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Homesick Spartans swept by 'Hawks

The Superior High School baseball team returned to Morrie Arnovich Field for the first time in more than a month but failed to capitalize on any home-field advantage as they were swept by the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks 12-4 and 6-2 Tuesday evening.

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Superior High School's Ryan Myhre (13) tags out Grand Rapids' Shay Anderson (1) after catching him in a run down after a pick off attempt in the third inning. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

The Superior High School baseball team returned to Morrie Arnovich Field for the first time in more than a month but failed to capitalize on any home-field advantage as they were swept by the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks 12-4 and 6-2 Tuesday evening.

After going 2-1 at home to start the season, the Spartans (10-4) eventually went on a nine-game road trip that lasted 34 days.

Playing away from home didn't seem to faze the Spartans that much as they won eight of nine games and defeated such nemeses as Hermantown, Duluth East, Cloquet and Duluth Denfeld.

Also among the wins was a doubleheader sweep at Menomonie, a team that handed Eau Claire North its first loss of the season, 6-3, Monday night.

Grand Rapids (10-6) banged out 15 hits, including seven doubles, in the opening game.

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Three of the Thunderhawks' doubles, along with two RBIs, came off the bat of Jordan Koepp. Matt How, Kyle Kleinendorst, Jake Bischoff and Zach Dick added two hits apiece while Patrick Moore, John Skrbec, Mike Halling and Tyrel Cournoyer had one hit apiece.

How, Cournoyer and Dick also knocked in two runs each while Kleinendorst and Bischoff had one RBI each.

Cournoyer was also the winning pitcher, allowing five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. Kleinendorst pitched the seventh inning, allowing one run on one hit. He also walked two batters and struck out two others.

The Spartans scored three of their runs in the third inning as Rob Dembroski and Grant Rindal sandwiched RBI singles around Kellen McCoshen's RBI triple.

Superior's final run came in the seventh as Olson singled with two outs and scored when Rindal was walked with the bases loaded.

Superior's fifth hit was a fourth-inning double by Zach Magdzas.

Ryan Myhre pitched the first five innings for Superior, allowing nine hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Jordan McDonald finished up, allowing five runs in two innings. He allowed six hits with no strike outs or walks.

In game two, Superior took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Magdzas walked and scored on Olson's double.

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The Thunderhawks took a 2-1 lead in the third inning on Halling's RBI groundout and a run-scoring wild pitch.

Superior tied it up in the bottom of the inning as McCoshen scored on Marty Manion's perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt.

The 'Hawks took a 5-2 lead in the fourth inning as How tripled and scored on Moore's single, Skrbec tripled in Moore, and Kleinendorst hit a sac fly. Another sac fly, this one by Skrbec, made the score 6-2 in the sixth inning.

Kyle Wilander and Grant Rindal pitched for the Spartans.

Rindal led the Spartans with two hits, Olson doubled in a run and McCoshen singled.

The Spartans are back in action at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Ashland. Superior was originally scheduled to play Duluth Central Thursday, but that game was moved to Friday, May 28 to make room for the Ashland game, which was rained out last Friday.

SPARTAN SPIN: The SHS JV lost to Grand Rapids 13-4 and 11-2. Nik Mattson started in the first game and pitched three innings allowing six runs (three earned) on six hits while striking out three and walking three. Chase Matson and Paul Edwards pitched the final four innings. The Spartans managed only two hits, singles from Spencer Urban and Colton Yepma. Urban started on the mound in the second game and pitched three innings allowing six runs (three earned) on six hits while striking out three. Danny Kreidler pitched the final three innings. Kreidler, Urban and Brady Uotinen had the Spartans' hits.

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