Blues go 2-2 at tournament
The Superior Blues finished a busy weekend with a pair of wins and a pair of losses at the Hibbing Tournament.
Superior opened tournament play Saturday against Greenway. CJ Fortune brought home the go-ahead run to give the Blues the lead in the eighth inning, and they hung on to beat Greenway.
Neither team scored until late in the game. The Blues broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning by pushing one run across an RBI single from Josh Tomczak. Greenway tied the game with a run in the seventh, but Superior reclaimed the lead with a pair of runs in the eighth. Justin Reinkall singled to get on base and then went from first to third. He scored two of Superior’s three runs in the game.
Greenway scored one run in the eighth but wasn’t able to overtake the Blues.
Keith Montgomery got the win for Superior. He allowed one run over 2/3 innings, giving up one hit while walking two and striking out one.
Nuemayer took the loss for Greenway. He went eight innings, walking two, striking out two and allowing three runs.
Superior 000 001 02 — 3 7 1
Greenway 000 000 11 — 2 8 0
The Blues also won their second game Saturday, outlasting Grand Rapids in an 11-9 shootout.
Pitchers on both teams had a tough day as Superior and Grand Rapids put up 20 runs combined. The teams totaled 14 hits in the game.
The teams traded runs for most of the game, creating five lead changes.
The Blues came away with the win thanks to a strong fifth inning. Carter Kolstad gave Superior the lead for good when he stole home.
Grand Rapids got back one run in the seventh inning but was unable to overcome a three-run sixth inning deficit.
Tate Schlichting earned the win in relief for the Blues. He pitched two innings without allowing a run.
Kolstad, Justin Reinkall, Austin Slaviero-Sears and Caden Tchop helped lead the Blues at the plate. They combined for seven hits and six RBIs.
Holim took the loss for Grand Rapids. He pitched three innings, walking three, striking out four and allowing three runs.
Grand Rapids took an early lead at the top of the second and went up 6-0 in the top of the third.
Kotula got things going for Grand Rapids with a single. An error then moved Kotula from first to second, and Lamke singled, plating Kotula. The scoreboard lit up again for Grand Rapids when Mischke scored on a walk by Bachman.
In the bottom of the third, the Blues scored six runs of their own to tie the game. The Blues scored on an RBI single by Tchop, a two-run single by Reinkall, a groundout by Matt Strum and two errors.
After a quick strike from Grand Rapids, the Blues responded with two runs in the fourth to knot the game at 8-8. The Blues scored on a sacrifice fly by Slaviero-Sears and an RBI single by Reinkall.
The Blues took the lead in the fifth and tacked on another two runs in the sixth. A error by Rapids allowed Austin to get Superior on the board in the sixth inning. That was followed up by Kolstad’s single, scoring Reinkall.
Grand Rapids 024 200 1 — 9 4 3
Superior 006 212 x — 11 10 6
On Sunday, the Blues lost 6-4 in seven innings despite outhitting Cold Spring 10- 8.
Caden Tchop got on base two times for the Blues, which included a triple in the first inning.
Walz was the winning pitcher for Cold Spring. He allowed three runs over 3 2/3 innings, struck out one, walked four and surrendered seven hits. Cold Spring closer Bacon put away the final 10 outs to record the save.
For the Blues, Austin Slaviero-Sears took the loss. He allowed six runs in seven innings, walked none and struck out four.
The top of the first saw Cold Spring take an early 1-0 lead. Young started the rally for Cold Spring with a double. A groundout by Reitmiller then moved Young from second to third.
It didn’t take long for the Blues to answer as they scored one run in the first on a groundout by Austin.
But Cold Spring never trailed after scoring three runs in the second on two doubles. Cold Spring added two more runs in the top of the fourth, the first coming on an error.
The Blues scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut its deficit to three. An RBI single by Austin and an RBI double by Justin Reinkall gave the Blues life, but Cold Spring stopped the rally after Bacon got Matt Strum to ground out.
One run in the bottom of the seventh helped the Blues close the final deficit to 6-4. Carter Kolstad brought in the run with an RBI single. Cold Spring’s Bacon then induced a pick-off of Keith Montgomery at second base to close things out.
Cold Spring 130 200 0 — 6 8 2
Superior 100 200 1 — 4 10 3
In its final game in Hibbing, Superior lost to the host team 8-7 in seven innings.
It was a good day at the plate for the Blues’ Justin Reinkall. He went 3-for-5, drove in one run and scored one run. He singled in the third, fifth and sixth innings.
Zach Deboom recorded the win for Hibbing. He allowed five runs over 4 1/3 innings while striking out two, walking two and surrendering eight hits.
Hibbing was sparked at the plate by Logan Radovich and Joe Lescarbeau, who teamed up for six hits and two RBIs.
Matt Strum was charged with the pitching loss for Superior. He allowed eight runs in five innings, walked none and struck out four.
The Blues found themselves playing catch-up most of the game thanks to a first inning run by Hibbing that saw seven runs cross the plate on two doubles, an error, a sacrifice fly by Travis Carruth and three singles.
A one-run third inning helped bring the Blues within six, and a four-run fifth inning cut Hibbing’s lead to two. An RBI single by Reinkall, a two-run single by Strum and a walk by CJ Fortune keyed the Blues rally in the fifth.
After pushing across one run in the top of the sixth, the Blues faced just an 8-6 deficit heading into the seventh.
A fielder’s choice made it 8-7, but Hibbing ended the threat by getting a groundout to end the game.
Superior 001 041 1 — 7 11 2
Hibbing 700 010 x — 8 10 4
Duluth East 3
On Friday, the Superior Blues enjoyed a 16-3 romp over Duluth East B at Ordean. The Blues broke the game open with 11 runs in the sixth inning.
During that inning Superior scored on an error, a wild pitch, a two-run error, a two-run double by Justin Reinkall, an RBI double by Matt Strum, an RBI single by Alex Kaske, a fielder’s choice and another error.
The Blues put together a nearly flawless day at the plate, led by Kaske who went 2-for-2.
On the mound, Tate Schlichting got the win for the Blues. He allowed two runs over three innings while striking out two, walking one and allowing two hits.
Duluth’s Kujawa was charged with the loss. He lasted just three innings, giving up five runs with three walks and no strikeouts.
Superior stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the first inning, scoring one run on a sacrifice fly by Strum.
The Blues added to their lead with another run in the second and three more in the third. Reinkall kicked things off in the third with a single, plating Caden Tchop.
Duluth East B closed its deficit to 5-2 with two runs in the bottom of the third. A steal of home by Kujawa and a wild pitch sparked Duluth’s rally. The Blues halted the momentum, however, after Schlichting got Twomey to fly out.
Superior 113 00(11) — 16
Duluth East 002 001 — 3