HIBBING — Jack Perala and Nick Peters combined to throw a one-hitter as the No. 6 Blue Devils blanked No. 11 Barnum, 10-0 in five innings in the opening round of the Section 7AA Tournament.
Perala started and threw 3 1/3 innings of no-hit ball to stifle the Bombers. He fanned 10 along the way, while also issue one walk and hitting one batter. Peterson pitched the final 1 2/3 innings. He allowed one hit and struck out one.
At the plate, Chris Mason went 4-for-4, while Peters added two hits (one double) and an RBI. Perala, Carter Thome and Josh Daugherty added two hits each. Also, Ryan Hujanen, Dawson Flatley (double) and Cam Kreibich added one hit apiece.
Head coach Brian Skadsem said his players’ ability to hit the ball so well was real encouraging for them and allowed them to keep adding to the lead.
He was also impressed with Perala’s “real nice three innings’’ of work on the mound.
Virginia 0, F/6
At Hibbing, the Blue Devils could only muster three hits in their second game of the day as the Gobblers shutout Virginia, 10-0 in six innings.
Chris Mason, Nick Peters and Jack Perala (double) picked up the hits for Virginia. Ryan Hujanen, meanwhile, took the loss on the hill. He went four innings and gave up two earned runs on four hits.
Head coach Brian Skadsem said a couple of errors cost his team, which just couldn’t get anything going against Aitkin’s Tate Kuppich.
Virginia will now face No. 2 Esko at 2 p.m. Thursday in Duluth.
International Falls 4
At Nashwauk, the Golden Bears took the lead late over International Falls to come away with a 5-4 Section 7AA playoff opening win over the Broncos.
The game was tied at four with Eveleth-Gilbert batting in the bottom of the seventh. With Andrew Torrel on first, Hunter Pederson bunted and Torrel was able to score from first on an errant Broncos throw to first.
Brandon Lind got the pitching win for the Bears after going three innings, allowing one run on two hits, striking out one and walking zero. Zach Lindseth also threw two innings of relief. Andrew Hakly started the game for E-G and last two innings. He gave up no hits and no runs, while striking out two.
Lind and Lindseth each had a base knock for the Golden Bears.
The Broncos had a big inning in the fourth as they scored three runs on RBIs by Joe Glowack, Travis Kalar and Blaine Humbert.
The game was then tied at three with the Bears batting in the bottom of the fifth inning when Bobby Lind lined out, which drove in a run.
International Falls managed to even the score at 4-4 in the top of the seventh when Brandon Lind induced Kalar to hit into a fielder’s choice, which plated one Bronco.
Humbert took the loss for International Falls. He allowed two hits and five runs over 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven.
The win improved the Bears to 14-2 on the season.
Other Round 1 scores
No. 3 Aitkin 10, No. 14 Mesabi East 3
No. 7 Mora 7, No. 10 Pine City 1
No. 2 Esko 14, No. 15 Rush City 2
No. 12 Greenway 2, No. 5 Proctor 1
No. 9 Moose Lake/WR 12, No. 8 Crosby-Ironton 6
No. 1 Duluth Marshall 18, No. 16 Duluth Marshall 0
No. 7 Mora 7, No. 2 Esko 5
No. 4 Eveleth-Gilbert vs. No. 12 Greenway (N/A)
No. 1 Duluth Marshall 19, Moose Lake/WR 1
Northeast Range 2
At Virginia, Tyler Housey went 4-for-4 and collected six RBI to lead No. 1 Ely past No. 8 Northeast Range, 25-2, in the opening round of the Section 7A baseball playoffs.
Freshman Ely pitcher Harry Simons fanned six. The Nighthawks’ Brody Anderson took the loss. He went 1 2/3 innings, giving up 13 earned runs on eight hits, 3 walks and no strikeouts.
In addition to Housey, Ely got three hits and one RBI from Mason Davis, two hits and one RBI from Dalton Schreffler and one hit and two RBi from Will Davies and TJ Banks.
Northeast Range was paced by Robert Bielejeski with two hits and one RBI and Jackson Levens with a double.
North Woods 7,
Deer River 4
At Virginia, North Woods’ Jake Hyppa had a strong night on the mound and at the plate in a 7-4 win over No. 4 Deer River.
Hyppa connected for three hits and one RBI at the dish, while getting the win on the hill. He went five innings, gave up three runs on five hits, struck out two and walked three. Zach Cheney notched the save in two innings of work. Deer River’s Jadon Watkins took the loss after going two-plus innings and allowing six runs (five earned) on four hits. He fanned two batters.
The No. 5 Grizzlies also got two hits and two RBI from Tate Cly and two hits and one RBI from Cheney.
The Warriors were led by Frank Villenueve with three hits and two RBI and Robert Moore with two hits and two RBI.
North Woods 6,
At Virginia, three Grizzlies collected two hits and Danny Crockett had a good outing on the mound to help North Woods upset No. 1 Ely, 6-5.
Jake Hyppa, Tate Cly and Crockett each tallied two hits, while Nathen Crain added a base knock at the plate. Crockett went 3 1/3 innings and gave up just two runs on two hits. He struck out three and walked one. Ely’s Bryce Longwell took the loss. He went 3 2/3 innings, gave up two runs on three hits and fanned three.
Ely was led at the plate by Tyler Housey with two hits and one RBI, along with Dalton Schreffler with a hit and two RBI.
North Woods takes on No. 2 South Ridge at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Hibbing. Ely, meanwhile, faces No. 3 Cherry in an elimination game at 2 p.m. Thursday in Hibbing.
Section 7A Baseball
No. 3 Cherry 16, No. 6 Wrenshall 4
No. 2 South Ridge 24, No. 7 Floodwood 3
No. 1 Ely 25, No. 8 Northeast Range 2
No. 6 Littlefork-Big Falls 6, No. 3 Chisholm 4
No. 5 North Woods 7, No. 4 Deer River 4
No. 2 Nashwauk-Keewatin 17, No. 7 Mountain Iron-Buhl
No. 4 Carlton 4, No. 1 Cook County 3
South Ridge 9, Cherry 0
Nashwauk-Keewatin 21, Littlefork-Big Falls 0