American Legion Baseball: Grand Rapids survive Duluth Lakeview – Reuters
DULUTH — Grand Rapids pitcher Dominic Broberg kept Duluth Lakeview pitchers off balance throughout the game in a 2-1 win for the Wolfpack in the American Legion Sub-State 10 Tournament Thursday at Ordean Stadium.
Broberg allowed six hits and struck out five batters, but neither Tropics got past first base until the start of the seventh inning and even then it took a Grand Rapids pitching error on a forced out at second base Lakeview to get a runner in scoring position. .
“We’ve been throwing and playing defense all year and Dom was dominant again today,” Wolfpack coach Bill Kinnunen said. “He’s been hitting runs and switching gears and throwing them off balance all day and he’s been throwing strikes – that’s the big deal. Most of the time we played defensively behind him until the last inning when the pressure was on.
Lakeview’s Ethan Cole allowed just three hits and struck out four, but the Wolfpack were able to take advantage of the baserunners they had.
News Tribune All-Area Player of the Year Ben Keske started the game with a single and scored on a hard-hit double by Andy Linder two batters later.
Kyler Miller scored from second in the bottom of the fifth when teammate Nolan Svatos was caught in a run trying to steal second base.
Dylan Manchester scored in the top of the seventh, but the Tropics couldn’t score another point to put the game on extra time.
“This summer we’ve done a really good job of putting out pretty high, positive energy,” Lakeview coach Steve Plesha said. “Today was tense and negative. It’s a team that feeds on the good energy that we need and I thought today was just not what we needed to win. you definitely have to credit Broberg, who did a pretty good job keeping the guys off balance.
With the win, Grand Rapids earns a spot in the substate championship game on Saturday, but the Wolfpack will face Hibbing at 2 p.m. Friday in Duluth. If the Wolfpack beat Hibbing, whoever they face in Saturday’s championship game will need two wins to qualify for the state tournament.
Lakeview takes on West Duluth at 5 p.m. Friday at Ordean Stadium. The Tropics beat the Cubs 11-2 in the tournament opener on Wednesday.
West Duluth eliminates Hermantown
West Duluth’s Nolan Harju had four RBIs and Earl Hendrickson had three to lead the Cubs to a 9-3 victory over Hermantown to set up a rematch with Lakeview on Friday.
West Duluth took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning and had three runs in the top of the fifth and three more in the top of the seventh to secure the victory.
The Cubs’ Ethen Carlson allowed five hits and struck out five in the win.
Wylee Arro had a hit and two RBIs to lead the Hawks to a loss.