Lack of offensive punch has led to an 0-3 start for the Maple Grove baseball team. The Crimson managed to score just two runs as they lost to Park Center 4-1, to Anoka 2-1 and to Champlin Park 8-0.
“It is frustrating right now as we are struggling at the plate,” said Crimson coach Darby Carlson.
Park Center 4, Maple Grove 1
In the bottom of the fifth inning with the score tied 1-1, the host Pirates took advantage of a hit by pitch, a balk, and four singles generating a 4-1 win on April 10.
The Crimson managed to score one run in the second inning when Bubba Horton singled and eventually scored on a Park Center throwing error. Austin Mathison doubled in the fifth inning for Maple Grove’s only other hit of the game.
Noah Croaker took the loss for Crimson. He lasted 4 1/3 innings, walked one, struck out three, and allowed four runs. Riley Byland gave up just three hits, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out two during his 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Pirate Brandon Budnick recorded the win for Park Center. He allowed one run over seven innings, struck out seven, walked four and gave up two hits.
Anoka 2, Maple Grove 1
The Crimson lost 2-1 in seven innings at Crimson Stadium April 14, despite out hitting Anoka four hits to three. Maple Grove’s four singles came from Mason McMahon, Brett Schulze, Adam Brant and Jack Kuebelbeck.
In spite of a strong pitching debut, Brett Schulze took the loss for Maple Grove. He lasted 4 2/3 innings, walked three, struck out four, and allowed two unearned runs. McMahon held Anoka hitless over 2 1/3 innings, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out two.
“We hit into three double plays in the Anoka game and the big hit with runners in scoring position has been absent in the past two games,” Carlson said. “When we start hitting we should get things turned around.”
Maple Grove next hosts Osseo Wednesday, April 23, and entertains Hopkins Friday, April 25.