5/11/2017 4:45:00 PM Chisago Lakes beats Rogers and North Branch but mixes in a puzzling loss to the Big Lake Hornets
Rogers 5, Chisago Lakes 4 The Rogers Royals scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 5-4 lead and hung on to beat the Wildcats 5-4 Tuesday, May 2 at Chisago Lakes High School. It was just the second loss of the season for the fourth-ranked Wildcats.
In the top of the second, a one-out walk, an error and a stolen base put runners on second and third. The next batter singled to drive in both runners and the Royals led 2-0. The Wildcats answered right back in the bottom of the inning. Jenna Carlson and Hannah Sogard singled to put runners on first and second with no outs. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Gina Virga bunted to score Carlson and Alison Bergerson followed with a sacrifice fly to center to plate Sogard and the game was tied 2-2.
With one out in the bottom of the fifth. Sogard and Virga singled to put runners on first and second. Bergerson singled to drive in Sogard and Cassie Lynch followed with a single to score Virga. The Wildcats led 4-2 after five innings. The leadoff batter for the Royals singled in the top of the sixth, but a foul out and a strikeout put the Wildcats within one out of getting out of the inning with no damage. Lynch hit the next batter. The next batter singled to drive in one run and cut the Wildcat lead to 4-3. When the throw from the outfield went all the way home, it allowed the runner on first to move up to second. This proved to be a critical play. The next batter singled to drive in both runners and give the Royals a 5-4 lead. A groundout ended the inning with no more damage. But the Wildcats went quietly, managing just one baserunner over the last two innings as the Royals hung on for the win.
Chisago Lakes 12, North Branch 2 (6 innings) A two-run homer by Cassie Lynch highlighted a seven run third inning and the Wildcats went on to beat the North Branch Vikings 12-2 Thursday, May 4 at Chisago Lakes High School. The game was shortened to six innings because of the ten-run rule.
The Vikings opened the scoring in the top of the third. Anna Carlson singled and Sophie Smith drove her in with a double to put the Vikings up 1-0. Gina Virga was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the inning and, one out later, Lynch sent her blast over the left-center field wall to put the Wildcats on top 2-1. And the runs piled up as Ellie Frischmon drove in two with a double, Ashley Wallenberg had a run-scoring single and Virga capped it off with a two-run single to give the Wildcats a 7-1 lead.
The Wildcats added two more in the fourth. With Frischmon and Jessica Bergerson both scoring on wild pitches. The Vikings scored their other run in the top of the fifth. Smith walked with one out and came around to score when Cassandra Sinn reached on an error, cutting the Wildcats lead to 9-2. The Wildcats got the run back in the bottom of the inning. Lynch led the inning off with a single and came all the way around to score when Madison Thornburg reached on an error. With two on and one out in the bottom of the sixth, Gina Virga smacked a double to center, scoring both runs to make the score 12-2, ending the game Lynch pitched the first five innings to pick up the win. She allowed five hits, two earned runs, walked one and struck out five. Trinity Junker walked one batter in an inning of scoreless relief.
Big Lake 6, Chisago Lakes 1 The Big Lake Hornets broke open a tie game with a grand slam in the top of the fifth inning and went on to beat the Wildcats 6-1. The Wildcats’ only run came on Alison Bergerson’s home run in the bottom of the first inning that tied the game at 1-1. The game was played at Chisago Lakes High School on Monday, May 8.
In the top of the fifth, the first two batters singled for the Royals. One out later, Riley Bergstrom singled to drive in one run and give the Royals a 2-1 lead. Talyn McClaflin reached on an error to re-load the bases. Ally Helgoe then stepped up to the plate and knocked the ball out of the park, giving the Royals a 6-1 lead. The Wildcats got two runners on with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but a flyout and a groundout ended the game.