Sports roundup: Agates, Mariners softball teams on fire
After winning its first playoff game ever last season, the Agates have come out strong with hopes of going even deeper this season - they've started this season 3-1.
The Agates topped Floodwood in a pitchers duel last Thursday 2-0 to open up its season.
Madison Olson pitched four solid innings getting seven strikeouts. Courtney Kimball also pitched three innings for Two Harbors getting three strikeouts.
"We got the bat on the ball, but didn't get on base until the seventh inning," said head coach Julie Benson.
Kimball got on with a walk and Hailey Clark followed with a double, putting both of them in scoring position. Kate Morsette brought in the first run with a hit down the first base line. She was called out with a tag. Sasha Fjeran followed that with a base hit, bringing home Clark.
Last Friday, the Agates topped Cook County 14-2.
Kimball pitched all five innings, allowing four hits while getting three strikeouts.
Fjeran had a double, along with another hit to go with three RBIs as did Clark who had four RBIs. Kimball had two hits with three RBIs. Marissa Engelson also had two hits with an RBI and Abby Ray had a couple hits. Ray recently played in the Border Battle high school all-star basketball game where she scored 17 points, the co-leader of the team.
"Everyone contributed offensively today," Benson said. "We took advantage of some passed balls on the catcher and a few errors in the field. I believe this is the first time we have 10-runned any team in the history of our program. It feels good to start the season off with two conference wins."
On Monday, the Agates lost to Proctor 5-1.
Olson struck out seven in her loss on the hill. Fjeran had two hits and a stolen base to lead the Agate offensive charge. Katelyn Adams also had a triple in the game with an RBI.
"Offensively we had trouble getting our timing down and didn't get any hits until late in the game," Benson said. "Defensively we played a solid game with only one error. Proctor had strong hitters. It was a good game."
The Agates came back strong Tuesday topping Cromwell 10-1.
Kimball got the win for Two Harbors striking out six. She also had two hits in the game to go with three runs. Cammie Triggs drove in two while scoring a couple and Ray had a triple with an RBI. Savannah Juenemann also had two RBIs in the game.
"It was bitter cold and windy," Benson said. "We are not a cold-weather team. We started slow both in the field making some errors and at the plate. We did warm up and held them to one run and we had a big sixth inning with six runs - being aggressive on the bases helped."
The Mariner softball team upped their record to 4-0 finding different ways to win.
At Moose Lake last Thursday they used a last inning rally to come away with a 10-7 win. At Buhl last Friday they took advantage of 13 walks and three hits batsmen to win 14-1 in five innings.
The Mariners trailed Moose Lake 7-6 after six innings of play and scored four times in the top of the seventh to come away with the win. Kirstin Sandstrom picked up the victory going 4 2/3 innings on the mound, where she gave up two runs on six hits.
Katie Youngberg went the distance for the Rebels giving up 10 runs on 14 hits. Jessalyn Rowlee and Sandstrom each went 3-for-4 with Shay Viola and Marina
Carter each going 2-for-4. Youngberg led the Rebels with three hits.
Mountain Iron-Buhl ended up being down to their third and fourth string pitchers due to injury and both had trouble finding the plate. Stephanie Turner started and Connor Rautio finished up for the Rangers. They gave up 14 runs and the Mariners had four hits.
Taylor Guzzo went the distance for the Mariners and gave up one run on two hits. Guzzo scored three times and Sandstrom and Carter each scored twice.
The Mariners won their fourth game in a row with a 16-4 six-inning victory at Proctor over the Rails Tuesday. They batted around the order in the first inning for four runs and so again in the sixth for six more runs. Sandstrom pitched five innings to pick up win, allowing two runs on five hits. Carter went 2-for-4 with five RBIs and her first hit went over the left field fence for a two run home run.
Guzzo added four singles, five more RBIs and scored four times. Sandstrom and Nikki Babbitt each had three hits to go with two hits from Shay Viola and Rebecca Dilley. Sandstrom, Guzzo, Carter and Babbitt, the two, three, four and five hitters, all reached base all five times they came to the plate.
