|5/13/2022 12:14:00 PM|
Mandell continues to power 'Cats as they sweep eighth ranked Big Lake
Chisago Lakes 4, Big Lake 0
Ashley Mandell allowed just two hits and struck out 12, and Anna Zaruba drove in two runs, to lead the second-ranked Wildcats to a 4-0 shutout of the eighth-ranked Big Lake Hornets in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday, May 3 at Big Lake.
The game remained scoreless through the first four innings. Wildcat Sam Johnson led off the top of the fifth with a single, and Melana Larson’s single moved her to second. A passed ball moved Johnson to third and she scored on a wild itch to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. In the sixth, Mandell walked with one out. Anna Zaruba doubled to drive in Mandell and scored on a single by Melanie Anderson to stretch the Wildcat lead to 3-0. In the seventh, singles by Courtney Preston and Greta Gillach, and Leah Zaruba reaching base on a fielder’s choice loaded the base with one out. Anna Zaruba singled in Preston to put the Wildcats up 4-0. Mandell walked a batter with two outs in the ninth but got the next batter to ground out to end the game.
Mandell was dominant. She only allowed four baserunners the whole game, all in separate innings, and only one runner made it as far as second base. She struck out the side in the second and fourth innings. And Gillach and Johnson each had three of the Wildcats’ eleven hits in the game.
Chisago Lakes 5, Big Lake 1
Anna Zaruba allowed just four hits and struck out nine, Leah Zaruba doubled in two runs, and Melanie Anderson had a two-run single, to lead the Wildcats to a 5-1 win over the Big Lake Hornets in the second game of the May 3 doubleheader at Big Lake. The Wildcats were considered the home team for this game.
In the bottom of the fourth, Greta Gillach walked, went to second on Leah Zaruba’s sacrifice bunt, and stole third. Gillach was thrown out at home on Ashely Mandell’s bunt down the third base line, with Mandell reaching first. Anna Zaruba singled to move Mandell to second, and both runners moved up on a passed ball. Anderson single to drive in both runners, giving the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. In the fifth, singles by Sam Johnson and Tianna Ritter put runners on first and second with two outs. Leah Zaruba smashed a two-run double to scored both runners, doubling the Wildcat lead to 4-0. The Hornets scored once in the top of the sixth. The Wildcats got that run back in the bottom of the inning when Anna Zaruba singled, went to second when Anderson reached on an error, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-1.
The Wildcats (12-1), still ranked second in the state, have won nine games in a row. The Wildcats will be the Road Warriors for the rest of the regular season. They will head to St. Francis tonight to take on the Fighting Saints at 5 p.m. Tomorrow night, they will play the Cloquet Lumberjacks at Mark Park in Princeton at 6:30 p.m. On Monday, they will try to demystify the Monticello Magic at Monticello High School at 5 p.m. And next Tuesday, they will head up County Road 14 for a 5 p.m. rematch with the North Branch Vikings.