Solon Springs snaps seven-game skid with win over Winter
The Solon Springs baseball team snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 17-6 four-inning win over Winter Saturday at the Bruce Tournament.
The Eagles opened the tournament with a 12-11 loss to Prentice.
“It was a great day for baseball in Bruce,” Solon Springs coach Nathan Ahlberg said. “We were able to get everyone some much-needed playing time and work guys into some other positions.
“It was also good to get back into the win column. Hopefully we can get on a winning streak through our last two regular-season games and into the playoffs.”
The Eagles’ final two games are at Drummond at 4:30 p.m. Friday and against Nashwauk-Keewatin at noon on May 23 at Wade Stadium in Duluth.
In Solon Springs’ win over Winter, the Eagles blew the game open with a 13-run second inning.
The Eagles only needed six hits in the win. Declan Ross had one of the hits along with three RBIs and scored four runs; Zach Rajala added a hit, one RBI and scored three times; and Noah Stano and Alex Hunter both had singles, two RBIs and one run scored.
Rajala was 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored in the loss to Prentice. Ethan Skaggs added two hits and four RBIs; and Stano had a RBI hit.
In earlier action on May 11, the Eagles lost at Mellen, 7-6.
Solon Springs had 10 hits in the game and five of its runs came in the fourth inning.
Mellen scored four times in the first inning and twice in the second before scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“We were able to get back into the game in the fourth inning after giving up four unearned runs in the first two innings,” Ahlberg said.
Banks led off the fourth inning with a double, moved to third on Skaggs’ single and scored on Owen Dickenson’s bunt single.
Julian Lawler followed with a two-run single and Alex Hunter and Tommy Androsky hit back-to-back RBI singles for one run and Stano’s RBI ground out tied the game at 6-6.
After two scoreless innings, Mellen’s lead-off batter reached second base on an error. Rajala struck out the next batter then intentionally walked the Granite Diggers’ cleanup batter.
The next batter lined a single to center field to win the game.
Rajala went the distance for Solon Springs, allowing 11 hits with six strikeouts and one walk.
Banks finished with two doubles; Androsky and Dickenson both had two hits and one RBI; Skaggs was 2-for-4; and Lawler had a RBI single.
Solon Springs.......... 010..... 500 0 — 6 10 5
Mellen...................... 420..... 000 1 — 7 11 2
Solon Springs.......... 050..... 321 0 — 11 9 7
Prentice.................... 205..... 410 x — 12 9 2
Winter........................... 132 0 — 6 5 4
Solon Springs........... 3(13)0 1 — 17 6 5