By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
After a shortened 13-1 victory over Sauk Rapids/Rice on Monday, the Knights came back on Tuesday and suffered a 6-1 loss to the Cambridge-Isanti Blue Jackets.
The Knights could not keep the offense going after gaining a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Blue Jackets tied it in the second and scored five more runs over the next three innings. Pitching was not entirely to blame, according to head coach Paul Schumm.
“We pitched okay, but our defense let us down in this conference game. We hit the ball okay, but could not get the timely hits when we needed them.”
Leading STMA offensively was Jake Bloomstrand, who went three for three in the game. Jaylen Hakes had a pair of hits, as did Jordan Joseph. Bloomstrand pitched and took the loss.
8 RUN WIN
Friday was a different story for the Knights against Princeton. The Tigers grabbed an early 1-0 lead, but it was all STMA after that.
The Knights scored twice in the second, but did the majority of the damage in the third inning, striking for eight runs and a 10-1 lead. Several Knights picked up multiple hits in this game. Chris Kartes led with three hits, Joseph and Hakes recorded two apiece.
Brandon Rankila led in RBI with three, Sam Guillou and Hakes each had two. Bloonstrand and Hakes each walked twice. The Knights added a run in the fifth after Princeton scored twice in the top of the inning for a final score of 11-3.
Tyler Berg pitched a full seven innings for the win, with 4 strikeouts.
A rainy day caused the cancelation of the STMA/St. Cloud Tech game on Monday. The Knights were scheduled for a Tuesday game against St. Francis and a Thursday game against North Branch.