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Taconite ends regular season with win

Taconite shut the door early on Deer River, capturing a 10-4 victory on Friday.

With five runs in the first three innings, Taconite left no doubt about the eventual outcome.

An RBI single by Jaden Erkkila during the second inning fueled Taconite’s offense early.
Erkkila racked up four RBIs on four hits for Taconite. Kole Kalisch had a strong day at the dish as well. He connected for a deep home run to left in the win.

Jeff Korpi baffled Deer River, striking out six batters. Korpi allowed no earned runs, four hits and five walks over five innings to pick up the win.

Erkkila pitched two innings and allowed three runs, no earned runs, in closing out the game for Taconite.

Jeffrey Moore couldn’t get it done on the bump for Deer River, taking a loss. He allowed nine runs in five innings, walked one and struck out none.

Taconite matched its one-run fourth inning with one more in the sixth. In the fourth, Taconite scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike LaDoux, bringing home Taylor Lantz.

Taconite built upon its lead with three runs in the fifth. A hit into a fielder’s choice scored Kole Kalisch to get Taconite on the board in the inning. That was followed up by Erkkila’s single, plating John Labine.

By |July 21st, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Taconite drops one-run decision

The Taconite American Legion baseball team began a busy week with a convincing 9-5 victory over Deer River in Marble on Monday but suffered a tough 3-2 defeat to Ely on Tuesday night in Ely.

It was a well-pitched game between Taconite’s John Labine and Ely’s Will Gustafson. Gustafson earned the win allowing two runs on three hits. He struck out four while walking two in the game. Labine was the tough luck loser on the mound. He allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits while striking out four while walking three.

Taconite fell behind in the third inning when Ely scratched across a run. Taconite rallied back for a run in the fifth when Kole Kalisch reached which allowed Pat Shea to score. However, Ely answered with single runs in the fifth and the sixth to take the lead.

A dropped fly ball in the seventh allowed Joe LaDoux to score for Taconite to make it 3-2, however, a line drive to left ended the contest and Ely picked up its second win over Taconite during the season.

The loss moves Taconite to 9-7 overall on the season and they are back in action tonight with a trip to Esko.

By |July 9th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Taconite returns to win column

The Taconite American Legion Baseball team returned to the win column with a convincing 10-1 victory over Esko in Marble on Tuesday afternoon.

Taconite raced ahead in the first with a lone run and tacked on four more in the second before adding two more in the third, a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth for the 10-1 win.

Kadin Kalisch was the beneficiary of the run support on the mound. He allowed only one hit in four innings of work. He walked six and struck out three in the win. Tyler Peterson pitched three innings of relief to get the save. He allowed one run on two hits while walking four and striking out three.

Pat Shea finished with three hits and scored two runs in the game. Kole Kalisch added three hits while Kadin Kalisch finished with three hits and drove home two runs. Joe LaDoux had a hit and drove in three runs in the game. Peterson had a hit and drove in a run as well in the victory.

Taconite sits at 8-6 overall on the season and returned to action on Monday when they squared off with Deer River.

By |July 1st, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Grand Rapids wins Bash rematch with Taconite

The fifth annual Bash, formerly known as Bisch Bash, took place on Saturday at Portage Park in Cohasset and one of the main events of the day featured Taconite squaring off with Grand Rapids in American Legion Baseball action.

Taconite was hoping to make it two straight Bash victories over Grand Rapids after last year’s 1-0 victory over Grand Rapids. In that game, Jordan Peratalo pitched a complete-game shutout and Bazil Zuehlke delivered a solo home run.

The table was set for another close game on Saturday, after Grand Rapids defeated Taconite, 11-3, earlier in the week. Neither team could get much going offensively against pitcher’s Jeff Korpi (Taconite) and Tanner Shepard (Grand Rapids).

Grand Rapids eventually broke through in the fourth inning with runners on first and third and two out. Ethan Rajala took off for second trying to get into a run down to allow Nick Johnson to score. However, Korpi’s throw to second was errant which allowed Johnson to score the game’s first run.

Taconite had several opportunities to either tie the game or take the lead in the lead. In the fifth inning, Kole Kalisch singled with two outs. Kadin Kalisch followed with a line drive that hit off the fence in left and put runners on second and third. However, Shepard worked his way out of trouble by inducing a fly ball.

