Prep report: Hanson's four RBIs lead Proctor past Rush City

Cloquet survived a nine-run Grand Rapids inning to advance in Section 7AAA.

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Proctor’s Abigail Hanson forces Rush City’s KK Hemming out at second base before throwing the ball to first base for a double play Thursday, May 26, 2022. Hanson had two doubles, four RBIs and scored once as Proctor beat Rush City 6-1.
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CLOQUET — Proctor’s Abby Hanson was just rounding second base on what would have been a triple, but slipped and had to crawl back to the base in the bottom of the fifth inning in the Rails’ Section 7AA playoff game Thursday at Braun Park.

While the end of the play wasn’t so graceful, the hit — her second double of the game — drove in three runs and gave the Rails a five-run lead and an eventual 6-1 win.

“It was coming in, it was the perfect pitch,” Hanson said. “I was like ‘Ohh, I know this is going to be a good one.’ I brought my hands around, I made contact with it and it was just enough to make those people come in. Then I got cut off on second, totally missed the bag. I tried to go back and fell.”

Softball action.
Proctor’s Abigail Hanson smiles after reaching second base with a three-RBI double in the fifth inning of the Thursday, May 26, 2022, game against Rush City. She had place the Rails on the scoreboard with a one-RBI double the inning before.
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Hanson was also part of a double play that ended the top of the fifth inning.

The Rails also got two strong performances from pitcher Maddy Walsh, who allowed three hits and struck out 13 batters in the win over Rush City. Earlier in the day, Walsh threw a five-inning no hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 10-0 win over Virginia.


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Proctor’s Maddy Walsh throws a pitch during the Thursday, May 26, 2022, game against Rush City.
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Annika Burke went 2-for-3 with two home runs and scored three runs in the win for Proctor.

Proctor coach Bud Joyce said he knew Rush City pitcher Grace Folkema was going to be a challenge for his team after the teams’ previous matchup.

Joyce was happy with his team’s performance, especially after the slim 1-0 victory over the Tigers May 20, but wants to keep his team focused.

“It’s good to get to this point and not have a loss,” Joyce said. “This was a game last year that we lost and we had to work our way back — which takes a lot out of our pitching and takes a lot out of all the players. We’re where we wanted to be, but any team still in this thing when we get there on Tuesday has the capability of beating us. So we’ve got to be on our game.”

Proctor will face Eveleth-Gilbert in the section semifinals at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Grand Rapids Sports Complex. The Golden Bears defeated Esko 3-0 to advance.

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Proctor’s Sophia Parendo lays down a bunt during the Thursday, May 26, 2022, game against Rush City. She reached second base after a bad throw.
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Greenway 10, Virginia 3

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Greenway’s Cecelia Vekich catches a fly ball during the Thursday, May 26, 2022, game against Virginia.
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Greenway’s Cecelia Vekich recorded two RBIs and scored a run in the Raiders’ 10-3 win over Virginia in the Section 7AA tournament.

Greenway jumped out to a 10-1 lead after two innings and held the Blue Devils in check to secure the win.


Eighth grader Ava Johnson picked up the win for Greenway allowing six hits in 6 ⅓ innings and struck out three.

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Greenway’s Ava Johnson throws a pitch to a Virginia player during the team’s Thursday, May 26, 2022, game. Greenway won 10-3.
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Kylie Marolt had two hits and two RBIs for Virginia.

With their second loss of the day Virginia was eliminated from the tournament.

Greenway will play Rush City again on Tuesday, this time in the elimination bracket.

Eveleth-Gilbert 3, Esko 0

Pitcher Lydia Delich scattered seven Esko hits to get the Golden Bears into the semifinals on Thursday.

Delich also went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the win. Brooke Thyen added a pair of hits.

Avery Kuklinski, Amber Carlblom and Mikayli Marcuilionis had two hits apiece for the Eskomos. Carlblom allowed three unearned runs on seven hits in a complete game, striking out three.

Earlier in the day Esko dispatched Mora 11-1, getting two-hit games from four players. Olivia Johnson was among them. She had a triple and five RBIs. Carlblom and Marciulionis split the pitching duties, allowing one unearned run on four hits between them with two strikeouts apiece.


Esko meets Aitkin on Tuesday in Grand Rapids in the elimination bracket.


Lumberjacks survive nine-run inning

Cloquet survived a wild opening contest, 16-12 over Grand Rapids at Braun Park on Thursday.

The Lumberjacks led 11-3 through three innings only for the Thunderhawks to score nine times in the top of the fourth. Cloquet recovered with a five-run fifth inning and the last two frames were surprisingly quiet.

Pitcher Allie Jones went 4-for-4 for Cloquet and drove in three runs. Sister Dana Jones was the only other Lumberjack with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs, including a double and triple.

Allie Jones went the distance, allowing eight earned runs on 15 hits, striking out six and walking five.

