By Bruce Strand
Elk River Star News
Ryan Gelle belted two solo home runs as Rogers thumped St. Cloud Apollo 13-2 on Friday, snapping a six-game losing streak.
Gelle was 2-for-4 with his first two round-trippers of the season at St. John’s University’s turf field.
Scott Neubauer was 3-for-4 with three RBI and Tyler Antony 2-for-3 with four RBI. Other RBI hits were by Adam Nauth, Kyle Ellis (double) and Bryanlee Santiago-Martinez (double). Kyle Halseth was 2-for-3.
Nauth and Ellis pitched three innings each, with Nauth (1-2) getting the win.
Rogers (8-9) will close the regular season Tuesday hosting Washburn.
Rogers is seeded No. 6 in Section 5AAA and will meet No. 11 Osseo on Thursday, 4:30 p.m., at Wintercrest Park in Coon Rapids. The winner advances to double-eliminaton and would face No. 3 Totino-Grace on Saturday.
In earlier action, Spring Lake Park outlasted the Rogers Royals 5-4 in 10 innings May 15 at Rogers, scoring two in the top of the 10th inning.
The Panthers had 11 hits and two walks against Rogers’ Katelyn Kemmetmueller, who had pitched 12 innings in a doubleheader Tuesday, then 10 more against SLP. She struck out six.
Lexi Luedtke and Maddy Wallroff each had three hits for the Panthers (10-4) and Aimee Thunburg had two hits and two RBI.
For Rogers (9-7), Madi Anderson, Olivia Olson, Kemmetmueller, and Elli Anderson were all 2-for-5. Kemmetmueller had two RBI and Elli Anderson and Kaitlynn Lloyd (1-for-2) had one each. Madi Anderson scored twice.
With a chance to nab their first conference baseball title, the Rogers Royals had their hopes scuttled by the Big Lake Hornets May 14 in Big Lake.
The Hornets swept the Royals 6-1 and 5-2, capturing the Mississippi 8 title. The two teams had shared first place coming in with identical 5-2 conference records. Big Lake is now 7-2 with one game left.