake County News-Chronicle
The Mariners got all the runs they needed when their first two batters reached base and scored. Brooke McMillen put the ball over the left fielder’s head for a double and Phoenix Lillis reached base on a Hornet error. Kayla Klofstad advanced the runners with a bunt, and a ground out by Bemlott scored McMillen. Lillis scored via another error. The Mariners added a run in the fourth inning when Ashley Peterson and Sydney Topp hit back to back doubles.
Klofstad finished at two for two and Topp was two for three with a RBI. The Mariners finished with three runs on eight hits and three Hornet errors. Haylee Smith took the loss for the Hornets and Tess Hatfield had their hit.
The Mariners then suffered a couple of tough losses at Cloquet to get eliminated from the tournament. They fell 9-8 to the Greenway Raiders in nine innings and lost 8-5 to the Nashwauk-Keewatin Spartans. The girls fell behind in both games but showed a lot of heart by coming back in both games and never giving up.
They trailed the Raiders after four and 5-3 after five, when a Lillis triple-scored two runs. They scored three times in the sixth to take a 6-5 lead. A lead-off walk and back to back singles by Lillis and Klofstad made it 5-4. Erika Ernest then doubled to give the Mariners their first lead of the game. A lead-off triple by Rylie Donahue followed by a double from Seri Geisler tied it at six and forced extra innings.
The Mariners scored twice in the top of the eighth to take a 8-6 lead, only to see the Raiders score two of their own to advance the game to the ninth inning. Topp led off the eighth with a double and scored on an Everly Bauck triple. Bauck then scored on a McMillen sacrifice fly. The Raiders scored twice when confusion reigned as two infield fly outs hit the dirt. After the Mariners went down 1-2-3 in their half of the ninth, Stacey Jamsa singled, stole second and scored on an error to end the game.
Bemlott gave up nine runs on 11 hits for the Mariners and Donahue gave up eight runs on 10 Mariner hits. The Raiders took advantage of seven Mariner errors. Lillis was three for five for the Mariners, with two RBIs and Klofstad was two for three. Bauck drew three walks to go with her triple. Miracle Edminster, Kara Mandich, Geisler and Katrina Kylander each had two hits for the Raiders.
The Mariners fell behind the Spartans 4-1 after two innings, but came back to make it 5-4 after four. A three run sixth inning pretty much clinched things for the Spartans along with five Mariner errors and two runners who reached base via a strikeout and scored.
The Spartans scored twice in the first inning on one hit, twice in the second on one hit and three times in the sixth on two hits. The Mariners scored once in the second, once in the third and twice in the fourth, before adding another in the seventh. Lillis took the loss giving up four earned runs on five hits. Aubrey Nelson got the win for the Spartans by giving up five runs on seven hits and striking out 10 Mariner batters. Ernest was three for four for the Mariners and Meg Justison had two hits and two RBIs for the Spartans.
Brooke McMillen and Erika Ernest were each named to the first team of the Polar League all-conference softball team. Kayla Klofstad received an honorable mention. The Mariner team awards were also announced. Emma Bemlott and Phoenix Lillis were the best defensive players and McMillen was the best offensive player. Klofstad and Ernest were named the most improved players and Cora Carter was the rookie of the year.
The baseball team swept a pair of section 7A games at Hermantown to advance to the semi-finals of the winners’ bracket. In the first game Luke Small threw a four hitter as the Mariners knocked off No.2 seed and defending champion Floodwood 4-0. Game two saw Spencer Tiboni come in with five innings of relief action on the mound to pick up the win in a 9-2 victory over No.3 seed South Ridge. The Mariners got timely hitting along with excellent defensive play to win both games.
The Mariners scored all they needed when they scored twice in the second inning versus Floodwood. Duresky reached base on an error and Small singled. A ground out by Jonah Koehler scored Duresky and a single from Tiboni scored Small. In the fifth, Nate Bauck was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a sacrifice fly and scored on a Koehler single to give the Mariners an insurance run. The Polar Bears threatened in the fifth and sixth innings, but Small was able to work his way out of the situation both times. Small struck out six and walked just one. Koehler and Marc Small each had two hits in the game and Koehler had two RBIs. Tanner Heggedahl took the loss for Floodwood giving up three runs on seven hits in six innings of work. Ricky Baker went two for three for the Polar Bears.
Game two saw the Mariners get all they needed in the top of the first when they scored three times without the benefit of a hit. Three Panther errors and a walk led to the Mariner runs. The Mariners went up 4-0 in the third when Small singled and scored on a Tiboni single. The Panthers got their two runs in the bottom of the third. Two walks followed by back to back singles did the damage. Further damage was prevented when two Panther runners were thrown out at third base. The Mariners added two more in the fourth and three in the seventh.
Tiboni gave up no runs on three hits, while walking four Panthers. Duresky started the game for the Mariners and gave both Panther runs. Koehler and Tiboni each finished the game with two hits for the Mariners and Tiboni drove in four runs. The top four batters in the Mariner batting order— Bauck, Duresky, Small and Koehler— each scored twice. Bauck drew four walks in the lead-off spot. Drew Janke took the loss for the Panthers in three innings of work. The Mariners had two errors in the game while the Panthers had seven.
The Mariners played No.1 seed Ely yesterday at Nashwauk-Keewatin and had to lose twice to be eliminated.
The Mariners finished the regular season with three road losses, all by pretty close scores. They lost 7-4 at Floodwood, 3-2 at Carlton and 8-4 at Cook County.
Wild in Silver Bay
June 24 has been set for a Minnesota Wild visit to Silver Bay. The Wild’s annual summer tour is sponsored by Wells Fargo. Players, personnel involved and a time have not yet been established.