For Rapids, Tanner Eck was 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Emma Moran had three hits and both Adrienne Venditto and Hannah Kinnunen two.

The tournament continues Saturday in Cloquet, with top seed Hermantown coming off its first-round bye to face North Branch, a 2-0 home winner over Hibbing on Thursday. Cloquet will meet Chisago Lakes after the Wildcats defated Duluth Denfeld 8-1. Hibbing will await the loser of that game in the elimination bracket, while Grand Rapids and Denfeld will also start Saturday morning with an elimination game.

Section 7A

Raptors claw through higher seeds

Carlton/Wrenshall and Silver Bay both made big moves in the double-elimination bracket at Grand Rapids.

The fifth-seeded Raptors won twice against higher seeds on Thursday, first blanking No. 4 Barnum 7-0. That earned them a date with No. 1 seed Moose Lake/Willow River, a game Carlton/Wrenshall won 2-1.

The Rebels' path through the elimination bracket begins on Saturday at Braun Park in Cloquet against South Ridge after the Panthers eliminated Barnum 5-1.

On the other side of the bracket, the sixth-seeded Mariners defeated North Woods 8-7, but could not get past No. 2 Cherry, a 5-3 winner in the quarterfinals.

That means the Raptors and Tigers will meet Tuesday at 1 p.m. for the first of two spots in the championship, while Silver Bay faces a rematch with North Woods in an elimination bracket game.


Rock Ridge duo duels for individual title

Jared Delich of Rock Ridge wiped out teammate Gavin Benz 6-0, 6-0 for the Section 7A individual boys tennis title on Thursday at the Longview Courts in Duluth.

Delich took down Chase Sams of Hermantown 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals, while Benz defeated Cloquet eighth-grader Ethan Lavan 6-0, 6-1 on the other side.

In the doubles Drew Anderson and Cooper Hendrickson of Hibbing took down Jake Bradach and Owen Buggert of Rock Ridge for the section title, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Individual finalists move on to the state tournament June 9 in Minneapolis.


D'Allaird leads way at Section meet

Duluth Marshall's Tucker D'Allaird earned medalist honors by two shots and led his team to victory at the Section 7A boys golf meet on Thursday at Virginia Golf Course.

D'Allaird carded a pair of even-par 71's for a two-day total of 142.

Marshall finished with a team total of 622, 57 shots ahead of second-place Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.

Noah Scullard-Bender of Marshall was third overall after going 72-78.


Host Giants win 7A North meet

The Mesabi East girls won three of four relays and with it the Section 7A North meet on their home track on Thursday. In addition to victories in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays, the Giants had a double winner in junior Elli Theel, who won the 100 meters in 12.95 (by nearly four-tenths of a second) and added the long jump.

She, alongside Kylie Meyer, Kora Forsline and Lindsey Baribeau, formed the winning team in the shortest two relays, while Olivia Forsline, Kora Forsline, Aubree Skelton and Baribeau (who won the triple jump) were the winning 4x400 team.

Mesabi East had 131.5 points, 13 ahead of Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin.

On the boys side, GNK was a runaway winner with 179.5 points. The GNK boys won three of four relays to accumulate more than double the points of the runner-up Giants' 81.

Among multi-winners was Floodwood senior Kaden McNiff, who took the triple jump (42-4.5) and long jump (20-10.25) by wide margins.

Cloquet 5, Moose Lake/Willow River 2
Carlton 7, McGregor 1
South Ridge 4, Hibbing 1
Duluth East 9, Brainerd 2
Cherry 5, Barnum 3
Esko 11, Pequot Lakes 3
Braham 7, Cromwell-Wright 0
Duluth Denfeld 4, Northwood/Solon Springs 1
Duluth Marshall 3, Pine City 2
WIAA Division 2 Regional
Northwestern 9, Hayward 6

Section 7AAAA
Forest Lake 5, Duluth East 1
Section 7AAA
Chisago Lakes 8, Duluth Denfeld 1
North Branch 2, Hibbing 0
Cloquet 16, Grand Rapids 12
Section 7AA
Proctor 10, Virginia 0
Rush City 10, Greenway 1
Esko 11, Mora 1
Eveleth-Gilbert 5, Aitkin 1
Proctor 6, Rush City 1
Eveleth-Gilbert 3, Esko 0
Greenway 10, Virginia 3
Section 7A
Moose Lake/Willow River 10, South Ridge 0
Carlton/Wrenshall 7, Barnum 0
Cherry 7, Ely 0
Silver Bay 8, North Woods 7
Carlton/Wrenshall 2, Moose Lake/Willow River 1
Cherry 5, Silver Bay 3
South Ridge 5, Barnum 1
WIAA Division 1 Regional
Superior 2, New Richmond 0
WIAA Division 3 Regional
Northwestern 6, Spooner 2
WIAA Division 4 Regional
Northwood/Solon Springs 1, Phillips 0

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