The Carlton Bulldogs are the defending Section 7A champions – and will get the opportunity to defend their section championship from the winner's bracket Thursday, May 31, in Cohasset.
Cloquet softball coach Ron Tondryk channeled his inner Alfred E. Neuman after the first inning of the Section 7AAA semifinal Tuesday, May 29.
In a spring season where weather has played such a dominant role, it was fitting in a way that Moose Lake-Willow River and Esko's Section 7AA semifinal matchup should be halted by rain.
The Bombers move on to the Thursday, May 23, second round at Braun Park in Cloquet, where they will face the subsection's top seed, Cherry (14-6), at noon, with a four-game winning streak.
"We played well, we won 10 matches and got a player through to the semifinals individually," Johnson said. "The players had fun, too, which is one thing that we're confident will bring them back next spring. We tell them that not every winter is like this last one — some are, but we play through it."
For Cloquet, their first 18 outs at Grand Rapids on Tuesday, May 15, came with only one hit, and they entered the seventh inning trailing 3-0. But those last three outs — well, they were a bear for the Thunderhawks to get. By the time the Thunderhawks had recorded those 21 outs, Cloquet had sent 11 men to the plate in an epic seventh inning, and scored seven runs on six hits to earn a 7-3 win.
Kendra Kelley completed a trifecta Tuesday by winning the 200- and 400-meter dashes as well, finishing 1-2 with senior Erin Turner in the 400. She also won the long jump to finish her day as a quadruple winner. Harmony Tracy and Lauren Cawcutt finished 3-4 in the 1,600 meters, earning 47 team points. Cawcutt was third in the 3,200 meters and junior Kelly Lorenz was third in the 100 and 300 hurdles. <
"We've played pretty well," coach Ron Tondryk said. "We have work to do but the results have been good."
p>First, the snow kept them indoors, and then three crushing wins in their first four games followed in which they scored 46 runs, including Tuesday's 21-4 win over Cromwell-Wright. Abby Mickle worked four innings and struck out six while allowing two hits and hitting a home run to help herself. She also drove in four runs. Alaina Bennett had two hits and scored three runs, while Alena Wallin drove in three and scored twice.
On Tuesday, the Lumberjacks' defense betrayed them in a 12-1, five-inning loss at Superior. All 12 of the Spartans' runs were unearned. "That's a product of not being outside for practice," coach Rick Norrgard said. "It's a function of not being able to work on the things we needed to work on."