Six days after shutting out Osseo 3-0 in the season opener, Andover had another mighty task of facing one of the metro powerhouses in Maple Grove. The Crimson emerged with a 4-3 win April 11.
Andover starter Brent Strong followed up a 13-strikeout performance against Osseo with three shutout innings against Maple Grove before he ran into trouble. Maple Grove scored two runs in the fourth inning and fifth inning as only one hit left the infield. Small ball was the key for Maple Grove as Shay Torgerson’s squeeze bunt in the fourth inning scored two runs followed by a wild pitch and another squeeze bunt.
Needing a seventh-inning rally, Andover mounted its comeback as Logan Quinn knocked in two runs on a triple. Kyle Gausman singled to score Quinn to make it 4-3.
Torgerson came into the game as a relief pitcher for starter Mitch Bauer needing two outs to escape with the win. He struck out Nate Strong and Davis Johnson to end the game. Bauer shutout the Huskies through six innings and struck out three, walked one and gave up one hit.
Andover 3, Osseo 0
Andover’s Brady Johnson went 2-for-5 at the plate and scored one run as Tyler Tomberlin and Patrick O’Donnell also scored in a 3-0 shutout of Osseo April 5.
Huskies opening day starter Brent Strong struck out 13 batters over six innings of hitless ball before handing the ball over to twin brother Nate Strong who earned the win, giving up three hits in 3.1 innings of work. The brothers combined to fan 19 Orioles with four walks.