Eagles enjoy 2-1 weekend
The Solon Springs High School baseball team defeated Mellen Friday, then split a pair of games at Saturday’s Prentice Tournament.
The Eagles, 5-3 overall and 4-2 in the Indianhead Conference, have three road games this week.
After losing Monday’s game 5-4 in eight innings at Butternut/Mercer, Solon Springs plays at Northwood (Minong) at 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Drummond at 1 p.m. Friday.
SSHS 12, Mellen 2
Alex Hunter was the winning pitcher Friday in Solon Springs, allowing two hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. Both Mellen runs were unearned.
“Alex threw a great game,” SSHS coach Nate Ahlberg said. “He was able to throw his breaking ball and get many swings and misses from Mellen hitters.
“We’re going to need Alex to continue to pitch like this if we want to go deep into playoffs.
Hunter also had one of the Eagles’ 10 hits. Christian Sellwood and Noah Stano both had two hits and two RBIs; Chase Latvala had two hits and one RBI; and Dane Banks doubled and knocked in a run.
Mellen 010 001 — 2 2 3
Solon Springs 113 007 — 12 10 3
SSHS 13, Prentice 11
The Eagles led 9-2 until Prentice scored four times in the fourth inning and five more times in the fifth for an 11-10 lead.
Solon Springs rallied itself and took the lead for good on Ben Monson’s base-loaded triple in the top of the seventh.
“We were cruising early and Dane threw well in his first start, but too many errors in the fourth and fifth innings gave Prentice nine runs and the lead,” Ahlberg said.
Banks allowed four hits with seven strikeouts and one walk before giving way to Latvala, who picked up the win, and Monson, who got the save.
“Chase and Ben saved the day for us,” Ahlberg said. “Chase held Prentice scoreless over the final 2 2⁄3 inning and Ben had the big hit to allow us to come back and win.”
Monson finished 3-for-5 with an RBI double, RBI ground out and his three-run triple.
Also for the Eagles, Banks had two hits and two RBIs; and Noah Stano, Alex Hunter and Drake Debeir all had two hits and an RBI.
Solon Springs 232 210 3 — 13 14 5
Prentice 110 450 0 — 11 9 2
Bruce 16, SSHS 2
Bruce put the game away with a 12-run sixth inning.
The Eagles outhit Bruce 7-6, led by Stano’s two singles. Latvala also had a RBI single and Sellwood singled.
Drake Debeir suffered the loss, allowing three hits with seven walks and three strikeouts.
“Drake struggled with his command early, walking three and giving up a bunt single, a double and three runs in the first,” Ahlberg said. “He threw much better as the game went along, holding a good-hitting Bruce team to one run over his last four innings.
Bruce 300 01(12) — 16 6 5
Solon Springs 100 010 — 2 7 1