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State baseball: South Ridge wins historic game

Nick Carlson, the do-everything South Ridge senior, hurled a four-hitter and struck out six to lead his team to a 5-1 win over Rushford-Peterson in a Class A state baseball tournament semifinal Thursday, June 14, at Chaska Athletic Park.

The win is the first in school history for the Panthers, who are making their state tournament debut.

The victory sends the No. 3-seeded Panthers (20-5) into the semifinals opposite No. 2 Sleepy Eye, a 6-0 winner over Hinckley-Finlayson, at 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 15, in Chaska.

South Ridge broke open a 1-1 deadlock with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Sophomore second baseman Mason Lane drove in two runs with a double. He later scored on a double by sophomore Matt Clark.

Lane was 2-for-3 and junior catcher Joey Janke also had two hits and a run scored.

Senior pitcher Shawn Marg was 2-for-3 for the Trojans (15-9).

Class A Quarterfinals

South Ridge 5, Rushford-Peterson 1

At Chaska Athletic Park. WP: Nick Carlson 7IP, 0ER, 4H, 6K, 2BB. LP: Shawn Marg 4IP, 3ER, 7H, 4K, 3BB. SR: Mason Lane 2x3 (2B), 2RBIs; Joey Janke 2x4 (2B), R; Logan Young RBI; Carlson RBI; Matt Clark 2B. RP: Marg 2x3; Payton Hahn RBI.

Katie Rohman

Katie Rohman is regional editor of the Eastern Observer and Western Weekly in Duluth, the Pine Journal in Cloquet, the Lake County News-Chronicle and the Superior Telegram. She joined Forum Communications Company in October 2017. Rohman previously served as managing editor of newspapers in Blair, Neb., and Niles, Mich. She also worked at newspapers in Park Rapids and Austin, Minn., and Mayville, N.D. The South Dakota native has a bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead. 

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