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Carlton-Fond du Lac drops pair at home Ryan Schmidt kept his analysis simple after two losses in two days. "We just didn't hit the ball," said the Carlton-Fond du Lac coach Tuesday following their 4-0 shutout loss to Silver Bay and their 18-2 lap...

Carlton-Fond du Lac drops pair at home

Ryan Schmidt kept his analysis simple after two losses in two days.

"We just didn't hit the ball," said the Carlton-Fond du Lac coach Tuesday following their 4-0 shutout loss to Silver Bay and their 18-2 lapse in five innings against East Central. "We didn't hit the ball either day."

Monday against the non-conference Eagles in their season opener, the Bulldogs struggled. They gave up nine runs in the first inning.

"We just couldn't get out of there," Schmidt said.

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Tuesday, they were more competitive against the Polar League rival Mariners. Yet, knotted 0-0 in the fifth inning, the wheels fell off for Carlton-FDL.

All in all, the Bulldogs had just 10 hits in 12 innings of play.

"We'll definitely be hitting a lot at practice tomorrow," chuckled Schmidt.

Leading the Bulldogs offensively was senior Chaise Jokinen and sophomore Kyle Gunderson, as the pair has scored the only runs this year. On the hill, Jokinen took the loss against East Central, while Colton Godbout was the losing hurler against Silver Bay, despite fanning nine batters.

Esko sees mercy rule in season opener

It wasn't pretty.

Excited to take to their home diamond for the first time without a rake in hand, the Esko baseball team didn't fare well in the season opener Tuesday, as Polar League nemesis Two Harbors waxed the Eskomos 12-2 in six innings.

"We didn't pitch well and just couldn't hit the ball," said coach Ben Haugen.

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According to Haugen, the Eskomos issued 11 free passes via walks and hit batsmen. Trailing just 2-1 in the fifth inning, things went downhill quickly.

"We had three errors in the sixth, too," Haugen said.

Those three errors matched their three hits. The only Eskomos to record knocks were seniors Zach Wirtanen and Jake Stainbrook and junior Max Reinertsen.

Reinertsen was also the losing pitcher Tuesday.

"We're young," Haugen said. "Our goal is to get better. I think we can do that."

Mercuries topple Bombers Tuesday

Mike Hedin and Pat Dahl have been an instant hit. Literally.

As the only two Cromwell-Wright students to play baseball for the newly-formed McGregor-Cromwell-Wright ball club, the duo each recorded a pair of hits in a high-scoring 13-7 win over Polar League foe Barnum Tuesday in McGregor.

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Hedin and Dahl were just two of four players who roped out two hits, as the Mercuries finished the contest with 11 hits to Barnum's eight.

"We hit the ball well," said McGregor-Cromwell-Wright coach Jon Jacobs, who also mentioned that Hedin had a team-high five RBIs.

Senior Zerek Marsyla and junior Alex Carlstrom also marked two hits each for the Mercuries in their opener, as Carlstrom had a pair of doubles, while Marsyla drove in two runs and was the winning pitcher, striking out seven Bombers.

Trailing 7-0 after five innings, Barnum scored five runs in the sixth to make things interesting after a handful of McGregor-Cromwell-Wright errors. Senior Justin Newman and junior Jacob Naslund paced the Bombers with a pair of hits apiece.

"We had some errors there," said Jacobs, "but we didn't have a meltdown. Along with our hitting, I thought our defense played well. This was a good win for us."

ML-WR splits with Proctor, Cook County

It's been a long couple games for Moose Lake-Willow River.

In just two evenings, the Rebels have been a part of two contests - that combined for 59 total runs. Last Friday in their season opener, ML-WR fell to Proctor 21-7, while Tuesday they upended Cook County at home in a 17-14 slugfest.

Against the Rails last week, Proctor junior Ryan McCarthy broke a Minnesota State High School League record, smashing in 10 RBIs in the affair, including two home runs, one of which was a grand slam. McCarthy's 10 runs driven in broke the state record set in 1993 and 1997.

Behind the burly McCarthy, the Rails dismantled the Rebels easily, leading 12-0 after two-and-a-half innings. ML-WR added runs in the third and fourth and five more in the fifth, but it wasn't nearly enough.

Tuesday, against the Polar League foe Vikings, the Rebels regained their balance.

In high-scoring fashion, ML-WR outlasted Cook County in their conference opener, as they continue to their goal of winning their fourth consecutive league title.

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