Season ends for Spartan baseball teamThe season came to an end for the Superior High School baseball team with a 5-1 loss to the River Falls Wildcats in a WIAA Division 1 regional game Tuesday evening at Morrie Arnovich Field.
By: Ken Olson, Superior Telegram
The season came to an end for the Superior High School baseball team with a 5-1 loss to the River Falls Wildcats in a WIAA Division 1 regional game Tuesday evening at Morrie Arnovich Field.
River Falls improves to 6-9 on the season and advances to play at No. 1 Stevens Point (20-4) on Thursday.
Superior’s season ends with a record of 8-6.
Sophomore left-hander James Witt picked up the complete-game victory for the Wildcats, allowing three hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Spencer Severson, Dane Sislo, Clayton Yeazle and Taavi Mattson pitched for the Spartans, allowing seven hits with two strikeouts and three walks.
Josh Rudesill doubled, singled and knocked in a run for River Falls. Jonathan Krueger added two singles and an RBI, and Sam Barr, Kyle Duex and Michael Wesner chipped in with RBI singles.
Jake Libal, Grant Rindall and Nik Mattson singled for Spartans, whose only run came in the sixth inning when Taavi Mattson’s RBI ground out scored Libal, who led off the inning with a single.
River Falls manufactured single runs in the first and fifth innings.
Alex Call reached on an error to lead off the game, stole second, moved to third on a sac bunt and scored on Barr’s ground out. Rudesill walked with one out in the fifth inning, stole second and scored on Weisner’s hit.
It went to 4-0 in the sixth on RBI singles by Duex and Rudesill and the Wildcats’ final run scored on Krueger’s infield single in the seventh.
Denfeld 5, Superior3
DULUTH — Superior had a chance to win its first Lake Superior Conference championship since 2004, but ended up losing to the Duluth Denfeld Hunters 5-3 Friday night at Wade Stadium.
A win over Hunters would have given the Spartans at least a share of the LSC title. Instead, the Spartans wrapped up their regular season with records of 8-5 overall and 5-2 in the LSC.
Denfeld, which began the night with a 6-1 loss at Proctor, wrapped up its regular season with a record of 2-15.
The Spartans were leading 3-1 until Denfeld scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Hunters had four of their six hits in the inning and Superior committed two errors.
The Spartans threatened to score in the top of the seventh inning as T. 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.
“It was just a game of missed opportunities,” SHS coach Don Dembroski said. “We left 11 runners left on base, including the bases loaded in the third and sixth innings; outhit them 9-6; and struck out only three times, compare to eight strikeouts for Denfeld.
“They just had one good inning when nothing seemed to go right for us.”
Superior took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Libal led off the game with a double and scored on T. Mattson’s solid two-out single over the shortstop’s head.
It went to 3-0 in the third inning. N. Mattson hit a two-out single, stole second and scored on T. Mattson’s double. After Severson singled, T. 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 Sislo walked and Yeazle was hit by a pitch. After a sac fly and a ground out, Rindal walked to load the bases, but the inning ended when N. Mattson’s drive to left-centerfield that was caught by Samuleson.
Superior had nine hits led by T. Mattson, who doubled, singled and knocked in two runs. Severson doubled and singled; Libal singled twice; Yepma had a RBI single; and Yeazle and N. 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 T. 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.
SPARTANS SPIN: The SHS JV split with Duluth Denfeld on Friday to finish its season with an 8-7 record. The Spartans lost the opener 4-3 then won game two 8-1. Erick Anderson and Nate Kunkel pitched in the opener, allowing eight hits with two walks. The Spartans had seven hits, including two apiece by Anderson and Sean O’Neill. Logan Griffith started and got the win in the second game. In six innings he allowed one run and two hits while walking four and striking out four. Matt Strum pitched a scoreless inning of relief. The Spartans had 11 hits with Kunkel and Griffith picking up three hits apiece. O’Neill chipped in with two hits, including a triple, and Strum, Evan Hughes and Beau Reder added a hit each.