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Baseball: Bats fail Lumberjacks

Cloquet sophomore Cade Anderson makes a pitch during the Lumberjacks' 2-0 loss to Hermantown on Thursday, May 2. (Jamey Malcomb / Pine Journal)

Cloquet pitchers Cade Anderson and Jack Sorenson combined to allow just three hits against Hermantown, but Lumberjack batters couldn't solve Hawk hurler Jeb Paczynski in a 2-0 loss Thursday, May 2.

Anderson allowed just one hit over four innings and struck out two, but in the fourth inning, the sophomore began to have some control problems. Anderson walked two batters in the fourth inning and hit two more, the last with the bases loaded to give Hermantown a 1-0 lead.

Sorenson came in for the final two innings, allowing two hits and striking out three, but also giving up a sixth inning run to pad the Hawk lead.

Cloquet batters had several well hit balls late in the game, but Hermantown outfielders were able track them down for the out.

Cloquet Coach Rick Norrgard was pleased with the way his team played in the field, but acknowledged the Lumberjacks need more consistent hitting to have any real success this season.

"We played defensively pretty well today and then we pitched pretty well — we've just got to get the bats going and get some timely hitting," Norrgard said. "Hitting usually takes a little longer to come than the pitching. I think the hitting will come, the more you play. Usually, the hitting keeps getting better, so that's what we're looking for."

Cloquet (4-6) is next scheduled to play Friday, May 10, at 4:30 p.m. at Princeton.

Hermantown 2, Cloquet 0

At Cloquet. WP: Jeb Paczynski 6.1IP, 4H, 3K, 3BB. LP: Cade Anderson 4IP, 1R, 1H, 2K, 4BB. H: Rico Rodriguez RBI; Indio Dowd RBI.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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