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Park baseball: Wolfpack bats hot before silence by Mustangs, Royals

Park senior pitcher Sam Domeier delivers a pitch against East Ridge in a 12-11 loss to the Raptors last week. (Bulletin photo by Matthew Davis)

Everything seemed to go Park’s way at the plate before they ran into Mounds View.

Brandon Alt drove in seven runs over two games for the Wolfpack early in the week. His three RBI helped the green-and-white to an 8-5 win over Hastings on Monday, April 21. Alt drove in another four in a wild 12-11 loss to East Ridge on Wednesday, April 23.

“We’re coming together,” Wolfpack coach John McGowan said. “Everybody’s contributing knowing their role.”

Unfortunately for the Wolfpack, batting dried up against the defending state champion Mounds View Mustangs on Friday, April 25 in a 1-0 loss. Sam Domeier had the lone hit for the Wolfpack. Jacob Lopez kept Park in the game with six solid innings of pitching and five strikeouts.

Against Woodbury, the Wolfpack got one run across. Yet, the green-and-white could not stop the Royals in an 11-1 loss on Saturday, April 26. Drude-Smith took the loss on the mound, giving up six earned runs.

Deficits did not intimidate against East Ridge earlier in the week the Wolfpack rallied from holes of 8-1 and 12-5 to make the game close. Heavy winds helped the ball sail deep into the outfield as both teams combined for 24 hits at East Ridge’s field.

“I had a hit that I thought was going to be an out, and it went over his head and split the outfielders,” Domeier said.

Alt drove in four runs, and Kyle Strand went 3-5 with an RBI. Domeier also had an RBI in addition to pitching three innings and striking out four.

Down 8-1 through three innings, Wolfpack mounted a comeback in the fifth with four runs, cutting the lead to 8-5. The Raptors responded by hitting to deep left field and center field primarily and put for runs to gain a 12-5 lead.

“It’s a good feeling knowing that we game back and stuck in the game,” Domeier said.

Park threatened in the top of the seventh with six runs, cutting the score to 12-11. Yet, Sam Cobbs came in relief for the Raptors to pitch helped the home team survive.

“Our kids were aggressive at the plate,” McGowan said.

—Matthew Davis