Maple Grove baseballers 1-2 in busy week of action

Maple Grove took advantage of nice weather last week and won one out of three games.



With one out and a two-run lead in the bottom of the seventh inning, Crimson hope for a win was dashed as a Minnetonka blasted a home run over the left-field fence and notched the game at 5-5.  The Skippers plated the game winner in the eighth inning on two singles and a sacrifice bunt.

Freshman starter Brett Schulze showed poise on the hill allowing two runs on four hits in 3 2/3 innings of work.

“That was our best pitching performance of the season so far,” Maple Grove coach Darby Carlson said. “Brett mixed pitches, kept the ball down, and worked ahead in the count.”

Right-fielder Jack Kuebelbeck was solid at the plate for Maple Grove as he went 2-3 and scored two runs. Catcher Nathan Gilman and first-baseman Nate Erickson also drove in a run each.



Maple Grove captured its first win of the weather-plagued season with a 10-4 victory over Osseo.

Tyler Field recorded the win for the Crimson. He tossed 4 1/3 innings of shutout ball, struck out six, walked eight and surrendered three hits.

Maple Grove stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the second, scoring two runs on an error and an RBI single by Isaac Collins.

Maple Grove scored five runs in the sixth on a bases loaded wild pitch, and a two-run single by Erickson.

Austin Bies led the Crimson offense as he got on base three times, scored three runs and had two RBIs.



Lack of timely hitting was the story as Maple Grove lost 4-1 in seven innings at Centennial Thursday. The Cougars scored first in the bottom of the third inning taking advantage of a double, a walk and a wild pitch.

The Crimson threatened to answer in the top of the fourth inning with runners on second and third but back-to-back strikeouts left ducks on the pond. Centennial increased its lead with three runs in the fourth.

In the fifth inning, Maple Grove pushed across its only run of the day on a bases loaded fielder’s choice.

The Crimson offense failed to obtain the big hit, stranding seven runners in scoring position. Senior second-baseman Joe Franta and freshman shortstop Isaac Collins paced the offense each delivering two hits.

Junior pitcher Riley Byland was solid in relief as Centennial managed just one hit off him. Byland allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out three during his 2 2/3 innings of work.