By Max Mercy
HERMANTOWN -- Hermantown defeated Proctor, 11-10, in 17 innings in a Lake Superior Conference baseball game here on Monday. It was the longest game in Proctor's baseball history, surpassing a 13-inning, 2-1, playoffs loss to Cloquet in 1987.
Hermantown rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the game into extra innings. Proctor scored solo runs in the 11th and 16th innings but the Hawks answered with their own run in both innings to keep the game going. A single to left field with two outs in the 17th scored a runner from second base to secure the victory.
Proctor's AJ Reyelts batted 6-for-8 with three doubles, four runs scored, two RBI, and two stolen bases. His six hits in one game set a new school record. The previous mark for hits in a game was four, set 26 times. Rick Szymialis, the first known Rails player to have four hits in a game, accomplished the feat in 1974 vs. Northwestern of Maple, Wisconsin.
Reyelts (1-1, 4.94 ERA) took the loss. He allowed two runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts in five and one-third innings as a reliever.
With the victory, Hermantown takes the two-game season's series sweep against Proctor and improves to 37-35-1 in the all-time series.
Proctor, now 9-8, is back in action in a doubleheader at home against Crosby-Ironton on Tuesday, May 23. The first game is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.