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June 26, 2019

5/23/2019 4:01:00 PM
CL baseball wins three straight

Timing is everything  The Wildcat baseball team had a 5-9 record just over a week ago, seemingly scuffling toward the end of a tough season.  But, despite some questionable defensive play, they have caught fire since then, winning five in a row starting with last week’s win over North Branch.  With the section playoffs looming,  they seem to have put it all together and are hopefully poised for a long run in the postseason.
Chisago Lakes 10, Cloquet 6
At home last Wednesday, May 15, the Wildcats played some shoddy defense and trailed the Cloquet Lumberjacks 6-3 going into the bottom of the fifth inning.  But the Wildcats scored three runs to tie it in the fifth and scored four more times in the sixth to come away with a 10-6 win.  Augie Brown entered the game with one out in the second inning and pitched 5.2 innings of solid relief to pick up the win.  Logan Bjorkman led the attack for the Wildcats, driving in four runs with four hits in four at bats.  The Wildcats had six errors in the game.

With the Wildcats trialing 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Bjorkman singled in Dylan Tashjian to tie the game at 1-1. In the top of the second, after a homer, error, single, another error and four-pitch walk, it was the end of the afternoon for starter Jacob Vangstad.  Brown came in and got two quick outs to end the inning.  With the Wildcats trialing 4-1 going into the bottom of the third, Brown led off with a walk.  Two outs later, courtesy runner Braden Wilkinson scored from third after Bjorkman stole second.  Connor Bleymeyer followed with a single to score Bjorkman and the Wildcats trailed 4-3.

Trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the fifth, Bjorkman singled to score Tashjian and Ryan Sanvik to cut the Lumberjack lead to 6-5.  Bleymeyer lined a single to right to score Bjorkman, tying the game at 6-6.  Owen Dresel singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth.  Two bunts and an error pushed across the go-ahead run.  Four straight hits – singles by Brown and Tashjian, a double by Sanvik and single by Bjorkman – led to three more runs and a 10-6 lead for the Wildcats.  Brown shut down Cloquet in the bottom of the seventh, needing just seven pitches to secure the win.
Chisago Lakes 8, Princeton 3
Logan Bjorkman and Connor Bleymeyer hit back-to-back doubles twice and drove in two runs each to lead the Wildcats to an 8-3 win over Princeton last Thursday, May 16 at Chisago Lakes High School.  Jake Vangstad pitched four innings of effective relief to pick up the win, allowing one unearned run on one hit.  He walked three and struck out two.  The Wildcats won despite a defense that again committed six errors.

Back-to-back run-scoring doubles by Bjorkman and Bleymeyer in the bottom of the first gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead.  After the Tigers scored two runs in the top of the second, the Wildcats answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning – including two driven in by the second set of back-to-back doubles by Bjorkman and Bleymeyer – to take a 5-2 lead.  Zach Mueller, Tommy Dubbs and Dylan Tashjian gave the Wildcats some breathing room with run-scoring singles in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 8-3.
Chisago Lakes 5, Jordan 4
Leading 5-2 entering the bottom of the seventh against the Jordan Hubmen, Wildcat pitchers gave up two walks and one hit and hit two batters.  But with the Wildcats leading 5-4 with two outs, reliever Augie Brown got the batter to pop out to end the game.  Starting pitcher Ethan Prokosch went five innings to pick up the win.  He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits, walked three and struck out five.  Logan Bjorkman drove in three runs to lead the attack.  The Wildcat defense was much improved, committing just one error.  The game was played at historic Siebert Filed on the University of Minnesota’s campus in Minneapolis.

Ryan Sanvik and Mitch Hasselquist singled to lead off the top of the first.  Bjorkman tripled to drive in both runners and later scored on a wild pitch to give the Wildcats an early 3-0 lead.  The Wildcats still led 3-2 entering the top of the sixth.  Zach Mueller walked with one out and scored on a triple by Owen Dresel to make the score 4-2.  In the top of the seventh, Bjorkman hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Augie Brown and the Wildcats led 5-2.

Nate Wasko had pitched a scoreless sixth for the Wildcats, but walked the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh.  Brown came in and got the first batter he faced to hit a grounder that forced the runner at second.  He hit the next batter to load the bases.  The next batter singled to drive in one run and cut the lead to 5-3.  Brown struck out the next batter.  But he hit the one after that to push across one more run and make the score 5-4.  The next batter popped up to end the game and secured the win for the Wildcats.

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