The Agates baseball team avenged a blowout loss last week to Hayward with a 13-5 win over Floodwood last Thursday.
Matt McDannold led the Agates' offensive charge with four RBIs, a triple and double. Scott Comrie also had two RBIs in the game. Bill Sell picked up the win for Two Harbors on the hill.
On Friday, the Agates tried to keep the momentum going but were stopped by Cook County 7-6. Darryl Hansen, who plays hockey for Silver Bay, got the win pitching two innings for Cook County.
The Agates defeated Cromwell 12-2 in five innings Tuesday.
John Forsberg pitched four strong innings for the Agates giving up three hits while striking out seven. Ben Ruberg led the offensive charge with two hits and three runs. Sam Strom and Sell each went 2-for-3 at the plate to help the offensive cause.
The Mariners opened their 2009-10 season at Moose Lake last Thursday and it was pretty obvious which team had seen more outdoor action so far in the young season.
The Rebels batted around three of the four times they batted and ran away with a 19-2, five-inning victory. The two Mariner pitchers had trouble finding the plate as they walked 10 batters and their defense contributed 10 errors to go along with 10 hits by the Rebels. Hunter Panetti started for the Bay and Ryan DeShaw finished up. Panetti gave up 10 runs on five hits and DeShaw gave up nine runs on five hits. Rudy Ketchum pitched the first three innings for Moose Lake and gave up two runs on three hits while Michael Unzen came in and struck out all six batters he faced. Hayden Hoffman finished with three hits for the Rebels.
The Mariners actually got off to a great start as their first three batters reached base. Zach Bulen got on via an error, Warren Carter doubled and Panetti singled.
A ground out by Cody Vadnais scored Carter to make it 2-0 in favor of the Bay. Carter finished with two hits.
The Two Harbors track and field team started out its season strong a few weeks ago at the Polar League Indoor Meet with the help of some great weather.
Head coach Tony Altiere said the team hasn't missed one practice this year. Last year, the team missed one week of practice within the first three.
Caleb Hamp-Sill jumped 20-feet, 11-inches, a personal best, to win the long jump. He also won the tripe jump and the 55-meter dash. Alex Horoshak got second place in the long jump (he jumped 20 feet which also a personal best) and third in the triple. He also got third in the 55-meter dash.
On the girls side, Lacey Myrdal got first in the 200 meters, second in the long jump and third in the 55-meter dash. Kaley Peterson won the shut put as well (her first victory in the event).
Last week, the team competed at the Hermantown Invitational. Hamp-Sill once again put on a show winning the 55-meter dash, long jump and triple jump. The 4-by-200-meter relay team of Chad Brelie, Ryan Guentzel, Kevin Thewis and Lee Myrdal took second.
The 4-by-400-meter team of Guentzel, Thewis, Myrdal and Parker Kausch placed second as well. Alex Rohde was second in the shot put event at Hermantown.
On the girls team, Sonja Peterson was No. 4 in the 1600 meters while Nina Bukowski finished fourth in the triple jump and Lacey Myrdal finished in the same position in the 55-meter dash.
The Mariners track season began this week with a strong showing at McGregor against eight other teams.
"I'm feeling pretty encouraged by their efforts [after the first meet]," said head coach Rick Frericks.
The team of Russ and Shane Loeffler, Kyle Blood and Alex Anderson won the 4-by-800 meter relay. Shane also finished third in the 1600 meters while Blood was No. 3 in the 800 meters. Anderson finished sixth in the 800 meters while Grant Russell was No. 6 in the 100 meters.
The 4-by-200 team of Russ Loeffler, Mason DeRosier, Baruch Fischer and Russell got second.
Russ Loeffler, DeRosier, Russell and Hank Bemlott also got third in the 4-by-100.
The top competitor on the girls side was Abby Michels who finished fifth in the 100 meters.
Frericks said he's hoping to see more drops in times for his distance runners on the team and a better showing in field events this season.