by Max Mercy
Proctor defeated Crosby-Ironton, 13-3, in a non-conference baseball game at Proctor on Friday, May 13. The game was called after four-and-a-half innings due to the 10-run rule.
Matt Tracey scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. He reached base on a fielder's choice, advanced to second when Jake Malec reached on a fielding error and took third on a throwing error on the same play, and scored on a wild pitch.
The Rangers answered right back with a run in the second inning. Noah Gindorff led off with a single, stole second, and scored on Beau Sanford's RBI single.
The Rails scored five runs in the second frame on four hits and three C-I errors. Nathan Carlson, Derek Dahlgren, Tracey, and Matt Morris had one RBI apiece in the inning, and Carlson stole home on a double-steal play with Dahlgren swiping second base.
C-I plated two runs in the third to close the gap to 6-3. Jake Larson singled with one out, stole second, and moved to third on Derrek French's single. French then stole second and the throw by Proctor catcher Reid Morin caromed off of French's helmet allowing Larson to score. French then scored from second on a two-out single by Gindorff.
Proctor added three runs in the third. Dahlgren walked with the bases loaded for an RBI before Tracey hit a two-RBI single. Matt Sievert, Blake Koski, and Nathan Carlson scored in the inning to bring the score to 9-3.
The Rails reached the 10-run difference with a four-run fourth, capped by a two-RBI single by Dahlgren. John Aase and Carlson hit doubles in the inning.
Winning pitcher Zach Gunderson (2-1 W-L, 3.89 ERA) went the distance for his first complete game in four varsity starts. Gunderson allowed two earned runs on eight hits and one walk. He had two strikeouts.
Dahlgren and Tracey were Proctor's leading hitters. Dahlgren was 2-for-2 with a run and four RBI. Tracey was 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBI. Koski chipped in for two hits and two runs, and Carlson had three runs.
Austin Davis was the losing pitcher. He allowed 13 runs (nine earned) on 10 hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
Proctor is now 9-4. The Rails are back in action on Tuesday at home against Duluth Marshall.
Jake Malec snapped a seven-game hitting streak on Friday. He nearly extended it to eight games on a line-drive out snared by a reaching first baseman that would've scored two runs in the third inning. He then walked in the fourth…Malec played in his 89th career game, tying Ian Scherber (Class of 2012) for second place on the all-time PHS list. Only Jimmy Merling (Class of 2013), 91, has more games played…Malec moved ahead of Ryan McCarthy (Class of 2012), 284, for fifth on Proctor's all-time plate appearances list. Malec now has 288…Matt Tracey became the 87th Rails player on record to surpass 100 career plate appearances. He now has 103…Malec also moved ahead of McCarthy into fifth place on the PHS all-time at bats list. McCarthy had 231 and Malec is now at 234…With a run in Wednesday's 4-3 win over Superior, Malec tied McCarthy for fourth place on the PHS all-time runs scored list, with 69 apiece…With a single in Thursday's 5-2 loss at Cloquet, Malec moved ahead of Tyler Pionk (Class of 2011) into fourth place on Proctor's all-time hits list. Pionk had 72 and Malec now has 73.
Recap for the 05/13/2016 game vs. Crosby-Ironton
by Max Mercy