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Prep report: Hermantown survives softball scare, advance

Arika Nelson (left) of Nashwauk-Keewatin tries to tag out Aliisa Mayry of Cherry at second base during the Section 7A tournament at Braun Park in Cloquet on Thursday afternoon. Mayry was safe on the play. Cherry won 7-0 and later defeated Greenway 15-2 in five innings. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com1 / 2
Breann Gruenhagen of Cherry hits the ball during a Section 7A playoff game against Nashwauk-Keewatin at Braun Park in Cloquet on Thursday. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com2 / 2

Hermantown pitcher Kylie Hoff survived a near meltdown versus Esko in the first game to toss a three-hit shutout against International Falls in the second game Thursday and keep the Hawks unbeaten in the Section 7AA high school softball playoffs at Portage Park in Cohasset.

Despite allowing four runs in the top of the seventh inning, Hermantown (17-5) hung on to beat Esko 6-5 in its first game of the double-elimination tournament and then advanced to Tuesday’s winner’s bracket final with a 6-0 whitewash of the Broncos.

Jordyn Thomas and Jillayne Gilbert each drove in two runs for the Hawks, who face section newcomer Pequot Lakes at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Cloquet’s Braun Park.

Pequot Lakes 8, Cloquet 6 The Patriots rallied from a 6-3 deficit by scoring five runs in the sixth inning to knock off the host Lumberjacks.

Kayla and Barbara Miller drove in two runs apiece to lead the comeback against Cloquet pitcher Chandler Beaupre, who was in her first day back since a foot injury.

Cloquet earlier downed Virginia 9-1 as Beaupre tossed a four-hitter and struck out seven.

Cherry 15, Greenway 2 Joely Roberts was 3-for-4, including hitting a pair of doubles, and drove in five runs as the Tigers rolled to the five-inning Section 7A playoff win over the Raiders at Braun Park in Cloquet.

Logan Anderson also hit two doubles and drove in two runs as Cherry (20-3) advanced to next week’s winner’s bracket final against Littlefork-Big Falls.

Kacey Herring, who struck out six vs. Greenway, had 11 strikeouts in a two-hit, 7-0 shutout over Nashwauk-Keewatin earlier in the day.

Carlton 10, Ely 1 Grace Macor started the Bulldogs’ day off on the right foot with a 14-strikeout, no-walk performance in a 7A game against the Timberwolves.

Macor and her teammates found the going rougher in a 13-8 loss to Littlefork-Big Falls. Brianna Walton had four hits and Hannah Benson drove in three runs for Carlton (15-2) in the defeat.

BASEBALL Duluth East 3, Elk River 2 The Greyhounds strengthened their chances at a top-four seed for the Section 7AAA playoffs by rallying past the visiting Elks.

East (13-6) scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning, Wes Anderson’s RBI single scoring Jake Turner with the game-winning run, and Lucas Hedin picked up the pitching win with 1⅔ innings of relief work.

Seeding for the section playoffs is expected to be done either this evening or Saturday.


Duluth East 3, Elk River 2 At Ordean Field. WP: Lucas Hedin 1.2IP, 0R, 1H, 2K in relief of Chris Olson (5.1IP, 1H, 5K, 4BB). LP: Jordan Brown 2IP. DE (13-6): scored twice in bottom of 7th; Wes Anderson GW-RBI drove in Jake Turner; Nick Andersen 2x3 (2B); Turner 2x3. ER: Joe Gonrowski 2B.

Eau Claire Memorial 3, Superior 1 At Eau Claire Memorial. WP: Travis Berg 7IP, 1ER, 6H, 9K, 4BB. LP: Justin Reinkall 2IP, 1ER, 4H. ECM: Dalton Roach 2B, RBI. S: Peyton Flanders 2x3; Nate Kunkel 2B, RBI.

Eau Claire Memorial 6, Superior 1 At Eau Claire Memorial. WP: Nick Pedersen 7IP, 0ER, 4H, 10K, 2BB. LP: Morgan Moen 4IP, 4ER, 8H. ECM: Jordan Wilson 2x4, 2R; Ben Everhart 2x4; Eli Traaseth 3B, 3RBIs; Dalton Roach 2x2, RBI; Henry Eilen 2x3 (2B), RBI; Isaac Applebee 2x3. S: Tyler Nystrom 2B.

Duluth Marshall 8, Hermantown 7

Hermantown 5, Duluth Marshall 0

Wednesday’s Late Results Duluth Denfeld 10, Moose Lake-Willow River 9 At Denfeld. WP: Ben Gibson. DD: Brody Russell 3RBIs, 2R; Jake DeCaro 2x3, RBI, 2R. MLWR: Joey Whitehead 3x3, 4RBIs.

Hermantown 5, Cloquet 1

GIRLS SOCCERBarron0-0—0Superior4-1—5

First half — 1. Malley O’Brien, 2nd minute; 2. Kennedy Grimstead (Amber Welsh), 20th; 3. Bridget Manion (Tina Lurndal), 27th; 4. Welsh, 39th.

Second half — 5. O’Brien (Rachel Dixon), 50th.

Saves — Sammy Young, S, 2; Katelyn Schoonover, B, 22.


