VIRGINIA — The Hibbing High School boys golf team placed sixth at the East Range Conference Meet held Tuesday at the Virginia Municipal Golf Course.
The Blue Devils were first with 151, followed by Eveleth-Gilbert with 171. International Falls at 177, Mesabi East 180, North Woods 183, the the Bluejackets with 212.
Mike Andrican led Hibbing with a 52, followed by Kaine Truckenbrod with a 53, Payton Taylor 56, Ryley Grunenwald 60 and Dylan Horvath 60.
MARBLE — Jack Perala faced just 23 batters — fanning 16 of them — to lead the Blue Devils past Greenway, 1-0, on a cold and windy afternoon.
“He did a really nice job,’’ head coach Brian Skadsem said of Perala striking out the side twice in 6 1/3 innings, walking two and allowing just two hits. Nick Peters threw the final 2/3 inning to get the save. He gave up no runs on no hits.
At the plate, Nate Coldagelli smacked two of the team’s four hits and scored the game’s only run. Josh Daugherty and Jordan Checco each added one hit. Greenway’s Ethan Endreson took the loss after striking out six Blue Devils.
Skadsem said his team could have had a few more hits, but it just wasn’t meant to be, “We had a lot of well hit balls, just in the wrong spot.’’
VHS improved to 3-2 on the season.
Grand Rapids 3
At Grand Rapids, Tuesday’s match against the Thunderhawks came down to Gavin Benz playing at third singles.
The freshman came through to give Virginia the 4-3 victory after knocking off Easton Young in a nailbiter, 7-6, 7-6.
Mauston was impressed with how Benz played. “It’s nice to see a kid perform like that.’’
The Blue Devils also picked up wins at No. 1 singles and No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.
In No. 1 singles, Joe Hafdahl hit his way past Dom Nalan, 6-2, 6-3. At No.1 doubles, Ryan Scherf and Jace Westerbur cruised past Wyatt Simonson and Luc Dulong, 6-1, 6-1. At No. 2 doubles Caleb Bialke returned to the court with partner Jack Elliott to win 7-5, 6-1 over David Chandler and Ben Ries.
The Blue Devils host Eveleth-Gilbert at 3:45 p.m. today.
Virginia 4, Grand Rapids 3
Singles: No. 1, Joe Hafdahl, V, def. Dom Nalan, 6-2, 6-3; No. 2, Matt Frimanslund, GR, def. Gavin Flaim, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7; No. 3, Gavin Benz, V, def. Easton Young, 7-6, 7-6; No. 4, Dylan Owens, GR, def. Matt Callister, 6-4, 6-2.
Doubles: No. 1, Ryan Scherf/Jace Westerbur, V, def. Wyatt Simonson/Luc Dulong, 6-1, 6-1; No. 2, Caleb Bialke/Jack Elliott, V, def. David Chandler/Ben Ries, 7-5, 6-1; No. 3, Grant Henrichson/Hunter Bischoff, GR, def. Brady Seppala/Kyle Williams, 6-2, 7-6.
Duluth East 6,
At Duluth, the Golden Bears had five hits, but basically couldn’t string any together in a 6-1 loss to the Greyhounds.
A couple of errors also proved to be costly and Duluth East took advantage with six runs on six hits.
At the plate, Payton Dosan, Audrey Delich, Avery Dolinsek, Chloe Lessard and Brooke Thyen accounted for E-G’s hits, while Dosan scored an unearned run in the first inning. “We couldn’t push another across the plate. We couldn’t get hits at the right time.’’
In the circle, Dosan took the loss after going six innings, fanning four and allowing six hits.
The Bears host Hibbing on Friday.
At Virginia, Kavan Plesha took medalist honors Tuesday with a nine-hole score of 36 to help lead the Blue Devils to a victory at the East Range Conference Meet at the Virginia Golf Course.
The 20-stroke Virginia win was also keyed by Bryce Wainio with a 37, and Kolton Plesha and Andrew Peterson with 39s. Overall, the Devils had four golfers in the top seven.
Eveleth-Gilbert put together a team score of 171 and was led by Elliott Van Orsdel with a 39 and Joe Sjoberg with 40. International Falls took third at 177; Mesabi East was fourth with a 180; North Woods finished fifth at 183; and Hibbing was sixth at 212. The Giants were paced by Josh James with a 42, while North Woods’ Sam Frazee carded a 40.
Other Virginia scores included Marco Pazzelli at 42 and Rollie Seppala at 43.
Next up in golf is a varsity invite in Hayward, Wis.
Mesabi Range 0
At Thief River Falls, Northland scored eight times on 12 hits as they blanked Mesabi Range College, 8-0 in six innings.
The Lady Norse, meanwhile, struggled at the plate and put together only three hits. Morgan Schlotec, Montana Baker and Cassie Cornell each recorded a base knock.
In the circle, Kaitlin Knutson took the loss after going 5 2/3 innings. She gave up eight earned runs on 12 hits and fanning one. Kalee Wall of Northland took the win. She threw all six innings, fanned eight and allowed three hits.
Mesabi Range 2
At Thief River Falls, Mesabi Range scored twice on three hits, but it wasn’t enough as Northland scored the final 10 runs of the game to win, 10-2.
For the Lady Norse, Holly Krentz, Montana Baker and Hailey Aho each collected hits. Morgan Schlotec and Baker connected for one RBI each. Northland, meanwhile, scored 10 times on 11 hits.
Kaitlin Knutson took the loss after pitching 5 1/3 innings and allowing 10 runs (eight earned) on 11 hits. Mariah Stueness went the distance for the Pioneers. She fanned five and gave up 2 runs (one earned) on three hits.