PROCTOR — Mesabi Range played a pair of solid games Wednesday against Itasca, but they couldn’t quite stay with the Vikings as they dropped a doubleheader in Proctor.
The Norsemen opened with a 7-3 loss and led late in game two before Itasca scored six in the fifth inning to pick up the sweep, 9-5.
Game one featured doubles from Matt Salters and Brad MacDougall, while Taylor Allen recorded a single. MacDougall also came away with two RBI.
Kody Lindgren took the loss on the hill after allowing six earned runs on five hits in four innings of work. He also fanned two and walked six. Cody Brown hurled three innings, giving up one earned run on five hits and striking out two.
Itasca’s 10-hit attack was fueled by Mike O’Malley with three hits and three RBI, Skyler Forst with three hits (including a home run) and two RBI and Nick Shea with two hits and two RBI. Forst and O’Malley each doubled.
The Vikings’ Lane Gerber went six innings on the mound to get the win. He fanned seven batters and allowed two earned runs on two hits.
Mesabi Range had tied the contest at 3-3 after a three-run third inning, but Itasca scored the last four runs to grab the win.
In game two, the Norsemen put together nine hits and led 5-2 after four innings. However, the six in the top of the fifth for the 9-5 win in a rain-shortened five innings.
MacDougall came through with a hit and two RBI, while Salters smacked a double. Allen, Max Carlson, Christian Houle, Joe Wenzel, Jarod Opsahl, Tom Norman and Blake Warner each added hits. Carlson also recorded the team’s only other RBI.
Salters took the loss after giving up two earned runs on no hits and two walks. Kyle Peterson also went three innings and gave up three earned runs on five hits, while Isaiah Umbreit went 1 1/3 innings and allowed four earned runs on no hits, while walking five.
Itasca, meanwhile, got one hit and two RBI from Forst and an RBI double from John Baker. O’Malley, Brady Beyl and Stephen Legasse each added hits, as well. The Vikings’ M Kapaun threw all five innings, fanned five and gave up three earned runs on nine hits.
Mesabi Range (2-12 overall, 0-2 MCAC North) takes on Rainy River Friday in Superior.