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Park baseball: Wolfpack earns first win, but swept by rival Royals

Park starter Kyle Strand delivers a pitch to the plate Monday in the second game of a doubleheader with Woodbury in Cottage Grove. The Wolfpack dropped both games against its district rival.

Park's late-inning woes continued to surface last Monday in a doubleheader with Woodbury in Cottage Grove.

The Wolfpack blew a 2-0 lead in the top of the seventh against the Royals in a 6-2 loss in the first game of a doubleheader. Woodbury scored all six runs in the seventh after Park starter Sam Domeier left the game.

Domeier threw six innings and allowed one run on four hits. Domeier walked six and struck out three. Max Stedt came on in the seventh inning and gave up five runs on three hits. Stedt walked two hitters as well.

"We tried to stretch him out a little longer," Wolfpack head coach John McGowan said. "He pitched very well for us for six innings. His pitch count wasn't too high so we thought he could go another inning."

Fletcher Rheault went 2-for-3, Chandler Mulvihill went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Mitch Zurn and Brad Schmidt added RBIs. JT Bickel went 1-for-3 with a run and Schmidt scored a run.

"The first game took us a while to get going but we strung some hits together and scored a few runs," McGowan said. "It was good enough to win that first game. We pitched well enough to win, we hit well enough to win and then we gave it up in the top of the seventh."

Sawyer Moon finished 1-for-3 with three RBI, Nick Yan went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI and Josh Sharp was 1-for-4 with a run and RBI. Ryan Winter, David Stickels, Quinten Strub and Tom Matejka also scored for Woodbury.

Ben Meyer got the win in relief of Royals starter Brandon Mazur. Meyer threw a scoreless seventh inning after Mazur went six innings. Mazur allowed two runs on five hits, walked two and struck out nine.

In the second game Winter finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Sebastian Holte-Macera went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run while Stickels and Scanlon each went 2-for-4. Stickels reached base in all four plate appearances and drove in two runs.

"I think we have guys who are grinding with two strikes and they realize if they can piece together a nine-pitch at-bat, even if it's a strikeout it's a quality at-bat," Woodbury head coach Kevin McDermott said.

Zurn, Stedt and Kyle Strand drove in runs for the Wolfpack, which mounted a comeback late in the game. Alex Kielsa, Mulvihill, Strand, Bickel, Rheault and Schmidt all had base hits for Park.

Nathan Wallgren got the win for Woodbury after throwing five innings. Wallgren allowed two runs on four hits and struck out three.

Strand started for the Wolfpack and gave up seven runs, three earned, on six hits, walked three and struck out one.

In Park's most recent game, a five-run seventh inning propelled White Bear Lake to an 11-7 win Saturday in Cottage Grove.

Park rallied from a 6-0 deficit with a five-run fourth inning and took a 7-5 lead after pushing single runs across in the fifth and sixth innings.

Alex Kielsa drove in two runs with a 2-for-3 performance while JT Bickel and Chandler Mulvihill each went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run.

Before falling to White Bear Lake, Park scored its first victory of the season Friday with a 7-5 win over Hastings in Cottage Grove.

Wolfpack junior Sam Domeier threw a complete game and struck out four. Domeier gave up five runs on seven hits and walked five.

Chandler Mulvihill, Mitch Zurn and Jordan Ijomah each drove in two runs while Matt Chermack added an RBI.

Park, however, struggled in the second game and managed just two hits off Raiders' starter Patrick Rough in an 11-1, five-inning loss.

Hastings scored six runs in the first inning and held the Wolfpack in check through five innings.

Park scored its lone run in the fourth inning when Chermack drove in Fletcher Rheault. Zurn had one of the Wolfpack's two hits.

Park made four errors which led to three unearned runs and also struck out eight times at the plate.

Park nearly had its first win the day before, but White Bear Lake had just enough offense to get past Park 5-4 last Wednesday in White Bear Lake.

The Wolfpack jumped out to an early 3-1 lead, but the Bears pushed three runs across in the third to take a 4-3 lead. White Bear Lake added a run in the fourth and withstood Park's comeback attempt in the sixth. The Wolfpack got one run after the first three hitters reached base, but Park left two runners on to end the inning.

Three Wolfpack players had multi-hit games with Max Stedt pacing the offense with a 2-for-3 performance and two RBI. Fletcher Rheault went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Matt Chermack went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Stedt started for Park and went four innings. Stedt gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits, walked three and struck out five.

Before the Wolfpack's first loss to White Bear Lake, Park fell 10-5 against Stillwater on Tuesday in Cottage Grove when the Ponies put together a five-run eighth inning.

Stillwater jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and took a 5-3 lead in the top of the seventh but the Wolfpack struck in the bottom half to tie the game at 5 to take the game to extra innings.

Strand scored on a wild pitch to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh after Schmidt led off the inning with a single and came around to score on Strand's single.

The Ponies sent 10 to the plate in the eighth. Andy Peterson led Stillwater with three RBI and Sam Hodenfield added two RBI and finished 2-for-4. Austin Holmberg finished 3-for-5 with a run and RBI.

Bickel drove in two runs, Schmidt went 2-for-4 with two runs and Strand finished 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Stedt added an RBI with a 1-for-4 performance and Mulvihill went 1-for-3 with a run.

Park struck out 11 times in the game.

Rheault started for the Wolfpack and turned in six strong innings. Rheault gave up three runs on four hits, walked four and struck out two.