|5/28/2021 2:47:00 PM|
Chisago Lakes comfortably wraps up
Mississippi 8 title; next up section play
Chisago Lakes 8, Big Lake 4
With the Wildcats leading the Big Lake Hornets 6-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Wildcat defense faltered, leading to four Hornets runs that cut the Wildcat lead to 6-4. But the Wildcats answered with two runs in the top of the fifth and went on to beat Big Lake 8-4. Reed Marquardt started and picked up the win, going five and two-thirds innings. He allowed four runs – none earned – on four hits, walked three and struck out six. Nathan Zingerman finished up. In one and a third innings, he allowed one hit, walked one and struck out one. The game was played at Big Lake on Thursday, May 20.
With the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the first inning, Adam Brown hit into a double play that pushed across the first run of the game. Collin Hackl followed with a run-scoring single to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. Augie Brown drove in a run with a second inning single to make the score 3-0. Joe Graeve had the biggest hit of the game. With two outs and two on in the top of the third, he tripled to right to drive in two runs – including the eventual winning run – to make the score 5-0. Nathan Zingerman reached on an error to score Graeve and the Wildcats led 6-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, the first two Hornet batters reached on errors. A double drove in one run, and Marquardt hit a batter to load the bases. A groundout pushed across another run and left runners at second and third. A run scored on a wild pitch to cut the Wildcat lead to 6-3. Marquardt struck out the next batter for the second out. A single drove in the fourth run of the inning, pulling Big Lake within two at 6-4. Marquardt walked the next batter to put runners on first and second. But he got the next batter to ground out, ending the threat.
In the top of the fifth, Nick Wasko singled and Marquardt walked. Mitch Torgerson came in as a courtesy runner for Marquardt. After Hunter Kral flew out, Graeve’s bunt moved the runners up to second and third. Nathan Zingerman singled to right to drive in both runners to give the Wildcats a four-run cushion at 8-4, and the Wildcats hung on for the win.
The Wildcats (14-4) will finish out the regular season tomorrow afternoon, hosting the Forest Lake Rangers at 4:30 p.m. (the time was changed from the original 7 p.m.).
The Wildcats dropped to seventh in the Class AAA QRF rankings. They will probably be the number one seed in the Section 7AAA playoffs. The Wildcats will host a first round game on Tuesday, June 1, likely against the Hibbing Bluejackets. Game time is TBD. We will have a playoff preview in next week’s Press. You can follow the team in the playoffs at mnbaseballhub.com or mshsl.org.