Coyotes split long weekend
The Coyotes got off to hot starts on Saturday and Sunday.
Cottage Grove opened the weekend with a 5-2 win over the Rays.
Andrew Harrison got the start on the bump, and he also got the finish. Harrison threw a complete game, allowing just two earned runs on five hits, while striking out four.
The Coyotes trailed 2-0 heading into the bottom of the second inning, but rallied with two runs in the second and third frames, before tacking on a single insurance run in the fourth.
It was also Swanson’s bat that led the way for the Coyotes. The starting pitcher went 2-for-3 at the dish with two runs plated, while scoring one himself.
Cottage Grove finished with eight hits in the contest.
But the Rays were able to strike early in the day-cap.
Cottage Grove allowed six runs in the second inning as the Rays cruised to a 7-2 victory.
Nick Tuckner got the start on the mound for the Coyotes, but only lasted 1 ⅔ innings as he allowed all six second inning runs, but only three were earned.
The Rays collected nearly twice as many runs, 7, as they had hits, 4, in the contest.
Cottage Grove’s offense delivered eight hits for the second straight game, but couldn’t string them together for anything substantial on the scoreboard. Seven different Coyotes players collected hits, with Max Stedt and Matt Ruben collecting the club’s RBIs.
The Coyotes’ offense continued to struggle to score runs early on in Sunday’s opener against the Bombers. Cottage Grove trailed 1-0 through five innings.
Then the bats exploded. Cottage Grove tallied two runs in the sixth and four in the seventh to come away with a 6-1 victory.
Roger Morrison was lights out on the mound, allowing just the one run while striking out three in a complete-game effort.
Dan Kamrath carried the load offensively. Kamrath went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and a RBI and two runs scored.
The Coyotes generated another late-inning rally in the second game of the doubleheader, but had no answer for the Bombers offense as Cottage Grove fell 7-4.
After going scoreless through the first five innings, the Coyotes rallied for one run in the sixth and three in the seventh. Hans Heggernes and Conrad LaDoux each had solid days at the plate, with each recording two hits and one RBI.
But as the Coyotes tacked on runs, so did the Bombers.
The Bombers scored runs in the first, second, fourth, sixth and seventh innings while collecting 10 hits en route to the victory.
Cottage Grove threw Stedt, Swanson and Kamrath on the hill to try to solve the Bombers bats, but none of the three had an answer.
The second-game struggles have been an ongoing trend for Cottage Grove this season. The Coyotes are 8-2 in the first game of two-game series with opponents this season, but just 5-5 in the second game of the sets.
Cottage Grove (13-7) wraps up the regular season with two games against a 19-1 Cardinals squad Sunday at Round Lake Stadium in Eden Prairie.