Coyotes baseball: Heggernes' no-no helps 'Yotes win 11th straight
Cottage Grove Coyotes starting pitcher Hans Heggernes left the St. Paul Haze batters in a daze, helping the home team earn its fifth-straight sweep.
Heggernes threw the Coyotes' third-ever no-hitter as the 'Yotes won its 11th consecutive game 12-0 in five innings in the second game of a double-header on Sunday, July 26. Cottage Grove (14-2) also won game No. 1, 9-3 over the Haze (7-8).
The winning streak has Cottage Grove in second place in the Twin Cities Men's Adult Baseball League, one game back of rival Eden Prairie Cardinals, and sets up a showdown for first place in the league with the aforementioned Cardinals (15-1) on Sunday, Aug. 2 at Kingston Park.
In the no-hitter, Cottage Grove racked-up a dozen runs in the first inning alone as Heggernes diced through the Haze in order. Heggernes, who is 5-0 with five complete games and a paltry, league-leading .61 ERA, struck out 12 in the game. The lone blemish to Heggernes' line was a hit batsmen.
From the plate, Dan Kamrath led the way, going 2-for-3 with a grand slam, two runs scored and four RBI. Randy Schmidt, who was 1-for-2 with two runs and three RBI and Matt Ruben, who was 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI, also each had home runs in the rout.
In the first game, the Haze took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but the Coyotes put up nine runs over two innings to blow things open.
Kamrath, Mike Sellner, Conrad LaDoux and Ruben each had multi-hit games, with Ruben capping the Coyotes' scoring with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Ruben also pitched in the game, going five innings, allowing one hit, one walk and one run, while striking out nine, improving to 6-2 on the year and lowering his ERA to 1.85. Ruben leads the team with 65 strikeouts in 53 innings.
In addition to Heggernes and Ruben leading the team in ERA and strikeouts, respectively, David Buckner leads the team in batting, hitting .480, while Ruben leads the team in home runs (4) and RBI (17) and is second in batting (.455).