Big innings help Saints find wins

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Saints trade close losses with blowout wins to build 3-2 record

When the bats click for St. Francis, the wins seem to follow as the team is 3-0 when scoring at least nine runs. In two wins the Saints have reached 10 runs while both losses have come by the way of a one-run heart-breaker.

On Saturday, Roseville rallied to score five times in the sixth inning to score an 8-7 non-conference win. Saints senior Hunter Trautman hit a three-run home run to lead the way and Trevor Weidt and George Bertels each had doubles but that wasn’t enough support for Kyler Hennen who walked two and struck out three in four innings of relief. Max Spitzer took the loss giving up one run on two hits with one walk and one strike out.

St. Francis improved to 2-1 in Mississippi 8 Conference play thanks to a 10-2 win over Monticello on April 21. Weidt went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Trautman had a pair of doubles and drove in two runs to help pitcher James Green earn the complete game win at home. Green struck out eight, walked one and gave up six hits over seven innings.

St. Francis put the game out of reach with a 9-run third inning.

The big win came two days after Big Lake scored four times in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a 4-3 conference win. The Saints scored twice in the first inning but couldn’t replicate that production the rest of the way, despite Trautman, Spitzer and Conor Sullivan each went 2-for-4. Weidt went 3-for-4.

Huskies build four game streak
Andover built a four-game winning streak, sweeping its season-high home stand with a 9-2 win over Irondale on April 20. The Huskies broke the game open with a seven-run fourth inning and scored runs on 18 hits.

Andover’s consistently strong batting scored runs in five of seven innings in a 7-5 win over Spring Lake Park on April 19. Tristen Saulsbury led the Huskies with 3-for-3 day at the plate and drove in three runs. Brent Sears hit a double and triple to spark the offense.

Blaine senior catcher Cody Dorff throws down to first base on a Maple Grove bunt attempt. The Crimson won 6-5 in 13 innings. Photo by Rich Moll
Blaine senior catcher Cody Dorff throws down to first base on a Maple Grove bunt attempt. The Crimson won 6-5 in 13 innings. Photo by Rich Moll

In a 9-3 win over New Prague on April 16, Sears had a double while Kyle Hoppe, Nolan Hartmann and Kyle Hoppe each had two hits.

Wilkey and Hartmann also scored two runs each and Hoppe drove in three runs and legged out a triple. Conner Olson earned the win on the mound for Andover giving up one earned run on five hits without a walk and five strike outs over five innings.

Olson recorded the win in relief in an 8-7 victory over Park Center on April 14.

To get the first win of the season, Andover had four hits from Hartmann while Saulsbury and Mike Noga each had two hits. Noga drove in two runs and had a double while Logan Rezac also drove in a pair of runs. Andover built a 4-1 lead after the first inning before the Pirates tied the game 7-7 in the top of the sixth inning.

Legacy senior Nils Anderson, right, reaches to tag a Maranatha base runner during the Lions 13-1 home opener win April 12.Photo by Bill Jones
Legacy senior Nils Anderson, right, reaches to tag a Maranatha base runner during the Lions 13-1 home opener win April 12.Photo by Bill Jones

Anoka rotates wins, losses
After two one-win runs in the opening three games of the season, Anoka’s fortunes changed as they’ve been shutout twice and did the shutting out the other game to sit at 3-3 heading into the final week of April.

The shutout losses came at Eden Praire (8-0, April 20) and Elk River (3-0, April 23). Anoka, ranked 15th in the latest Class AAA state coaches poll, returned home April 21 to shutout Spring Lake Park 7-0 as five different batters picked up multiple hits, led by a 3-for-3 day by Sean Replogle.

Max Ploof made the most of his lone hit, a three-run home run and Tanner Fry went 2-for-3 with a triple. Senior shortstop Chase Thomas went 2-for-4 and stole one base in the lead-off spot and also drove in two runs. Anoka junior Joshua Barker struck out seven and scattered two hits with one walk over seven innings for the complete game shutout in his first start of the season.

