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Prep report: Rapids advances after escaping jam

The Thunderhawks will play Benilde-St. Margaret's on Wednesday afternoon in the state semifinals.

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Grand Rapids and starting pitcher Myles Gunderson got themselves out of a mighty bind in the seventh inning of Tuesday's Class AAA state quarterfinal vs. Mahtomedi.

The defending state champion Zephyrs had the bases loaded and nobody out in a 2-0 game at Chaska Athletic Park, and Gunderson had just required treatment for a lower-body injury suffered when he slipped attempting to field a bunt, according to KOZY-FM radio.

However, Gunderson stayed in the game and continued his domination of the bottom of the Mahtomedi order, getting a strikeout, an infield fly and a flyout to center as the Thunderhawks escaped with the 2-0 victory.

Before the seventh inning, Mahtomedi had generated nearly nothing offensively. The Zephyrs had one hit, a leadoff single in the second, over the first six innings, with their other baserunners coming on walks and an error. However, Gunderson held positions seven through nine in the Mahtomedi order 0-for-9, including a flyout by Roan Appert to end the ballgame.

Rapids manufactured runs in its first and last at-bats. In the first inning, Rapids scored when Daniel Wohlers perfectly placed a swinging bunt to the pitcher, scoring Nolan Svatos. In the seventh, Ren Morque doubled to right, scoring Svatos.

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Morque finished 3-for-4 and Svatos 2-for-3. Seth Nelson had two hits for Mahtomedi and was the losing pitcher, allowing two earned runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

Gunderson finished with a complete-game three-hitter. He struck out nine and walked two.

The Thunderhawks will face No. 2 seed Benilde-St. Margaret's at 2:30 on Wednesday in the second of two state semifinals.

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Lumberjacks seventh after first day

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Cloquet junior Karson Patten chips it on the green during the first day of the Class AA state golf tournament held Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan.
Jake Przytarski / Cloquet Pine Journal

A formidable combination of sweltering heat and gusting winds in excess of 20 mph made for ultra-challenging playing conditions on day one of the Class AA boys state golf tournament held Tuesday, June 14 at Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course.

The less-than-ideal weather coupled with a slow start led to a difficult opening-round showing for the defending state champion Lumberjacks. Cloquet currently sits in seventh place out of the eight teams in contention with a team score of 332 (+44) after previously posting a team score of 300 on day one of last year’s tournament.

Junior Karson Patten was the team leader through 18 holes after posting a five-over 77 (38-39) to put him in a tie for eighth place among the 85 individual golfers in contention. Patten, who finished eight over par in his opening round at last year’s tournament, said his familiarity with the course played a role in his success.

“It really helps to play this course, because you know what clubs to hit off the tee. It’s hard when it’s this windy though,” Patten said.

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Senior Jacob Walsh had the second-lowest score of the day for Cloquet with a 10-over 82 (41-41) and currently sits in a nine-way tie for 32nd place. Freshman newcomer Lance Sayler rounded out the top three scores for the ‘Jacks with a 14-over 86 (43-43) and is in a five-way tie for 63rd.

The tournament will conclude Wednesday, June 15, with tee-off set to begin at 7:30 a.m.

Marshall in second at halfway point

Duluth Marshall's boys golf team finds itself in second place with a round to go in the Class A boys golf meet after Tuesday's first round at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker, Minnesota.

The Hilltoppers' team total of 333 is 10 shots behind leader Fertile-Beltrami.

In the individual standings, Noah Scullard-Bender is the co-leader through 18 holes after he shot a 1-over 73, tied with Cole Witherow of New Life Academy.

Tucker D'Allaird of Marshall stands 10th after shooting a first-round 79.

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