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Cottage Grove splits with Giants

Nate Bochet takes a cut at a pitch. (Bulletin file photo)

One inning likely cost Cottage Grove a sweep Sunday.

Steve Bahl and Dan Kamrath combined for a stellar performance in the opener Sunday as the Coyotes beat the Giants 7-2.

Bahl pitched the first four innings of the game and allowed just two hits while striking out four to pick up the win. Kamrath came on in relief in the fifth inning and pitched three frames while allowing just one hit as he worked around six walks to pick up the save.

Kamrath was also the star at the dish. He collected two hits and plated two runs as the Coyotes built a 7-0 lead by the top of the fifth frame. Scott Seivert was the only other Cottage Grove batter to have multiple hits in the contest.

But Cottage Grove couldn’t take both games at the Lighted Field, as the Giants scored 12 runs in the fourth inning to topple the Coyotes 14-4 in the backend of the doubleheader.

Roger Morrison picked up the loss on the mound as he allowed nine runs in 3 ⅓ innings of action.

Nate Bochet did the heavy lifting for Cottage Grove’s offense. He went 2-for-2 at the plate and scored two of the Coyotes’ four runs. Hans Heggernes had two runs batted in.

The split moved Cottage Grove to 11-5 on the year. The Coyotes have a busy weekend upcoming. They’ll take on the Rays in a doubleheader at Woodridge Park on Saturday before traveling to Northeast Athletic Park to take on the Bombers for a pair of contests on Sunday.