Proctor rallied with two runs in the top of the sixth inning Thursday night to defeat Hermantown 4-3 to win the Section 7AA baseball title at Wade Stadium.

The Rails (21-2) advance to the Minnesota Class AA quarterfinals June 16 at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud, Minn.

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Jesse Scanlon had an RBI single in the sixth and Ryan McCarthy added an RBI groundout, driving in the winning run.

Winning pitcher Ben Nelson worked four innings of relief and allowed just two hits. Proctor had led 2-0 before Hermantown scored three in the fourth inning for a 3-2 advantage.

Proctor had forced a deciding game by beating Hermantown 6-3 in Thursday's first game.

Justin Scanlon and Pat Everson each had two hits for the Rails. Mike Robertson had two hits for Hermantown (18-6). Winning pitcher Alex Oachs allowed six hits.

Section 7A

Deer River beats Ely to advance to state

Eythan Stangland tossed a complete game, three-hit shutout to help defeat the Timberwolves 2-0 in the Section 7A championship in Hibbing and lead the Warriors back to the state baseball tournament for the second straight season.

The Timberwolves (22-5) forced a second game by topping the Warriors 7-6 in eight innings. But Ely couldn't produce much offense against Stangland in the deciding game.

"He has thrown two shutouts in the tourney," said Deer River coach Jim Erzar on his pitcher who defeated Ely 2-0 earlier in the week. "I didn't really expect to pitch Eythan today, but we went through pitchers in that first game. We went with him and he pitched a complete game shutout."

The Warriors (21-4) placed fourth in the Class A tourney last season.