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Prep report: Denfeld baseball prevails in cross-town rivalry

In softball, Hermantown's Natalie Vitek struck out 17 Bemidji batters in both ends of a doubleheader to record 51 K's in a 24-hour span.

Duluth Denfeld hosts Duluth East in baseball at Wade Stadium
Owen Hindermann (25) of Duluth Denfeld hits the ball against Duluth East on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Wade Stadium in Duluth.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
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DULUTH — Duluth Denfeld earned its first baseball victory over rival Duluth East since 2015, a 12-4 rout at Wade Stadium as part of a triangular day involving Holy Angels.

Owen Hindermann was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a pair of RBIs in the win, while Earl Hendrickson, C.J. Christensen and Logan Nylund had two hits apiece.

Christensen was the winning pitcher, allowing two earned runs on eight hits in a complete game. He struck out seven and walked three.

Dillon Teachworth, Dain Fladmark and Max Sazama had two hits apiece for the Greyhounds.

The teams are scheduled to meet again in a make-up game at Ordean Stadium on Friday.

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Duluth Denfeld hosts Duluth East in baseball at Wade Stadium
Dain Fladmark (5) of Duluth East beats the ball back to first base against Owen Hindermann (25) of Duluth Denfeld on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Wade Stadium in Duluth.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

Holy Angels 5, Duluth Denfeld 3

Three hits apiece from Will Briggs and Travis Niznick helped the visiting Stars get out of Duluth with a win.

Nylund pitched out of trouble several times, allowing only three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings despite 13 Holy Angels hits.

Dane Dzuck had a pair of hits and RBIs for the Hunters; Christensen went 2-for-4.

East completed the split in the triangular by beating Holy Angels 15-13.

Duluth Denfeld hosts Duluth East in baseball at Wade Stadium
Dain Fladmark (5) of Duluth East bumps fists with a teammate after scoring a run on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Wade Stadium in Duluth.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

Duluth Marshall 3, Blake 2

Duluth Marshall 11, Blake 0

Mason Boos and Owen Hayden earned pitching wins to lead Duluth Marshall to a 3-2 and 11-0 doubleheader sweep of host Blake.

Boos pitched three innings in the opener, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out three.

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Deegan Hoffbauer had the game-winning RBI in the top of the eighth inning while Max Berrisford led the Hilltoppers offensively by going 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.

A.J. Lee was 2-for-4 and Nick Emptage had a hit, two stolen bases and two RBIs for Blake.

Hayden logged five scoreless innings for Marshall in the rematch, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out five. Boos, Berrisford, Owen Marsolek and Ethen Carlson all added two hits apiece.

Northwestern 15, Ladysmith 4

Ladysmith 10, Northwestern 3

Kole Paulsen had two hits, three RBIs and two runs to lead Northwestern to a 15-4 victory over Ladysmith but the Tigers had to settle for the split with visiting Ladysmith as the Lumberjacks took the second game 10-3 in Heart O’ North action.

Grady Gustafson and Jace Nelson had two hits apiece in the opener while Luke Sedin added a solo home run.

Gunnar Olson went five innings to get the win, allowing four runs on two hits, with four strikeouts and four walks.

Sedin was a bright spot for the Tigers in the loss, collecting three hits, a run and two RBIs.

SOFTBALL

Vitek strikes out 51 in 24 hours

Hermantown junior pitcher Natalie Vitek had a weekend to remember, striking out 51 batters in 24 hours after 12-5 and 12-3 wins over Bemidji Saturday and a 5-4 win over Chisago Lakes Friday.

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Vitek also accomplished the uncanny stat line of 17 strikeouts in three straight games, logging 21 innings in going the distance in all three contests.

In Saturday’s 12-5 win, Vitek allowed five runs on three hits and had three walks while also helping herself at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Teammate Avery Farrell went 4-for-5 with five stolen bases, four runs and two RBIs and Ella Seboe was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Lexi Tatro hit a home run to lead Bemidji.

In the 12-3 victory, Vitek allowed three runs on five hits and had three walks. She also went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.

Farrell paced the Hawks’ offense by going 3-for-4 with a double, three runs and RBI while Tatro was 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Lumberjacks.

Silver Bay 10, Cromwell-Wright 0

Danika Thompson shut down the Cardinals, allowing no hits in five innings, with eight strikeouts and no walks.

Hope Ernest went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, three runs, two stolen bases and two RBIs to lead the Mariners’ offense while Katie and Amy Carpenter added two hits apiece.

PREP SCOREBOARD
BASEBALL
Duluth East 15, Holy Angels 13
Holy Angels 5, Duluth Denfeld 2
Duluth Denfeld 12, Duluth East 4
Duluth Marshall 3, Blake 2
Duluth Marshall 11, Blake 0
South Ridge 13, International Falls 1
Moose Lake/Willow River 16, International Falls 5
Ely 6, Rock Ridge 5
Northwestern 15, Ladysmith 4
Ladysmith 10, Northwestern 3

BOYS LACROSSE
Woodbury 14, Duluth 9

GIRLS LACROSSE
Irondale 12, Duluth 10

SOFTBALL
Cloquet 6, Grand Rapids 1
Hibbing 9, Esko 1
Silver Bay 10, Cromwell-Wright 0
Hermantown 12, Bemidji 5
Hermantown 12, Bemidji 3

BOYS TENNIS
Superior 5, Ashland 2

Duluth Denfeld hosts Duluth East in baseball at Wade Stadium
Sam McEvoy (4) of Duluth East slides into third base against Duluth Denfeld on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Wade Stadium in Duluth.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

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