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Cottage Grove Coyotes roll to 12-0

Cottage Grove Coyotes pitcher Matt Ruben throws in the first game of a doubleheader against the Inver Grove Indians Sunday, July 14, at Woodridge Park. Bulletin photo by Scott Wente1 / 2
Coyotes baserunner Steve Bahl easily steals second early in the first game of a doubleheader against the Inver Grove Indians on Sunday, July 14. Bulletin photo by Scott Wente2 / 2

The unbeaten Cottage Grove Coyotes are on a run.

After taking both games of a July 8 doubleheader, the amateur baseball team turned in a similar performance on Sunday, July 14, sweeping the Inver Grove Indians and extending their perfect record to 12-0.

The Coyotes won the first game Sunday 4-0 behind starting pitcher Matt Ruben, a Park High School graduate who improved to 5-0 on the season after allowing just two hits over seven innings.

Cottage Grove put two runs on the board in the first, before going up 3-0 in the second inning. Cottage Grove added a run in the sixth to seal the 4-0 win. The Coyotes had seven hits and no errors; the Indians committed one error.

Cottage Grove was quick to score in the second game as well. The team went up 3-0 in the first inning and added a run in the fourth.

The Indians got on the board for the first time Sunday in the fourth inning to cut the Coyotes' lead to 4-1. But Cottage Grove added another run in the seventh inning to make it 5-1 for the win. The Coyotes allowed seven hits to their own three on the game, but took advantage of Indians fielding mistakes as Inver Grove tallied eight errors.

Earlier last week, Cottage Grove came out on top in two make-up games against the Minneapolis Sea Donkeys. Both teams' bats were hot in the first game as the Coyotes won 11-10. The scoring slowed in the second game, but Cottage Grove managed a 4-2 victory.

With the second half of the season under way, the Coyotes next will take on the Metro Blizzard on Sunday, July 21, at a field to be determined. The games will start at 10 a.m. and noon.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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