Spartans lose finale at Duluth DenfeldA win over Hunters would have guaranteed the Spartans at least a share of the Lake Superior Conference championship. With a slim chance of sharing the league title, the Spartans finish their season with records of 8-5 overall and 5-2 in the LSC.
DULUTH -- The Superior High School baseball team wrapped up its regular season with a disappointing 5-3 loss to the Duluth Denfeld Hunters Friday night at Wade Stadium in Duluth.
A win over Hunters would have guaranteed the Spartans at least a share of the Lake Superior Conference championship. With a slim chance of sharing the league title, the Spartans finish their season with records of 8-5 overall and 5-2 in the LSC.
The Spartans were leading 3-1 Friday night until Denfeld scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Spartans threatened to score in the top of the seventh inning as Taavi Mattson and Colton Yepma were hit by pitches and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. But Travis Samuelson, Denfeld’s fourth pitcher in the game, picked up the save by getting the final two outs.
Denfeld, which began the night with a 6-1 loss at Proctor, is now 2-15 on the season.
Superior took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jake Libal led off the game with a double and scored on Taavi Mattson’s solid two-out single over the shortstop’s head.
It went to 3-0 in the third inning. Nik Mattson hit a two-out single, stole second and scored on Taavi Mattson’s double. After Spencer Severson singled, Taavi Mattson scored on Colton Yepma’s single.
The Hunters’ first run came in the fourth inning when Nick Thompson walked, and scored from first base when Josh Davis’ hit-and-run single was misplayed in the outfield.
Superior had a chance to open the game up in the sixth inning when Dane Sislo walked and Clayton Yeazle was hit by a pitch. After a sac fly and a ground out, Grant Rindal walked to load the bases, but the inning ended when Nik Mattson’s drive to left-centerfield that was caught by Samuleson.
Superior had nine hits led by Taavi Mattson, who doubled, singled and knocked in two runs. Severson doubled and singled; Libal singled twice; Yepma had a RBI single; and Yeazle and Nik Mattson singled.
Brody Russell and Thompson singled to start Denfeld’s half of the sixth inning. The two scored on a double by Samuelson, who then scored on a double by Davis.
Four of Denfeld’s five hits came in the sixth inning. The other hit was by Davis in the fourth inning.
Yepma and Taavi Mattson pitched for Superior, finishing with eight strikeouts and two walks.
Matt Klang, Davis, Ryan Rukavina and Samuelson pitched for the Hunters, combing to strike out three, walk three and hit three batters.
Superior hosts River Falls in a WIAA Division 1 regional game at 5 p.m. Tuesday.