That was the story of the game for Taconite. Taconite stranded nine runners in scoring position and left runners on second and third, three times in the game.

However, Taconite eventually broke through in the seventh inning to tie the game at one. Kole Kalisch doubled to right-centerfield to start the rally. With Kole Kalisch attempting to steal third, Kadin Kalisch hit a […]

By |June 30th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Grand Rapids takes down Taconite

Grand Rapids returned home in a big way in picking up an 11-3 victory over Taconite on Tuesday evening at Legion Field in Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids scored three in the first inning and added four in the second to break the game open early. Grand Rapids eventually thwarted a bases loaded rally for Taconite in the fourth. Taconite scored two runs, however, a strike three call with the bases full ended the inning.

Taconite added another run in the fifth inning but Grand Rapids added two more runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to put the game away en route to the victory.

Gunnar Harris finished with four hits and drove in four runs for Grand Rapids. Kenn Hasbargen drove home three runs while John Baker plated two in the contest. Noah Johnson finished with three hits as well.

John Baker picked up the win. He pitched a third of an inning of relief, escaping a bases loaded jam in the fourth. Hasbargen started on the mound and pitched three and two-thirds allowing two runs on only one hit. He struck out one while walking five batters.

Jaden Erkilla was saddled with the loss for Taconite. He allowed nine runs, six earned, in five innings of work. He walked three and struck one. Erkilla had two hits and drove in a run for Taconite while John Labine, Kole Kalisch and Kadin Kalisch had hits as well.

 

By |June 25th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Taconite sweeps North Shore

The Taconite American Legion baseball team returned to its home diamond on Monday afternoon to take on North Shore in a pair of District 8 contests. Taconite rolled to a double header sweep, knocking off North Shore, 4-0, and 15-0.

In game one, Tyler Peterson was in command. The right hander struck out 14 batters while picking up the complete game shutout. He allowed only three hits in picking up his second win of the summer.

Kole Kalisch finished with two hits and a run batted in for Taconite in the win. Tyler Peterson drove home two runs while Taylor Lantz drove in a run as well in the win.

Taconite jumped ahead early and often in game two. Taconite scored seven runs in the first and added six more in the second en route to the 15-0 win. Justin Guyer, John Labine, Mike LaDoux and Nick Shea recorded two hits each. Lantz drove in two runs while Guyer, Kole Kalisch, Peterson, Sam LaDoux, Mike LaDoux, Shea and Jeff Korpi each plated a run in the win.

Jeff Korpi earned the win on the mound. He allowed only one hit in three innings of work. He struck out three and walked two batters. Sam LaDoux closed out the game pitching the final two innings. He allowed three hits while striking out two.

Taconite sits at 7-3 overall on the season and will take on Grand Rapids at 7 p.m. tonight at Legion field in Grand Rapids.

By |June 24th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Rapids to host Legion Tournament

The 39th annual Grand Rapids American Legion Invitational returns to Legion Field and Portage Park in Cohasset beginning on Friday.

This year’s tournament features another strong field of 10 teams. A total of 20 games will be played on Friday and Saturday with five each day at both Portage Park and Legion Field. Grand Rapids will cap off play on Friday and Saturday night with games at 5 and 7:30 p.m. at Legion Field.

The Orange Pool consists of Grand Rapids, Alexandria, Fridley Gold, Richfield and St. Michael-Albertville. The Black pool features Bemidji, Edina, Elk River, New Ulm Gold and North St. Paul.

On Friday at Legion Field, Elk River will take on Bemidji followed by Edina squaring off with Bemidji. Elk River will follow with a game against New Ulm Gold while Fridley Gold and Richfield will take on Grand Rapids in the final two contests.

At Portage Park, St. Michael-Albertville will take on Alexandria followed by Fridley Gold facing off with Alexandria. Richfield and St. Michael-Albertville will do battled at 2:30 p.m. with the evening sessions featuring Edina vs. North St. Paul and New Ulm Gold vs. North St. Paul.

