Duluth Marshall has been among the top small-school programs for several years now, competing in three consecutive Class 2A state tournaments culminating in the Hilltoppers winning the state title in 2019.
But now the program enters a period of uncertainty. Between last year’s season being scrapped, and the departure of coach Joe Wicklund who’s now at Duluth Denfeld, the Hilltoppers are starting fresh again and could use a boost at the expense of their old skipper.
Duluth Marshall (1-1, 0-0) has flashed some offensive firepower so far this season. The Hilltoppers lost a 12-10 slugest to Hibbing in 11 innings on April 14 and they beat Two Harbors 15-5 two days later.
The Hunters, who compete in Class 3A, also want to get back to the Twin Cities after making a tourney appearance in 2019. Owen Hilderman smacked an RBI single to score Andy Larson in the bottom of the eighth inning to power Duluth Denfeld (2-0, 1-0) to a 4-3 triumph over Grand Rapids on April 15.