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5/11/2017 4:40:00 PM
Chisago Lakes getting back on track before a tough match up against FL

Chisago Lakes 5, Rogers 4 (9 innings)
Anders Brown hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game at 4-4 and send the game with Rogers into extra innings.  Gabe Taylor scored the game-winner on a walk-off wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth and the Wildcat baseball team came away with a thrilling 5-4 win over the Royals Tuesday, May 2 at Pat Collins Field at Chisago Lakes High School.

The Wildcats got on the board first in this one.  Taylor walked to lead off the bottom of the second and Adam Klick was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with no outs.  Mitch Barrett bunted to move the runners over, but an error by the first baseman allowed Taylor to score and Klick to go all the way to third.  Barrett reached first on the play.  Connor Wilke followed with a fly ball to left that was deep enough to score Klick and the Wildcats led 2-0.  In the top of the fourth, an error by Brown allowed the leadoff batter to reach first.  A sacrifice bunt and a single to center put runners on first and third with no outs.  The next batter bunted as well.  The runner on third stayed there, the runner on first moved to second and the batter was thrown out at first for the second out.  The next batter lined a double to center to drive in both runners and tie the game at 2-2.

The score stayed the same until the top of the seventh.  The leadoff batter singled for the Royals.  The next batter bunted.  Catcher Zane Brophy fielded the ball but threw wildly to first.  The baserunner came all the way around to score and the batter reached third on the play.  The runner from third scored on an infield hit and the Royals led 4-2.  In the bottom of the seventh, leadoff batter Joey Ferris beat out an infield hit.  Brown stepped up to the plate and lined the first pitch he saw to deep right center and over the wall for his second home run of the season to tie the game at 4-4.  Wildcat head coach Jay Brown said, “The right fielder didn’t react as if it was a home run, so Brownie ran the bases as fast as any triple you’ll see.”

Taylor walked on four pitches to lead off the bottom of the ninth for the Wildcats.  Klick was hit by the next pitch, putting runners on first and second with no outs.  The Wildcats signaled for a hit and run.  But both runners took off early and the Royal pitcher whirled and threw to second.  The ball sailed into center field and the runners were safe at second and third.  On a 1-0 count to Barrett, the pitcher threw a curve ball that bounced in the dirt and past the catcher.  Taylor scored standing up and the Wildcats had a thrilling, come-from-behind win.

Anders Brown, who has been on a hitting tear all season, went 4-for-4 and had a double to go along with his home run.  “They intentionally walked Brownie in the eighth,” said Jay Brown, “after he had four hits.  With the game he was having, I probably would have walked him in his previous at bat – before he hit the home run”  Dusty Rhodes had three hits in four trips to the plate for the Wildcats.  Jay Brown said, “Dusty got off to a bit of a slow start this season, but he has really started to square up a few recently.”  

Barrett started for the Wildcats.  He allowed three unearned runs, on four hits, walked one and stuck out 4 in six and one-third innings.  Troy Biernath pitched an inning and allowed one unearned run on one hit.  And Henry Trost pitched the final inning and two-thirds for the win, allowing no hits, walking one and striking out one.

Chisago Lakes 10, North Branch 0 (5 innings)
In a matchup of longtime rivals, the Chisago Lakes Wildcats jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and the North Branch Vikings never recovered.  Wildcat starting pitcher Troy Biernath allowed just two hits in four innings.  Nolan Silver finished up with an inning of scoreless relief.  The Wildcats added three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to go up by 10 and end the game because of the ten-run rule.  The game was played Thursday, May 4 at Pat Collins Field at Chisago Lakes High School

Henry Trost doubled in two runs in the bottom of the fifth to put the Wildcats up 9-0.  Later in the inning, Tyler Johnson singled with the bases loaded to drive in Silver with the run that ended the game.  Trost, Dusty Rhodes, Gabe Taylor and Zane Brophy drove in two runs apiece for the Wildcats and Johnson and Adam Klick each drove in a run.  The Wildcats pounded out 13 hits by ten different players.  Trost had three hits and Adam Klick had two.  “Our situational hitting hasn’t been all that great this season,” said Wildcat head coach Jay Brown  “We came through with a lot of big hits against North Branch and we really need to keep that going.”

Forest Lake 13, Chisago Lakes 1 (5 innings)
Leading 4-0 already, the Forest Lake Rangers scored nine runs in the top of the third inning and cruised to a 13-1 win over the Wildcats.  The game was shortened to five innings because of the ten-run rule.  Henry Trost double in the Wildcats’ only run in the top of the sixth.  The Rangers had ten hits and Wildcat pitchers contributed seven walks.  “They’ve got a pretty good ballclub over there,” said Wildcat head coach Jay Brown  The game was played Friday, May 5 at Pat Collins Field at Chisago Lakes High School.

Baseball Banter
Wildcat senior shortstop Anders Brown is having an amazing season.  In eleven games, he is batting .529, with four doubles, three triples, three home runs and 14 RBIs, leading the team in all of those categories.  Brown has an OPS (on base plus slugging percentage) of 1.674, which is otherworldly.
The Wildcats (6-5) will head across the border to play Osceola tonight at 5 p.m.  Next Tuesday, May 16 they will travel to St. Francis to battle the Fighting Saints at 4:30 p.m.  And on Wednesday, May 17, as the Wildcats play a road game at Monticello against the Magic, with a slightly early 4 p.m. start.

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