Action continues on Saturday at Legion Field with New Ulm Gold taking on Edina. Bemidji will battle with North St. Paul at 12 noon. At 2:30 p.m., Fridley Gold will take on St. Michael-Albertville. Action continues at 5 p.m. with Alexandria taking on Grand Rapids and St. Michael-Albertville squaring off with Grand Rapids at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s action at Portage Park features Fridley Gold taking on Richfield while Alexandria takes on Richfield. Elk River will battle with Edina while Bemidji takes on New Ulm Gold. North St. Paul closes play with Elk River.

The tournament concludes on Sunday with […]

By |June 19th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

No late magic for Taconite in loss to Ely

In a rematch from last year’s District 8, Division II championship, Ely rolled past Taconite, 13-3, in five innings at the Steve Hecimovich Memorial Field in Marble.

Ely darted out of the gates by scoring four runs in the top of the first and eventually put the game away with an eight-run, eighth inning. Ely roped out 15 hits en route to the 10-run victory.

Louis Gerzin earned the win on the mound. He went four innings allowing three runs, one earned, on two hits. He struck out 11 while walking four batters.

Eight of nine Ely starters recorded hits in the game with Pat Huisman and Elliot Omerza leading the way, each with three hits and two runs batted in. Spencer Gaulke added two hits and a run batted in while Gerzin added two hits and two runs batted in. Will Gustafson added a hit and drove home two runs. Bradley Roy, Jeff Willis and Max Gantt each drove in a run for Ely.

Pat Shea had a hit and a run batted in for Taconite. Kadin Kalisch drove home a run while Kole Kalisch and Mitch Bonderson recorded hits in the loss. John Labine walked twice and scored both times.

Tyler Peterson suffered the loss on the mound. He allowed 11 runs, seven earned, in three and a third of work. He walked three and struck out one.

Taconite falls to 3-1 overall as they prepare to take part in the Ely Tournament where they will play Blackduck and Brookston on Friday before taking on Roseau and Minnetonka on Saturday.

By |June 19th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Rapids takes two from Cloquet

The Grand Rapids American Legion Baseball team moved to 4-0 with a sweep of Cloquet in Cloquet yesterday afternoon. Grand Rapids scored 25 runs in two games as they rolled to 12-2 and 13-4 victories yesterday.

Grand Rapids broke game one open with a four-run fifth and a six run sixth inning. Noah Johnson picked up the win on the hill. He went three innings allowing two earned runs on five hits while striking out four, walking two and hitting one.

Johnson helped himself out at the plate. He had two hits and drove home two runs. Ethan Rajala did the same while John Baker, Gunnar Harris and Tanner Shepard all had two hits each. Kenn Hasbargen delivered with a double, he drove in three in the game.

Grand Rapids broke game two open as well as the plated four in the first, three in the second and two in the third as they cruised to a 13-4 victory.

Kyle Stram picked up the win. He allowed only one hit while striking out six and walking two in four innings of work. Stram had a big game at the plate as well. He finished with three hits and drove in five runs. Tanner Shepard added three hits and three runs batted in while Hasbargen added three hits including a double and two runs batted in. Harris and Baker added three hits each for Grand Rapids with Harris driving in two and scoring three times.

By |June 19th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Seventh inning magic continues for Taconite

Taconite American Legion Post 301 earned its third straight win to start the season with a 4-3 road win over Two Harbors in Two Harbors on Monday evening. For the third straight game, Taconite trailed heading into the seventh inning before rallying for the win.
Two Harbors jumped ahead in the first inning only to see Taconite rally back to tie the game up in the third inning. Two Harbors regained the lead in the fourth only to see Taconite fight back to tie it in the sixth. Two Harbors regained the lead in the sixth inning to make it 3-2 setting up the seventh inning theatrics.
Joe LaDoux singled to start the rally in the seventh. He advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Peterson. Pat Shea followed with an RBI single to even the game at three. Kole Kalisch followed with a run scoring knock to give Taconite the 4-3 lead.
Pat Shea shut the door down in the seventh inning to pick up the win in relief. Mitch Bonderson pitched five innings but did not factor in the decision. He allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits while walking two and striking out four. Shea allowed only one hit while walking one and striking out one.

Shea finished with two hits at the plate and drove in a run. Kole Kalisch finished with three hits and drove home two runs. Kadin Kalisch finished with two hits and drove home a run.

By |June 17th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|