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Prep Report: Denfeld softball cruises past East

Ashley Taipale’s pitching and hitting helped Duluth Denfeld cruise past Duluth East 4-1 in a nonconference softball game Friday at Ordean Middle School.

Taipale allowed two hits and a run while striking out 13 in a complete game. At the plate, she added a home run and three RBIs for the Hunters, who also got two hits from Alexia Klaas.

Maarjanna Dailey had a double and Rachel Berg drove in the lone run for the Greyhounds.

  • After beating East, Denfeld clobbered Minneapolis Roosevelt 24-4 thanks to offensive outbursts from Taipale, Maddy White and Geena Meger, all of whom produced three hits.
  • In the night’s final game at Ordean, East shut out Minneapolis Roosevelt 13-0. Pitcher Avery Ziegler allowed just one hit in five innings while fanning 10.

Hermantown 11, Esko 1

Macy Francisco had three hits, including a     double and home run, and Jordyn Thomas went 4-for-4 with three RBIs to propel the Hawks at home.


Grand Rapids 9-13, Princeton 6-2

The Thunderhawks picked up the road sweep.

Noah Johnson collected three hits in the opener, while Jackson Gessell (three hits) and Tanner Shepard (four) combined for seven hits in the six-inning nightcap.

Prep summariesBASEBALL

Ely 2, Barnum 0 At Ely. WP: Will Gustafson 7IP, 2H, 6K, 3BB. E (7-0): Pat Huisman 2R-HR in the first inning. B: Mitchell Weller 3B.

Grand Rapids 9, Princeton 6 At Princeton. WP: Jack Bowman 4.1IP, 6H, 3ER, 3K, 4BB, 1HBP. GR: Noah Johnson 3x4; Jackson Gessell 2x4, 2R; Kyle Stram 2x4, 1RBI, 2R; Ethan Rajala 2x3, 2RBI, 1R.

Grand Rapids 13, Princeton 2, 6 innings At Princeton. WP: Kyle Stram 6IP, 5H, 1ER, 5K, 3BB. GR: Jackson Gessell 3x4 (2B), 3RBI, 2R; Tanner Shepard 4x4, 3RBI; Noah Johnson 2x3, 2RBI, 1R. P: Jake Carlson 2x3.


East Ridge Quad At Bunker Hills Golf Course, Coon Rapids, Minn. Teams — 1. Andover, 311; 2. East Ridge, 317; 3. Maple Grove, 327; 4. Duluth East, 335.

Top local finishers — Shay Donovan, DE, 80; Ryan Peterson, DE, 84.


Carlton 6, Mesabi East 3 At Carlton. WP: Grace Macor 7IP, 4H, 10K, 2BB. LP: Carley Moisio 6IP, 9H, 6ER, 6K, 1BB. C: Macor 3x3 (2 3B), 3RBI; Hannah Benson 2x2 (3B), 1RBI, 1SB, 2R; Brianna Walton 2x4, 1SB, 2R.

Duluth Denfeld 4, Duluth East 1 At Duluth East. WP: Ashley Taipale 7IP, 2H, 1ER, 13K, 3BB. LP: Vanessa Kohl 6IP, 5H, 4ER, 8K, 7BB. DD: Taipale 1x2 (HR), 3RBI; Alexia Klaas 2x3 (2 2B), 1R; Ciarra Taipale 1x3, 1RBI. DE: Maarjanna Dailey 1x3 (2B), 1R; Rachel Berg 1x3, 1RBI.

Duluth Denfeld 24, Minneapolis Roosevelt 4 At Duluth East. WP: Ciarra Taipale 2.2IP, 3H, 3ER, 3K, 2BB. LP: Saryn Sherrel. DD: Maddy White 3x4 (2B), 2RBI, 4R; Ashley Taipale 3x4 (HR), 5RBI; Geena Meger 3x4 (2 2B), 2RBI, 3R; Lexi Hill 2x3, 3RBI, 3R; C. Taipale 2x4 (2 2B), 3RBI, 3R. MR: Rayleigh Owen 1x2, 1RBI, 1R.

