East Bethel 10, Chisago Lakes 7 The Bulldogs scored in seven of the nine innings against East Bethel. Unfortunately, East Bethel scored ten runs in the first four innings and the Bulldogs only scored one run in each of the seven innings in which they scored. It all adds up to a 10-7 loss for the Bulldogs. The game was played last Wednesday, July 10 at St. Francis High School.
Dylan Magnuson got the start and struggled, allowing eight runs in the first three innings. Miles Turk gave up two runs in the fourth but settled down and pitched two scoreless innings. In his three innings of work, he allowed two earned runs on four hits, walked one and struck out four. Adam Hanson finished up with two more scoreless innings, not giving up a hit, walking one and striking out one.
The Bulldogs had 22 baserunners – ten hits, nine walks, one hit batter and three who reached on errors – but a couple of double plays, a baserunning error and a lack of timely hitting were their downfall. In the first inning, Hunter Lindstrom’s double drove in the first run of the game and put runners on second and third with two outs, but Hanson grounded out to end the inning. In the second, Dusty Rhodes singled in a run with two out, but Jeremy Knutson was thrown out trying to go all the way from first to third on the play. In the third, Kevin Fairbanks drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. But after Miles Turk walked to re-load the bases, Jake Wallraff grounded out to end the inning. Knutson singled in a run in the sixth and Turk did the same in the seventh, cutting the Bandit lead to 10-5.
In the eighth, Dylan Magnuson drove in a run with a groundout to third, leaving runners on second and third with two outs. Lindstrom stepped up to the plate and hit a screaming line drive at the Bandit pitcher’s face. The pitcher stuck his glove up and caught the ball, saving his face and ending the inning. Knutson singled in another run in the ninth, but with runners on first and second and two outs, Rhodes grounded out to end the game.
Princeton 11, Chisago Lakes 3 The Princeton Panthers scored three runs without a hit in the first inning, added four more runs in the fourth and went on to beat the Wildcats 11-3 on Thursday, July 11 at Princeton. Dylan Magnuson led the Bulldog offense wit three hits, including a double.
With one out in the bottom of the first, starting pitcher Jacob Mickelson hit the next two batters and committed a balk to put runners on second and third. A sacrifice fly drove in the first run of the inning. A walk and two errors led to two more runs and runners on first and second. Another balk moved the runners up to second and third. But Mickelson got the next runner to pop out to short to end the inning. In the top of the second, Kellen Reed and Dylan Magnuson led off with back-to-back doubles to get the Bulldogs on the scoreboard. After Hunter Lindstrom struck out, Adam Hanson singled to put runners on first and third. Miles Turk drove in a run with a single to cut the Princeton lead to 3-2. Max McDonough bunted to move both runners up a base. But Jeremy Knutson popped out to end the inning.
Princeton knocked Mickelson out of the game with a four run fourth inning. Tyler Stilp drove in the third and final Bulldog run in the fifth on a groundout. Once again, big hit were few and far between for the Bulldogs. Despite having 17 baserunners, they only scored three runs.
Chisago Lakes 18, Nowthen 3 (6 innings) The Bulldogs were finally on the other end of a blowout. Last Sunday at Nowthen, they scored ten runs in the first three innings and added eight more in the sixth. Meanwhile, starting pitcher Hunter Lindstrom allowed just one run in four innings of work. Adam Hanson allowed two more in relief. It all added up to an 18-3 win for the Bulldogs. The game ended after six innings because of the 15-run rule. Hanson led the Bulldog attack with three hits and four RBIs. Dusty Rhodes doubled twice and drove in three runs. Miles Turk had two hits and drove in four runs. Lindstrom and Jeremy Knutson drove in two runs each and Knutson and Tyler Stilp each had two hits. Two Bulldogs got their first hits of the season: Hunter Engmark and the oldest player on the Bulldog roster. Bulldog Banter The Bulldogs (4-14) finish out the regular season league schedule against the Renegades this Sunday at 1 p.m. at Ramsey. They will play one non-league game Tuesday, July 23 at Quamba at 7:30 p.m. Playoffs start next Thursday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m., with opponent and location to be determined. It will be a road game, but it may end up being played at the Chisago Lakes High School field because the Bulldogs may play against a team that doesn’t have lights at their field. As things stand in the Eastern Minny League South today, the Bulldogs would play the North Branch Nighthawks. Check out the Eastern Minny League website or Twitter (@chisagobulldogs) for updates.