BASEBALL: Reds win one, lose one at Virginia tourney

The Superior Reds baseball team won their first game in the Land of the Loon Tournament in Virginia, Minn. on Friday, June 15 before losing their game the next day.

The Superior Reds baseball team won their first game in the Land of the Loon Tournament in Virginia, Minn. on Friday, June 15 before losing their game the next day.

In the Reds first game, they shut out Hibbing 7-0.

The Reds' Mike Swanson got on base with a double in the first inning and then scored on Zach Sitek's single to give Superior an early 1-0 lead.

Hibbing held the Reds scoreless for the next three innings, but in the fifth Matt Archambault singled to get on base and then scored on another single from Sitek.

Superior put the game away in the final two inning, scoring three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh while holding Hibbing scoreless for the 7-0 win.


Dan Manion went 4-for-4 in the game and scored two runs, while Sitek was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Andy Ross and Archambault also had tow hits, and Sean Graskey and Nate Hendry added one hit apiece.

Sitek was the winning pitcher for Superior, throwing a complete game two-hitter. He struck out two and walked seven.

On Saturday, the Reds took on Ely, but this time they fell, 12-2.

Ely took control in the second inning, scoring four runs on five hits. The Reds didn't give up another hit until the sixth inning, but they also struggle to connect on offense, getting their first two hits of the game in the fourth inning and adding one more in the sixth.

Going into the seventh inning, Ely led 4-0, but an eight-run inning put the game out of reach for Superior.

The Reds scored two runs on three hits in the seventh inning to keep from being shut out but still took the 12-2 loss.

Graskey went 2-for-3 in the game, and Archambault, Ross and Geoff Torzewski each added one hit apiece.

Ely had nine players with hits and out-hit Superior 12-6.


Sunday's third place game was rained out.

The Reds' next game is at home Tuesday against the West Duluth Cubs. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. They then host Ashland for a doubleheader at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Blues take third

The Superior Blues 16-year-old baseball team finished third in the Grand Rapids Tournament over the weekend.

The Blues opened the tournament Friday with a 9-6 loss to Cloquet VFW. They rebounded with an 11-7 win over Grand Rapids VFW then defeated Hibbing 18-4 in five innings for third place.

In Friday's loss to Cloquet, Cory Wilander allowed eight runs, five of which were earned, in 3 1/3 innings. He also walked five and struck out four.

Nick Boreen led the offense for Superior going 3-for-3 with two doubles. Nate Miner and Lee Nagorski had two hits apiece.

Against Grand Rapids (1-2) Saturday morning, Superior was down 7-6 in its half of the seventh when a two-out rally resulted five runs and the win for the Blues.


Brent Engstrom started on the mound for Superior, allowing nine hits and surrendering seven earned runs in four innings. He also struck out one and allowed three walks.

Nagorski pitched three flawless innings, including six strikeouts, in relief to earn the win. Nagorski, Jordan Olson and Engstrom all had two hits apiece, while Wilander accounted for three RBIs and Olson for four.

In the third-place win over Hibbing (3-4) Saturday evening, Mike Higgins earned the win on the mound for Superior. He pitched 3 1/3 innings, while surrendering four runs on eight hits, while striking out four and walking two. Dan Tracy pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

At the plate for the Blues, Neil Baltes led the charge with three hits and Olson contributed with four RBIs.

Hermantown VFW finished first in the tournament, followed by Cloquet, Superior and Hibbing.

The Blues (4-3) return to action on Friday playing two games at UMD in the opening round of the Lou Eskelson Memorial VFW Tournament.

Superior faces Hibbing at 11 a.m. and St Francis at 5 p.m.

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