SOUDAN- If North Woods and Northeast Range scheduled Tuesday’s game to be played in Soudan to entertain fans there with some fireworks, they delivered, with the Grizzlies coming out on top in a …
SOUDAN- If North Woods and Northeast Range scheduled Tuesday’s game to be played in Soudan to entertain fans there with some fireworks, they delivered, with the Grizzlies coming out on top in a high-scoring 18-7 win.
Batting first as the designated visiting team, the Grizzlies immediately rattled off three runs on two RBI singles and a passed ball steal of home. The Nighthawks came back in the bottom half of the first with two runs, including an RBI triple.
The skies opened and the runs came raining down like a monsoon for North Woods in the top of the second. By the time the Grizzlies had drawn five walks, put two hit batsmen on base, and hammered five singles and a double, 12 runs crossed the plate and staked the visitors to an insurmountable 15-2 lead. Runs came in ones and twos the rest of the way as Northeast Range narrowed the deficit from 13 to 11, not enough to extend the game past the fifth inning.
North Woods got the most out of its 14 hits, collecting 16 RBIs. Northeast Range also was efficient with its seven hits, getting six RBIs.
Starting pitcher Ben Kruse got all the run support he needed from that massive second-inning blitz to pick up the victory. Louie Panichi had a big day at the plate, going four-for-four with three RBIs and drawing a walk.
For the Nighthawks, J. Levens rapped an RBI triple, while E. Levens and M. Maki collected two hits each. I. Hendrickson took the loss.