PRINCETON — The Hibbing amateur baseball team was outscored 27-4 in losses to Princeton 17-3 and North Branch 10-1 Saturday
On Friday, the Miners rallied in the top of the ninth inning to beat Chisago Lakes 21-16.
Against Princeton, Hibbing fell behind 4-0 as the Panthers scored four times in the third, getting an RBI double by Curt Wilson, a run-scoring single by Luke Hallbeck and an RBI fielders’ choice groundout by Damon Rademacher.
The Miners got one of those runs back in their half of the fourth as Jamie Steinberg singled, took third on a double by Josh Sprague, then Zakk Bandemer walked to load the bases.
Jeff Korpi followed with an RBI single, but Hibbing left the bases loaded.
Princeton would counter with a seven-run fourth inning to make it 11-1.
Jake Carlson and John Patnode both had two-run doubles, and getting RBI sinbles were Grant Brockhouse, Tanner Kinney and Kent Hanscom.
In the Miners’ fifth, Joe Lescarbeau singled, took second on a base hit by Steinberg. They both moved up a base when that hit was misplayed for an error.
Zack DeBoom made it 11-3 when he hit a two-run single, but that was all Hibbing was going to get.
The Panthers added five more runs in their half of the sixth with an RBI double off the bat of Patnode, an RBI single by Brockhouse and an RBI fielder’s choice ground ball hit by Rademacher. The other run scored on a wild pitch.
Korpi took the loss, working six innings, giving up 18 hits, striking out two and walking five.
Luke Hallbeck got the win. He tossed five innings of seven-hit ball. He fanned three and walked four. Drew Scharber worked two innings of relief, giving up one hit. He struck out two.
DeBoom had two hits and two RBI; Steinberg had two hits; and Lescarbeau also had two hits.
Patnode and Brockhouse both had four hits, with three and two RBI respectively. Kinney, Curt Wilson, Scharber and Hanscom all had two hits.
“That wasn’t good at all,” Steinberg said. “Princeton was going to be a rough game going into it from a managerial standpoint and aplayer standpoint. We had a couple of games under our belt already, and our pitching was running low at that point.
“The struggles were going to be there from the start it snowballed. When the first sign of trouble came, we thought it was over. Defensively, we struggled because we didn’t have a proper setup for them. That was the outcome of the game that’s the end result.”
The Miners didn’t have enough offense to keep up with the Panthers.
“The guys in the hitting lineup, that was OK, but you can’t outslug an opponent like you did Friday every day of the week,” Steinberg said. “That can’t be your formula of success.
“The bottom line is we need all of our guys there to function efficiently as a team. That’s a big key to how we get back on track.”
North Branch 10
NORTH BRANCH — Matt Robinson worked nine innings, allowing nine hits as he blanked the Miners during their first game of the day.
Robinson struck out one and walked six.
Sprague took the loss, working 7.1 innings. He gave up 13 hits, struck out six and walked three. Korpi tossed .2 innings.
The Nighthawks scored once in the first on an RBI single by Nick Solberg, then in the second inning, North Branch scored three more times, thanks to one Miners’ error. Dillyn Negley had an RBI double during the rally.
The Nighthawks would score once in the third as Dawson Linkert hit an RBI single to make it 5-0.
North Branch would add to its lead in the sixth as thanks in part to a double steal and an RBI double by James Skroch.
Hibbing got on the board in the eighth as Lescarbeau reached on a fielder’s choice, took second on a single by Jayson Hron. Steinberg singled to load the bases, then DeBoom hit a sacrifice fly to make it 7-1.
The Nighthawks would add three more runs in their half of the eighth.
Nick Solberg had an RBI single, Jackson Leleux walked to force home a run, and the final run scored on an error.
Steinberg finished with two hits in the game.
Solberg had three, and getting two each were Clint Mattson and Nick Pilz.
“That wasn’t good,” Steinberg said. “A lot of that North Branch game where we fell short was we made five errors. We made an error an inning, and that gave them all of the momentum in the world. They were guaranteed four outs every inning, and they took advantage of it every time.
“Josh was strong on the mound, you can’t throw a good pitcher out there have poor defense and expect a good result. That snowballed after five innings, then it puts a damper in your bats. The farther deficit grows, you try to do more at the plate, and your mental capabilities start to slide.”
Chisago Lakes 16
LINDSTROM — The Miners saw a nine-run lead evaporate, then they scored 10 runs in the top of the ninth to get the win over the Bulldogs.
Hibbing held a 6-1 lead after six innings, then 10-1 lead after 6 ½ innings, but the Bulldogs rallied to take a 16-11 lead after eight innings before the Miners sent 15 batters to the plate in the ninth to retake the lead.
In the first, Mike Belich singled, then Lescarbeau doubled. They both scored when Matt Erickson reached on an error, then in the third, Bandemer hit a sacrifice fly to score Erickson, who walked with one out.
In the sixth, Kyle Maki reached on an error, then Belich tripled him home. Lescarbeau picked up an RBI single. He took third on a double by Erickson, and he would score on a passed ball.
Chisago Lakes got one in the sixth on an RBI single by Kevin Fairbanks, but the Miners responded with a four-run seventh.
Sprague and Korpi drew back-to-back walks, then Maki walked to load the bases. Belich drew an RBI base on balls, then Lescarbeau hit an RBI fielder’s choice ground ball. Two runs scored on Bulldog errors.
