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Park baseball: Extra-inning battle leaves Wolfpack on losing streak

Brandon Alt connects with the ball during the Wolfpack’s loss to White Bear Lake on Friday, May 9, in Cottage Grove. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)

Park gave White Bear Lake all they could handle but fell short in 10 innings.

Down 3-0 through the top of the fifth inning, the Wolfpack began to rally against the Bears in their Friday, May 9, contest. Park put up a run in the bottom of the fifth at home and then scored three in the sixth to tie the game 4-4.

Unfortunately for Park, the Bears got three runs across the plate in the 10th after three scoreless innings. The Wolfpack did not have an answer in the bottom of the inning as they fell for the eighth-straight game.

Sam Domeier went seven innings pitching and struck out seven for the Wolfpack, and he allowed two earned runs on nine hits. Jacob Lopez pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed two hits. He also hit 2-for-3 and scored a run.

Ryan Banaszewski had 2-for-4 showing at the plate with a RBI for Park. Sullly Brenke hit 2-for-5 with a RBI. Jeb Melson and Tavier Simmons each scored a run and drove in one.

The Wolfpack had struggled to get runs in their previous two games.

Lopez hit 2-for-4 in the Wolfpack’s 6-2 loss to the Ponies on May 5. He also pitched six innings and fanned three batters. Park faced a Ponies team that had a nine-day break between games.

Against Forest Lake, the Wolfpack mustered two runs again in a 12-2 loss on May 6. Brandon Alt pitched five innings for Park.

Park also had trouble with No. 6-ranked Woodbury on Wednesday, May 7, in a 6-0 loss. Kyle Strand had one of the Wolfpack’s two hits in addition to pitching five innings and striking out one. Melson also pitched one inning.

More tough opponents fill up Park’s schedule again this week. The Wolfpack (2-10, 2-11 Suburban East) play at second-place Cretin-Derham Hall (11-3, 10-3 SEC) at 4:15 p.m. Thursday. It gets no easier with Mounds View (9-6, 8-5 SEC) at 4:15 p.m. Friday at home. The Wolfpack’s week began Monday with East Ridge (12-4, 11-4 SEC) at home.

—Matthew Davis