The Superior 13-year-old all-star baseball team jumped out to an early lead on Proctor Green and captured a 12-5 victory on Monday at Pike Lake.
In earlier action, Superior won the consolation championship at last weekend’s Northwestern Tournament in Iron River.
Gabe Beeksma picked up the pitching win over Proctor Green, allowing eight hits with nine strikeouts and two walks. On two of Proctor’s five runs were earned.
Superior took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Keith Montgomery’s bases-loaded triple.
It went to 6-0 in the third inning on an RBI single by Max Plunkett, and sacrifice flies by Michale LaJoie and Montgomery.
In the fourth inning Beeksma, who singled, and Spencer Udeen, who reached on an error, scored on Stephen Gee’s triple. Plunkett then singled to score Gee for a 9-0 lead.
Proctor scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth and then single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Superior’s final three runs came in the seventh inning on Plunkett’s RBI single, Reed Rehnstrand’s fielder’s choice and Bryce Connolly’s sac fly.
Montgomery finished with three hits and three RBIs; Plunkett had three hits and two RBIs; Gee knocked in two runs with two hits; Beeksma had two hits and Udeen had one hit.
Up next for Superior is a make-up game against Duluth Eastern at 6 p.m. Friday at the Superior Women’s Field.
Superior won the consolation championship at last weekend’s Northwestern Tournament in Iron River. Superior lost to Northwestern 12-10, lost to Esko 7-2 and defeated Duluth Eastern 15-5.
Superior had 12 hits on Friday but it wasn’t enough as it lost to Northwestern 120-1.
Montgomery suffered the loss in relief of LaJoie and Gee. The three allowed just four hits and struck out six, but walked 11 batters
Montgomery led Superior at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Udeen was also 3-for-4, LaJoie was 2-for-2 with two RBIs; Plunkett had two hits and Gee and Connolly had a hit each.
Gee had two hits against Esko, including an RBI triple. Plunkett added an RBI groundout and Alex Nikstad and Jake Young had a hit each.
LaJoie and Udeen pitched for Superior, allowing eight hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
In Superior’s win over Eastern, Montgomery doubled, singled twice and knocked in two runs.
Superior took a 6-0 lead in the top of the second when Montgomery reached on an error and scored on another error off the bat of Young. Eric Elonen then singled scoring Young; Connolly singled advancing Elonen to third; Reed Rehnstrand singled plating Elonen and moving Connolly to third; Udeen reached on a throwing error which scored Connolly and moved Rehnstrand to third; and Rehnstrand and Udeen.
Superior added one more run in the third when Montgomery singled, stole second and third and scored on throwing error.
Superior added three runs in the fourth. With two outs, LaJoie and Plunkett singled, Montgomery hit a RBI single, Plunkett scored on a passed ball and Young tripled to score Montgomery.
After Eastern scored twice in the bottom of the fourth, Superior added three runs in the top of the sixth.
Plunkett singled, stole second and third and scored on a Montgomery double. Montgomery stole third and scored on a throwing error. Elonen singled, but was forced out at second on a ball hit by Connolly, who then advanced to third on errors and scored on a single by Rehnstrand.
Superior closed out the scoring with two runs in the top of the seventh on RBI singles by LaJoie and Plunkett.
Montgomery was the winning pitcher, walking a batter and striking out five in four innings. Udeen struck out four and walked one in three innings.
Superior had 16 hits, three each by Plunkett and Montgomery, two each by LaJoie, Elonen, Connolly and Rehnstrand, and one each by Nikstad and Young. Rehnstrand also knocked in three runs.