4/20/2017 3:49:00 PM After hot start, CL doused by St. Francis before Princeton loss
St. Francis 15, Chisago Lakes 2 (6 innings) When Henry Trost’s two run single in the bottom of the third cut the St. Francis lead to 4-2, the Wildcats were within striking distance against the Fighting Saints. But the Wildcat defense went AWOL in the top of the sixth, committing four errors, and the Fighting Saints tool advantage by scoring ten runs – ten! – to beat the Wildcats 15-2. The game was played at Chisago Lakes High School Wednesday, April 12.
The loss couldn’t be pinned on just one bad inning by the defense. Five different Wildcat pitchers combined to give up eleven hits and also walked eleven. Of the 15 St. Francis runs, just seven were earned. And the Wildcat offense managed just three hits, including a first inning triple by Anders Brown.
Princeton 2, Chisago Lakes 1 Troy Biernath lost his bid for a no-hitter against the Princeton Tigers on a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning. And to make matters worse, a two-out error by the Wildcats gave the Tigers a 2-1 walkoff win. The game was played last Thursday, April 13 at Princeton.
Biernath was dominant, retiring the first nine batters he faced. In the bottom of the fourth, the first Tiger leadoff hitter reached on an error. He went to second on a passed ball, went to third on a productive groundout to second and scored on a sacrifice fly. The Tigers led 1-0 without the benefit of a hit. Biernath continued his dominance, retiring eight straight batters after the error. A sixth inning walk by Biernath did no damage.
Adam Klick double with one out in the top of the sixth for the Wildcats. One out later, Dusty Rhodes was hit by a pitch. Zane Brophy followed with a single to left to drive in Klick and tie the game at 1-1. But Adam Hanson flew out to left to end the inning and the score remained tied. In the bottom of the seventh, that single to left broke up Biernath’s no-hitter. A grounder to short forced the baserunner at second for the second out. The next batter walked. A grounder to the right side of the infield looked like it would send the game to extra innings, but the error allowed the winning run to score.
Biernath went six and two-thirds innings. He allowed one hit, walked two and struck out one. And he did it efficiently, throwing just 78 pitches. The Wildcats missed some scoring opportunities. Their third single of the inning loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the second, but Biernath flew out to end the inning. In the fourth, Rhodes walked with one out, but was thrown out at home later in the inning when he tried to score on Adam Hanson’s single to center.
Baseball Banter The Wildcats (3-3) will shuffle off to Buffalo this afternoon for a game against the Bison (3-3) at 4:30 p.m. Next Tuesday, April 25, they will host the Big Lake Hornets (1-3) at Chisago Lakes High School at 4:30 p.m.