Solid pitching and timely hitting sparked the Maple Grove baseball team to a 3-1 week.
Crimson down Centennial 6-1 on Kuebelbeck’s four hit performance
Jack Kuebelbeck went 4-4 at the plate, stole three bases, and scored three runs sparking Maple Grove to a 6-1 victory in seven innings over Centennial.
He doubled in the first and third innings and singled in the fifth and seventh innings.
Isaac Collins chipped in with two hits and two RBIs, while leadoff hitter Adam Brant scored three runs on three walks.
Brett Schulze provided another solid pitching outing en route to the win. Schulze allowed one earned run, seven hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings of work.
Riley Byland put away the final three outs to record the save.
Crimson 9 make the most of 4 hits in 3-2 victory over St. Cloud Apollo
Maple Grove and St. Cloud Apollo each put runners in scoring position, but Maple Grove capitalized on more RBI opportunities, pulling out a 3-2 win.
Collins and Mason McMahon plated an RBI apiece for the victors.
Kyle Anderson got the win for Crimson. He allowed two runs over five innings. Anderson struck out one, walked one and gave up four hits.
In dramatic fashion reliever Byland finished with the save by striking out the Apollo cleanup hitter with bases loaded.
Maple Grove downs Rogers 5-3
Rogers managed just one hit off of Maple Grove starter Joey Kmiec, who allowed no earned runs, walked four and struck out seven during his 4 1/3 innings of work. Mason McMahon picked up the save over the last 2 2/3 allowing one run on three hits.
The Crimson jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Scoring began when Ethan Hendricks singled. A groundout by Bubba Horton then moved the runner from first to second. Drew Lewis singled, bringing home Maple Grove’s first run.
Schulze finished the game with two RBI’s on a sacrifice fly and a suicide squeeze. Hendricks finished 2 for 3 with one run scored.
Crimson fall 9-8 to New Ulm
Down two runs in the top of the seventh the Crimson managed to take advantage of three walks, a single, and timely base running to score three runs for an 8-7 lead. The lead was short lived as New Ulm took advantage of a walk, a hit by pitch, and back-to-back singles plating the game winning runs.
New Ulm scored three earned runs and five errors by the normally stalwart Crimson defense provided too many extra scoring opportunities.
Crimson starter Mitchell Scott allowed only two earned runs over five innings on eight hits, one walk, and two strikeouts.
Schulze went a perfect 2-2 with three runs scored for Crimson. He singled in the second inning and doubled in the fourth inning. Other players providing offensive punch were Mathison 3-4, Brant 1-3 with 2 RBI’s, Kuebelbeck 2-5, and Blake Whitecotton 2-3.