by Max Mercy
ESKO -- Proctor ended its regular season by dropping a non-conference baseball game at Esko, 6-3, on Thursday. Esko's Tyler Peterson hit a grand slam home run on a 3-0 count in the fourth inning to erase Proctor's 3-2 lead.
Esko scored two runs in the bottom of the first. Branden Matteen led off by getting hit by a pitch. Brody Kaldahl reached on a two-base error with one out that sent Matteen to third. Peterson hit into a fielder's choice in which Matteen was tagged out at third after getting into a rundown while attempting to score on the grounder. Ryan Nelson put Esko on the scoreboard with an RBI double that plated Kaldahl. Carter Northey followed with an RBI single up the middle that sent in Peterson, but Nelson was thrown out at the plate by centerfielder Lucas Nordquist.
Proctor tied the score in the second inning. Zach Gunderson hit a double off of the fence with one out. Ryan Lear followed with a walk. With two outs, Austin Parrott reached base on a hit-by-pitch to load the bases. Nordquist was also hit by a pitch--the third of the inning (hit-batsman Tanner Olson led off the inning)--for an RBI that scored Gunderson. Jordan Linder then reached on an error that allowed Lear to score.
Proctor took a 3-2 lead in the fourth when Cole Johnson led off with a single and took two bases on Austin Parrott's slow-rolling groundout to the third baseman. Johnson scored on Linder's RBI single.
Esko's fourth started with a pop out, but then the bases became loaded after a single by Caimon Bistis, a reach-on-error by Matteen, and a walk by Riggs Olson. Proctor pitcher Mason Flick struck out Kahldahl for the second out before Peterson's big hit.
Riggs Olson earned the win for the Eskomos by pitching the first five innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits, two walks, and three hit batsmen. He had three strikeouts. Mason Vinje picked up the save with two shutout innings in relief. He allowed one hit and one walk with two strikeouts.
Flick (4-3 W-L, 0.58 ERA) went the distance for Proctor. He allowed six runs (zero earned) on seven hits, two walks, and a hit batsman. He had three strikeouts.
Kahldahl had two hits and a run and Peterson had one hit, two runs, and four RBI for Esko.
Linder and Gunderson had two hits apiece for Proctor, which finished the regular season with a 10-7 record.