By Jason Groth
The Nashwauk-Keewatin Spartan baseball team earned back-to-back wins on Saturday as they defeated Cherry, 8-4, and Carlton, 9-2, during the Nashwauk-Keewatin baseball tournament. The two wins capped off a busy week that featured a 14-0 win over Deer River and a 12-4 loss to Hill City.
Against Cherry, Jeff Korpi earned a complete game win on the mound. He allowed four runs, two earned, on five hits while striking out seven and walking three. The Spartans scored two runs in each of the first, second and fourth innings while adding single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Mitch Bonderson helped Korpi out at the plate. Bonderson had four hits and drove in five runs to help the Spartan surge. John LaBine set the table at the top of the order with three hits and three runs scored. Kevin Hale and Mason Graves had one hit each and both drove in a run.
Against Carlton, it was John LaBine that was on his game on the mound. LaBine went the distance allowing only two runs, no earned runs on three hits while walking two and striking out 13 Bulldogs.
Kevin Hale, Tayler Haigh and Jeff Korpi each drove in two runs in the contest. Pat Yoder and and LaBine each drove home a run in the victory for the Spartans.
The Nashwauk-Keewatin Spartan baseball team cruised to a 14-0 victory over the Deer River Warriors in Deer River on Thursday afternoon. Mitch Bonderson earned the complete game win allowing only five hits while striking out four.
The Spartans scored two runs in each of the first two innings and broke the game open with a five run third and a five run fourth. John LaBine had two hits and four runs scored. Jeff Korpi had two hits and drove in five. Bonderson drove home three runs as well in the win.
The Hill City Hornets capitalized on wild pitching from the Nashwauk-Keewatin Spartans as they rolled to a 12-4 victory over the Spartans in area baseball action on Tuesday afternoon in Nashwauk.
The Hornets had only six hits in the win but capitalized on 11 walks in picking up the win. Matt Hilton was the beneficiary of the run support as he earned the win on the hill. Hilton allowed only two runs on six hits while striking out three in five innings of work. Izaiah Bishop had two hits, two runs scored and a run batted in for Hill City.
Mason Watkins had two hits, scored two runs and drove home two runs while Hilton had a hit and drove home two runs. Lane Gerber drove in three runs as well in the win for Hill City.