Reds off to 2-1 start
The Superior Reds American Legion baseball team opened its season with a come-from-behind 9-7 win in eight innings Thursday evening at Taconite, Minn.
The Reds (2-1) followed up with a split of a doubleheader Sunday at Altoona, winning 3-2 and losing 3-2.
Friday’s home game against Cloquet was cancelled due to the Lumberjacks’ late run in Minnesota high school playoffs.
The Reds (2-1) host Hibbing in a doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. today at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.
Superior also hosts Hudson at 6 p.m. Thursday and plays two games at Nisswa, Minn., at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Reds 9, Taconite 7
The Reds were trailing 7-2 through six innings before tying the game up in the top of the seventh inning and then winning it with two runs in the top of the eighth.
Ashland’s Wyatt O’Bey picked up the win in relief for Superior, pitching two scoreless innings with four strikeouts.
O’Bey also had a single and two RBIs; Michael LaJoie tied the game up in the seventh inning with a two-run double; Gunner Johnson also had a double and RBI; Conner Fonger doubled; and Isaac Rios singled and knocked in a run.
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Taconite 400 012 00 — 7 8 4
Reds 3, Altoona 2
Brandon Wing picked up the complete-game victory in Sunday’s opener, allowing five hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.
He also helped himself on offense with a hit and RBI.
With the Reds trailing 2-1 in the top of sixth inning, Johnson reached on an error, moved to third on LaJoie’s sac bunt and scored on D’Auria’s double, tying the game 2-2.
After D’Auria advanced to third on a wild pitch, he scored the eventual game-winning run on Wing’s ground out to short. Altoona got the out at first, then attempted to throw out D’Auria at the plate, but he was able to slide underneath the tag to give the Reds the lead.
The Reds also got a double and single from Johnson and a single from Isaac Rios.
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Altoona 001 010 0 — 2 5 2
Altoona 3, Reds 2
Altoona salvaged a split with an eight-inning win in game two.
The Reds outhit Altoona 9-5, led by Johnson’s double and two singles. David Wakefield and Hunter Frahm added two hits apiece and Rios and LaJoie both singled.
O’Bey, Rios and LaJoie all pitched for the Reds, allowing five hits with 13 strikeouts and eight walks.
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The Reds’ roster includes current Spartans’ Derek Fender (IF/P), Isaac Rios (OF), David Fender (OF), Dom D’Auria (OF), Judd Erickson (C/IF), LaJoie (IF), Brandon Wing (P/IF) and Conner Fonger (OF).
Former Spartans on the team are Justin Reinkall (P) and Gunner Johnson (P/IF/OF), both 2017 SHS grads.
Reinkall had an 8-3 record with a 4.30 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 58.2 innings this past season for Southeast Community College in Beatrice, Neb.
Rounding out the Reds’ roster are O’Bey, Ashland; Hunter Gustafson and Trenton Wols of Webster; Frahm from Northwood-Minong; and Anthony Lupa, Northwestern.
The Reds coaches are Terry Reinkall, Jeff Arnovich and Chad Johnson.
2018 Superior Reds Roster
1 Derek Fender IF/P
3 Isaac Rios OF
6 David Fender OF
7 Hunter Frahm IF
8 Anthony Lupa P
9 Dominic D’Auria OF
10 Gunner Johnson P/IF/OF
13 Judd Erickson C/IF
19 Wyatt O’Bey IF/P
20 Michael LaJoie IF
22 Justin Reinkall P
23 Brandon Wing P/IF
27 Conner Fonger OF
28 Hunter Gustafson IF
33 Trenton Wols C/OF
Coaches: Terry Reinkall, Jeff Arnovich, Chad Johnson.