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May 20, 2019

5/6/2019 11:52:00 AM
Pitching duel ends in Rogers' favor

Chisago Lakes 3, St. Michael-Albertville 0
Trinity Junker continued her practice of disappointing the batters she faces.  Against the St. Michael Albertville Knights Tuesday, April 23, she allowed just one hit, stuck out 14 and didn’t walk a batter to lead the Wildcats to a 3-0 win.  Alison Bergerson came through in the clutch, doubling in two runs in the third inning and letting Junker and the Wildcat defense do the rest.  The game was played at St. Michael-Albertville High School.

Junker struck out the side in the first, second and fifth innings and at one point struck out seven Knights in a row.  In the third, the bottom of the order got things going as Alice Johnson led off with a single and Savanna Harrington sacrificed her to second.  Leadoff hitter Natalie Thornburg singled to move Johnson to third and then promptly stole second to put runners on second and third with one out.  Bergerson then cracked a double to drive in both runners.  Bergerson went to third on a wild pitch and scored on an error to make the score 3-0.  It was all the Wildcats needed during another dominating performance by Junker.
Rogers 1, Chisago Lakes 0 (8 innings)
Trinity Junker struck out the first twelve batters she faced against the Rogers Royals and pitched seven shutout innings.  But as the game went to extra innings, the Royals scored an unearned run in the top of the eighth to squeeze by the Wildcats 1-0 last Thursday, April 25 at Chisago Lakes High School.  Junker allowed one unearned run on five hits, didn’t walk anybody and struck out 17 Royals.  Rogers pitcher Grace Mammen was also dominant.  She gave up three hits, walked one and struck out 15 Wildcats.
The Wildcats’ best scoring chance came in the sixth inning.  Kaitlyn Istvanovich doubled with one out and Alice Johnson walked with two outs.  But, unsurprisingly, a strikeout quickly ended the threat.  In the top of the eighth, Royal Riley Roden led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on an error to put the Royals up 1-0.  The Wildcats went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning for their first loss of the season.
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In five starts and 35 innings this season, Junker has allowed one unearned run on eight hits, walked just five and struck out 67 batters – a rate of nearly two strikeouts per inning.

The Wildcats (4-1) will head to St. Francis this afternoon to take on the Fighting Saints at 4:30 p.m.  They will return home next Monday, May 6 to host the Buffalo Bison at Chisago Lakes High School at 4:30 p.m.

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