by Max Mercy
PROCTOR -- The Rails scored 13 runs in the third inning to run away with a 14-0 win against Crosby-Ironton in the first baseball game played on the new artificial surface at Terry Egerdahl Memorial Field. The non-conference game ended after four and a half innings due to the 10-run rule.
Luke Nordquist got the Rails' first hit of the season when he singled with one out in the first inning.
Proctor took a 1-0 lead in the second. Ryan Lear led off with a walk and advanced to second when Mason Flick reached base on an error with two outs. Ben Harnell then walked to load the bases and Austin Parrott drew another walk that plated Lear.
The bases on balls continued in the third frame as the first five Rails batters reached via the free pass. Bryce Huffman and Lear contributed the big hits in the inning, with a two-run double and a two-run triple respectively. Cole Johnson contributed an RBI single as well. The Rangers used four pitchers in the third and the first 15 batters reached base safely before an out was recorded.
Flick (1-0 W-L, 0.00 ERA) earned the win by pitching the first three innings. He had two strikeouts and two walks but did not allow a hit. Lear pitched an inning of relief and worked out of a bases-loaded jam to keep the shutout intact. Nordquist preserved the shutout with a scoreless fifth inning to end the game. The trio combined on a two-hitter.
Nordquist and Lear had two hits apiece and Austin Parrott, Huffman, Cole Johnson, and Harnell each had two RBI.
Crosby-Ironton starter Nate Sova picked up the loss. He pitched two innings and allowed three runs on one hit and five walks with three strikeouts. He faced two batters in the third.
The 13 runs in an inning is the new record for PHS baseball. The previous high was 12, set on June 1, 2017, against Eveleth-Gilbert.
Crosby-Ironton pitchers made the state team records for walks in an inning, with eight in the third. The record is 10; the Rangers tied for sixth. As stands to reason, Proctor's eight walks in an inning also ranks tied for sixth for state batting records. State records can be found at the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association website.
Proctor (1-0) is next in action at home on Friday, April 20, against Rush City.