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Reds squeeze past Proctor

(Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com) Superior’s Hunter Gustafson makes a play at second base in the fourth inning of the Reds loss in game one at the Spartan Sports Complex on Monday evening. Gustafson hit a home run in the first inning of game one. 1 / 13
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The Superior Reds rebounded from a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Grand Rapids Post 60 on Monday with a 3-2 eight-inning win over Proctor Tuesday evening at Morrie Arnovich Field.

Conner Fonger led off the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday reaching first base when the Proctor shortstop bobbled his sharply hard hit grounder.

Fonger then stole second, moved to third on Judd Erickson’s single and, with no outs, scored the winning run on Wyatt O’Bey’s squeeze bunt.

The Reds, who scored their other two runs in the first inning, finished with five hits. O’Bey was 2-for-3 with two RBIs; Erickson also doubled, and Trenton Wols singled.

Justin Reinkall picked up the win with a scoreless eighth inning, which included a strikeout.

Hunter Frahm pitched the first five innings, allowing one earned run on four hits while striking out two and walking two.

O’Bey, Anthony Lupa and Erickson pitched hitless ball over the next two innings, allowing no hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

The Reds play West Duluth Cubs at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and then in the Ely Tournament this weekend.

Proctor 010 010 00 -- 2 4 1

Reds 200 000 01 -- 3 5 1

Swept by Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids defeated the Reds 7-6 and 14-6 Monday night at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

Grand Rapids jumped all over the Reds in the opener with three runs in the top of the first inning.

Superior’s Hunter Gustafson hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning then the Reds took a 4-3 lead with a three-run third inning.

Grand Rapids tied it up in the fourth inning then took the lead for good with a three-run fifth.

The Reds added single runs in the fifth and seventh innings.

Gustafson finished 2-for-2 with four RBIs. O’Bey doubled, singled and knocked in two runs; Gunner Johnson hit an RBI double; and Wols singled.

Brandon Wing started for the Reds, allowing 10 hits with two walks in 4 2/3 innings. Fonger pitched the final 2 ⅓ innings, allowing no hits with one strikeout and one walk.

Grand Rapids blew open a close game in the nightcap with a seven-run seventh inning.

Grand Rapids scored twice in the first inning, but the Reds answered with Johnson’s two-run homer in the second.

Both teams scored twice in the third inning and Grand Rapids took the lead for good with two more runs in the fifth and one run in the sixth.

The Reds added single runs in the fifth and seventh innings.

Superior’s 10 hits included three singles by Gustafson; a triple, double and RBI by O’Bey; a double and single by Fonger; a single and two RBIs by Hunter Frahm; a single by Derek Fender and a third RBI by Johnson.

Fender, Michael LaJoie and Fonger pitched for Superior, allowing 12 hits with five strikeouts and nine walks.

Game 1

Grand Rapids 300 130 0 -- 7 10 1

Reds 103 010 1 -- 6 7 2

Game 2

Grand Rapids 202 021 7 -- 14 12 0

Reds 022 010 1 -- 6 10 3

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