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Rain washes out Lakeview Classic

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The final day of the Lakeview Classic American Legion baseball tournament in Superior and Duluth was rained out on Sunday.

In Sunday morning’s semifinal game against Lakeview, the Reds were leading 6-5 at the end of four innings when it began raining and made the field unplayable.

The other semifinal game was between Cloquet and West Duluth. None of the games will be made up and no champion was declared.

After going through pool play with a 2-1 record, the Reds advanced to the semifinals with a 10-9 win over Fridley Saturday afternoon.

During pool play the Reds defeated Hermantown 10-0 and St. Francis 5-4 in eight innings Friday at Morrie Arnovich Field, then lost to Bloomington Blue 15-4 Saturday at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

Lakeville went 3-0 through pool play, defeating Cambridge, 6-4; Bloomington, 6-4; and Hermantown.

Today’s Reds’ game with West Duluth has been cancelled.

Superior (10-3) hosts Proctor at 7 p.m. Thursday at Morrie Arnovich Field, and Twin Valley (Minn.) at 4 p.m. Friday at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

Reds 10 Hermantown 0

Brandon Wing picked up the five-inning shutout, allowing three hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

The Reds had 10 hits, including a double and single each from Austin Sears, Matt Strum and Conner Fonger. Strum and Fonger also had two RBIs each.

Judd Erickson added two hits; Gunner Johnson and Dominic D’Auria both had a hit and two RBIs; and CJ Fortune singled.

Hermantown............ 000    00     —      0      3     3

Reds....................... 003    16     —     10    11     0

Reds 5, St. Francis 4, 8 innings

With the game scoreless after three innings, the Reds took a 3-0 lead with two runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth.

St. Francis scored twice in the bottom of the sixth and Superior added a run for a 4-2 lead in the top of the seventh.

St. Francis tied the game 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh, then threatened to win with a single and a runner on second base.

But Fonger, who was playing right field for the Reds, threw a strike to catcher Bryce Connolly to get the runner out and send the game into extra innings.

Connolly and D’Auria singled with one out in the top of the eighth inning.

After Connolly moved to third on a fielder’s choice, he scored the eventual game-winning run when Derek Fender beat out an infield single.

Matt Strum pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the win. He allowed one hit and walked a batter.

Mason Moen pitched the first eight innings for the Reds, allowing three earned runs on eight hits while striking out three and walking four.

The Reds had 11 hits, including two apiece from Be n Rhodes, Johnson and Fender. Johnson also had an RBI.

Fortune had a double and two RBIs; Sears singled and knocked in a run; and Strum, Fonger and D’Auria all singled.

Reds.................... 000..... 210    11    —   5   11   1

St. Francis............ 000..... 002    20    —   4    9   3

Bloomington 15, Reds 4

Superior jumped out to a 4-1 lead after two innings, but Bloomington exploded for the next 14 runs over the final five innings to win the game.

Superior had four hits, including two doubles and an RBI from Johnson; Fonger’s RBI triple; and Rhode’s RBI double.

Bloomington........ 012..... 341      2    —  15   15   1

Superior Reds....... 130..... 000      0    —   4    4   1

Reds 10, Fridley 9

The Reds rallied from a 9-3 deficit after three innings in their win over Fridley.

Strum picked up the win in relief, pitching three shutout innings to close out the game.

Austin Sears led the Reds offensively, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs; Judd Erickson added two hits; Rhodes doubled and had an RBI; and Johnson, Strum, D’Auria and Fonger had a hit and RBI apiece.

Reds.................... 111..... 250      0    —  10   10   2

Fridley................. 207..... 000      0    —   9   10   2

Lakeview Classic

Friday, June 23

Morrie Arnovich Field

Superior 10, Hermantown 0

Fridley def. St. Francis

Fridley def. West Duluth

Superior 5, St. Francis 4, 8 innings

At Ordean Stadium

Lakeview 6, Cambridge 4

Cloquet def. Cambridge

Hermantown def. Minneapolis Washburn

Lakeview 6, Bloomington Blue 4

Wade Stadium

West Duluth def. Cloquet

Minneapolis Washburn def. Bloomington Blue

Saturday, June 24

At NBC Spartan Sports Complex

Bloomington 15, Superior 4

At Ordean Stadium

Duluth Lakeview 6, Hermantown 3

Minneapolis Washburn 5, Cloquet 4

Wade Stadium

West Duluth 5, St. Francis 3

Cambridge 9, Fridley 6

Championship Round

At NBC Spartan Sports Complex

Superior 10, Fridley 9

West Duluth 11, Bloomington 5

At Ordean Stadium

Duluth Lakeview 7, Cambridge 6

Cloquet 9, Minneapolis Washburn 3

Sunday, June 25

(All games were rained out)

Duluth Lakeview vs. Superior, 9 a.m.

Cloquet vs. West Duluth, 9 a.m.

Championship game, 12:30 p.m.

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