May 6, 2022 at 9:57 a.m.
The Wildcats scored four runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to break open a close game and went on to beat the Monticello Magic 8-3 in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday, April 26 at Chisago Lakes High School. Cole Hentges started and went four innings for the Wildcats. He allowed two earned runs on four hits, walked four and struck out four. Collin Hackl picked up the win in three innings of relief. He allowed one earned run on one hit, walked three and struck out two.
The Magic scored in each of the first two innings to take a 2-0 lead. The Wildcats scored twice in the bottom of the fourth, with a run-scoring single by Luke Urhammer tying the game at 2-2. Monticello responded with a run in the top of the fifth to go up 3-2. In the bottom of the inning, Joe Graeve doubled to center with one out. Storm Opdahl doubled to right to score Graeve, tying the game at 3-3. Tracson Griffin singled to center to drive in Opdahl, giving the Wildcats their first lead of the game at 4-3. In the bottom of the sixth, Reed Marquardt doubled with one out and moved to third on Nick Wasko’s fly out to right. Collin Hackl singled to left to score Marquardt. Joe Graeve singled to right. Hackl drew a throw as he safely advanced to third, and Graeve smartly moved up to second. Opdahl struck out, but the ball got by the catcher. Opdahl raced to first safely and Hackl scored on the play. Graeve and Opdahl scored in wild pitches to make the score 8-3.
Monticello 3, Chisago Lakes 2
In the second game of the doubleheader at Chisago Lakes, Monticello was the home team. They scored to break a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth and held on for a 3-2 win. Reed Marquardt started for the Wildcats and took the loss. He went 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits, walked five and struck out ten. Joe Graeve pitched the final 2/3 of an inning, allowing one hit.
In the top of the second, Tracson Griffin drove in Storm Opdahl with a sacrifice fly to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. The Magic scored twice in the bottom of the third to go up 2-1.
Sparkplug Opdahl singled with two outs in the top of the fourth, went to second on a single by Tyler Drury and later scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 2-2. In the bottom of the sixth, a one-out error and a sacrifice bunt put a runner on second with two outs. The next batter singled to right to drive in the runner from second and gave the Magic a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the seventh, Dan Wille walked with one out. With two outs, he moved up to second on a wild pitch. Reed Marquardt flied to center for the third out, giving the Magic a 3-2 win.
Becker 9, Chisago Lakes 6
The Wildcats led the Becker Bulldogs 5-1 after two innings, but the Becker did most of the scoring after that and came away with a 9-6 win over the Wildcats.
Joe Greave’s two-run single in the bottom of the first gave the Wildcats a 2-1 lead. Graeve drove in two more runs with a double in the bottom of the second, and Collin Hackl scored when Storm Opdahl reached on an error to put the Wildcats up 5-1. The Bulldogs scored twice in the top of the third to cut the Wildcats lead to 5-3. Things fell apart of the Wildcats in the top of the fourth when Becker scored three runs without the benefit of a hit, courtesy of two hit batters, two walks, a sacrifice fly, and an error, giving the Bulldogs a 6-5 lead. Wildcat errors in the fifth and sixth led to singles runs for Becker, stretching their lead to 8-5. A single by Collin Hackl in the bottom of the sixth drove in Nick Wasko and cut the Bulldog lead to 8-6. Becker added another run in the top of the seventh to make it 9-6. Tyler Drury walked to lead off the bottom of the seventh, but the next three batters went 1-2-3 to end the game.
The Wildcats (4-4) will host the Princeton Tigers tonight at Chisago Lakes High School starting at 4:30 p.m. Tomorrow night, the Wildcats will head across the border to take on the Osceola Braves at 5 p.m. at Osceola High School. And next Tuesday, May 10, they will host the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets at 4:30 p.m. at Chisago Lakes High School.