|6/4/2021 1:53:00 PM|
Sanvik spins a gem in sections and CL walks off on a suicide squeeze
Chisago Lakes 2, Hibbing 1 (8 innings)
Adam Brown’s suicide squeeze scored Ryan Sanvik from third base to give the Wildcats a 2-1 win over the Hibbing Bluejackets in the opening game of the Section 7AAA tournament Tuesday, June 1 at Chisago Lakes High School. The win set up a today’s second round game at home against fourth-seeded Princeton, who beat Hermantown 5-2 to advance in the winner’s bracket.
The Wildcats would not have been in a position to win the game if not for the incredible eight-inning pitching and hitting performance of Sanvik. Wildcat assistant coach Tyler Henderson said “Ryan willed us to that win. When he came into the dugout after giving up a run in the top of the first, Ryan said ‘all we need is two.’ And he was right.” Working with an unfamiliar umpire with a tight strike zone, Sanvik allowed one run on three hits, walked just one and struck out eight. Sanvik also drove in the Wildcats’ first run and scored the winning run.
In the top of the first, the Hibbing leadoff batter singled, stole second and went to third on a groundout. The next batter tripled to the wall in right to drive in a run. A pop out and a fly out limited the damage to one run. In the bottom of the inning, Sanvik hit a ball to short right field. The right fielder dove for it and the ball trickled past him as Sanvik hustled into second for a double. But he was stranded at third as the inning ended. In the bottom of the third, Ryan Marquardt drilled the first pitch he saw into center field for a single. He stole second and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Nathan Zingerman. Sanvik lined a single to right center to score Marquardt, tying the game at 1-1.
In the top of the fourth, the first Ranger batter hit a liner into left center that was tailing away from center fielder Zingerman. Zingerman raced into the gap, dove flat out, and made the catch to save an extra-base hit. The next batter hit a hard ground ball up the middle. Sanvik reached for it and just got the tip of his glove on it. Second baseman Adam Brown fielded the ball behind second and threw the batter out by inches at first. Sanvik struck out the next batter with a filthy curveball and the game was still tied. In the bottom of the inning, with runners on first and second and one out, Wasko hit a ground ball to short. The out was recorded at second. Wasko appeared to beat the relay throw to first by nearly a step, but the base umpire called him out to end the inning and the Wildcat scoring threat.
In the top of the fifth, the leadoff batter hit a slow bouncer to third. Marquardt charged, fielded it on a short hop and, as he was basically headed toward the third base dugout, flung the ball sidearmed toward first. First baseman Josh Von Feldt scooped the ball out of the dirt to complete the other end of a great all-around play. To open the bottom of the seventh, Wasko reached on an error and went to second on a fake bunt delayed steal play. But the Wildcats failed to get Wasko home, and the game headed to extra innings.
After a leadoff single in the top of the eight, Sanvik struck out the next two batters and got the third to ground out, keeping the game tied. Sanvik drilled the first pitch to left for a single to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Expecting a bunt, the corner infielders and pitcher charged. But the Wildcats crossed up Hibbing as Sanvik took off for second. He got a great jump, and the surprised catcher dropped the ball as he was pulling it out of his mitt. With the players again charging, Augie Brown bunted the next pitch between the pitcher and first baseman, easily reaching first and sending Sanvik to third. Two pitches later, Sanvik took off from third on a suicide squeeze attempt. Adam Brown bunted the ball to the left side about 10 feet in front of home plate. Sanvik scored easily and the Wildcats were off to the next round.
Jay Brown said, “Sannie was a bulldog. When you throw just 87 pitches in an eight-inning game, you’re doing something right. Between that and the catch Zing made, Adam’s play up the middle and Reed’s play at third base, it put us in position to win. We got a guy on third with less than two outs and found a way to get him in.”
Monticello 10, Chisago Lakes 8 (10 innings)
The Wildcat baseball team’s game against the Monticello Magic was, to say the least, not pretty. It’s one of those game you’d like to forget. The Wildcats outhit the Magic 13-11, and the game was loaded with walks and errors. The Magic tied the game up with two runs in the top of the seventh and scored three in the tenth to eventually win the game 10-8. The game was played Tuesday, May 25 at Chisago Lakes High School.
