MARBLE — It was just one of those weekends for the Hibbing American Legion baseball team.
On Friday, Post 222 pounded out 14 hits and lost a five-run game, then they got a well-pitched game, but only had one hit in a 2-0 loss.
On Saturday, nothing seemed to be going Hibbing’s way as Fridley Gold sent 21 hitters to the plate in the fourth inning en route to a 20-0 win over Post 222 at a Grand Rapids Tournament contest at Steve Hecimovich Memorial Field.
Hibbing was in the game for three innings as it was only 3-0 thanks to a good effort out of starting pitcher Eli Sundquist.
“Other than Eli pitching the first three and keeping it close, then we booted how many balls around and walk how many guys, there’s no positives,” Hibbing manager Andy Kolden said.
Post 222 only had two hits, one by Joe Allison in the first inning, and one by Sundquist in the third inning.
“We need practice, and we need attendance,” Kolden said. “We need guys to show up. We were struggling with guys this weekend. There’s no words to describe that game.”
The Eagles didn’t exactly rip the cover off of the ball in the first three innings, but Fridley was able to get on the board first as Christian Morel doubled, then scored when Andrew Christopherson reached on an error.
In the second, Evan Speracek walked and Kyle Gagnon singled. Jackson Eibensteiner lined an RBI single to make it 2-0.
In the third, Christopherson reached on an error, then Alexander Stephens walked Eric Rataczak hit an RBI single to make it 3-0.
In Post 222’s third, Sundquist singled with two out and Codieh Powers walked, but they were left stranded on first and second.
That’s when the walls caved in on Hibbing.
The first time around the order, the Eagles picked up five hits, including a double and a triple, two walks and one error to score seven runs, but Fridley wasn’t done.
The second time around the order, the Eagles had two hits, including a double, four walks and two errors to score eight more runs to make it 18-0.
Two more doubles, by David Wippler and Wolfe Glaeser ended the big-time rally.
“That’s great to see when you’re on that side of it, but when you’re on our side of it, we didn’t have one pitcher left,” Kolden said. “The key to stopping it is throwing strikes and getting outs. We finally got that last out.
“That’s all we could do.”
Eibensteiner had two hits and an RBI; Glaser had two hits, including a double, and two RBI; Morel had three hits, including a double and a triple; Christopherson had a double; and Stephens had a double.
Sundquist, Noah Vinopal and Jude Sundquist all pitched for Hibbing.
Joseph Reinerts got the win for the Eagles, with one inning of relief help from Steven Hand.