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Blaine blasts its way to home tourney wins

St. Francis went 1-2 on Saturday at Blaine including a 7-3 victory over White Bear Lake to open the day.

The Saints scored twice in each of the the second and third innings, and added another three runs in the fourth inning keyed by Kiley Murschel and Emma Lero going 2-for-3 at the plate in support of pitcher Amanda Kishish.

She struck out five and scattered five hits across six innings before junior Alex Marron shut the down with a strong seventh inning.

Blaine junior shortstop Taylor Bross, middle, holds on to the throw-down during warmups before the fourth inning of Saturday’s 5-2 win over St. Francis. Photo by Jason Olson
Blaine junior shortstop Taylor Bross, middle, holds on to the throw-down during warmups before the fourth inning of Saturday’s 5-2 win over St. Francis. Photo by Jason Olson

Delano dropped St. Francis by a similar 7-3 result in the middle game after the Saints scored three times in the top of the first inning but was shutout after that.

Blaine senior Annamarie Cassidy, front, watches a base hit fly past the outstretched glove of St. Francis eighth grader Hailey Heckenlaible on Saturday. Photo by Jason Olson
Blaine senior Annamarie Cassidy, front, watches a base hit fly past the outstretched glove of St. Francis eighth grader Hailey Heckenlaible on Saturday. Photo by Jason Olson

The Tigers scored in four innings including a three-run fifth inning to solidify the result. Hailey Heckenlaible led the Saints with a pair of singles as the Saints struggled to move runners past first base.

The Saints ended the day with a 5-2 loss to section foe Blaine on the Bengals’ home field.

Blaine’s Mary Pardo hit a solo-home run in the first inning and the Bengals added four runs in the fifth inning to deflate the Saints.

St. Francis senior Amanda Kishish struck out six Blaine batters but gave up five runs in seven innings to move to 3-3 on the season. Photo by Jason Olson
St. Francis senior Amanda Kishish struck out six Blaine batters but gave up five runs in seven innings to move to 3-3 on the season. Photo by Jason Olson

Blaine shortstop Taylor Bross crushed the first of two doubles to the fence to empty the loaded bases in what was more than enough for Bengals pitcher Morgan Thielhorn to record the win. She gave up two hits, one walk and one strike out over six innings. Seven Bengals picked up hits to help the team win a third game in a row and boast the season record to 6-2. Blaine shutout White Bear Lake 2-0 earlier in the day thanks to a sixth-inning double by Mary Pardo drove in Ramsey Parent and Bross.

Bengals senior pitcher Annamarie Cassidy struck out five, walked one and scattered four hits across seven innings for the shutout win to improve to 4-1 in six games. She has a 0.70 earned run average giving up three runs on 21 hits in 30 innings of work.

Blaine junior Morgan Thielhorn threw a two-hit shutout against St. Francis over six innings on Saturday for her first win of the season.Photo by Jason Olson
Blaine junior Morgan Thielhorn threw a two-hit shutout against St. Francis over six innings on Saturday for her first win of the season.Photo by Jason Olson

On Friday, Blaine collected a 4-2 win at Cretin-Derham Hall thanks to Pardo going 4-for-4 with two doubles and a home run. She scored twice and knocked in one run. Amelia Luckow went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs. Pitcher Kylee Cassidy helped herself out with a home run while keeping the Raiders bats quite. She gave up one earned run on two hits with one walk and no strike outs over seven innings.

Elliot sets new strikeout mark
Top-ranked Anoka (7-1, 6-1) collected a 6-0 shutout win over Spring Lake Park Monday thanks in part to a sparkling pitching performance by pitcher Amber Elliott.

The Tornadoes junior pitcher set a program record with 17 strikeouts, bettering the previous record of 16 strikeouts held by Allison Bakke in 2002 and Julie Vancura in 2003.

Elliott helped herself out with a pair of hits in addition to junior outfielder Alyssa Wicks with a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Panthers junior pitcher struck out eight batters over six innings to give the 17th-ranked Panthers (6-5, 4-2) a chance but the Spring Lake Park bats couldn’t generate enough offense.

Blaine freshman Ramsey Parent scores on a 3-run double by Taylor Bross during the fifth inning of Saturday’s 5-2 win over St. Francis. Photo by Jason Olson
Blaine freshman Ramsey Parent scores on a 3-run double by Taylor Bross during the fifth inning of Saturday’s 5-2 win over St. Francis. Photo by Jason Olson

The loss is the third in four games with the lone win, 9-3 over St. Paul Como Park, coming in the final game of three at the Rochester Lourdes Tournament April 30. Spring Lake Park lost to Rochester Mayo 18-4 and Mounds View 16-6 earlier on Saturday.

Jones struck out 16 in an 8-1 win over Irondale on April 26. Jones had a shutout going until the sixth inning of the conference win.

Blaine freshman Ramsey Parent scores on a 3-run double by Taylor Bross during the fifth inning of Saturday’s 5-2 win over St. Francis. Photo by Jason Olson
Blaine freshman Ramsey Parent scores on a 3-run double by Taylor Bross during the fifth inning of Saturday’s 5-2 win over St. Francis. Photo by Jason Olson

Legacy drops to 2-5
Each Legacy Christian game this season has found one team scoring in double digits. The Lions have scored 30 runs in the two wins, coming on consecutive days, April 18 and 19 against Bethany Academy, 13-1, and Trinity at River Ridge, 27-1.

PACT Charter scored a 12-10 win on April 21.

Huskies drop to 2-5
Andover (2-5) went 1-2 at the Lakeville North Invite April 29-30 including a 5-4 win over Class A Visitation. The Huskies had eight different players record hits including a walk-off in the seventh inning to secure the win. Andover pitcher Grace Gady gave up four hits, walks and strikeouts over seven innings. Sidney Portner went 0-for-3 but still drove in a run and walked once. Gady had an RBI base hit.

Andover opened the tournament with a 7-2 loss to Superior (Wisconsin) and closed it out with a 10-5 loss to New Ulm, despite Portner collecting two hits. Morgan Czech had a double and Gady drove in two runs during a five-run third inning.

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