Adam Brown had an incredible day at the plate, going five for six with two doubles. Ryan Sanvik had three hits, including a double, and three RBIs, and Hunter Kral double and singled and scored three runs. Five Wildcat pitchers allowed the 11 hits, but only five Monticello hits came after the third inning. And five of the final seven Magic runs were unearned.
Chisago Lakes 9, Becker 2
Joe Graeve doubled, tripled and drove in four runs to lead the Wildcats to a 9-2 win Wednesday, May 26 at Chisago Lakes High School. Collin Hackl started and went six innings for the Wildcats to pick up the win. He allowed ten hits and walked three but allowed just two of those runners to score. He struck out two. Graeve pitched a scoreless seventh.
The Wildcats already led 5-1 in the fifth when Graeve’s three-run triple made the score 8-1 and essentially put the game out of reach. Augie Brown, Hackl, and Nick Wasko had two hits apiece, including a double by Wasko.
Forest Lake 6, Chisago Lakes 3
The Forest Lake Rangers broke open a close game with three runs in the top of the sixth inning and went on to beat the Wildcats 6-3 last Friday, May 28 at Chisago Lakes High School.
In the bottom of the second, Storm Opdahl ripped a line drive that skipped off the pitching rubber and bounced up in the air into center field to score Collin Hackl from second base to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. The Randers responded with three runs in the top of the third to go up 3-1. The Wildcats made a bid to tie it up in the bottom of the fifth, but a bad call by the home plate umpire kept the Rangers up by one. With runners on first and second and two outs, Augie Brown drilled the ball off the wall in left center field. Ryan Marquardt scored from second, and Ryan Sanvik tried to score as well. The throw arrived in time but was high. Sanvik clearly slid across the plate before the catcher applied the tag, but the umpire called Sanvik out, keeping the score at 3-2.
In the top of the sixth, the Rangers opened with a double. The next batter attempted to bunt and popped the ball up foul in the direction of the third-base dugout. Wildcat catcher Nick Wasko ran several steps and dove flat out, making an incredible catch for the first out. The next batter doubled to left to drive in a run and moved to third on a groundout. The following batter hit a sinking liner to left. Left fielder Storm Opdahl made a sliding attempt to catch the ball, but the ball appeared to pop out of his glove, and rolled several feet away, allowing the run to score. Augie Brown came in to relieve. The runner stole second and an intentional walk put runners on first and second with two outs. A slow two-hopper to third looked like it would end the inning, but Marquardt’s throw pulled first baseman Josh Van Feldt off the bag to score third run of the inning. With runners on first and third, the Ranger runner on first attempted to steal second. Wasko faked a throw to second and fired to third, picking off the runner there to end the inning with the Rangers up 6-2.
Adam Brown reached on a bad-hop infield hit to third to open the bottom of the sixth and Collin Hackl was hit by a pitch. Two outs later, Opdahl hit a high fly ball over the left fielder’s head and off the wall to drive in a run and put runners on second and third with two outs and the Wildcats trailing 6-3. Marquardt truck out to end the inning. The Wildcats had the top of the order coming up in the bottom of the seventh, but all three batters struck out to end the game and the regular season.
After the top-seeded Wildcats opened with a win over Hibbing, they will be in the driver’s seat if they can beat Princeton tonight. A win tonight would give them an easier path to a potential section championship game, relying on their deep roster of solid, well-rested pitchers. The second-seeded North Branch Vikings, meanwhile, were crushed by Duluth Denfeld 14-2 in their playoff opener. So the Vikings, with less pitching depth, will have to claw their way through the loser’s bracket to get a shot at the Wildcats. They will host Cloquet today at 4:30, with the winner moving on to a 12:30 p.m. game on Saturday at Duluth East High School. The section tournament will finish up next Tuesday and Wednesday at Duluth East High School and at Wade Stadium in Duluth.