Blues thump Lumberjacks
The Superior Blues had a busy week with four games in four days.
The Blues lost to Duluth East A 12-10 in nine innings on Thursday, dropped a pair of games to the Chippewa Falls U17 team 8-3 and 6-4 on Saturday and then salvaged the week with a 22-3 nine-inning win over the Cloquet Lumberjacks on Sunday.
All five games were played at Morrie Arnovich Field.
The Blues will close out the regular season at 5 p.m. today with a doubleheader at Proctor.
The Blues scored early and often in their win over Cloquet, including seven runs in the first inning and five in the sixth.
Superior had 19 hits, including five by Caden Tchop, four from Justin Reinkall and three apiece from Austin Slaviero-Sears and Alex Kaske.
Also with a hit apiece were Matt Strum, CJ Fortune, Hunter Hockenbrock and Carter Kolstad.
Tchop also had six RBIs; Slaviero-Sears and Reinkall had three apiece; Strum, Kaske and Tate Schilchting had two each; and Fortune and Hockenbrock both knocked in one run.
An RBI double by Slaviero-Sears, an RBI double by Reinkall, a fielder’s choice, a groundout by Hockenbrock and a two-run single by Tchop in the first inning supplied the early offense for Superior.
Hockenbrock recorded the win for Blues. He allowed two runs over five innings, striking out five, walking five and giving up seven hits.
It went to 8-0 in the third when Slaviero-Sears singled home Tchop.
The Blues increased their lead with two runs in the fourth. A groundout scored Brett Austin, followed up by Fortune’s double bringing home Kolstad.
Superior tacked on another five runs in the sixth, including Tchop’s RBI single to plate Fortune.
The Blues matched their three-run seventh inning with three more in the eighth. In the seventh, Superior scored on an RBI single by Tchop, bringing home Austin. In the eighth Superior scored on a walk by Kolstad and a two-run triple by Tchop.
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Superior Blues 701 215 33x — 22
In game one of the doubleheader at Morrie Arnovich Field, Alex Kaske went 3-for-3, but it wasn’t enough as Chippewa Falls pitcher Jacob Larscheid limited the Blues to just single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings.
Larscheid allowed three runs with four strikeouts and one walk in seven innings.
Keith Montgomery took the loss for the Blues, allowing seven runs in four innings with three walks.
Superior had nine hits. Among Kaske’s three hits was an RBI double. Hockenbrock added two hits including a RBI single; Tchop had two hits and Slaviero-Sears and Schlichting had a hit apiece. Strum also had an RBI.
Larscheid, Jake Sperry and Jordan Steinmetz combined for eight hits and four RBIs for Chippewa Falls.
In game two, Strum had two RBIs on two hits for the Blues as he singled in the fourth inning and doubled in the seventh inning.
Slaviero-Sears took the loss for Superior, allowing six runs with two walks and one strikeout in four innings. Hockenbrock finished up, giving up just one hit with two strikeouts in three innings.
Trailing 6-0 in the fourth inning, the Blues got an RBI single from Kaske and an RBI groundout by Montgomery.
Strum made it a 6-4 game with a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Chippewa Falls 040 310 0 — 8
Superior Blues 000 101 1 — 3
Chippewa Falls 510 000 0 — 6
Superior Blues 000 200 2 — 4
Duluth East A
East jumped all over the Blues by scoring 12 runs in the first five innings.
The Blues made things interesting by scoring three runs apiece in the fifth, seventh and ninth innings.
For the Blues, Kolstad had a hit and three RBIs, including a two-run single in the ninth inning; Strum and Josh Tomczak both had two hits and an RBI; Reinkall and Hockenbrock had RBI hits; and Caden Tchop and Tate Schlichting single.
Slaviero-Sears ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, allowing eight runs in 2 1/3 innings. He also walked five and struck out two.
Duluth East 152 310 000 — 12
Superior Blues 000 030 313 — 10