The Cardinals scored four runs in the top of the third inning while pitcher Logan Shore gave up one hit, striking out 12 in six innings of work en route to a 7-0 win against Osseo May 2.
Anthony Mrosla and Jake Bruner led the Coon Rapids bats each going 2-for-3 with a double and Noah Fedje stole two bases as the Cardinals improved to a 3-0 start.
The win is the second shutout in a row for Coon Rapids, who have outscored the opposition 18-2 in three contests.
After an 0-3 start, Blaine won twice in three games, including a 2-1 win at Park Center May 2.
The Bengals (2-4) scored one run in the sixth and seventh innings for the win. Tyler Reichenborn led off the sixth inning with a single and stole second base before Dustin Bryan brought him home with a one-out double.
In the next inning, Kyle Hamby’s lead-off walk eventually was the difference on a Sam Kriegler RBI-single.
Bengals pitcher Dustin Burfeind earned the complete game win, giving up five hits, an unearned run and struck out nine over seven innings.
Legacy Christian Academy opened the campaign under new coach Paul Mork 2-0 with wins against Bethany Academy (8-4, April 30) and Trinity at River Ridge (10-0, May 2).
Legacy scored four runs in the fifth inning and another four runs in the eighth inning against Bethany.
Two days later the Lions instituted the 10-run rule in the fifth inning against Trinity.
The Saints are 5-1 and winners of their last five games, including an 11-4 win against North Suburban Conference foe Benilde-St. Margaret’s in the second game of a doubleheader at St. Francis April 30.
After the Red Knight’s posted a three-run first inning, the Saints responded with five runs in the bottom half of the inning to set the tone for the rest of the game.
St. Francis pitcher Lucas Neimeyer struck out six and Jimmy Mayer knocked in three runs while going 2-for-3 with a triple and double. Lucas Huss scored three runs and reached base twice after being hit by a pitch twice. Blake Carlson went 1-for-2 and drove in three runs.
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