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Bayside Chatter: Mariner softball season ends

Silver Bay junior Cora Carter (left) gets a hit off during a Section 7A playoff game against Barnum Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in Cloquet. (Pine Journal photo by Jamie Lund)1 / 4
Silver Bay junior Jason Blood gets a hit off during Section 7A playoff game against Cherry Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in Esko. (News-Chronicle photo by Adelle Whitefoot)2 / 4
Silver Bay sophomore Jessie Ketola runs to third base during a Section 7A playoff games against Barnum Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in Cloquet. (Pine Journal photo by Jamie Lund)3 / 4
Silver Bay freshman Riley Tiboni (left) tags second base getting out Cherry junior Kyle Peterson (right) during a Section 7A playoff game Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in Esko. (News-Chronicle photo by Adelle Whitefoot)4 / 4

The Mariners softball season came to an end at Cloquet with a 10-4 loss to the Carlton Bulldogs Tuesday. They opened quarterfinal play in Grand Rapids with a 3-1 win over Ely on May 25 then lost 4-0 to Nashwauk-Keewatin later that day. In Cloquet Tuesday, the Mariners opened play with a 21-2 four inning win over Barnum.

Against Ely the Mariners broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the fifth. Brooke McMillen led off with a single and scored on a Jocelyn Russell triple. Russell then scored on a wild pitch. Cora Carter picked up the win allowing four hits and no earned runs. Russell, Jesse Ketola, Kayla Klofstad and McMillen each had two hits for the Mariners. Klofstad also had a double.

Aubrey Nelson picked up the win and shutout for Nashwauk by striking out 20 Mariners on May 25. She allowed only two bunt singles by Everly Bauck. Carter gave up two earned runs and six singles to take the loss.

The Mariners pushed 10 runs across the plate in both the second and third innings versus Barnum Tuesday. They amassed 21 runs on 15 hits and 13 walks from three seventh-grade pitchers. Ketola led the offense by going 4-for-4 with two doubles and six RBIs. McMillen went 3-for-4 and Megan Maxey, Klofstad and Hannah Thums each had two hits. McMillen added three RBIs and Klofstad, Callie Klemmer and Thums each scored three times.

Carlton jumped out to a eight run lead before the Mariners could get on the board Tuesday afternoon. Brynne Mickle picked up the win giving up nine hits over seven innings. Carter took the loss giving up 10 runs on 11 hits. Thums, Bauck and Russell each had two hits for the Mariners and McMillen scored twice. The Mariners finish the season with a record of 16-8.

Baseball 1-1 in playoffs

The baseball team split a pair of games in Esko to open the playoffs Tuesday. They opened with a dramatic 5-4 win over Cherry and then lost 14-3 in five innings to top seeded South Ridge.

Ero Wallin got to live every young ball players dream as he connected for a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to give his team a come from behind win and avoid elimination. Cherry led the whole way until then as their first three batters reached base via free passes and scored. They made it 4-0 after two and the Mariners got one in the fourth.

Mason Ollman led off the seventh by reaching base on a Tiger error. A Riley Tiboni double put runners at second and third. A ground out scored Ollman and a pop up put the Mariners on life support. After Tanner Ketola was hit by a pitch, Wallin did his thing.

Wallin went 2-for-3 in the game and drove in three runs. Jake Bilben was 3-for-3 with two doubles. Riley Lind went 2-for-3 for Cherry and scored twice. Nick Perfetto picked up the win for the Mariners. He gave up one run and struck out 10 Tigers.

Later that night, South Ridge scored six times in the first and never looked back as they added two in the second, two in the third and four in the fourth. They scored 14 times on nine hits and drew 13 walks by four different Mariner pitchers. Vincent Wood was the winning pitcher and Hunter Monson took the loss. For the Mariners Bilben once again went 3-for-3 with two doubles and Perfetto had a two-run homer.

The boys finished the regular season with a 6-2 loss to South Ridge at Wade Stadium and a 10-1 win over Mountain Iron-Buhl at home. The Panthers scored single runs in the first, second and fourth innings to take a 3-0 lead. The Mariners cut it to 3-2 after five, but could get no closer. Jason Blood picked the win over Mountain Iron with four innings of work. He gave up one run on one hit.

The Mariners took on North Woods in Cohassett on Thursday, too late for the News-Chronicle's deadline.

Local students honored

In baseball Ero Wallin, Jason Blood and Nick Perfetto were all named All Conference by the Polar League. In softball Kayla Klofstad, Brooke McMillen and Cora Carter received the honors.

In track and field the top two finishers in each event at the conference meet receive All Conference honors. For the boys Gunnar Frahm in the 300 meter hurdles and Giovanni Marolt, Zach Lewis, Gunnar Frahm and Jeff Brecht in the 800 meter relay qualified. For the girls Jocelyn Russell qualified in the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes and the long jump. The 800 meter relay team of Everly Bauck, Alexxa DeQuevedo, Jocelyn Russell and Corrina Marolt also made the team.