Baseball: East Ridge wins at Northwestern, New Life has strong week
Woodbury 17, Park 6
Woodbury had a strong fifth and sixth innings to stretch the lead against Park and win 17-6 in six innings on Thursday night.
There were nine different players on Woodbury's team that earned at least one RBI with Adam Mazur leading the Royals with five RBIs. There were two home runs for Woodbury as Brock Rinehart and Josh Hawksford hit it over the fence and helped extend the lead.
Nick Thorson led the Wolfpack with three RBIs as he went 2-for-4 in the game. Jack Weidner also had a strong game at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance along with an RBI and a run.
On the mound, Sam Malec started for Woodbury and Tucker Novotny started for Park. Malec pitched four strong innings giving up two unearned runs and two hits, while striking out one batter.
Novotny also pitched four innings for the Wolfpack giving up four earned runs, while striking out four batters. Rinehart and Ryan Lindstrom each pitched an inning for the Royals combining for one earned run, six hits and two strikeouts.
Woodbury will continue their undefeated season on Friday, April 19 at 11:30 a.m. as the Royals host Mounds View. Park will look to get another win this week on Friday, April 19 as the Wolfpack takes on Stillwater.
East Ridge 13, Roseville 0
East Ridge traveled to the University of Northwestern-St. Paul for a night game against Roseville. The Raptors were unstoppable with strong pitching and offense to earn a 13-0 victory on Thursday night.
The Raptors had six batters each earn at least one RBI, while Cam Hunter and Jack Kelnberger each went 2-for-3 at the plate. Ben North also had a strong night with a 2-for-5 performance scoring one run and knocking in two runs.
Hunter was the starting pitcher for East Ridge and pitched four innings giving up zero runs, three hits and striking out six batters. Evan Molin and Tanner Stafne each came in to pitch one hitless, scoreless inning to hold the victory for the Raptors.
East Ridge will host White Bear Lake on Monday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. to continue extending the winning streak.
Columbia Heights 5, New Life Academy 2
It was a close game until the final innings of Thursday's game, but Columbia Heights pulled out the 5-2 victory over New Life Academy.
Peter Bouillon and Joey Bucsko each pitched three innings combining for five earned runs and struck out seven batters. Riley Grohn went 2-for-4 at the plate, while Noah Rodriguez and Bouillon each got one hit.
The Eagles are even with a 3-3 record and New Life will get back on the field on Saturday, April 20 at 11 a.m. as they host St. Agnes.
Park 12, Forest Lake 7
It was a high-scoring game on Tuesday as Park hosted Forest Lake for a conference game. Fortunately for the Wolfpack, they scored scored more runs allowing them to win 12-7 in their home game.
Matt Wilkinson, Lex Lindow, Nick Thorson and Tanner Strantz each collected two hits and brought many of the runs home for Park.
Wilkinson started the game for the Wolfpack and had a tough couple of innings giving up six runs, but struck out five batters. The offense responded behind him to get a lead and allow Lindow to come in for an inning.
In the fifth inning, Thorson came on the mound and pitched three strong innings allowing one run and striking out three batters.
The win gives the Wolfpack some confidence heading into a busy week. Their game on Wednesday, April 17 was postponed due to the rain, but they will prepare for their game at home against Woodbury on Thursday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m.
New Life Academy 4, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 1
After a quick turnaround, New Life Academy was able to earn two wins on the road with another win against Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity on Tuesday night. The final score was 4-1.
The Eagles relied on a handful of pitchers to keep runs down and record a win on the road. Peter Bouillon started the game and pitched two scoreless innings while striking out three batters. Then, Andrew Kroohn came in for three innings and gave up only one run while striking out two batters. Finally, Joey Bucsko closed out the game with two innings and striking out all six batters.
It was a strong game for the pitching trio and it allowed New Life to earn its third win of the season.
The Eagles will continue on the road as they head to Columbia Heights on Thursday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m. to try and make it a four-game winning streak.
New Life Academy 10, Cannon Falls 1
It was a strong start to the week as New Life Academy traveled down to Cannon Falls on Monday and came back with a 10-1 win.
The lead started early with a six-run first inning and three more runs in the fourth inning. The Eagles had six batters that earned two or more hits in the game.
Cooper Falteisek, Riley Grohn, Peter Bouillon and Cooper Amon each earned two RBIs. Falteisek also had a strong game on the mound as he pitched six innings giving up one run, two hits and struck out 11 batters. Bouillon came in for one inning and struck out two batters.
The Eagles will have a quick turnaround as they play at Lester Prairie at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16.
Mounds View 4, East Ridge 1
East Ridge started off the week with a trip to Mounds View on Monday to play a tough conference opponent. It was a close game, but the Raptors fell 4-1.
Mounds View only allowed one hit throughout the entire game for East Ridge, but the Raptors had a strong eye at the plate allowing six walks to occur.
The Raptors used four different pitchers to keep pitching counts low as they prepare for a busy week ahead.
East Ridge will have a game on neutral ground on Thursday, April 18. The Raptors will play Roseville at the University of Northwestern at 6 p.m.