Baseball: Two Harbors wallops Silver Bay
Two Harbors swept Silver Bay in a home-and-home series in baseball with the Agates blowing out the Mariners in a 13-2 win in six innings in Silver Bay and a 15-3 win in five innings in Two Harbors.
In Silver Bay, Two Harbors used the long ball to do in the Mariners at newly renovated Lynch Field. The Agates jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second and the Mariners tied it in their half of the inning. The Agates took control for good with seven runs in the top of the fourth.
Trey Fleck put a solo shot over right field in the second inning. In the fourth, Eric Carlson hit a grand slam over the center-field fence and later in the inning Bret Olson added a two-run shot.
Olson went 5 2/3 innings to pick up the victory. He gave up one earned run on four hits and finished with 10 strikeouts. Carson Wenger went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.
Tanner Ketola was the losing pitcher with 3 1/3 innings of work. For the Mariners, Nick Perfetto reached base in all three plate appearances with two walks and a single. Ian Wallin and Max Andrus each had an RBI.
In the second game at Two Harbors, the Agates erupted for 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning. Easton Best was the winning pitcher, giving up two earned runs on six hits hits and had 11 strikeouts. Hunter Monson took the loss for the Mariners.
Olson went 4-for-4 with a double, driving in four runs and scoring twice. Best was 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs and two RBIs. Tim Luoma and Fleck each went 2-for-3 and scored twice.
Ketola had a triple for the Mariners and Jason Blood, Perfetto and Ero Wallin each went 2-for-3.
Two Harbors coach Jeff Adams said Two Harbors hitters have come through this season and credited the Agates' early season work and hitting coach Erik Magnuson. Magnuson has worked with Two Harbors hitters to tweak their swings with new techniques and mechanics to help improve the offense.
"We have executed quite well at the plate and have made opposing pitchers pay for leaving pitches over the middle of the plate," Adams said. "The middle of our order has done some damage offensively and, as a coaching staff, we expect that to continue as we progress through the season."
Agate pitchers also have been outstanding early in the season, allowing just nine runs in the first three games of the season, with senior Best and sophomore Olson leading the way.
"On the mound, Best and Olson have kept us in every ballgame and have provided our team an opportunity to win," Adams said. "If we can tighten up on defensive and reduce errors, which result in our pitch counts elevating, I believe we can compete with any team on our schedule and come out on top."
Two Harbors is 2-1 and will play Duluth Marshall at 7 p.m. today at Wade Stadium in Duluth.