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Cloquet VFW baseball team stays busy

Things can't get much busier for the Cloquet VFW baseball team with seven games in seven days and going 5-2 in the process. Cloquet opened the week with a 5-2 victory over Superior behind the seven-hit pitching of Bryan Anderson and Andrew Bergeron.

Things can't get much busier for the Cloquet VFW baseball team with seven games in seven days and going 5-2 in the process.

Cloquet opened the week with a 5-2 victory over Superior behind the seven-hit pitching of Bryan Anderson and Andrew Bergeron. Dennis Conklin had three hits and three RBIs in the win.

Game two against Superior saw Superior take a 9-6 win to get a split in the double-header. Austin Hatch picked up two of Cloquet's five hits.

Last Wednesday Cloquet picked up two wins over Duluth Central by scores of 5-0 and 14-3.

In their first win over Central it was Ryan Lindstrom fanning 11 and picking up the complete game victory while Adam Boleman and Matt Ellison each banged out two hits.

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Bryan Anderson, Andrew Bergeron and Dedric Clark each put in time on the mound in game two as Cloquet rolled to the easy victory. Cloquet scored eight runs in the second inning capped by Bryan Anderson's bases-loaded triple. Five more runs in the fifth inning sealed the victory for Cloquet as Conklin had a pair of hits, Ellison added three hits and Kyle Duesler and Mike Hill each swatted out two hits.

On Friday Cloquet traveled to Grand Rapids for a tournament and fell to the host team 3-1 despite an outstanding pitching effort by Andrew Bergeron. He had a seven hitter and Conklin stayed hot with two more hits.

Cloquet rebounded for a 13-9 win over Greenway with a big seven-run second inning. Boleman, Ellison, Bergeron, Justin Schmitz and Kyle Duesler each had two hits and Bergeron added a pair of doubles.

In Saturday's third place game Cloquet managed to put a patchwork pitching staff together and come away with a 12-6 win over Robbinsdale Cooper.

"We were out of pitchers after the busy week, so we were using guys who did not have much experience in the past three years," said assistant coach Paul Riess. "Matt Ellison went the first three innings, Boleman pitched the next two, Mike Hill pitched an inning picking up the win in relief."

The game was a seesaw affair that saw Cloquet trailing 5-1 in the top of the sixth inning yet taking the win by scoring 11 runs the rest of the way.

The Cloquet rally began with three runs in the sixth inning to cut the lead to 5-4 on singles by Lindstrom, Ellison and Anderson. In the seventh Cloquet scored eight runs with Ellison crushing a two-run double and Clark adding a two-run single.

For the game Conklin, Ellison, Niko Michaelson and Anderson all had a pair of hits.

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"We are playing well defensively and our pitchers are throwing strikes," mentioned Riess. "Conklin, Hatch, Boleman and Ellison are hitting extremely well right now. Everybody is doing a good job of hitting. We have not been swinging at many bad pitches and everyone is putting the ball in play and drawing walks."

Pine Journal sports reporter Kerry Rodd can be contacted at: kdrodd@aol.com .

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