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Baseball sectionals: Silver Bay downs Cherry, loses to South Ridge

Silver Bay senior Lucas Stadler swings at a pitch in the fourth inning of the Mariners 11-1 win over Cherry. Stadler scored three runs in the game. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)1 / 2
Silver Bay senior Jason Blood allowed just one run over five innings in the Mariners' 11-1 win over Cherry. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)2 / 2

Silver Bay made quick work of Cherry in 11-1, five inning victory over Cherry in the opening round of the Section 7A tournament, then lost 3-1 in a rain-shortened game to South Ridge on Tuesday, May 29, in Esko.

Mariner senior Jason Blood pitched all five innings and allowed just one unearned run in the third inning. Blood was sharp throughout the game, allowing just three hits and striking out three.

Silver Bay senior Jake Bilben drove in Lucas Stadler in the top of the first inning. Stadler scored again in the third inning on a throwing error by Cherry.

After Cherry got one of the two runs back in the bottom of the third, Blood drove in Jared DeHart and kicked off a six-run fourth inning. The Mariners never looked back.

Stadler scored his third run on a wild pitch and in DeHart's second at-bat of the inning, he had a two-RBI single to finish the scoring for the Mariners in the fourth.

Silver Bay added three more runs in the top of the fifth inning to end the game early.

In the second game of the day, South Ridge edged Silver Bay 3-1 in a game shortened to five innings by rain. Riley Tiboni pitched over 2 2/3 innings, but a two-run home run by Joey Janke in the bottom of the fourth inning put the Panthers up for good.

After the Mariners' at bat in the fifth inning, rain started falling again and the game was called early.

Silver Bay was scheduled to play Northeast Range on Thursday, May 31, in Cohasset.

Section 7A Tournament

Tuesday, May 29

Silver Bay 11, Cherry 1, five innings

At Esko. WP: Jason Blood 5IP, R, 3H, 3K, 3BB. SB: Blood 2x4, RBI; Lucas Stadler, 2x4, 3R, RBI; Jared DeHart 3x4, 3RBI; Ero Wallin 2RBI.

South Ridge 3, Silver Bay 1, five innings.

At Esko. LP: Riley Tiboni 2.2IP, 4H, 2ER. SR: Joey Janke HR, 2RBI. SB: Tiboni 1x3; Ero Wallin 1x2; Jared DeHart 1x1.

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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