Cloquet used a strong pitching performance to take the second game of the tourney (also played Wednesday in Cloquet) — a 15-6 win against Hermantown. "Tim Pokornowski pitched well, and threw 75 pitches in five innings, while Alex Norgaard and Nick Baker finished the game in relief," recalled Coach Baker. "Our bats woke up with a number of players with multi-hit games.
Esko fought back to nail down wins over Two Harbors, Deer River, a rematch with International Falls that ended with Esko slipping by 5-4 in another nail biting game, and a semifinal win over Taconite. "In the win over Two Harbors we got a fantastic pitching performance from Peyton Koskela, who pitched four innings and gave up no runs and only one hit with five strikeouts," Karnas said.
"The Color Run is the primary fundraiser for our club and proceeds from the event will directly impact the Cloquet, Esko and Carlton communities." The event is held at Pine Valley in Cloquet with check-in/race-day registration on Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m and the race starting at 9 a.m.
Last week Esko downed Hermantown on Thursday behind the strong pitching of Peyton Koskela, who gave up only one earned run in the 8-5 victory. Koskela also smacked a two-run triple for Esko.
"Between the 5K and the 1-miler (which was held prior to the parade), we had over 500 runners," said co-race director Jeff Leno, who puts on the race each year with his wife Alyson. "We are very pleased with those numbers which are on par with some of our larger numbers of runners over the years." <
"The outcome was not what we expected going into the game," explained Panthers coach Tyler Olin. "It was certainly a roller-coaster ride."
"We left bases loaded three times again," explained Norrgard. "We just couldn't bust things open and then you start to get frustrated. At that point all you can do is keep going up and swinging until you finally break through." Cooper Grashorn, Rasmussen, Joe Backus and Johnson all had RBIs in the victory for Cloquet.
> The war of attrition resulted in the Wrens having just 14 players on the roster entering the playoffs Tuesday night against Carlton.
"Since day one our team focus was on the 'Big Three' — if we field better, if we have more quality at-bats and if we pitch better we would be a better team," explained coach Huff Emanuel. "It is the little things like no errors that help your pitchers, the pitch count and no walks keep your defense in the game and as a batter not extending your strike zone so you make the other pitcher work harder and hopefully tire them out. This team was ready for more of a challenge." <
Thursday's game was tight until the fifth inning when the Rebels pushed five runs across to grab a 12-6 lead. "It was a good competitive game with Moose Lake-Willow River," said Barnum coach Dustin Collelo. "We haven't been able to compete with them for a while so that was a positive for us."