Ramage, Spartans make quick work of East
Dylan Ramage hit and pitched the Superior High School baseball team past the Duluth East Greyhounds Thursday evening at Morrie Arnovich Field. Ramage not only picked up his fourth pitching victory of the season, but he drove in three runs as the ...
Dylan Ramage hit and pitched the Superior High School baseball team past the Duluth East Greyhounds Thursday evening at Morrie Arnovich Field.
Ramage not only picked up his fourth pitching victory of the season, but he drove in three runs as the Spartans (13-6) defeated the Greyhounds 4-1 in a game that barely lasted 90 minutes.
"Good pitching and good defense, it was a really clean game," SHS coach Don Dembroski said. "It was a nice game as we get ready for the playoffs. We had three pretty good practices this week and we played like it tonight."
Ramage allowed three hits with six strikeouts and two walks before being lifted in the sixth inning for Grant Rindal, who pitched two scoreless innings.
"I felt great and had a lot of confidence out there," Ramage said. "They're a tough team that has some big guys that can hit the ball. But I threw a lot of strikes and got the curve ball working."
Ramage went to 3-0 on East's first batter of the game, but battled back to strike out the side.
"Dylan pitched well," Dembroski said. "He got behind the first guy 3-0 then was on top of his game the rest of the way. We purposely took him out so he would have a full tank against River Falls next week in the tournament opener."
After hosting Duluth Central today and playing two game at Eau Claire North on Saturday, Ramage is scheduled to pitch when the Spartans host River Falls in a WIAA regional game next Tuesday.
"I was a bit nervous with the first batter," Ramage said. "But once I battled back, my confidence kept building."
Thursday's win also completed a season sweep of East. Superior also beat the Greyhounds 11-6 earlier in the season at Duluth Central.
"It's been quite a while (since we've beaten them twice)," Dembroski said. "East has a real strong program and always seem to do well in their section and make to state. We've had our struggles against them, so I'm really happy with the way our guys played against them both time this year."
Both teams managed just four hits.
Taylor Olson and Ramage doubled and Kellen McCoshen and Grant Rindal singled for Superior, while Brody Olson doubled and Matt Johnson, Nick Carlson and Aaron Grossman singled for East.
"We may not have had a lot of hits, but they were key," Dembroski said. "We also had good defense, and that's going to keep you in any game."
Superior scored all the runs it needed in the bottom of the first inning as Olson led off with a double, Marty Manion walked and both scored on Ramage's double.
East's lone run came in the second inning. Johnson singled, Mickie Keuning walked and after the two moved up a base on Zach Farmer's sac bunt, Carlson hit a RBI single to left. Keuning also tried scoring on the play, but was thrown out at the plate on a perfect throw by Manion.
Superior made it 4-1 in the third inning when Ramage walked with the bases loaded and McCoshen, who singled, scored on Rob Dembroski's fielder's choice.
Ramage retired the side in order in the first, third and fourth innings. Rindal was also successful, striking out four of the seven batters he face.
Craig Best and Asher Seering pitched for East. The two combined to strike out six and walk four and hit a batter.
The Spartans host Duluth Central at 4:30 p.m. today then wrap up the regular season with a doubleheader against Eau Claire North at 10 a.m. Saturday at Carson Park in Eau Claire.
SPARTAN SPIN: The SHS JV lost to Duluth East 9-2. Spencer Severson started for the Spartans and pitched two innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits. Paul Edwards pitched two shutout innings of relief striking out four. Danny Kriedler pitched one inning of relief allowing four unearned runs on one hit while walking two. Dane Sislo pitched the final two innings allowing one unearned run and no hits while striking out two. The Spartans managed only four hits with Severson getting a double and Sislo, Clayton Yeazle and Trent Olson each getting singles.