Spartan baseball team improves to 4-1Superior rebounds from Friday's disappointing lost at Hermantown with an 8-1 win at Menomonie
By: Ken Olson, Superior Telegram
The Superior High School baseball team improved to 4-1 on the season with an 8-1 win at Menomonie on Saturday afternoon.
Grant Rindal improved to 3-0 with the victory. The junior allowed six hits with eight strikeouts.
Colton Yepma led the Spartans with two hits and two RBIs. Spencer Severson added two hits and an RBI, Dane Sislo had an RBI hit and Paul Edwards, Rindal, Nik Mattson and Andy Glonek had a hit apiece.
The Spartans play Monday at Cloquet and Tuesday at Duluth East before hosting Eau Claire Memorial at 5 p.m. Thursday. Monday’s and Tuesday’s games are at 4:30 p.m.
Hermantown 4, Superior 3
Matt Lord’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Hermantown Hawks a 4-3 win over the Superior High School baseball team Friday evening at Mettner Field in Hermantown.
Superior (0-1 Lake Superior Conference) took a 3-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning, but couldn’t hang as Hermantown scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning then forced extra inning with a run in the seventh.
Trent Olson, who finished 3-for-4 with an RBI, led off the game with a double and scored on Spencer Severson’s two-out single.
The Spartans’ lead went to 3-0 in the sixth thanks to RBI singles by Glonek and Olson.
Spartan starting pitcher Ryan Myhre cruised through the first five innings, allowing only one hit with six strikeouts. After getting the first two outs in the sixth inning, Neil Pionk reached on an infield single and scored on Kevin Folman’s double. Mike Robertson then knocked home Folman with another single.
Hermantown tied the game up when Austin Klingsporn singled and scored on Lone LeGarde’s double.
After Superior stranded two runners on base in the top of the eighth inning, Hermantown won the game in the bottom of the inning when Pionk and Folman singled, Mike Robertson walked to load the bases and Lord ripped a single up the middle.
LeGarde picked up the win in relief of starting pitcher Folman. The two allowed 10 hits with eight strikeouts and five walks.
Jordan McDonald took the loss for Superior in relief of Myhre, who pitched the first seven innings.
Myhre allowed six hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. He retired the side in order in three of the first five innings. He also and faced just four batters in the other two innings before getting in trouble in the sixth and seventh innings.
The Spartans also got two hits each from Severson and Mattson and a hit apiece from Edwards, Rindal and Glonek.
Pionk and Folman had two hits apiece for the Hawks. Joe Muench, Robertson, Lord Klingsporn and LeGarde added a hit each for the Hawks, now 4-0 and 2-0.
SPARTAN SPIN: The Spartan JV lost to Hermantown 9-4. Taavi Mattson started on the mound for the Spartans and pitched three innings allowing seven hits and four runs while striking out six. Grant Hanson pitched three innings of relief, allowing five runs on four hits while striking out four. The Spartans got hits from Mattson, Kyler Krob, Sean O'Neill, Will Mullens and Nate Kunkel.