WOODBURY - Riley Frisk walked to the mound at the beginning of the game for Woodbury. After the seventh inning, Frisk walked off the mound with seven innings under his belt, two runs allowed and, most importantly, a 7-2 win.
The rivalry was back after a little over a week of relaxation from baseball as Woodbury and East Ridge battled to start the second half of the legion baseball season.
"It's great to get a win right away from the break," said Adam Mazur. "I think we were slipping and not playing our best ball heading into the Fourth of July, so it's nice to get the win under our belt."
Woodbury coach Joshua Sharp said he was impressed by Frisk and his pitching performance today, but also knows this is normal for him. Sharp has seen him progress throughout the season and his rhythm has been almost perfect heading into the last part of the season.
Frisk felt really good in Monday's game against East Ridge as he gave up a run in the first and the third inning. Other than those two runs, he struck out four batters and had some help from his defense.
The defense turned three double plays to kill the East Ridge momentum and never allowing them to get on a run towards the end of the game.
"My curveball was working really well last night," Frisk said. "I was throwing some in the dirt and up high to give the batters different looks. It felt good tonight."
East Ridge used two different pitchers on Monday night. They started with Graham Netten and after four and two-thirds innings, East Ridge put in Ryan Parker who finished the game.
Netten gave up five runs, while striking out one. Parker gave up the other two runs and struck out one as well.
"I was proud of their fight on the mound," said East Ridge head coach Aaron Rau. "We just need to refocus from the break and we'll be good to go."
Woodbury had four different players earn at least one RBI in the game including a two-run home run by Mazur. Mazur said he saw all the pitches Parker had and was hoping to time it right with his bat.
It happened when he connected on the pitch and he knew it was gone, but he was hoping it would stay fair.
Mazur had two RBI's along with Rodney Erickson also with two RBI's. Woodbury had two players earn one RBI with Brock Reinhart and Jack Horman.
East Ridge earned the two runs from the help of Cam Hunter who went 2-for-3 and earned two RBI's. For him, it felt good to be back on the field after the break, but he's excited to see this team finish out strong.
"It was great to get back on the field, but not the outcome we were hoping for tonight," Hunter said. "It's important to get that win on Wednesday before the Gopher Classic to gain some confidence and momentum."
East Ridge and Woodbury will be playing in the Gopher Classic during the July 13-15 weekend and they both know what to expect. Sharp and Rau agreed that these two teams will be facing tough teams every day.
The two teams will be in separate pools as East Ridge will play in North St. Paul and Woodbury will be hosting their pool at Woodbury. The two coaches are excited to see how the team can play in a long tournament.
With a long tournament, the two coaches will need every player to play and both of them are looking forward to it. This weekend tournament gives each player an opportunity to show what they've learned throughout the summer.
"It'll be a fun weekend with great competition," Sharp said. "I can't wait to see how these guys fight and I'm looking forward to it."
"The expectation is to win and I think it's definitely possible," Hunter said. "We just need to have a good game on Wednesday to get that confidence up for the weekend."