4/26/2019 10:18:00 AM Chisago Lakes shuts out Big
Lake to remain unbeaten at 3-0
Chisago Lakes 5, Big Lake 0 Wildcat senior pitcher Trinity Junker has put up some eye-catching stats in her first three games: 20 innings pitched, five hits allowed, just two walks and 36 strikeouts. The Big Lake Hornets were no match for Junker on Tuesday, April 16 at Big Lake. In six innings, Junker allowed just one hit, struck out 12 and didn’t walk a batter. Alice Johnson’s two-run double in the second inning gave the Wildcats all the runs they would need. They scored three more in the fifth and shut out the Hornets 5-0. Eighth-grader Ashley Mandell pitched a scoreless seventh to finish off the Wildcats’ third win and third shutout of the season.
Kaitlyn Istvanovich and Jessica Bergerson had back-to-back singles to lead off the second. Desi Spicer’s sacrifice bunt moved runners to second and third. Mandell struck out, but eight-place hitter Johnson’s two out double drove in both runners to make the score 2-0.
In the top of the fifth, number nine hitter Savanna Harrington singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on Alison Bergerson’s sacrifice bunt. Natalie Thornburg and Junker each doubled in a run and Istvanovich finished off the rally with a run scoring single to make the score 5-0. Wildcat head coach Brenda Carlson said “It’s always good to get the bottom of the order rolling. They started things in the second and it got the whole team going.”
Junker, who struck out ten of the first 12 batters she faced, had a perfect game going until there were two out in the sixth inning. The next batter hit a ground ball that should have been an out, but an error allowed the batter to reach first base. Junker then gave up a single that broke up the no-hitter, but she got the next batter to pop out to end the threat.
Wildcat head coach Brenda Carlson said “Sometimes talented teams don’t play well together. But this year’s team is talented and is playing very well together so far. They are playing unselfish ball. They are more worried about letting each other down than less worried about stats. Our kids sought improvement in the offseason. It seems to be paying off for them and I hope it keeps paying off.”
Softball Stuff The Wildcats (3-0) have had eight games postponed by rain so far this season, including two games – against Grand Rapids and Duluth Denfeld – that have been rained out twice. Hopefully the rain will let up and allow them to get some games in.
The Wildcats will host the Rogers Royals this afternoon at Chisago Lakes High School at 4:30 p.m. And next Tuesday, April 30 they will head to Monticello to take on the Magic at 4:30 p.m.