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Reds off to 2-2 start

Superior Telegram

The Superior Reds American Legion baseball team opened its season with a 4-3 loss at Grand Rapids Thursday night.

The Reds scored all of their runs in the third inning, thanks to three singles, a walk, wild pitch and a throwing error.

Matt Strum knocked in one of the runs with a single. Sean O’Neill doubled, singled and scored a run; Josh Tomczak and Bryce Connolly both singled and scored a run.

The Reds also got doubles from Justin Reinkall and Caden Tchop and singles from Hunter Hockenbrock and Dominic D’Auria.

Hockenbrock, Keith Montgomery and Strum pitched for the Reds, allowing six hits with three strikeouts and six walks.

Lane Gerber picked up the win for Grand Rapids (2-0), pitching four scoreless innings in relief.

Grand Rapids tied the game up with a run in the third inning and two more in the third.

The winning run came in the sixth inning when Evan Mischke’s lead-off single was followed by a hit batter, a sacrifice bunt and a one-out RBI single by John Baker.

The Reds (2-2) play at Cloquet at 7:30 p.m. today.

Superior was scheduled to play at Duluth Lakeview Monday. That game has been postponed and will now be played as part of a doubleheader at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Morrie Arnovich Field.

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Altoona Tournament

The Reds went 2-1 in the Altoona tournament over the weekend.

Superior defeated Eau Claire Red, lost to the host Altoona squad, then knocked off Osseo.

Reds 10, E.C. Red 0

Austin Sears and Montgomery combined on a two-hitter in the Reds’ five-inning win over Eau Claire Red.

Sears allowed two hits with one strikeout and two walks in four innings. Montgomery struck three batters in the final inning.

Montgomery was also 2-for-3 with two RBIs; D’Auria doubled in two runs; Gunner Johnson had two hits and an RBI; Reinkall had a hit and RBI; and Strum and Jared Danovsky added a hit each.

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E.C. Red..................... 000    00      —  0    2   3

Altoona 6 Reds 3

Reinkall doubled, singled and knocked in a run; Johnson had a hit and RBI; and Josh Tomczak singled.

Johnson and Montgomery pitched for the Reds, allowing three hits with six strikeouts and five walks.

Nate Santos picked up the win for Altoona. The future Winona State warrior allowed three hits with five strikeouts.

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Altoona...................... 120    030    x   —   6   4    1

Reds 4, Osseo 3

The Reds scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Osseo.

Sears led off the seventh with a single, Tchop beat out a bunt and Tomczak singled, but Sears was thrown out at plate.

After Tchop and Tomczak moved up to third and second base on the play, Strum delivered an infield single to score Tchop to tie the score 3-3. After Reinkall was intentionally walked, Tomczak score the winning run on Johnson’s single to left-center field.

Tomczak finished with a double and single; Sears doubled, singled and knocked in a run; Reinkall was 2-for-2; Strum and Johnson both had a hit and RBI; and Montgomery, D’Auria and Tchop had a hit apiece.

Morgen Moen and Reinkall pitched for the Reds. Moen allowed seven hits with three strikeouts and one walk in five innings. Reinkall picked up the win with two strikeouts in two scoreless innings.

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