By Max Mercy
DULUTH -- Proctor defeated Duluth Marshall, 3-2 in nine innings, in the quarterfinals of the Section 7AA Playoffs at Bulldog Park on Thursday, June 3.
Conner Pavlowich smacked a double over the left fielder's head with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning which plated Nick Terhaar from first base for the walk-off victory after two extra frames.
Jake Amendola (4-1 W-L, 4.04 ERA) pitched all nine innings for the win. He allowed two runs on eight hits, zero walks, and one hit batsman. He had three strikeouts.
The Hilltoppers scored first; they plated two runs on four hits in the second inning. Quentin Roth got the big hit, a two-run single with two outs.
Proctor tied the score in the sixth. Tanner Olson led off with a single and stole second. After two outs, he was replaced by courtesy runner Wyatt Okstad. Okstad advanced to third on a throwing error and was awarded home when the ball went out of play. The error perhaps became moot when Josh Monreal, who was batting at the time, subsequently hit a double.
Terhaar, batting for Tanner Ross, drew a one-out walk in the ninth before his 270-foot dash for home on Pavlowich's game-winner.
Pavlowich was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Olson was 2-for-2 to lead Proctor.
Finn Prell and Oscar Timm had two hits apiece for Marshall.
Proctor, 15-8, advances to the semifinals on Tuesday, June 8.