by Max Mercy
Matt Morris threw a two-hit shutout as Proctor defeated Mora, 6-0, in a non-conference baseball game at Mora. Morris (1-0 W-L, 0.00 ERA) had seven strikeouts and three walks.
Proctor scored two runs in the first inning. Reid Morin led off with a walk and was replaced by courtesy runner Jerid Parrott, who made his varsity debut. Parrott stole second before Derek Dahlgren walked. Jake Malec hit into a fielder's choice, forcing Dahlgren out at second and sending Parrott to third. Parrott scored on Morris's RBI groundout to the first baseman, which sent Malec to second. Malec subsequently advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when John Aase reached on an error.
The Rails took a 3-0 lead in the third inning when Malec reached base safely on an error, stole second, and scored when Aase reached base on an error.
Mora threatened in the fifth as a leadoff walk and a single by Logan Sjoberg put runners on first and second with no outs. But Morris induced a quick 6-4-3 double play to snuff out the potential rally and then retired the side on a fly out.
Bryce Huffman singled to lead off the top of the sixth and was followed by a walk issued to Matt Tracey. An errant pick-off throw sent Huffman to third, and then Tracey stole second before Dahlgren delivered the key hit, a sharp single up the middle with two outs, that scored both runners and put the score at 5-0.
Losing pitcher Bryce Norby went six innings and allowed three earned runs on three hits and five walks with six strikeouts. Logan Graves pitched the seventh inning.
Proctor added another insurance run in the seventh as Morris walked to lead off and advanced to second on Matt Sievert's groundout. Morris scored from second on Huffman's RBI bloop single to shallow left field.
Norby had Mora's first hit, a single in the first inning.
Huffman was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, Dahlgren was 1-for-3 with two RBI, and Malec scored two runs to lead Proctor's offense.
Proctor is now 2-1. The Rails host Mesabi East on Friday before traveling to St. Cloud on Saturday to face St. Cloud Cathedral.
Jake Malec became the ninth player in school history to reach 250 career plate appearances on Saturday…Malec is at 199 career at bats and is due to become the ninth player all-time to compile 200 or more…With two runs scored on Saturday, Malec is now at 58 in his career. Ahead of him are Drew Scherber (Class of 2007), 59; Ian Scherber (Class of 2012), 64; Ryan McCarthy (Class of 2012), 69; Tyler Pionk (Class of 2011), 70; Jesse Scanlon (Class of 2012), 73; and Jimmy Merling (Class of 2013), 112.