Bayside Chatter: Mariners baseball, softball on winning streaks
The Mariner baseball team is now on a three game winning streak after losing at Tower 7-5 to Northeast Range on May 18. On May 19 they defeated the Barnum Bombers 12-3 at Wade Stadium and beat Nashwauk-Keewatin 4-1 at home Monday. Then on Tuesday they came from behind to beat Moose lake 5-4 with a walk off triple.
Barnum led 3-0 after two, but the Mariners answered with three in the third, two in the fourth and six in the fifth. Nick Perfetto picked up the win, his fifth of the season. He gave up three runs on six hits and struck out eight in six innings of work.
A two-run home run off the bat of Tanner Ketola staked the Mariners to a 2-0 lead in the first inning over the Nashwauk-Keewatin Spartans. The Bay added two more in the third. Hunter Monson picked up the victory with 5 1/3 innings of work. Ero Wallin got a save with 1 2/3 innings on the mound. Monson struck out nine Spartan batters and gave up one unearned run on two hits. Wallin struck out four of the seven batters he faced.
Nick Perfetto gave the Mariners a 3-2 lead after four innings with a solo home run against Moose Lake. The Rebels got a run in the sixth to tie it at three and another in the top of the seventh to take a 4-3 lead. In the bottom of the seventh Blood and Ketola drew walks to lead off the inning. Ero Wallin then tripled to right center just past a diving center fielder to score both Blood and Ketola and end the game 5-4 in favor of the Mariners.
Jared DeHart picked up the victory working in relief of Ketola and Mason Ollman. Wallin was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Softball wins three straight
The softball team finished out their regular season with a pair of victories May 19 at Wheeler Softball Fields in Duluth. They opened with a 9-2 win over Barnum and followed that up with a 8-6 win over Duluth Marshall. Then they opened the Section 7A playoffs with a 29-0 four inning win over Floodwood at home Tuesday.
The Mariners jumped on Barnum for five runs in the first inning and never looked back. They added one in the third, two in the fifth and another in the sixth. Cora Carter gave up one earned run and five hits to pick up the win.
Carter went 2-for-2 at the plate with two doubles and scored three times. Jessie Ketola was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, Brooke McMillen went 3-for-4 and scored twice and Kayla Klofstad was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs.
The Mariners jumped out to a 8-2 lead over the Marshall Hilltoppers going into the bottom of the seventh. The first three Hilltopper batters reached base and scored and they loaded the bases with nobody out. Megan Maxey then snagged a ground ball, touched second and relayed to first for a double play with a run scoring. The next batter then grounded out to end the game.
Carter was once again the winning pitcher for the ninth time this season. She gave up four earned runs on six hits.
The Mariners received the number two seed in their subsection and hosted the number seven Floodwood Polar Bears Tuesday. The Mariners scored seven times in their first at bat and sent 27 batters to the plate in the second inning and scored 22 times. The game ended after four innings of play 29-0 in favor of the Mariners.
The Polar League All Star baseball and softball games will be held on Tuesday, June 20. The softball game will be at 11 a.m. at Wheeler Softball Fields in Duluth and the baseball game at 1 p.m. at Wade Stadium in Duluth.