Superior 3, Northwestern 2, 8 innings At Superior. WP: Brandie Goldberg 8IP, 2ER, 4H, 8K, 3BB. LP: Cheyenne Johnson 8IP, 1ER, 7H, 13K, 6BB. S: Tailor Schuster 3x4, SB; Taylor Nelson 2B, RBI. N: Samantha Clark 2x3 (HR, 2B), RBI.

Section 7AA Elite Eight At Cohasset Cloquet 9, Virginia 1 At Cohasset. WP: Chandler Beaupre 7IP, 4H, 7K, 3BB. C: Breanne Baker 3x4 (2B), RBI, 2R; Makayla Langenbrunner 2x4 (2B), RBI, 2R; Kassidy Steen 2x4 (HR), 2RBIs.

Pequot Lakes 8, Cloquet 6 At Cohasset. WP: Katie White 7IP, 6R, 10H, 4K, 2BB. LP: Chandler Beaupre 5.1IP, 8R, 9H, 2K, 5BB. PL: scored 5 runs in 6th to overcome 6-3 deficit; Kayla Miller 3x4 (2 2B), 2RBIs; Barbara Miller 2B, 2RBIs, 2R. C: Makayla Langenbrunner 2x4, 2R; Sammy Zeadow 2x4 (2B).

Hermantown 6, Esko 5 WP: Kylie Hoff 7IP, 5H, 5K, 3BB. LP: Abbey Saralampi 6IP, 7H, 1BB. H: scored 5 runs in 4th; Jordyn Thomas 3x4, 2RBIs; Jillayne Gilbert 2x4, 2RBIs; E: scored 4 runs in 7th; Ashley Bergerson 2RBI-2B in 7th; Morgan Pera 2H, RBI.

Hermantown 6, International Falls 0 WP: Kylie Hoff 7IP, 3H, 2K, 3BB. LP: Teagan Anderson 6IP, 6H. H: Jillayne Gilbert 2B, RBI; Tess Johnson RBI; Allison Sandberg 2RBIs; Ashley Irwin 2B, RBI. IF: Cassie Tomczak 2H.

Section 7A Elite Eight At Braun Park, Cloquet Littlefork-Big Falls 10, South Ridge 4 WP: Brooke Millerbernd 7IP, 4R, 7H, 3K, 2BB. LP: Mallory Thibault 6K. LBF: DyAna Imhof 2x4 (2B, 3B), 3RBIs; Amanda Nelson 2x4 (3B), 3RBIs. SR: Marissa Bober 2x3, 2RBIs.

Carlton 10, Ely 1 WP: Grace Macor 7IP, 14K, 0BB. C: Macy Belich 2H, 3RBIs; Tori Anderson 2H, 2RBIs.

South Ridge 8, Ely 5 WP: Mallory Thibault 7IP, 5R, 8K. LP: Erin Muhvich 5K, 5BB. SR: Lindsey Janke 2x3 (2B), 3RBIs; Dominique Rossing 3x4 (2B), 3R. E: Muhvich 3B, 3RBIs.

Littlefork-Big Falls 13, Carlton 8 WP: Brooke Millerbernd 7IP, 8R, 5BB. LP: Grace Macor 10K. LBF: Millerbernd 3H, 2RBIs; Breann Larson 2H; Katie Fort 2H. C: Brianna Walton 4H; Hannah Benson 2H, 3RBIs.

Greenway 9, Silver Bay 8, 9 innings At Cloquet. WP: Rylie Donahue 9IP, 8R, 2K, 6BB. LP: Emma Bemlott, 9IP, 9R, 4K, 2BB. G: Seri Geisler 2x5, 2RBIs. SB: Phoenix Lillis 3x5, 2RBIs.

Cherry 7, Nashwauk-Keewatin 0 At Cloquet. WP: Kacey Herring 7IP, 2H, 11K, 3BB. LP: Arika Nelson. C: Rayanna Peterson 3x4, 2R; Joely Roberts 2RBIs.

Cherry 15, Greenway 2, 5 innings At Cloquet. WP: Kacey Herring 5IP, 2R, 6K, 2BB. C: Joely Roberts 3x4 (2 2B), 5RBIs; Logan Anderson 2x2 (2 2B), 2RBIs.

Nashwauk-Keewatin 8, Silver Bay 5 At Cloquet. WP: Aubrey Nelson 7IP, 5R, 9K, BB. LP: Phoenix Lillis 6IP, 8R, 4K. NK: Meg Justison 2x4, 2RBIs.


Hermantown 4, Ashland 3 Singles — Robert Quinlan, A, def. Joel Gustafson, 6-0, 6-1; Josh Lenard, H, def. Luke Sherry, 6-1, 6-4; Aaron Cooke, H, def. Donnell Soulak, 6-2, 6-0; Jack Guemenden, H, def. Luke Skingle, 6-0, 6-4.

Doubles — Thomas Whiting/Zach Whiting, A, def. Gus Peterson/Jack Anderson, 7-5, 6-2; Tate Warren/Tony Traaholt, A, def. Kori Ochs/Kale Olson, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1; Brian Crossman/Nate Green, H, def. Jon Lewis/Eric Korpela, 6-0, 6-3.