By Max Mercy
VIRGINIA -- Tanner Ross hit a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift #6 Proctor to a 10-9 win against #7 Mesabi East at Frandsen Bank and Trust Field at Rock Ridge High School on Tuesday.
Mesabi East erased Proctor's 4-1 lead with a seven-run fourth inning.
Proctor scored two in the bottom of the fourth for an 8-6 score.
ME added its final run in the top of the sixth on a leadoff walk, an error, and a sacrifice fly. Ethan Carter's RBI single cut the lead to 9-7 in the sixth.
Down to their last opportunity and facing elimination, the Rails' plated three runs with no outs in the seventh.
Cooper Johnson led off with a single. Dylan Davidson ran for Johnson. Blake Imhoff singled, sending Davidson to second base. Wyatt Mineheine put down a sacrifice bunt and reached base safely on an errant throw. Davidson scored on the play with Imhoff and Mineheine advancing to third and second respectively. Ross then laced a grounder to left field inside the third base line to score both runners and secure the victory.
Proctor, now 13-9, advanced to face #3 Duluth Marshall at 7pm in another elimination bracket contest.