Spartan baseball team still in running for LSC titleThe Spartans, 8-4 overall and 5-1 in the LSC, wrap up their regular season against Duluth Denfeld at 6:30 p.m. today at Wade Stadium.
By: Ken Olson, Superior Telegram
The Superior High School baseball team is still in the running for the Lake Superior Conference championship after a 5-1 win over the Cloquet Lumberjacks Thursday evening at Morrie Arnovich Field.
The Spartans, 8-4 overall and 5-1 in the LSC, wrap up their regular season against Duluth Denfeld at 6:30 p.m. today at Wade Stadium.
A win over the Hunters would give the Spartans at least a share of their first LSC championship since the 2004 season.
Nik Mattson and Spencer Severson pitched for the Spartans, allowing five hits with four strikeouts and six walks.
Severson also led Superior offensively, going 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Grant Rindal added two hits, including an RBI double; Jordan Hughes had two singles; and Colton Yepma had two RBIs. Taavi Mattson also did his part by walking four times.
For Cloquet, Dylan McIvor had two hits and Gavin Takkunen, Kaleb Kadelbach and Nate O’Hara had one hit apiece.
Cloquet loaded the bases in the first inning, but Nik Mattson got out of the jam by striking out his third batter of the inning.
Superior took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to three straight walks and Yepma’s RBI groundout.
It went to 4-0 in the second inning when Dane Sislo and Hughes walked and scored on Severson’s single and Yepma walked with the bases loaded.
Superior’s final run came in the fifth inning when Hughes singled and scored when Rindal doubled to right field.
Cloquet’s run came in the sixth inning. Kadelbach led off with a walk, and two outs later he scored on O’Hara’s single.
The Lumberjacks loaded the bases in the seventh inning thanks to a single and two walks, but Severson got out the jam with a groundout.
Victor Foxx and Ben Merrill pitched for Cloquet, walking 13 and striking out one.
SPARTAN SPIN: Superior will host River Falls in a WIAA Division 1 regional game at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The winner will play at No. 1 Stevens Point on Thursday. ... The SHS JV baseball team won 4-2. Morgen Moen and Hunter Hockenbrock combined in the win. The Spartans rallied from down 2-0 thanks to an RBI double by Brandon Moe and RBI singles by Josh Tomczak and Will Mullens. Logan Griffith also doubled for the Spartans, who improved to 7-6 on the season.