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Prep report: East baseball avenges Denfeld defeat

Both teams begin tournament play next week.

East hosts Denfeld baseball at Ordean Field in Duluth
Shortstop Dylan Cole (2) and center fielder Charlie Sutherland (27), both of Duluth East, nearly collide while chasing a fly ball against Duluth Denfeld on Friday, May 27, 2022, at Ordean Field in Duluth. Sutherland successfully made the catch.
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Duluth East baseball reversed the momentum against them on Friday in time to earn a 12-6 win and season split against crosstown rivals Duluth Denfeld on Friday at Ordean Stadium in both teams' regular season finales.

East took a 6-1 lead after four innings, but Denfeld squared up the game with five runs in the top of the fifth. East responded immediately, scoring six times in the bottom half of the inning to double its run total and regain control of the game.

Denfeld won the first meeting between the two, 12-4 on May 21 at Wade Stadium.

Both offenses had a busy day, racking up 13 hits each. Five Greyhounds had two-hit games: Dylan Cole, Sam McEvoy, Dain Fladmark, Cade Fladmark and Dean Hudoba. Cole doubled twice, McEvoy doubled once and both scored twice. Dain Fladmark and Dylan Manchester had pairs of RBIs.

Jack Teachworth took the ball for his first varsity start, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out two. Bjorn Lind came in to get the Greyhounds out of the top of the fifth and ended up being the winning pitcher. Lukas Niska and Charlie Sutherland each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

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Denfeld also had five batters record two-hit games: Nolan Harju, Simon Davidson, Owen Hindermann, Dane Dzuck and Logan Nylund. Harju doubled and drove in two runs; Davidson had three RBIs.

East hosts Denfeld baseball at Ordean Field in Duluth
Denfeld first baseman Owen Hindermann (25) reaches for the tag as Cade Fladmark (16) of Duluth East slides back to first base on Friday, May 27, 2022, at Ordean Field in Duluth.
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Superior 2, Hudson 1

Mason Stenberg's walk-off RBI single delivered the Spartans a win over the Raiders in eight innings at NBC Spartan Sports Complex. The game-winner was Stenberg's second hit of the game.

Jayden Hoffman earned the win in relief after throwing two scoreless innings, while Robert Olson allowed one run in six innings.

Superior meets Grand Rapids at home in Lake Superior Conference play on Saturday and would clinch the league title outright with a win.

Duluth Marshall 3, Mora 1

Marshall pitcher Owen Marsolek came one out away from his first varsity no-hitter, but the Hilltoppers still claimed the win at Wade Stadium.

Marsolek had struck out 15 when Kenny Randt blooped a single into right field. The ball got past a diving outfielder and led to the Mustangs' only run, but Marsolek finished the game for the win and a one-hitter.

Owen Hayden went 2-for-3 for Marshall, while Marsolek tripled.

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Proctor 8, Mesabi East 0

Nick Terhaar pitched six scoreless innings and handed off to Tanner Olson to complete the shutout on Friday in Proctor.

Terhaar allowed six hits and three walks, striking out eight, before Olson retired the Giants in order in the seventh.

Olson had a busy day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a triple. Terhaar joined Sam Johnson, Tanner Ross and Kennan Reyelts with two hits.

Ty Laugen and Zac Norberg had two hits apiece for the Giants.

BOYS TENNIS

East duo qualifies for individual state

The Duluth East doubles team of Dane Patten and Ryan Delaney will continue their partnership at the state tournament after Section 7AA competition was decided late on Thursday.

Patten and Delaney, both accomplished singles players, didn't lose a game until the second set of their semifinal match, a 6-0, 6-2 win over Alex Magnuson and Erik Kindem of Cambridge-Isanti. However, in the final, the Elk River team of Carson Haack and Henry Boese prevailed 7-5, 6-4. Because the team Elk River beat in the semifinals won the third-place match, MSHSL rules allow them to challenge the losing finalists in a "true second"-place match. Patten and Delaney met the challenge, dismissing Henry Kerkow and Evan Dzurik 6-2, 6-2.

The individual state tournament begins June 9 in Minneapolis.

PREP SCOREBOARD
BASEBALL
Duluth East 12, Duluth Denfeld 6
Rock Ridge 5, Pine City 3
Cook County 6, Silver Bay 1
Cook County 6, Silver Bay 3
Hermantown 10, North Branch 0
Chisholm 5, North Woods 2
Proctor 8, Mesabi East 0
Duluth Marshall 3, Mora 1
Superior 2, Hudson 1

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East hosts Denfeld baseball at Ordean Field in Duluth
Simon Davidson (00) of Duluth Denfeld celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against Duluth East on Friday, May 27, 2022, at Ordean Field in Duluth.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
East hosts Denfeld baseball at Ordean Field in Duluth
Nolan Harju (2) of Duluth Denfeld hits the ball against Duluth East on Friday, May 27, 2022, at Ordean Field in Duluth. Harju drove in a runner on the play.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
East hosts Denfeld baseball at Ordean Field in Duluth
First baseman Dylan Manchester (30) of Duluth East catches the ball as Caden Christenson (88) slides back to first base on Friday, May 27, 2022, at Ordean Field in Duluth.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

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