Northland splits weekend series with Mesabi Range

by Scott DCamp
The Northland Pioneer Baseball team split a pair of no-hitters with the Mesabi Range Norsemen Saturday and Sunday at Pioneer Field. 
The teams split Saturday conference games, with Mesabi Range winning the opener 18-1 in seven innings and the Pioneers responding with a 3-1 win behind a nine-inning, 4-hit, strikeout performance by Owen Ellefson. 
The teams resumed play on Sunday with a non-conference twinbill. Mesabi Range again claimed the opener on Sunday, 9-4. 
The Norsemen plated four runs in the top of the third inning. The Pioneers responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third, but failed to gain ground when the Mesabi Range added two more runs in fourth inning, a single run in the fifth and two more in the sixth. 
In game two, the Pioneers allowed just one baserunner on an error, as righthander Jered Rushing didn’t allow a hit while facing just 15 batters in a five-inning shutout. 
The Pioneers backed Rushing’s superb effort with one run in the second inning, two runs in the fourth inning, before blowing the game wide open with seven runs in the fifth. 
Game 1
                                            r  h  e
MESABI CC……101 231 10 – 18  19  1
NCTC…………..001 000 0 –   1    2    5
Pitching (Mesabi) Rosairo – W,  7 IP, 1R, 2H, 5SO, 4BB, (NCTC) Gabe Cavasos – L, 6.1 IP, 11R, 8ER, 7K, 1BB; Peyton Mills, 0IP, 5R, 4H; Dom Del La Cruz, .2IP, 2R, 1H, 1SO.
Offensive highlights (NCTC) Josh Davila 1-3, Dom Del La Cruz 1-2. 
Game 2
                                             r  h  e
MESABI CC……001 000 000 – 1  4  1
NCTC………….100 000 20x – 3 10   2
Pitching (Mesabi) Maki – L,  6 IP, 1R, 1ER, 5H, 3BB,  3SO, (NCTC) Owen Ellefson -W, 9IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 5SO.
Offensive highlights (NCTC) Gilbert Rodriguez 3-4, run, 2 solen bases; Josh Davila, 2-4; Dom Del La Cruz, 1-3, walk.
Game 3
                                            r  h  e
MESABI CC………004 212 0 – 1  4  1
NCTC…………….002 110  0 –  3  10   2
Pitching (NCTC) Matt Howell – L, 6IP, 5H, 9R, 6ER, 8BB, 4SO; Brandon Harrell, 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 1 SO. 
Offensive highlights (NCTC) Gilbert Rodriguez 2-4; Logan Felch, 1-2, double.
Game 4
                                              r  h  e
MESABI CC………..000 00  -    0  0  3
NCTC……………….010 27  –   10   7  1
Pitching (Mesabi) Rangel- L,  3IP, 1R, 1ER, 3H, 0BB,  0SO, (NCTC) Jered Rushing -W, 5IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 7SO.
Offensive highlights (NCTC) Logan Felch 2-3, 2RBI, 2 runs;  Nick Vig, 2-3, RBI; Dom Del La Cruz, 2RBI, 2 runs; Lucas Sandsmark, 1-2.