Along with running the Polar League meet next Wednesday, Esko Stadium will also welcome the 7A Sub-Section and Section meets in the coming weeks, due to construction at usual-host Malosky Stadium at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
"Give them credit, they made plays," said Cloquet coach Rick Norrgard, who counted his team stranding nine runners on base compared to the Rebels' two, while his squad also out-hit the hosts 7-4 and made two fewer errors. "Sometimes those days happen, but that's why you play the game."
"It was cold, windy and balls were going left and right, but I was pretty warm actually," said Mesojedec after winning her first career meet. "I was really excited [to win]. I just really like [golf]."
"Any place else and he would have had two home runs," said Bulldogs coach Ryan Schmidt afterward. "He's swinging a hot bat and just been hitting the heck out of the ball. He's hit a lot of long balls."
On that record-setting day in a chilly Rockford, Minn., Trout tallied 40' 5" on his first leap, matching his PR from an entire season ago. Slowly but surely he inched longer, setting a new PR. On his fifth and final attempt, Trout measured 42' 10" — breaking Troy McConachie's mark of 42' 2" set during the early part of this millennium by 8 inches.
Against South Ridge last week, junior Sam Fisher and eighth-grader Taya Hakamaki had the Cardinals' only hits. Thus far, winless Cromwell-Wright (0-3) has been outscored 59-3 and has struck out 26 times. Nonetheless, that doesn't faze Sawdey, who was upbeat about his group earlier this week.
"The key for us was putting the bat on the ball," said interim Barnum coach Mike Kylve, stepping in for Tony Bender, who is undergoing health issues but hopes to return next season. "Carlton made some mistakes, but you have to put the ball in play for them to make those mistakes. When you get the bat on the ball and put the ball in play, good things happen."
There are so many boys, in fact, that fourth-year boys coach Jon Horbacz will have to do cuts at the end of this week in order to make a more manageable squad this spring.
“I’ve seen her play short, second, she can hit, pitch, I’ve seen her in the outfield a couple of times — just all around,” said junior teammate Sam Macor. “She can play quite a bit.”
“Baseball has been in my family my whole life, so it’s a dream to play in college,” Emanuel said. “But we have some unfinished business here. We want to go as far as we can.”