Northwestern High School senior Justin Sedin had a career day as the Tigers swept a doubleheader at Ladysmith on Saturday, May 11.
Sedin went a combined 5-for-6 with three home runs, a sac fly and 11 RBIs as the Tigers won the Heart O’ North Conference games by scores of 11-4 and 19-5 in four innings.
Sedin was also the winning pitcher in game one, tossing a perfect game through four innings with five strikeouts. On offense he was 2-for-3, including a three-run homer in the second inning, an RBI single in the fourth, and a sac fly in the fifth.
“I've never been around a high school player who was as dominant as Justin Saturday,” NHS coach Jovin Kroll said. “It wasn’t just the home runs - he was perfect in his four innings on the mound as well. He dominated the game, and it was fun to watch.”
The Tigers, who outhit Ladysmith 12-3, also got two hits and two RBIs from Jake Brill; a double, single and RBI apiece from Brennan Werner and Carson Holsclaw; and an RBI single from Nolan Gustafson.
Ladysmith got RBI singles from Peyton Rogers and Trent Vollendorf.
Sedin was even more impressive in game two, going 3-for-3 with two home runs and six RBIs.
He hit a three-run homer in the first inning; walked in the second; hit a two-run homer in the third; and finished with an RBI single in the fourth.
Also for the Tigers, Kole Paulsen doubled, singled and had four RBIs; Brill was 3-for-4 with a double and RBI; Holsclaw was 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored; and Andrew Klobucher was 3-for-3 with a double and RBI.
“It was nice to see the kids get the bats going and to have a fun day of baseball before a very rigorous week for us,” Kroll said. “Holsclaw and Klobucher also had really nice days for us at the plate, and Paulsen just keeps getting more comfortable as well. The guys had a great day.”
Rogers and Tru Dupee doubled for Ladysmith.
Bryson Mazur, Brill, Dayne Evanson and Holsclaw pitched for the Tigers, allowing four hits with seven strikeouts and six walks.
The Tigers play at Spooner at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, and host Cumberland for two games at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 16.
The Tigers also swept Ladysmith on Saturday in Brule by scores of 12-0 and 17-1.
Both games lasted just five innings.
Allison Luoma and Brecken Oswskey combined to shut out Ladysmith in the opener.
Luoma pitched the first four innings, allowing two hits with eight strikeouts, while Oswskey struck out two in the fifth inning.
The Tigers had 11 hits in the opener, including a home run, double, single and four RBIs by Tory Anderson.
Karsyn Jones added a triple, two singles and two RBIs; Tayva Plasch doubled, singled and knocked in two runs; Jayda Klobuchar and Alyssa Little both had RBI singles; and Brooke Ogren doubled.
Kennedy Nelson was the winning pitcher in game two and led the Tigers at the plate, going 4-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs. Nelson allowed five hits and struck out five.
Jones also hit a two-run homer; Klobucher doubled twice, singled and had an RBI; Ogren doubled, singled twice and knocked in three runs; Plasch had two hits and two RBIs; Luoma and Little both had two hits and one RBI; and Mac Correll and Anderson singled.
Kazleigh Vacho doubled for Ladysmith in the opener and singled twice in game two.
The Tigers (15-3) host Spooner on Monday, May 13, and Bloomer on Tuesday, May 14, before playing at Amery on Thursday, May 16. All three games begin at 5 p.m.