Park baseball: Wolfpack still looking for first win
Forest Lake's big bats guided the Rangers past Park Monday in a doubleheader sweep in Forest Lake.
In the two Suburban East Conference games, the Rangers had 20 hits and scored 18 runs in a 10-2 and 8-1 victory over the Wolfpack. Noah Brown went 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs while Brett Gravelle finished 3-for-4 with two RBI. Jonathan Schmidt also drove in two runs with a 2-for-5 day in the 8-1 victory.
Forest Lake took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and added single runs in every inning after to cruise to the victory.
Park (0-4, 0-4 SEC) struggled to get anything going offensively off Rangers starter Phil Sauer. Sauer threw five scoreless innings, allowed four hits, one walk and struck out seven. The Wolfpack didn't score until the seventh inning when senior Matt Chermack drove in junior Alex Kielsa.
Park finished with six hits in the game but struck out nine times.
Wolfpack junior starter Kyle Strand lasted four innings after allowing five runs on six hits and five walks.
The Forest Lake hitting onslaught continued in the second game of the doubleheader with Schmidt going 2-for-4 with four RBI. Sauer added three RBI with a 1-for-3 performance in a 10-2 victory.
"I don't think the score was indicative of how close the game was," Park head coach John McGowan said. "We had guys in scoring position we just couldn't get that timely hit."
Wolfpack senior Fletcher Rheault drove in the only two runs Park scored in the fifth inning. The Wolfpack had six hits in the game with Chermack going 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run. Senior Chandler Mulvihill went 1-for-2 with a run.
Park senior Max Stedt took the loss after giving up seven runs on four hits. Stedt walked five and struck out two.
The Wolfpack committed three errors in the field, which led to one unearned run.
Rangers starter Kyle Parker struck out three and walked two in a complete-game victory.
Park plays Mounds View Wednesday in Cottage Grove.