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Rivals top Minnetonka

Lake Superior Rivals shortstop Easton Best hit two home runs and collected four RBIs in his first two at bats in a 12-6 win for the team over Minnetonka Saturday in Ely.

Best's display helped the Rivals open up a 5-1 lead after two innings, but Minnetonka scored five straight runs in the next two innings to take a 6-5 lead headed to the bottom of the fourth inning. The Rivals then scored seven more runs in the next two innings to seal the win.

After his first two hits, Minnetonka intentionally walked Best in his final two at bats, but a two-run double and a pair of hits by Jake Bilben sealed the win for Lake Superior.

Ero Wallin picked up the win for the Rivals, allowing one run over four innings and striking out four.

In the opening game of last weekend's tournament in Ely, the Rivals fell behind Roseau 8-1 after three innings but responded with seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game at eight. Roseau scored in the bottom of the seventh to take the 9-8 win.

Best had three hits and two RBIs against Roseau and Nick Perfetto had five strikeouts over 3 and two thirds innings in the loss.

The Rivals fell behind early in the third game of the weekend tournament, losing 16-0 to Deer River in five inning. The Rivals allowed all 16 runs over the first three innings of play and managed only three hits and committed two errors in the field.

On Tuesday against Taconite, the Rivals fell behind 5-1 after three innings, but scored a run in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings, but couldn't tie it up to force extra innings in a 5-4 loss.

Tim Luoma had two hits and an RBI and Nick Perfetto struck out four over six innings for Lake Superior.

Lake Superior (1-5) played Moose Lake Thursday, too late for the News-Chronicle's deadline, and will play a doubleheader against Deer River beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday in Two Harbors.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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