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Superior Blues’ Tate Schlichting lays down a bunt in the third inning of Thursday’s game with Hibbing. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Blues split, play at Hermantown today

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The Superior Blues split a doubleheader with Duluth Marshall Sunday evening at Morrie Arnovich Field, winning the opener 6-3 and losing game two 10-8.

The games were originally scheduled to be played at Wade Stadium in Duluth, but they had to be moved due to the Duluth Huskies being in action.

In the opener, Justin Reinkall picked up the complete-game victory, allowing 12 hits with four walks and three strikeouts.

The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to four lead changes.

Trailing 3-2, the Blues scored four times in the top of the seventh inning to pull out the victory. Two of the runs came in when Carter Kolstad and Matt Strum scored on Tate Schlichting’s single.

The Blues finished with nine hits, led by Strum and Schlichting, who had two hits and two RBIs apiece.

Hunter Hockenbrock added two hits and one RBI, and Brett Austin, Kolstad, Reinkall and Austin Slaviero-Sears added a single each.

The Blues had 12 hits in game two, led by Reinkall who went 4-for-4, but it wasn’t enough as Marshall had nine hits and took advantage of seven Superior errors.

Reinkall doubled in the fifth inning and singled in the first, third and seventh innings.

Schlichting was charged with the loss. He allowed six runs in three innings, walked two and struck out two.

The lead stayed with Duluth Marshall after the first when the team scored two runs on two doubles.

After Marshall added three runs in the second, Superior scored twice in the third only to see Duluth tack on two more runs in the fourth and three more in the sixth for a 10-2 lead.

The Blues made things interesting with a five-run seventh inning.

An RBI single by Caden Tchop and an RBI double by Kolstad accounted for Superior’s runs in the third inning.

Strum knocked in a run in the fifth inning and Austin and Kolstad had RBIs in the seventh.

The Blues also got hits from Tchop, Austin, Kolstad, Strum, CJ Fortune, Alex Kaske, Schlichting and Hockenbrock.

The Blues play at Hermantown at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today and host Duluth East for two games at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Game One

Blues......................................... 000      110         4          —   6

Marshall................................... 101      001         0          —   3

 

Game 2

Blues......................................... 002      010         5          —   8

Marshall................................... 230      203         x          —   10

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