Superior 12-year-old stars suffer setback at stateLocal boys are back in action at 5 p.m. Friday
The Superior 12-year-old all-star baseball team suffered its first defeat at the Wisconsin Cal Ripken State Tournament, which is taking place at Menominee, Mich.
After defeating Altoona 9-3 and Menominee12-2 in four innings on Wednesday, Superior fell into the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament with a 8-4 loss to West Middleton Thursday evening.
Superior led 4-0 after three innings, but errors allowed West Middleton to quickly take a 6-4 lead and eventually an 8-4 lead.
Timmy Crimmins hit a two-run home run for Superior. Austin Arnovich added two hits and Tyler Bee had one.
Sam Urban suffered the loss despite pitching well for five innings.
“We had them, but we just gave it away,” said Superior coach Don Bee.
Up next for Superior is the winner of the Bay Port and Dodgeville game at 5 p.m. Friday. If Superior wins it plays again at noon Saturday. If it loses, they will be eliminated from the tournament.
Urban pitched Wednesday for Superior and was the complete-game winner against Altoona.
Bee led the local boys offensively with two doubles and three RBIs. Tyler Nystrom and Aaron Wakefield added two hits and two RBIs apiece, and Grant Hanson had two singles.
Superior turned on the power in its second game as Bee, Wakefield and Urban hit home runs.
Bee, who was also the winning pitcher, went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Wakefield was also 2-for-2 with three RBIs, and Arnovich was 2-for-2. Urban’s home run came with the bases empty.
Superior also got singles from Nystrom, Hanson, Crimmins and Jesse Polson.
The tournament runs through the weekend.
NOTE: Keep up with the Superior All-Stars throughout the tournament at www.superiortelegram.com. … Because there are no other Cal Ripken organizations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Menominee, Mich., has been a member of the Wisconsin Cal Ripken organization for a number of years.