HIBBING — The Hibbing American Legion baseball team found out what happens when things go right, and Post 222 also found out what can happen when they go back to their bad habits.
Hibbing did just about everything right in game one of a doubleheader against Superior Sunday, coming away with an 8-6 win over the Reds, but in game two, Post 222 didn’t come close to matching their play in game one, and Superior won 15-2 at Al Nyberg Field.
It was an unfortunate turn of events for Hibbing, as the Reds took advantage of 11 hits, 10 walks and five Post 222 errors to plate all of those runs.
“It was the complete opposite of the way we played in the first game,” Schafer said. “We played well in game one. Everything we said we can’t do, we came out and did, at least defensively.
“We ran into a couple of buzz saws. Those guys threw well. They had decent breaking stuff. They kept us off balance. Their pitchers, in the second game, were in a rhythm the whole time, and we couldn’t get them out of that, outside of one inning.”
Superior didn’t score its first run until the third inning when Gunner Hanson hit an RBI single, then in the fourth, the Reds addad four runs to make it 5-0.
John Rhodes laid down a squeeze bunt for an RBI, Kyle Rehnstrand had a two-run single and one run scored on a passed ball.
Hibbing did cut into the lead in the fourth, scoring two runs thanks to two Superior errors, but the Reds would score six runs in the fifth to break the game open.
The Reds would send at least nine hitters to the plate in three of the last five innings.
“We had a couple of long innings and it’s a matter of we were walking guys, then when we started throwing strikes, we couldn’t pick up the ball,” Schafer said. “It was the exact opposite of the first game.”
In the fifth, Jake Brill had a three-run double, and Rhodes an RBI single.
Superior added four more runs in the seventh on a two-run double by Kaden Kimmes, and fielder’s choice ground ball off the bat of Judd Erickson.
Hunter Frahm got the pitching win, tossing five inings of two-hit ball. He struck out eight and walked one. Brill hurled two innings of relief. He gave up one, struck out five and walked one.
Codieh Powers started for Hibbing. He worked 3.1 innings of three-hit ball. He fanned five and walked five. Hayden Westerberg tossed 1.2 innings of four-hit ball. He walked two and struck out one. Ryne Sampson finished up with two innings, allowing four hits, striking out one and walking three.
Jake Erickson had three, and Brill had two.
Durie had two hits, and Westerberg had the other Post 222 hit.
Post 222 was able to get the win in the first game, taking a 7-3 lead, then holding on at the end to secure the victory.
Superior would score twice in its half of the first inning, but Hibbing came back with five runs in the bottom of the first.
It started with a walk to Eli Sundquist, then a single by Will Durie. Noah Vinopal singled home a run, then a walk to Westerberg loaded the bases.
Joe Allison hit a sacrifice fly, then Dan Rusten walked to reload the bases. With two out, Travis Erickson doubled into the left-field corner, scoring two runs, and a third run scored on an error.
“That was nice,” Hibbing’s Will Durie said. “Everyone was hitting. We were being smart on the base paths. We were having fun, and it kind of all worked out.”
The Reds scored once in the third to make it 5-3, but Post 222 added two runs in their half of the third on RBI singles by Allison and Sampson.
“You have to respond. That’s baseball,” Durie said. “IYou can’t give up after they score. It’s all about being competitive. That’s what we were today.”
Hibbing added one run in the fourth as Allison had an RBI double, but Superior scored twice in the sixth to make it 8-5.
Post 222 loaded the bases, with no out, in the sixth, but a double play and a strikeout took Hibbing out of the inning.
“It would have been nice to get some insurance runs, but we were still up,” Durie said. “Sometimes it just happens like that.”
Superior almost made Hibbing regret that inning as it loaded the bases with no out in the top of the seventh.
Durie, who came on in relief of Sundquist in the sixth inning, struck out the next hitter, then Post 222 got fortunate as the Reds ran themselves into a double play to end the game.
Rehstrand hit a ball up the middle that Sundquist knocked down and flipped it to Vinopal. They didn’t get the force out. The runner on third scored to make it 8-6, and the runner on second was rounding third and heading for home.
Vinopal’s throw to Westerberg nailed that runner, then Westerberg saw Rehnstrand straying too far from first. He ran at him, made the throw, and Vinopal tagged him out to end the game.
“Eli did a great job stopping the ball, then Noah did a good job eating it up,” Durie said. “The throw home was a great throw, then Westy saw the guy caught up between first and second. He got the ball there, and we tagged him out for the double play.
“Obviously, with the bases loaded, that was clutch. It’s not ideal to do that, but that was a big play. It was good in keeping this first win in line for us.”
Sunquist got the win, tossing five innings of three-hit ball. He struck seven and walked one. Durie gave up four hits in two innings. He struck out two and walked two.
Austen Lejuene took the loss. He pitched three innings, giving up six hits. He fanned four and walked four. Brandon Wing worked three innings, giving up four hits. He struck out five and walked two.
Vinopal finished with three hits, Allison had two.
Rehnstrand had three hits, and Brill had two.
SR 201 002 1 — 6 7 1
HL 502 100 x — 8 10 4
Superior: Austin Lejuene (L), Brandon Wine (4th) and John Rhodes; Hibbing: Eli Sundquist (W), Will Durie (6th) and Hayden Westerberg; 2B — Jake Brill 2, Kaden Kimmes, Westerberg, Joe Allison, Travis Erickson.
SR 001 460 4 — 15 11 3
HL 000 200 0 — 2 3 5
Superior: Hunter Frahm (W), Brill (6th) and Rhodes; Hibbing: Codieh Powers (L), Westerberg (4th), Ryne Sampson (6th) and Noah Vinopal, Dan Rusten (6th); 2B — Brill, Kimmes.