“We were in control the majority of that game,” Steinberg said. “We took our starting pitcher out, so we needed an inning or two from our bullpen. We didn’t get it. I had to used guys that I didn’t plan on starting over the weekend.
“When it comes down to limited pitching for the weekend, they jumped back into the game got the lead. We were riding high, then we hit rock bottom. That’s not the kind of feeling any baseball player wants to go through. We stayed confident at the plate.”
Chisago Lakes started its comeback in the seventh as Kellen Reed singled home a run and Fairbanks walked with the bases loaded. The third run scored on an error and it was 10-4.
Hibbing got on run in the eighth to make it 11-4, thanks to a Bulldog error, then the Chisago Lakes sent 18 batters to the plate in the bottom of the eighth to take that 16-11 lead.
The first time through the order, Chisago Lakes got an RBI single by Tyler Stilp, then three runs scored on a Hibbing error.
During the second time through the order, Reed had a three-run double, Dustin Rhodes hit an RBI single, and Stilp and Derrick Kluge both walked with the bases loaded.
At one point, 10-straight Bulldog hitters reached base during the rally.
Hibbing wasn’t about to be outdone as it came to the plate in the top of the ninth inning ready to explode offensively.
With one out, Steinberg singled, DeBoom and Bandemer both walked, then Sprague singled home a run.
Korpi walked to reload the bases, then after a pop out, Belich was hit by a pitch to force home a run. Lescarbeau singled home two runs and it was 16-16.
Erickson walked and Steinberg reached on an error to keep the inning going, DeBoom was hit by a pitch to force home a run and give the Miners the lead, 17-16.
With Bandemer at the plate, three-straight wild pitches brought home three runs and just like that it was 20-16. Hibbing would add one more insurance run.
“That’s the salvation to the entire game, being able to bat around and show them we were strong at the plate,” Steinberg said. “The frustrations of losing lead came out in the ninth. We had a never-say-die attitude.
“We jacked ourselves up on the bench before that inning started. That all blended together well. I commend the guys on that, but it’s not the way you want games to end. We’ll take it, put it behind us and move forward.”
Sprague would pitch to four Chisago Lakes hitters in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the win.
Erickson started for Hibbing, tossing 6.2 innings. He gave up seven hits, struck out 14 and walked two. DeBoom hurled .1 innings, giving up one hit, but walking three. Maki tossed one inning, allowing five hits, striking out three and walking four. Sprague worked one inning, giving up a hit and striking out two.
Ethan Prokosch started for the Bulldogs. He only lasted 2.1 innings, allowing two hits and walking four. Jacob Mickelson worked 5.2 innings. He gave up seven hits, struck out six and walked seven.
Jeremy Knutson would toss one inning, giving up three hits and walking six.
Lescarbeau would finish with four hits and four RBI. Belich had three hits and three RBI. Getting two hits each were Erickson and Steinberg.
Stilp and Reed both had three hits for Chisago Lakes. Knutson and Fairbanks both had two.
“Everything went wrong in that inning, from a starting point not throwing strikes,” Steinberg said. “We walked the first two guys, then they started piecing some hits together, with some errors and walks.
“They made a comeback. Every hitter reduced the lead. Every hitter continued to put that fear of what we didn’t want to happen in all of us. As a manager, your can take a guy out, but you fear having to break into starting pitcher into the next day. It was hard to break that plan to sacrifice entire weekend over a couple of outs.
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Hibbing: Jeff Korpi (L) and Joe Lescarbeau; Princeton: Luke Hallbeck (W), Drew Scharber (6th) and Jake Carlson; 2B — Josh Sprague, Curt Wilson, John Patnode 2, Jake Carlson.
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Hibbing: Josh Sprague (L), Jeff Korpi (8th) and Lescarbeau; North Branch: Matt Robinson (W) and Jackson Leleux; 2B — James Skroch, Dillyn Negley.
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Hibbing: Matt Erickson, Zack DeBoom (7th), Kyle Maki (W) (8th), Sprague (9th) and Lescarbeau; Chisago Lakes: Ethan prokosch, Jacob Mickelson (3rd), Jeremy Knutson (L) (9th) and Adam Hanson; 2B — Lescarbeau, Erickson, Kellen Reed; 3B — Mike Belich.
GRAND RAPIDS — Post 1221 traveled to Grand Rapids Monday and lost both games of a doubleheader, falling 4-2 in game one, then 9-1 in game two.
In game one, Jude Sundquist started for Hibbing, tossing three innings of five-hit ball. He struck out one and walked four. Isaac Colbaugh pitched three innings, allowing three hits. He fanned three and walked two.
Wohlers started for Grand Rapids, tossing seven innings. He gave up four hits, struck out 10 and walked three.
Josh Kivela, Sundquist, Keegan Fink, with a double, and Dane Mammenga had the Post 1221 hits.
In game two, Kivela started for Hibbing. He worked two innings gave up seven hits, walked one and struck out one. Evan Radovich worked one inning of relief. He gave up one hit. Sacco-LaMusga tossed one inning of relief, allowing three hits. He struck out three and walked one.
Sterle started for Grand Rapids, pitching 4.2 innings of two-hit ball. He fanned 10 and walked three.
Maxwell and Cardona had the Hibbing hits.