Spartan ‘Blue’ wins league title
The Superior Spartans 13U “Blue” baseball team won the Minnesota District 3 Intermediate League Championship July 28 with a 10-4 win over previously-undefeated Lake Park (Duluth) Black.
Max Reed started and picked up the win for Superior. In four innings he allowed two runs on three hits and four walks while striking out three. Austin Cabrera picked up the save, allowing two runs on two hits and one walk while striking out one over the final three innings.
After getting retired in order in the first inning, Superior took a 4-0 lead in the second inning when Finnegan Prell and Ben Becker belted two-run singles. Prell’s single to right-center plated Reed and Tristian Nolan.
The Spartans made even more hay in the third inning when singles by Hunter Wallace and Jason Samarziya were followed by Rylan Kidder’s RBI double.
After Wyatt Oja drew a walk, Ethan Raye scorched a two-run double into right center. Prell put the finishing touches on the inning with an RBI single.
Superior’s final run came in the fourth inning on Cabrera’s solo home run over the center-field fence.
Superior, which began the playoffs as the No. 2 seed, earned its way into the championship game with wins of 15-6 win over Superior “White” and 10-0 over Esko.
Cabrera, Reed and Samarziya combined on Monday’s pitching efforts, while Samarziya led the team at the plate with three hits. Kidder, Oja and Ethan Welch also contributed with two hits each.
In the victory over Esko, Nolan, Becker and Kidder combined for the shutout. Nolan belted a two-run home run, Oja turned in a three-hit night, and Samarziya and Kidder added two hits each.
“Our kids have been hitting the ball consistently lately, and we’re seeing excellent at-bats up and down our entire order,” head coach Jesse Samarziya said. “When you add aggressive and error-free defense, it makes for some fun baseball to watch.”
Members of the Spartans are Austin Cabrera, Hunter Wallace, Finnegan Prell, Jason Samarziya, Rylan Kidder, Max Reed, Ben Becker, Tristian Nolan, Wyatt Oja, Ethan Welch, Ethan Raye and Brett Charles.
The Spartans are coached by Jesse Samaryziya, Kraig Reed, Pat Raye and Frog Prell.
The Spartans wrap their season this weekend at the Art Von Tournament in Duluth.