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Prep report: Rails rally to earn Section 7AA crown

Proctor awaits its assignment for the state tournament, to begin on June 9 in North Mankato.

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Proctor earned its first section championship in softball in 16 years on Thursday, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to come from behind and defeat Eveleth-Gilbert 3-2 in the 7AA championship game at Grand Rapids.

The Rails were six outs away from a second championship game when Payton Rodberg bashed a 2-2 pitch over the fence in straightaway center. Proctor followed with a single and a double and scored the go-ahead run when Lillyann Hart reached on an infield error, allowing Preslie Annala to make it 3-2.

Brooke Thyen recorded a two-out single to put the tying run on the basepaths in the seventh inning, but Maddy Walsh induced a grounder to first that decided the tournament title and sent Proctor to the state tournament for the first time since 2006.

Walsh tossed a complete game, allowing two earned runs on five hits. She struck out 11 and walked three while throwing 125 pitches.

Peterson was the only Rail to have multiple hits, going 2-for-3. Proctor, which trailed 1-0 and 2-1, scored its other run on an infield error in the third inning.

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Eveleth-Gilbert, playing for the last time before its merger with Virginia into Rock Ridge, got a single, double and RBI from Thyen. Lydia Delich pitched five-plus innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on eight hits.

Proctor awaits its assignment for the state tournament, to begin Thursday morning in North Mankato.

Moose Lake/Willow River 7, Cherry 1

Moose Lake/Willow River 11, Cherry 1

For the first time since their magical state championship run in 1982, the Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels are heading back to the MSHSL Class A state softball tournament after defeating No. 2 seed Cherry twice in the Section 7A final held at Braun Park.

The top-seeded Rebels took the road less traveled on their way to capturing the section crown after rattling off three consecutive wins in the elimination bracket to reach the section final. There, they defeated the Tigers to clinch their spot in the state tournament for the first time in 40 years.

Four Rebels had two hits in game one in support of Sarah Christy, who allowed one unearned run on two hits in six innings. Christy allowed one run on four hits in six innings in game two, not walking a batter in either outing.

Hallie Klavu had two hits in both games for the Rebels.

GOLF

Cloquet boys defend 7AA title

Cloquet had the top three individuals and a runaway victory at the Section 7AA golf meet, which concluded on Thursday at Giants Ridge's Quarry course.

Karson Patten shot a 9-over-153 over the two days for medalist honors, four ahead of Anders Gunelson, with Jacob Walsh in third.

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With 635, Cloquet was the team champion by 52 shots over Mora.

Ian Mikulich of Rock Ridge tied for fourth with 165, while Dylan Klatte (167) and Hunter Berg (168) of Proctor-Esko also qualified as individuals.

Playing close to home, Mesabi East (774) was crowned girls 7AA champion. Kelby Anderson (179) of International Falls was the medalist, while Callie Showalter, Izy Fairchild and Nicole Nelson of Hermantown all made the cut as individuals.

The AA meet, of which Cloquet is defending champion, is June 14-15 at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, Minn.

BOYS LACROSSE

Duluth 17, Anoka 5

Tyler Smith scored six goals as the fifth-seeded Wolfpack, playing on the road, rolled into the Section 7 semifinals. Duluth will play top-seeded Centennial, an 18-5 winner over Hermantown/Proctor on Thursday, in Tuesday's semifinal.

BASEBALL

Centennial 5, Duluth East 3

Joe Nick went the distance for Duluth East, but it wasn't enough to keep them out of the elimination bracket after a loss in a Section 7AAAA quarterfinal in Circle Pines, Minnesota.

Nick allowed five runs (two earned) on six hits, walking four.

East, which committed three errors in the field, got three hits and an RBI from Charlie Sutherland. Bjorn Lind and Dylan Cole had two apiece.

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The Greyhounds face Anoka on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Princeton.

Hermantown 6, North Branch 5

Dawson Rannow hit a walk-off two-run homer to send the Hawks into the winner's semifinal in Section 7AAA. Hermantown will meet Grand Rapids, a 12-3 winner over Chisago Lakes in its playoff opener, for a spot in the section championship game on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Grand Rapids.

Esko 12, Rock Ridge 6

Esko scored in its first five at-bats to outslug the Wolverines and earn a spot in the winner's semifinal in Section 7AA.

The Eskomos posted five runs in the second and four in the fifth. Five players had multiple hits, led by a 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs from Isaak Sertich. Sam Haugen, Bryce Hipp, Dylan Marcuilionis and Ty Christensen all had two hits apiece.

Finn Furcht went the distance on the mound, allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits, striking out seven and walking three. Esko will meet Duluth Marshall on Tuesday at a location to be determined, with the winner earning the first spot in the 7AA championship game.

Dylan Hedley and Griffin Dosan homered for Rock Ridge.

Duluth Marshall 3, Aitkin 2

Marshall entered the seventh inning trailing, but continued in the winner's bracket after back-to-back two-out doubles from Carter Boos and Max Berrisford drove in the tying and winning runs.

The result made a winner out of pitcher Owen Marsolek, who struck out 12 and allowed one run on four innings in a complete game. Berrisford led the Hilltoppers offense with a single, double and the game-winning RBI.

Stevens Point 2, Superior 0

Pitcher Noah Marschke kept the Spartans at bay, allowing just one Carter Kalin single in six innings and striking out eight to win their WIAA Division 1 regional final.

Nathan Maki took the loss for the Superior, allowing a run on five hits in three innings. Riley Warzynski and Bryce Ehr had a pair of hits apiece for SPASH.

PREP SCOREBOARD
BASEBALL
Section 7AAAA
Centennial 5, Duluth East 3
Section 7AAA
Grand Rapids 12, Chisago Lakes 3
Hermantown 6, North Branch 5
Hibbing 5, Cloquet 2
Section 7AA
Esko 12, Rock Ridge 6
Duluth Marshall 3, Aitkin 2
Pequot Lakes 8, Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 6
Proctor 10, Rock Ridge 7
Section 7A
South Ridge 10, Chisholm 0
Cherry 6, Ely 1
Mountain Iron-Buhl 10, Cromwell-Wright 8
Chisholm 5, Mountain Iron-Buhl 4
Barnum 10, Northeast Range 0
WIAA Division 1
Stevens Point 2, Superior 0
BOYS LACROSSE
Section 7
Centennial 18, Hermantown/Proctor 5
Duluth 17, Anoka 5
GIRLS LACROSSE
Section 7
Forest Lake 16, Grand Rapids/Greenway 3
SOFTBALL
Section 7AAA
Chisago Lakes 4, Hermantown 3
Section 7AA
Proctor 3, Eveleth-Gilbert 2
Section 7A
Moose Lake/Willow River 7-11, Cherry 1-1
WIAA Division 1 Sectional Final
Superior 9, Stevens Point 0

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