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Prep report: Esko baseball slugs its way to victory

The Eskomos scored eight times in the bottom of the second inning to take control of the game.

Esko faces Mora in baseball at Esko Athletic Complex
Sam Haugen (21) of Esko reaches for the throw to tag a sliding Brock Folkema (11) of Mora at second base on Friday, May 20, 2022, in Esko.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
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Esko baseball got a huge day from the top of its batting order in a 15-7 home victory over Mora on Friday, May 20.

Seven of the Eskomos' 10 hits and 11 of their 13 RBIs came from Sam Haugen, Isaak Sertich and Cale Haugen in the first three spots in the batting order.

The visitors scored the first three runs, but Esko racked up eight in the second inning to take the lead. The Mustangs closed to within 8-6, but three runs in the fifth inning and four in the sixth put the win away.

Cale Haugen finished 3-for-5 with two homers and a double. He drove in five runs. Sertich had a pair of hits including a dinger, while Sam Haugen two doubles, two RBIs, walked twice and scored twice.

Finn Furcht pitched, allowing six runs, four earned, on five hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked five.

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Esko faces Mora in baseball at Esko Athletic Complex
Finn Furcht (10) of Esko pitches the ball against Mora on Friday, May 20, 2022, in Esko.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

Hermantown 8, Chisago Lakes 7

Chase Carlson's seeing-eye single scored Wylee Arro with the winning run in the seventh inning of the Hawks' victory in Cloquet.

Northwood/Solon Springs 4, Bloomer 3

Kaden Corlett's RBI single broke a 3-3 tie in the ninth inning for N/SS.

Corlett and Tanner Carlson divided the pitching duties, with Corlett striking out 10 and allowing one earned run on two hits in 4 2/3 innings before Carlson allowed one run on three hits over the last 4 1/3.

Carlson and Jared Schultz had two hits apiece for the 17-2 Eagles, ranked third in Wisconsin Division 4. The Blackhawks are 16-3.

SOFTBALL

Hermantown 5, Chisago Lakes 4

Avery Farrell's walk-off hit allowed the Hawks to upset the No. 3-ranked team in Minnesota AAA despite falling behind 3-0 in the early going.

Natalie Vitek allowed two earned runs on eight hits and struck out 17 for the Hawks and also went 2-for-3 at the plate. Lindsey Ewer had a pair of RBIs and a double.

Duluth Marshall 10, Silver Bay 8 (10 innings)

Avery Beranek went the distance for the Hilltoppers in the marathon contest, allowing two earned runs on eight hits, while striking out 11.

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Caroline Anderson, Beranek and Anna Hron had three-hit games for the Hilltoppers, with Anderson hitting a homer, Beranek two doubles and Hron a double and triple.

Hannah Thums, Brooke Velcheff, Hope Ernest and Katie Carpenter all had two hits for the Hilltoppers, with Ernest homering.

Moore Lake/Willow River 13, Barnum 3

Hallie Klavu went 3-for-5, scored twice and drove in a run. Three other Rebels had two hits apiece.

Sarah Christy pitched five innings in relief, allowing one unearned run on three hits. She struck out seven in reaching 100 K's for the season.

Lacey O'Leary had a two-run homer for the Bombers.

PREP SCOREBOARD
BASEBALL
Esko 15, Mora 7
Hermantown 8, Chisago Lakes 7
Solon Springs/Northwood 4, Bloomer 3
Centennial 7, Duluth East 5
Proctor 10, Cloquet 7
Coon Rapids 14, Duluth East 3
Pine City 9, Moose Lake/Willow River 0

GIRLS LACROSSE
Grand Rapids/Greenway 8, Brainerd 4

SOFTBALL
Moose Lake/Willow River 13, Barnum 3
Duluth Marshall 10, Silver Bay 8 (10)
Hermantown 5, Chisago Lakes 4
Virginia 12, Duluth Denfeld 2
Proctor 1, Rush City 0

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Esko faces Mora in baseball at Esko Athletic Complex
Finn Furcht (10) of Esko hits the ball against Mora on Friday, May 20, 2022, in Esko.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
Esko faces Mora in baseball at Esko Athletic Complex
Isaak Sertich (87) of Esko flexes his arms while rounding third base after hitting a home run against Mora on Friday, May 20, 2022, in Esko.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

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