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5/25/2017 12:20:00 PM
Wildcats baseball tops Princeton and St. Francis in revenge games

Chisago Lakes 7, St. Francis 4
A pitcher’s duel between Wildcat Mitch Barrett and St. Francis Fighting Saint James Green went into extra innings with the score tied 1-1 Tuesday, May 16.  But the Wildcats scored six runs on just two hits in the top of the ninth and then withstood a three-run rally by the Fighting Saints on the bottom of the inning to win the game 7-4.  The game was played at St. Francis.

Green was dominant against the Wildcats, to say the least.  He struck out the first seven batters of the game, and ten of the first 13 batters.  The only baserunner he allowed in the first four innings was a hit batter.  The Wildcats broke through in the top of the fifth.  Green hit Zane Brophy to lead off the inning and was replaced by courtesy runner Connor Wilke.  Adam Hanson sacrificed Wilke to second.  Barrett doubled to center to score Wilke and give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.  The next two batters struck out to end the inning.

On the other side, Barrett pitched a very good game of his own.  He allowed just two baserunners in the first three innings, both singles.  In the fourth, the Fighting Saints loaded the bases with one out.  Barrett struck out Justin Tatley on three pitches for the second out and Conor Sullivan flew out to center to end the inning.  Barrett stuck out the first two batters in the bottom of the fifth.  But Green doubled and Max Spitzer walked to put runners on first and second.  Jaren Ingberg grounded to short, but an error by Wildcat shortstop Anders Brown allowed Ingberg to reach and Green to score to tie the game at 1-1.  Blake Kulsrud grounded to second to end the inning.

Brown walked to lead off the top of the ninth inning  Green had to come out of the game due to the new pitch count rule and that’s when the fun started for the Wildcats.  The new Saints pitcher, Blake Kulsrud, walked the next three batters, forcing in a run to put the Wildcats up 2-1.  Evan Smith came in to pitch for the Saints.  Gabe Taylor scored on a passed ball and Barrett singled up the middle to drive in two more and put the Wildcats up 5-1.  Adam Klick singled and a sacrifice bunt from Joey Ferris moved the runners to second and third.  Henry Trost struck out.  Dusty Rhodes hit a grounder to short that looked like it would end the inning.  But an error by the shortstop allowed both runners to score.  Brown struck out to end the inning and the Wildcats led 7-1 going into the bottom of the ninth.

Sullivan singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth  The next two batters flew out.  Barrett had to come out of the game due to the pitch count rule.  Henry Trost came in to pitch and allowed a single to Green.  On a 1-0 pitch, Spitzer launched a home run to left to score three runs and cut the Wildcat lead to 7-4.  But after an error put another Saint runner on the basepaths, Trost struck out Mitch Nelson looking on a 1-2 pitch to end the game.

In eight-plus innings, Green struck out 15 Wildcats, allowed two earned runs, three hits and walked two.  In eight and two-thirds innings, Barrett allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits, walked three and struck out four.

Chisago Lakes 8, Princeton 4
Gabe Taylor blasted a home run that nearly cleared the top of the trees beyond the fence in left field in the bottom of the fifth inning. It break a 3-3 tie and propelled the Wildcats to an 8-4 win over the Princeton Tigers Thursday, May 18 at Chisago Lakes.  Trevor Johnson picked up the victory in relief of starting pitcher Dusty Rhodes and Henry Trost pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the save.

A sacrifice fly by Dusty Rhodes in the bottom of the first gave the Wildcats an early 1-0 lead.  In the third, Henry Trost and Mitch Barrett were hit by pitches to lead off the inning.  One out later, Rhodes singled to right to drive in Trost and move Barrett to third.  Gabe Taylor singled to drive in Barrett and the Wildcats led 3-0.

The Tigers tied it up in the top of the fifth on a walk, two errors, a hit batter and a fielder’s choice.  Anders Brown doubled to lead off the bottom of the inning.  One out later, Taylor launched the homer that put the Wildcats up 5-3.

The Tigers scored a run in the top of the sixth to cut the Wildcat lead to 5-4.  The Wildcats added some insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth.  Ferris and Trost walked to start the inning.  Barrett singled to score Joey Ferris and move Trost to third.  Anders Brown grounded out to first, a productive out that scored Trost.  Barrett moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a single by Rhodes to stretch the Wildcat lead to 8-4.  Trost walked a batter in the top of the seventh, but the Tigers never seriously threatened as the Wildcats walked away with their fifth win in a row.

Baseball Banter
The Wildcats (10-5) will finish out the regular season with a home game against Big Lake today at 4:30 p.m.  Double elimination section playoffs will begin next Tuesday, May 30 and the Wildcats will likely get a home game in the first round.

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