Baseball: Rally, no-hitter keep seasons alive

Legacy Christian freshman Josh Peterson helped the No. 3 seeded Lions open the Section 5A tournament with an 8-0 win against No. 6 North Lakes Academy in Andover May 23. Peterson no-hit North Lakes, struck out 16 batters, walked one and hit one batter.

Legacy’s Tanner Balk, Lucas Nelson and Josh Carey each had two hits to propel the offense that scored in five of seven innings.

Section 5AAA

Eleventh seeded Coon Rapids needed 10 innings to move past No. 6 Park Center 10-4 in the section opener played at Wintercrest Park in Coon Rapids Thursday afternoon.

Coon Rapids senior Alex Boxwell, right, is tagged out at second base during the second inning of the Cardinals Section 5AAA opener against Park Center at Wintercrest Park in Coon Rapids May 22. Boxwell went 5-for-5 at the plate and was the winning pitcher in a 10-4 win in 10 innings.

Coon Rapids senior Alex Boxwell, right, is tagged out at second base during the second inning of the Cardinals Section 5AAA opener against Park Center at Wintercrest Park in Coon Rapids May 22. Boxwell went 5-for-5 at the plate and was the winning pitcher in a 10-4 win in 10 innings.Photos by Jason Olson

Coon Rapids center fielder Cody Thompson made a diving catch in the seventh inning to send the game into extra innings.

The Cardinals scored seven times on five hits, two walks and four Pirate errors in the 10th inning alone.

Cardinals senior Alex Boxwell went 5-for-5 with four RBIs, including a three-run home run in the fifth inning. He also sat down all nine batters he faced to take the win on the mound.

Matt Essler went 3-for-6 and Zach Klisch scored twice to keep hopes of a section title repeat alive for one day.

Blaine pitcher Zach Rustad dropped to 4-4 on the season in a 5-4 loss to Rogers in the Section 5AAA opener May 22. He scattered eight hits and three earned runs across five innings. He walked three and struck out seven. Photo by Jason Olson

Blaine pitcher Zach Rustad dropped to 4-4 on the season in a 5-4 loss to Rogers in the Section 5AAA opener May 22. He scattered eight hits and three earned runs across five innings. He walked three and struck out seven. Photo by Jason Olson

The Cardinals added a 4-1 win over Champlin Park the next day thanks to a 2-for-3 day at the plate by Boxwell and two walks by Klisch. Pitcher Tyler Wojiechowski gave up two unearned runs on four hits in six innings for the win.

Coon Rapids returned to action on Memorial Day in a 15-6 win against Rogers thanks in part to a six-run seventh inning. Boxwell remained hot at the plate going 3-for-5 driving in four runs as 10 different batters picked up a hit agaist the Royals. Matt Essler and Andy Clark each had two hits and Klisch scored three runs.

Coon Rapids faced Totino-Grace in an elimination game played at St. Paul’s Midway Stadium May 28, after this edition went to press.

Blaine catcher Nick Caldeen, right, tags out Rogers’ Michael Terres at home plate during the Royals 5-4 win in the Section 5AAA opener May 22 at Wintercest Park in Coon Rapids. Photo by Jason Olson

Blaine catcher Nick Caldeen, right, tags out Rogers’ Michael Terres at home plate during the Royals 5-4 win in the Section 5AAA opener May 22 at Wintercest Park in Coon Rapids. Photo by Jason Olson

Blaine couldn’t complete the comeback bid against Rogers in the opening round losing 5-4, after trailing 5-0 heading into the seventh inning Thursday. Kyle Hamby laced a lead-off single and walk to Zach Rustad. Tyler Reichenborn ripped a two-out RBI single, the first of three straight hits. Ryan Erlandson made it 5-2 with an RBI-double and Nick Caldeen followed with a run-scoring single to cut the lead to 5-3. Erlandson made it 5-4 scoring on a wild pitch before the Royals stopped the rally to end the Bengals season with an 8-12 record.

Spring Lake Park (7-12) lost the section opener at Wintercrest Park to Centennial 6-2 May 22 after entering sections losing the final three-of-four games.

Section 7AAA

Anoka finished off the regular season with a 5-4 come-from-behind win against North Branch, May 21, highlighted by a four-hit game from Jacob Lies. Pitcher Brendan Ehlers took the win in relief of starter Alex Pribyl who struck out nine and gave up three runs on seven hits in six innings.

Spring Lake Park pitcher Justin Weber worked against Centennial in the Section 5AAA opener. Photo by Jason Olson

Spring Lake Park pitcher Justin Weber worked against Centennial in the Section 5AAA opener. Photo by Jason Olson

No. 5 Anoka opened section play with an 11-2 win against No. 12 Princeton at Castle Field and No. 9 Andover scored a mild upset at No. 8 Cambridge-Isanti with a 6-4 on Memorial Day.

The Tornadoes moved on to face No. 4 Duluth East and Andover traveled to No. 1 St. Francis May 29.

Anoka’s Chase Thomas, Aspen Vetter and Jason Brumbaugh each had two hits and Vetter scored three times to help the cause. Pitcher Alex Glick struck out seven in five innings for the win and Trevor Smith gave up one hit in two innings of relief work.

Andover scored twice in the first inning and added three runs in the second inning to build a 5-3 lead that stood until the seventh inning. Huskies’ Justin Klingl went 3-for-3 and Justin Freyholtz knocked in a pair of runs to keep the season alive. Freyholtz was the winning pitcher scattering seven hits and two earned runs for the complete game win. The senior struck out six and walked three for his second win of the season.

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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