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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|

Kalisch, Peterson lift Taconite over Proctor

Kole Kalisch brought home the winning run to give Taconite the lead in the seventh inning, as Taconite hung on to beat Proctor 4-1 on Wednesday.

Joe LaDoux singled to get on base in the seventh. He then went from first to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Peterson.

An intentional walk to Shea and a walk to Matt Wilcox loaded the bases for Taconite in the seventh. Kalisch delivered an RBI single to right that plated two runs and gave the visitors a 2-1 lead. Kadin Kalisch followed with a run scoring single to make it 3-1. Kole Kalisch stole home on the backend of a double steal to make it 4-1.

Shea put himself in scoring position with two extra-base hits for Taconite. He doubled in the first and third innings and singled in the fifth inning. However, Shea was left stranded both times. Taconite left five runners in scoring position during the game.

Tyler Peterson pitched lights out for Taconite. Proctor managed just two hits off of Peterson, who allowed one earned run, walked one and struck out seven during his seven innings of work.

Evan Scherber was charged with the loss. He went 6 2/3 innings, walked five, struck out 11, and allowed four runs.
In the fourth inning, Proctor pushed across its only run of the day on a sacrifice fly by Scherber.

By |June 12th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

GR Legion off to a strong start

The Grand Rapids American Legion Post 60 American Legion Baseball team raced out to a 2-0 mark to start the season with wins over Proctor and West Duluth. Against West Duluth, Grand Rapids rolled to an 11-1 win.
Grand Rapids used two big three-run innings to put the game away as they scored three runs in each of the fourth and the seventh innings in the win.
Kyle Stram picked up the win on the mound. He allowed one run in four innings of work. He struck out three and walked two.

At the plate, Tanner Shepard had two hits including a double and two runs batted in. Nick Johnson had three hits and a run batted in. John Baker had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Jackson Gessell had two hits in the game as well.

By |June 11th, 2014|Blog, Sports|Comments Off|

Indians take two on opening weekend

The Grand Rapids Indian Amateur Baseball team wrapped up its opening weekend with a 2-1 record overall. They split a doubleheader on Saturday with the Duluth Dukes before earning a walk off victory on Sunday against the Cass Lake Reds.

The Indians are an amateur baseball team made up of college players from Grand Rapids, Greenway, Nashwauk-Keewatin, Deer River and other surrounding cities.

The Indians started strong in the first game as they raced out to a 4-1 lead, however, Duluth rallied back to earn a 6-4 win. John DeBord took the loss on the mound. He went the distance allowing six runs on 13 hits while striking out seven.

Zach Thompson had two hits to pace the attack. He drove in a run as well. Zach Frazier, Bazil Zuehlke and Jordan Koepp each drove in a run in the loss.

The bats came alive in game two for the Indians as they routed the Dukes, 17-7. The Indians scored four runs in the first, second and fifth innings while tacking on three in the third. They picked up single runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

Tyrel Cournoyer earned the win despite control issues. He allowed seven runs, five earned, in four innings of work. He struck out one while walking 10.

Thompson had two hits and drove in three for the Indians. Frazier and David Liebe had two hits and two runs batted in each. Tyrel Cournoyer drove in two runs as did John DeBord.

The Indians earned a 7-6 walk off victory over the Cass Lake Reds on Sunday afternoon at Legion Field. Reid Holum delivered the game-winning hit in helping the Indians bounce back after giving up three runs in the top of the ninth.

Andrew Geislinger earned […]

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