Duluth East 13, Minneapolis Roosevelt 0, 5 innings At Ordean. WP: Avery Ziegler 5IP, H, 10K, 2BB. DE (5-10): Rachel Berg 2B, 4RBIs; Miranda Boen 2RBIs, Erica Churchill 2R, RBI; Lyndsay Kolquist 2x3, RBI.

Hermantown 11, Esko 1 At Hermantown. WP: Kylie Hoff 6IP, 5H, 1ER, 10K, 2BB. LP: Kiana Jablonski .3IP, 2H, 2ER, 2BB. H: Macy Francisco 3x4 (2B, HR), 2RBI, 3R; Jordyn Thomas 4x4, 3RBI, 2R. E: Ashley Bergerson 2x3, 1RBI.

Two Harbors 7, Duluth Marshall 4 At Two Harbors. WP: Sara Fjeran 5IP, 6H, 1ER, 3K. LP: Ann Kleinschmidt 4IP, 4H, 3K, 5BB. TH: Brianna McGrath 1x2, 1SB, 1R; Ayla Lemke 1x2 (3B), 3RBI. DM: Lea Christensen 2x3, 1RBI, 1SB, 1R.

Duluth Marshall 12, Two Harbors 9 At Two Harbors. WP: Ann Kleinschmidt 5IP, 7H, 7K, 4BB. LP: Sara Fjeran 2IP, 7H, 2ER. DM: Emily Watson 2x3 (2B), 2R; Aleksie Rengel 3x3, 2RBI, 2R; Lea Christensen 2x3, 2R; Erin Rudd 2x3, 2R, TH: Brianna McGrath 2x3 (2B), 2RBI, 2R, 1SB; Fjeran 2x3, 1RBI, 1SB, 2R.

Thursday’s Late Results Ely 6, Mesabi East 4 At Ely. WP: Louis Gerzin 7IP, 3ER, 5H, 10K, 4BB. LP: Ben Suslavich 7IP, 4ER, 8H, 7K, 2BB. E (6-0): scored 4 runs in 6th to overcome 3-1 deficit; Gerzin 3x4. ME (7-1): had runners at 2nd and 3rd in 7th; Alex Karish 2x3 (3B), 2RBIs; Travis Mount 2x2.

Ely 15, Mountain Iron-Buhl 0, 5 innings At Ely. WP: Erin Muhvich 5IP, 3H, 3K. E: Adrianna Wittrup 2H, 2RBIs; Muhvich 2H; Anna Urbas 2RBIs.

Ely 8, Mountain Iron-Buhl 0 At Ely. WP: Muhvich 2H, 8K. LP: Peyton Johnson 7K. E: Anna Urbas 3x3, 2RBIs; Muhvich 2H, 4RBIs; Shawna Butler 2x2.

Moose Lake-Willow River 10, Cook County 0, 5 innings At Grand Marais. WP: Maddi Milczark 5IP, 1H, 6K, 4BB. MLWR: Andrea Youngberg 2x3 (2B), 2RBIs, 2SB; Morgan Prachar 2x4, RBI.


Thursday’s Late Result Eveleth-Gilbert 5, Cook County 2 Singles — Lars Scannell, CC, def. Chad Hietala 6-3, 6-3; Pete Summers, CC, def. Evan Brinkman 6-1, 6-0; Rob Licari, EG, def. Tristan Bukanich 6-0, 6-0; Noah Sandnas, EG, def. Lucas Phillips, 6-0, 6-2.

Doubles — Niles Schechinger/Ethan Schechinger, EG, def. Greg Have/Jared Spry 6-0, 6-0; Emilio Strle/Mannilla, EG, def. Caleb Phillips/Isak Terrill 6-0, 6-0; Patrick Mattson/Josh Jarvels, EG, won by default.