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Legion Baseball: Rivals fall short in first playoff game

The Lake Superior Rivals lost to Proctor 4-3 Tuesday in their first playoff game in a double elimination postseason.

Easton Best took the loss for the Rivals finishing with nine strikeouts. The Rivals took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first and only allowed one Proctor run in the first two innings. The Rivals got one more run in third inning before giving up two runs and allowing Proctor to tie the game at three.

There were no scores in the fourth or fifth innings for either team. Unfortunately, Proctor was able to get a run in the bottom of the sixth and the Rivals weren't able to come back in the seventh.

Best and Nick Perfetto went 2-for-2 at the plate and Brett Olson went 2-for-3. Perfetto had two RBIs.

"We played well (Tuesday) night, probably our best game of the year," coach Rob Best said. "It certainly was the best game Easton has pitched. We just came up short."

The last game of the regular season for the Rivals was a different story as they came up with a 19-3 win over Mesabi East on July 13. The Rivals scored 11 times in the first inning, four in the second and four more in the fourth. Mesabi East got two runs in the third and one more in the fourth.

Perfetto earned the win in four innings with six strikeouts. Best went 4-for-4 with six RBIs and Perfetto went 2-for-4.

The Rivals will play their second playoff game against Esko at 2:30 pm. Friday in Marble. The team lost to Esko 19-4 earlier in the season.

Adelle Whitefoot

Adelle Whitefoot is a Michigan native who moved to Minnesota in Sept. 2014 when she started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., in 2012 with a bachelor's in English writing and has been a professional photographer since 2011. Whitefoot is the night general assignments reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. 

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