7/18/2013 3:29:00 PM Legion extends winning streak to five games
by CHUCK FITZER
The Chisago Lakes Wildcat American Legion baseball team extended their winning streak to five games with a 13-0 win over Milaca last Wednesday, July 10 at Chisago Lakes. They went on to split home doubleheaders with Stillwater and Mora to finish the regular season with an 8-6 record. The Wildcats will start the sub-state playoffs early next week, with games to be played at Midway Stadium and White Bear South. Opponents and game times are yet to be determined.
Against Milaca, pitcher Dylan Magnuson threw a complete game and allowed just one hit and Matt Hasselquist blasted a home run to left, doubled, singled and drove in five runs to lead the Wildcats to the win. Gabe Gustafson and Sam Birkholz each doubled and drove in two runs. Magnuson struck out six and walked just one batter in dominating Milaca. The game was shortened to five innings because of the ten-run rule. Offensive and defensive mistakes led to the 5-2 Wildcat loss in the first game against Stillwater on Sunday, July 14. Stillwater scored four runs in the fifth inning without hitting a ball out of the infield, taking advantage of three walks and three Wildcat errors. Offensively, the Wildcats made three critical baserunning mistakes during that cost them several runs. Wildcat pitcher Kellen Reed pitched a complete game and dominated the Ponies for most of the game. Just one of the runs scored against Reed was earned.
He allowed just four hits, struck out 12 and walked six. Mitch Berg and Tim Abrahamson each drove in a run for the Wildcats. In the second game of the evening, the Wildcats scored seven runs in the second inning on their way to a 7-1 win over Stillwater. Magnuson doubled in two runs and Reed doubled in a run to lead the Wildcat attack in the prolific second inning. The game was called in the top of the fourth inning. A Stillwater player sustained a severe knee injury on a play at second. Since Stillwater had no bench players available and wasn’t allowed to play with eight players, the game was over. Starting pitcher Colton Mueller went the distance to pick up the win for the Wildcats, allowing two hits, striking out six and walking five. The potent Wildcats bats took the night off as they split a doubleheader on Tuesday, July 16 against Mora. In the opener, Hunter Lindstrom pitched a seven inning complete game and allowed just one run in the Wildcats 3-1 win.
Lindstrom’s assortment of breaking pitches once again baffled the opponents, as he stuck out 11, including seven looking. The second game was tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the fifth. Mora loaded the bases on a walk, an error on a sacrifice bunt and a hit batter. With one out, a Mora batter cleared the bases with a double to the wall in right field, the only ball to leave the infield in the Mora half of the inning. The Wildcat bats stayed silent, picking up just two hits for the game, and Mora walked away with a 5-1 win. Dylan Magnuson pitched a complete game and dominated for most of it, but was done in by one tough inning.