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Spartans win first game on new field

Superior High School's Peyton Flanders (2) beats the throw to Hermantown’s Parker Hawk (10) at second base in the fifth inning of the Spartans' 9-1 victory in the first game at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. (Jed Carlson/ / 10
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Superior Telegram

The Superior High School baseball team christened its new baseball field with a 9-1 victory over the Hermantown Hawks Monday evening.

Festivities at the new turf field at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex kicked off with ceremonial first pitches by Luke Madden — project manager for the complex from Rettler Corporation; Andy Sislo — former Spartan player and information systems manager for National Bank of Commerce; and Len Albrecht — Superior School Board President.

Superior’s first hit on the field was a first-inning triple by Payton Flanders and Austin Arnovich had the first RBI when his hit scored Josh Tomczak.

Superior added to its lead with six runs in the fifth inning then matched single runs with Hermantown in the sixth.

Justin Reinkall was the winning pitcher. The sophomore allowed four hits and struck out seven in six innings. Nate Kunkel walked a batter in a scoreless seventh inning.

Superior had 14 hits. Arnovich had two hits with two RBIs; Reinkall doubled, singled and had two RBIs; Flanders tripled and singled; Austin Sears had two hits and two RBIs; Tomczak doubled and singled; Kunkel doubled; and Logan Griffith and Matt Strum singled.

Jake Galatz, Eric Goltz and Thomas Madison pitched for the Hawks, striking out four and walking four.

For the Hawks, Galatz doubled, Kole Zuidmulder singled twice and knocked in a run; and Parker Hawk doubled.

The Spartans play the Northwestern Tigers at 4:30 p.m. today in Iron River.

SPARTAN SPIN: Hermantown won the JV game 5-4. Spencer Udeen and Mike LaJoie pitched for the Spartans, allowing nine hits with 14 strikeouts and two walks. Superior had 11 hits, two each by CJ Fortune, Bryce Connolly, Dominic D’Auria, Drake Samarzia and LaJoie and one by Tradel Nickelson.

Hermantown   000         001         0              —            1              4              1

Superior           002         061         x              —            9              14           1