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Recap for the 05/27/1980 game @ Grand Rapids (Playoffs)

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Grand Rapids 5, Proctor Rails 4

Rapids, Hibbing in 7AA finals

by MARK STODGHILL of the News-Tribune staff

GRAND RAPIDS -- It will be an all-Iron Range final for the Region 7AA baseball championship here at 7:30 p.m. today.

Hibbing and Grand Rapids earned championship berths by scoring semifinal wins before 450 fans at the American Legion Field Tuesday night.

Todd Grina scored from second base on a throwing error in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Grand Rapids a 5-4 victory over Lake Superior Conference champion Proctor.

Hibbing rode the two-hit pitching of Shawn Laine to blank St. Francis 6-0 in the other semifinal...

...Grand Rapids Coach Bob Streetar said he had no qualms about bringing in sophomore pitcher Craig Yelle to face Proctor in the seventh inning: "I knew he could throw strikes and he threw them," Streetar said simply.

That he did. Yelle, who spent much of the year on the B-team, got out of a bases-loaded no-out jam by getting two strikeouts and an infield groundout to keep [Rapids] tied with Proctor 4-4 entering the bottom of the seventh.

[Rapids] centerfielder Jeff Skelly was responsible for getting Grand Rapids that far. His fourth-inning grand slam home run off Proctor starter Jason Malec accounted for the only runs entering the Grand Rapids eighth inning.

Proctor battled back from its 4-1 deficit with a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh. Mike Woods ignited the Rails in the seventh. He led off with a double down the left field line and scored on Scott Pionk's single. The singling Matt Downs also came home when Dan Norton's ground ball scooted through the shortstop hole to tie the game at 4-4. But Yelle shut things down the rest of the way.

Malec worked the first seven innings for the Rails and gave up only five hits. He struck out five and walked three.

Woods had three of Proctor's 10 hits...

(Duluth News Tribune, May 28, 1980)