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July 1, 2022

5/27/2022 11:52:00 AM
'Cats lose top seed on Hawk walkoff

Hermantown 5, Chisago Lakes 4
A one-out walkoff single by Avery Farrell in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted the Hermantown Hawks to a 5-4 win over the Wildcats in the first game of a doubleheader last Friday, May 20 at Rose Road Field in Hermantown.  The loss was a big part of the reason unranked Hermantown was given the number-one seed in the Section 7AAA tournament over the third-ranked Wildcats.

Things started out well for the Wildcats.  Anna Zaruba singled to lead off the top of the second.  One out later, Sam Johnson walked.  A double by Brooklyn Nelson drove in the first run of the game.  Allison Gregory struck out for the second out.  Tiana Ritter walked to load the bases.  Greta Gillach’s ground ball should have ended the inning, but an error by the third baseman allowed two runs to score and gave the Wildcats a 3-0 lead.  Hermantown scored three runs on four hits, including two doubles, in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game at 3-3.

In the fifth, Gillach walked, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and, two outs later, scored on a single by Anna Zaruba to put the Wildcats up 4-3.  Melanie Anderson and Sam Johnson walked to load the bases, but Brooklyn Nelson struck out to end the rally.  Hermantown scored in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 4-4.  In the bottom of the seventh, a leadoff walk, a sacrifice bunt, and another walk put runners on first and second with one out before Farrell’s single drove in the winning run.

Anna Zaruba started and went four innings for the Wildcats.  She allowed three runs (all earned) on six hits, didn’t walk anyone, and struck out three.  Ashley Mandell took the loss in relief.  She pitched two and a third innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits.  She walked two and struck out two.

Chisago Lakes 17, Grand Rapids 2 (4 innings)
Against Grand Rapids in the back end of last Friday’s doubleheader, the Wildcats pounded out 16 hits on their way to a 17-2 shellacking of the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks.  The game was shortened to four innings because of the fifteen-run rule.

The Wildcats were a model of efficiency on offense, stranding just three baserunners in the entire game.  Every starter scored at least one run and drove in at least one run, and all but one starter had at least one hit.  Greta Gillach led the hit parade with two singles and two doubles.  Anna Zaruba had a single and a double and knocked in four runs.  Gillach, Leah Zaruba, Ashley Mandell, Brooklyn Nelson, and Melana Larson drove in two runs apiece.  And Leah Zaruba, Melanie Anderson, Nelson, and Larson each had two hits.  Nelson and Larson also doubled.

In three innings, winning pitcher Anna Zaruba allowed two runs (one earned) on just two hits, walked one and struck out four.  Freshman Meagan Anderson, in her varsity debut, pitched a scoreless fourth inning and allowed one walk.

Softball Stuff
The Wildcats (16-4) will open the Section 7AAA tournament against the Duluth Denfeld Hunters today at 1 p.m. at Chisago Lakes High School.  The double-elimination section tournament will continue this Saturday at Braun Park in Cloquet.  The  final two days of the tournament will be Tuesday, May 31 and Thursday, June 2 at Chisago Lakes.  See a more detailed Section 7AAA playoff preview, with comments by head coach Branda Carlson, in this week’s Press.

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