Stillwater 6, Woodbury 4
It was a section finals rematch, and the atmosphere felt like a playoff game even though it was early in the regular season.
One big inning, the fifth, allowed both Stillwater and Woodbury to score, but the Ponies scored more and grabbed the 6-4 win on Friday.
"I was happy with how we came back in the bottom half of the inning," said Woodbury head coach Kevin McDermott. "It was a good game between two good teams and hopefully we'll see them again when the section tournament begins."
Adam Mazur was on the mound for the Royals and pitched five strong innings. He gave up five runs, but none were earned due to a couple of errors to start the fifth inning. He also struck out eight batters along the way.
The Ponies scored two to start off the scoring, capitalizing on a passed ball with the bases loaded and an error.
By the middle of the fifth inning, the Ponies were up 5-0. Woodbury wasn't finished though.
"It was good to see us not give up at that point," Mazur said. "We fought hard to battle back, but just wasn't able to score enough runs."
Woodbury recorded two outs in the fifth inning, then scored four runs. Luke Paulson reached on an error that allowed Brock Rinehart to score. Then, Riley Frisk connected on a single that scored Rodney Erickson and Adam Mazur. Finally, a balk by the Stillwater pitcher allowed Sam Malec to score and make it a 5-4 game.
Stillwater scored once more in the sixth inning.
Quinn Krueger came in for the last two innings to pitch for the Royals. He gave up one run in two innings and struck out two batters. McDermott was happy with how Mazur and Krueger pitched on Friday and hopes all of the pitching success this week translates to next week's games as well.
"Every game in our conference is a tough game," Brock Rinehart said. "We just have to take it one game at a time and focus on each opponent."
Park 5, East Ridge 3
It was a crosstown rivalry game between Park and East Ridge on Friday, and the Wolfpack finished on top with a 5-3 win in the conference game.
Matt Wilkinson and Tucker Novotny each went 2-for-4 while Tanner Strantz went 2-for-3. Wilkinson earned two RBI and Strantz had one RBI.
Lex Lindow was on the mound for the Wolfpack and pitched five and two-thirds innings giving up three runs (two earned). Clayton Beurline closed out the game giving up two hits and striking out one.
Cam Hunter was the hot hitter for the Raptors as he went 3-for-4, and Roman Newinski earned two RBI.
Blake Ritzer was on the mound for East Ridge as he pitched six innings giving up four runs on nine hits and striking out two batters. Evan Molin finished the game allowing one run on two hits.
New Life Academy 9, St. Croix Lutheran 5
After a tough loss on Thursday, New Life Academy turned it around and earned a 9-5 victory over St. Croix Lutheran on Friday.
Noah Rodriguez had a strong day at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Cooper Amon and Andrew Kroohn each earned two RBI in the game.
Cooper Falteisek started the game on the mound for the Eagles and pitched five innings giving up three runs (two earned). He also struck out seven batters and gave up six hits.
Kroohn came in for the last two innings and gave up two unearned runs and struck out three batters.
Woodbury 5, Roseville 2
With three games in three days, head coach Kevin McDermott was hoping his pitching staff would have its biggest performances of the season.
Riley Frisk did exactly that on Thursday as Woodbury finished the game with a 5-2 win over Roseville and improved its record to 7-0 on the season.
"I had a great defense behind me that helped me get those needed outs," Frisk said. "We all went out there and did our job. It's nice to start off the season this way and hopefully it continues."
Frisk threw a gem on Thursday, pitching a complete game giving up only five hits and two runs (one earned). He didn't strike out a single batter, but McDermott was happy with his pitch location all afternoon.
"He was getting a lot of ground ball outs, which is great to see," McDermott said. "He's throwing the ball at an angle that's only allowing the batters to hit the ball on the ground for an out. It was a great pitching performance for Riley."
Along with the strong pitching, Frisk had some batters that stepped up to get key runs throughout the game. One of the biggest hitters on Thursday was Evan Glunz, who went 2-for-2 with a run and a walk.
Adam Mazur also had a big day, going 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI, while Brock Rinehart went 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
East Ridge 11, Chaska 7
It was a big offensive day for East Ridge as the Raptors captured a road win over Chaska on Thursday, 11-7.
Max Moris had a strong day in the leadoff position going 2-for-5 with a home run and earning two RBI. Joe Trollen had three RBI in the game to help East Ridge gain a lead and keep it.
Zach Thompson started the game on the mound for the Raptors and pitched six innings giving up three runs (two earned). He also struck out seven batters and gave up four hits.
Tanner Stafne and Moris closed out the game to give East Ridge a big win in a non-conference game.
West Lutheran/Maranatha 13, New Life Academy 2
It was a tough game for New Life Academy as West Lutheran/Maranatha took a large lead and never looked back in a 13-2 loss for the Eagles on Thursday.
Cooper Falteisek led the team with two hits and a run scored. The Eagles combined for seven hits total in the game.
Woodbury 4, Forest Lake 1
The undefeated season continued for Woodbury as the Royals defeated Forest Lake 4-1 on Wednesday.
Sam Malec was the player of the game, and it showed on the mound. He pitched a complete game giving up one run and three hits, while striking out eight batters.
Malec received some help at the plate as four batters recorded one RBI each. Those four included Rodney Erickson, Adam Mazur, Evan Glunz and Cam Matz.
Stillwater 2, East Ridge 1
It was a close game between two conference rivals, but Stillwater finished on top with a 2-1 win over East Ridge on Wednesday.
Ryan Thelen was on the mound for the Raptors and pitched a complete game, giving up two runs and six hits, while striking out four.
The only RBI for East Ridge came from the bat of Cam Hunter, who went 1-for-4 in the game. The Raptors only had three hits in the game, but walked five times.
Cretin-Derham Hall 5, East Ridge 4
Cretin-Derham Hall had an early lead on Tuesday, but East Ridge kept fighting. The Raptors made it close, but the Raiders came out with the 5-4 win.
Zach Thompson and Roman Newinski each went 2-for-3 in the game. Ben North and Joe Trollen each had an RBI.
Facing a 5-0 deficit, the Raptors came back in the sixth inning and scored four runs, but weren't able to tie the game in the seventh.
Evan Molin and Ryan Parker combined to pitch three innings and gave up zero runs and only one hit. Cam Hunter gave up five runs in four innings, but only one run was earned and he struck out two batters.