Prep baseball: Northwestern wins playoff opener in extra innings

Tigers top Barron in slugfest; Northwood/Solon Springs rallies to win final game before playoffs.
The Northwestern baseball team waits at home for Jase Nelson (21) to touch the plate after his home run in the third inning of their playoff game with Barron in Iron River Thursday afternoon, June 10, 2021. (Jed Carlson /

Northwestern advanced in the WIAA Division 2 regional baseball tournament via a 16-15 extra-innings victory over Barron on Thursday in Iron River.

Braden Holsclaw hit a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning to win the game for the Tigers.

Cole Lahti picked up the win on the mound for Northwestern, pitching four innings of relief, while Jase Nelson hit a home run.

Northwestern travels to play Rice Lake in Rice Lake on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

Northwestern’s Kole Paulson (14) delivers a pitch in the second inning of their playoff game with Barron in Iron River Thursday afternoon, June 10, 2021. (Jed Carlson /

Northwood/Solon Springs wins playoff primer

Northwood/Solon Springs overcame a 2-1 deficit with a run in the sixth and another in the seventh to win 4-2 Thursday, June 10, in a nonconference game at Cameron.

“It was nice to win one from behind tonight,” coach Nate Ahlberg said. “We haven’t trailed in many games this year and I liked our fight over the last two innings. Kaden Corlett and Syver Gulbrandsen both had RBI singles in the final frames, and Tanner Carlson was great in relief.

“Tanner threw only 51 pitches to get the last 12 outs, allowing only three baserunners to get his first varsity win. It’s fantastic to have another pitcher I can trust to be effective heading into the playoffs next week.”

Northwood/Solon Springs will host Mellen in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association regional semifinals at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, in Solon Springs. With a victory, NSS (16-4) would advance to the regional at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, in Minong.

Northwood/Solon Springs 4, Cameron 2

WP: Tanner Carlson 4IP, 2H, 0R, 4K, BB; Abe Ahlberg 3IP, 3H, 2R (1 ER), 3K, 2BB. NSS: Syver Gulbrandsen 2-3, RBI; Kaden Corlett 2-3, RBI; Gage Blaylock: 2B, R, RBI; Ahlberg H, SB.


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