Prep report: Denfeld softball tops East

Both teams begin tournament play on Wednesday.

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A trio of doubles from Jada Brown helped Duluth Denfeld top Duluth East 7-4 in a prep softball game fit in on Monday at Ordean East Middle School just before tournament play starts later this week.

Brown drove in two runs and scored twice for the Hunters. Hanna Hovland was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a pair of RBIs and three runs scored. Grace McCormick drove in three runs with a single and a double.

Pitcher Rachel Anderson scattered four runs on 11 hits for Denfeld.

Ellie Pessenda was 3-for-3 and stole a pair of bases for East. Cassie Bergman was 3-for-4 with a double and Ainsley Johnson had a pair of hits.

Denfeld enters the Section 7AAA bracket as the seventh seed and will play Wednesday at Chisago Lakes. East is seeded seventh in 7AAAA and plays Wednesday at Forest Lake.



Proctor 3, Hermantown 2

Proctor's Ethan Carter tossed a four-hitter in his first varsity start, allowing one walk and striking out three.

Tanner Olson opened the scoring with a two-run homer for the Rails in the bottom of the first inning, but Hermantown drew even with a pair of runs in the third.

The go-ahead run came in the fourth inning when Proctor's Ryan Schubitzke drew a bases-loaded walk.

Sam Johnson and Nolan McLeod both went 2-for-3 for the Rails, while Josh Summers had a pair of hits for Hermantown.

The result evens the all-time series between the rivals at 35-35-1.

Mesabi East 2, Duluth Marshall 1

The Giants' Hayden Soular fanned 12 Hilltoppers in a complete-game four-hitter.

He outdueled Marshall pitcher Owen Marsolek, who allowed two runs on five hits and struck out seven.

Mason Boos had a pair of hits, including a double, and a stolen base for Marshall (10-3). Dakota Kruse was 2-for-3 with a double for Mesabi East.


Northwestern 13, Ashland 3

Northwestern scored the last 10 runs to win going away against the Oredockers.

Sean Moroney's double in the fifth inning broke a 3-3 tie and got the Tigers offense rolling.

Brayden Holsclaw was 3-for-3 and drove in four runs for Northwestern, while Cole Lahti also had a three-hit game.

Tyler Nelson earned the win in relief, allowing just one hit in 2 2/3 innings.

Barnum 4, South Ridge 3

The Bombers made a first-inning rally hold up, as their four-run first at-bat was good enough for a home win on Monday.

Pitcher Caleb Hautajarvi's two-run homer opened the scoring and served as one of the Bombers' three hits for the game.

Hautajarvi backed it up by scattering three earned runs on seven hits and striking out seven.

For South Ridge, Christian Pretasky had a three-run homer in the third inning, while Carter Anderson and Wyatt Olson had two hits apiece. All four runs against pitcher Josiah DeLoach were unearned. He allowed three hits and struck out four over his six innings.



Wisconsin teams compete in regionals

The first phase toward the WIAA state track meet in La Crosse took place Monday as Wisconsin athletes aimed for the top four in regional competition and a place at sectional meets.

In Division 1 at Hudson, Superior qualified nine entries. The only winner was Darrel James in the boys 100 after he took the final in 11.14 seconds. James was also part of a 4x100-meter relay team that qualified in third.

Jacob Lund (400) and Isaiah Essien (300 hurdles) also made the cut.

Savannah Leopold was the only Superior athlete to qualify in multiple individual events, taking second in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 100 hurdles. Lillian Gamache (100), Kylie Peterson (1600) and Paige Rusk (triple jump) also qualified.

All of Northwestern's qualifiers from Division 2 competition at Osceola Monday were boys. C.J. Thompson won both hurdle events (110, 15.89 and 300, 41.65) and a winning 4x200 relay made it three of four relay teams making the cut.

The Tigers will be well-represented in distance running, as Daniel Lichtenberg made it in the 800 and 1600 and Emmett Johnson qualified in the 1600 and 3200.

Four Tigers achieved second-place finishes in field events as Northwestern finished second as a team.

In Division 3 at Park Falls, Solon Springs qualified 10 boys and eight girls entries for the next level.

Cade Lisson won the boys 400 in 52.99 and also qualified in the 100, while Bryan Hobscheid was the only Douglas County athlete to make it to sectionals in three individual events: the triple jump, long jump and 200 meters. The Eagles also had a win in the 4x800-meter relay.

Sectional meets are on Thursday in Marshfield (Division 1), Rice Lake (Division 2) and Colfax (Division 3).

Mountain Iron-Buhl 5, International Falls 2
Mesabi East 2, Duluth Marshall 1
Rock Ridge 10, Ely 3
Barnum 4, South Ridge 3
Proctor 3, Hermantown 2
Superior 11, Hayward 5
Northwestern 13, Ashland 3

Duluth Denfeld 7, Duluth East 4
Hibbing 7, Greenway 4

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