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Superior competes in Lakeview Classic, hosts 7 games this week

Superior Reds’ Justin Reinkall makes a play at short during a Reds game last week. Superior, which competed in the Lakeview Classic this weekend, will play seven games at home this week. (Jed Carlson /

Superior Telegram

The Superior Reds went 1-3 in the Lakeview Classic American Legion baseball tournament over the weekend at Morrie Arnovich Field.

In pool play, the Reds lost to Anoka 6-1, defeated Cloquet 12-1 and lost to Rosemount Green 3-2.

Superior advanced to the championship round of the tournament and faced Rosemount once again on Sunday morning.

The Reds took a 7-6 lead in the top of the sixth inning, but Rosemount pulled out the victory with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Sean O’Neill and Austin Sears led the Reds at the plate with two hits and two RBIs apiece.

Justin Reinkall and Dominic D’Auria added a hit and RBI apiece; and Josh Tomczak, Bryce Connolly and Hunter Hockenbrock had a hit each.

Morgen Moen started for the Reds but allowed six runs on three hits, four walks and a strikeout before being replaced by Hockenbrock with one out.

Hockenbrock pitched the rest of the game. He allowed one run on four hits, while striking out four and walking four.

Rosemount’s Nate Ebeling hit two home runs in the first inning, and Chad Hinkle was the winning pitcher with 10 strikeouts.

Superior also left eight runners on base.

Rosemount went on to lose to Cambridge 12-11 in eight innings. Stillwater then beat Cambridge 9-7 in the championship game.

The Reds have seven home games scheduled this week, including Grand Rapids Monday night, which they won 6-1.

Superior plays Proctor at 6 p.m. today; plays doubleheaders with Ashland and Hermantown on Thursday and Friday and then plays Twin Valley Saturday. All games are at Morrie Arnovich Field, except Saturday’s game, which is at 3 p.m. at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

Reds..................... 510    001     0      —     7    9    2

Rosemount............. 500    103     x      —     9    7    3

Anoka 6, Reds 1

Reinkall doubled, singled and knocked in the Reds’ run. Hockenbrock and Jared Danovsky had Superior’s other hits.

Sears suffered the loss, allowing eight hits with three strikeouts and three walks.

Anoka shortstop Trent Palmer (a Jacksonville University commit) was 3-for-3 with three RBIs. He singled in the first inning, doubled in the third and homered in the fourth.

Reds..................... 000    001     0      —     1    4    3

Anoka.................... 211    200     x      —     6    8    0

Reds 12, Cloquet 1, 5 innings

The Reds had 10 hits in the five-inning win over Cloquet.

O’Neill was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs; Strum was 2-for-4 with two RBIs; Connolly had a hit, two sacrifice flies and three RBIs; Tomczak, Reinkall and D’Auria all singled in a run; and Gunner Johnson and Brett Austin both had a hit.

Johnson and Strum combined in the win, allowing three hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Reds..................... 370    02       —     12    10   2

Cloquet.................. 010    00       —     1      3    3

Rosemount 3, Reds 2

Superior had a 9-6 advantage in hits, but Rosemount scored all of its runs in the third inning.

The Reds scored in the second and seventh innings. They threatened for more but hit into a double play with the bases loaded in the second inning and stranded the bases loaded in the fifth.

Strum, D’Auria and Reinkall finished with two hits apiece; and Tomczak, O’Neill and Sears had one hit each.

Reinkall suffered the loss, allowing six hits with three strikeouts. Only two of Rosemount’s runs were earned.

Josh Flink was the winning pitcher with three strikeouts and two walks.

Reds..................... 010    000     1      —     2    9    1

Rosemount   030       000       x          —         3          6          0