The ICC baseball team ran its record to 17-5 after doubleheader sweeps over Central Lakes and Hibbing this week. On Tuesday, the Vikings won games over Central Lakes by scores of 11-10 and 12-6, then followed up on Thursday with wins over Hibbing by scores of 13-7 and 7-1.
In the first game Tuesday, ICC built up a 10-4 lead and were able to hold off the Raiders. Anthony Azor and Riley Versich each drove in a pair of runs for the Vikings. Nick Johnson went 4-for-4 at the plate, Pat Shea had three hits with an RBI and Tanner Shepard had two hits.
In game two, Central Lakes plated three runs in the top of the first, but ICC answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. They pulled in front with a five-run fourth inning.
Michael Chupurdia drove in three runs for the Vikings. Bowen Olson had two hits and two RBIs, Nick Shea had a pair of hits with an RBI and Azor and John Baker each had two hits. Reid Howard picked up the win on the mound, throwing five innings with six strikeouts.
The Vikings are the top ranked Minnesota junior college team, holding a No. 9 ranking in the NJCAA Div. III polls.
ICC will play another doubleheader against Central Lakes on Monday in Duluth.
ICC 11, Central Lakes 10
ICC 012 332 0 - 11
CLC 120 105 1 - 10
Hitting: Anthony Azor 1-4, BB, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Tanner Shepard 2-4, BB, RBI, run; Pat Shea 3-5, RBI, run; Isaac Rodriguez 0-5, RBI, run; Tanner Landman 1-5, run; Nick Johnson 4-4, RBI, 4 runs; Brady Beyl 0-4, RBI, run; John Baker 0-4, RBI; Riley Versich 1-3, BB, 2 RBIs.
Pitching: Zepher Resnick (W) 4-5-4-4-2-5; Lane Gerber 2-4-5-2-3-2; Shepard 1-1-1-1-1-0.
ICC 12, Central Lakes 6
CLC 301 002 0 - 6
ICC 401 502 x - 12
Hitting: Azor 2-4, BB, 2 runs; Baker 2-3, BB, 2B, run; Shepard 0-3, BB, RBI, 2 runs; P. Shea 0-4; Bowen Olson 2-4, BB, 3B, 2 RBIs, 4 runs; Nick Shea 2-3, RBI, 2 runs; Justin Cichon 1-3, 2B, 2 RBIs, run; Michael Chupurdia 1-2, BB, 3 RBIs; Lane Ulmer 0-3; Versich 1-1.
Pitching: Reid Howard (W) 5-5-4-3-1-6; Lucas Magnuson 2-4-2-2-2-1.