Blaine catcher Reid Conlee catches Maple Grove's Isaac Collins on an attempted squeeze play at home. Photo by Rich Moll
Blaine catcher Reid Conlee catches Maple Grove’s Isaac Collins on an attempted squeeze play at home. Photo by Rich Moll

Against the Elks, Anoka put together five hits, two off the bat of junior Trent Palmer while pitcher Alex Pribyl gave up four hits and two walks over six innings for the loss. He struck out seven and all three runs were unearned.

The early-season non-conference test at Eden Prairie wasn’t as bad as the 8-0 score indicated. Trent Fredenburg went 3-for-3 and Jack Hetrick went 2-for-3 to highlight the Tornadoes bats. Pitcher Marcus Bouley took the loss on the mound giving up four earned runs in five innings. He walked four, gave up one home run and struck out three.

Palmer drove in Thomas for a walk-off 5-4 win over Robbinsdale Armstrong on April 19. Dalton Hoffman earned the win in relief of Palmer who pitched the first 5 1/3 innings. Hoffman gave up one hit and struck out one in the final 3 2/3 innings.

Coon Rapids second baseman Robert Morrissette, right, looks to complete a double play attempt against Anoka. Photo by Jason Olson
Coon Rapids second baseman Robert Morrissette, right, looks to complete a double play attempt against Anoka. Photo by Jason Olson

Cardinals pick up third win
Coon Rapids picked up a 3-1 win against Hill-Murray at Wintercrest Park on Saturday after losing Northwest Suburban Conference games against Champlin Park and Totino-Grace during the week.

Cardinals pitcher Nick Herold threw a three-hit complete game win on Saturday and had a shutout going before the Pioneers scored in the seventh inning. Herold struck out four and walked one for his second win of the season. He struck out six and gave up two hits over five innings in a 5-0 shutout win against Grand Rapids on April 16.

Saturday’s win featured two hits and one RBI each from Dayo Lawal and Tyler Brick.

The won over Grand Rapids came at Castle Field in Anoka as the Cardinals scored three times in the opening inning as five Coon Rapids batters had multiple hits including Robert Morrisette, Avery Lehman, Jon Olson, Jake Dumovic, Jake Hansen and Noah Wolfe.

Blaines Tyler Reichenborn connects for a base hit at Maple Grove. Photo by Rich Moll
Blaines Tyler Reichenborn connects for a base hit at Maple Grove. Photo by Rich Moll

Bengals drop three
Since scoring 15 runs in two wins, Blaine has lost three consecutive games, being outscored by a collective 18-11 score against Osseo, Maple Grove and Duluth East between April 19-23.

The losing streak reached three games after a 6-4 loss to Duluth East on Saturday. Blaine led 3-0 after the second inning highlighted by a lead-off home run by Reid Conlee with a solo home run followed by a walk to Sam Sonaglia, and RBI single by Ryan Lust.

Blaine tied the game at Maple Grove with five runs in the seventh inning before the Crimson scored in the bottom of the 13th inning for the Northwest Suburban Conference win.

Kaden Elvidge took the loss despite scattering four hits and one earned run across 5 1/3 innings in relieve of Grant Fussy. Offensively, Blaine had hits from seven batters led by Elvidge with two hits. The seventh inning rally started with a walk to Conlee and continued with RBI singles by Shane Svoboda, Reid Huebner, Sonaglia, Reichenborn and Kevin Fanning.

Blaine picked up a 3-2 win over Andover on April 12 after Elvidge hit a two-run double in the sixth inning and picked up the win in relief of Griffin Fussy with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh inning.

Elvidge struck out the two batters he faced.

The biggest win of the season came April 25 as they rallied past Irondale 12-7 in eight innings. Down 7-1 after five innings, Blaine stormed back with three runs in the sixth and seventh innings and five more in the eighth inning.

Kyle Johnson earned the win in 3 1/3 innings of relief duty and Tyler Reichenborn was a highlight machine going 3-for-3 with two doubles and drove in two runs. He reached base in all six appearances with two walks and was hit by a pitch. Shane Svoboda had a key pinch hit in the seventh inning to drive in the tying run with two outs.

Panthers move to 0-5 start
Spring Lake Park has yet to find a win 15 days into the season, the last being a 7-0 defeat by Anoka on April 21. The Panthers are in the midst of a four game road trip having lost at Andover 7-5 on April 19, four days after coming up short against Minnehaha Academy 3-2.

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