Ramage, Reds down CloquetSuperior plays Hibbing at noon Friday in Virginia
By: Ken Olson, Superior Telegram
CLOQUET — The Superior Reds American Legion baseball team improved to 2-1 with an 8-2 win over Cloquet Wednesday evening at Ed Mettner Field.
The Reds opened the season Tuesday by splitting a doubleheader with Ashland. Superior won the opener 12-10, but lost the second game 5-2.
Dylan Ramage was the complete-game winning pitcher for the Reds at Cloquet, allowing six hits with six strikeouts and one walk.
Ramage also led the Reds at the plate by going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Sam Schiff was also 3-for-4 with one RBI; Zach Magdzas doubled and hit a two-run single; Jordan Hughes added an RBI single and Taylor Olson doubled.
Nate Weets and Kaleb Kodelbach pitched for Cloquet, allowing 10 hits with three strikeouts and five walks.
Derek Anderson led Cloquet with two hits and an RBI and Adam Hanson knocked in his team’s second run with a sac fly. Eric Peterson added a double and Kodelbach, Gavin Takkunen, Victor Foxx and Jake Schwinn all singled.
Superior took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Ramage singled with two outs and scored on Hughes’ single.
After Cloquet tied it up in the fourth inning, the Reds took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Olson doubled and scored on Ramage’s single.
The Reds opened the game up with a six-run seventh inning, which included a two-run single by Magdzas, an RBI double by Schiff, and an RBI on an error on a ball hit by Colton Yepma.
Cloquet’s second run came in the seventh inning when a walk was followed by Anderson’s RBI single.
Up next for the Reds is the Land of the Loon Tournament this weekend in Virginia. Superior opens against Hibbing at noon on Friday. Action continues through Sunday.
Reds split with Ashland
The Reds opened its season with a doubleheader split with Ashland Tuesday night at Morrie Arnovich Field. The Reds won the opener 12-10 then lost the nightcap 5-2.
Ryan Myhre was the winning pitcher in the opener in relief of starter Dane Sislo. Myhre allowed three hits and struck out six in three innings. Sislo allowed eight runs, walked six and struck out seven in the first four innings.
The game was back-and-forth from the start as Ashland took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning and the Reds tied it up in the bottom of the first when Trent Olson scored on Clayton Yeazel’s infield single.
Ashland took a 5-1 lead in the second inning when three straight batters walked and eventually scored on Jared Heino’s two-run single, a squeeze bunt by Alex Doherty and a wild pitch.
Superior got two runs back in the third as Taylor Olson and Ramage walked and scored on Schiff’s single and an error, respectively.
The Reds took a 6-5 lead in the fourth inning on Trent Olson’s two-run single and Schiff’s RBI double.
Ashland came back with a four-run fifth inning when two errors and walk were followed by Ben Henry’s two-run double and Alex Doherty’s RBI ground out.
The Reds took an 11-9 lead with a five-run fifth inning. With the bases loaded, Taylor Olson walked and Ramage was hit by a pitch to pick up RBIs. The next three runs scored on wild pitches.
The Reds made it 12-9 in the sixth when Nik Mattson doubled and scored on Taylor Olson’s infield single.
Brett Hulmer tripled and scored on Dylan Barnes’ single for the final run in the seventh inning.
The Reds had 12 hits, including two each from Schiff, Yeazle, Magdzas and Mattson. Trent and Taylor Olson each added a hit and two RBIs, Ramage had a hit and RBI and Myhre singled.
For Ashland, Ben Henry hit a two-run double and RBI single; Doherty had two RBIs; Heino singled twice and had two RBIs.
Ashland jumped on Superior right away in game two with a pair of runs in the first inning.
Hulmer opened the game with a single and scored on a double by Doherty, who later scored on Henry’s single.
The Reds tied it up in the bottom of the first on Ramage’s RBI double and Koskie’s RBI single.
Ashland took the lead for good in the fourth inning when Eric Yachinich double and scored on Heino’s single. The second run came in on a wild pitch.
Ashland added to its lead with Doherty’s RBI double in the fifth inning.
Mattson suffered the complete-game loss for the Reds, allowing nine hits with five strikeouts and six walks.
Kevin Huybrecht picked up the win in relief of Henry for Ashland. The two allowed seven hits with eight strikeouts and four walks.
For the Reds, Koskie had two singles and an RBI; Trent Olson singled twice; Ramage hit a RBI double; and Taylor Olson and Magdzas added a single each.
For Ashland, Doherty doubled twice; Hulmer singled twice and Henry hit a RBI single.
The Lakers will be at home Tuesday, hosting Park Falls at Pufall Field.