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Prep report: Denfeld tennis sweeps Superior

A late rally by Eveleth-Gilbert gave the Golden Bears a win over Esko on the softball diamond.

Duluth Denfeld’s Skyler Fossum returns a shot during his match
Duluth Denfeld’s Skyler Fossum returns a shot during his match with Superior’s Brodie Raygor at No. 1 singles in Superior on Monday afternoon, April 11, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

SUPERIOR — Duluth Denfeld’s Skyler Fossum was dominant in his No. 1 singles outing Monday in Superior.

Fossum didn’t lose a game to the Spartans’ Brodie Raynor and the Hunters swept all seven matches.

Superior’s Brodie Raygor returns a shot during his match
Superior’s Brodie Raygor returns a shot during his match with Duluth Denfeld’s Skyler Fossum at No. 1 singles in Superior on Monday afternoon, April 11, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Superior’s No. 2 singles Diedrick Nikoi pushed the Hunters’ Adler Wormuth early, but only won four games in what turned out to be the closest set of the day. Wormuth won his match 6-4, 6-2 and the Hunters rolled to an easy victory.

Duluth Denfeld’s Adler Wormuth makes a play on a ball
Duluth Denfeld’s Adler Wormuth makes a play on a ball during his match with Superior’s Diedrick Nikoi at No. 2 singles in Superior on Monday afternoon, April 11, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Denfeld’s Mathias MacMillan and Shane Redenbaugh only lost five games combined in their two matches at the No. 3 and 4 spots. MacMillan topped Jordan Hoffman 6-0, 6-2 and Redenbaugh beat Dylan Urbaniak 6-0, 6-3.

The Hunters doubles teams were, if possible, even more dominant. They only lost four games in the three doubles matches. John Bloomquist and Carson Schulte beat Vinnie Theisen and Allen Nelson 6-0, 6-0; Brendan Hughes and Lukas Mayne beat Keyten DeGraef and Adrian Sakuray 6-1, 6-2; and Joe Mertes and Hayden Mann beat Payton Zepcyk and Aaron Moen 6-0, 6-1.

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SOFTBALL

Eveleth-Gilbert 13, Esko 9

Brooke Thyen and Joey Westby each had three RBIs in Eveleth-Gilbert’s 13-9 win over Esko Monday.

The Golden Bears scored seven first-inning runs, but Esko battled back to take a 9-7 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning.

In the last half of the sixth, Westby doubled and drove in two runs to give Eveleth-Gilbert a 13-9 lead and Esko would not get a hit in the bottom of the seventh in its only opportunity to tie the game.

Mikayla Marciulionis had a three-RBI double and Maya Emanuel had a two-RBI double to lead Esko.

BASEBALL

Grand Rapids 10, Duluth Denfeld 0

Grand Rapids’ Myles Gunderson allowed just two hits over five innings and struck out five batters in a five-inning win over Duluth Denfeld Monday.

The Thunderhawks' Ben Keske went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs in the win. Kyle Henke and Kyler Miller also had a pair of hits for Grand Rapids.

Nate Larson went 2-for-2 and picked up the only hits for Denfeld.

Denfeld's C.J. Christiansen allowed seven runs on five hits and struck out three in the loss.

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Northwood/Solon Springs 25, Clear Lake 6

Northwood/Solon Springs’ Kaden Corlett had three hits — including a double — and five RBIs in a five inning, 25-6 blowout over Clear Lake Monday.

The Eagles’ Syver Gulbrandson had four RBIs and Dylan Taggart had three to go along with his three hits. Five NSS players had at least two RBIs and six others had one.

Corlett allowed four hits, four runs and struck out three batters in 2.1 innings for the Eagles.

Prep Scoreboard

BOYS TENNIS

Duluth Denfeld 6, Superior 0

SOFTBALL

Eveleth-Gilbert 13, Esko 9

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Superior 16, Cloquet 1

BASEBALL

Grand Rapids 10, Duluth Denfeld 0

Solon Springs 25, Clear Lake 6

Superior’s Diedrick Nikoi chases down a ball during his match
Superior’s Diedrick Nikoi chases down a ball during his match at No. 2 singles in Superior on Monday afternoon, April 11, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

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