The Maple Grove finished 2-2 in a busy week of baseball action.
Champlin Park 2, Maple Grove 0
Noah Croaker allowed just two unearned runs, but the Crimson 9 couldn’t get the offense going in a 2-0 loss to Champlin Park.
Croaker had an impressive outing against the Rebels. Champlin Park managed just three hits off of the Crimson’s pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked two and struck out three during his six innings of work.
Down one run in the top of the sixth inning Maple Grove threatened to score with runners on second and third and one out but came up empty. In the seventh inning another runner was left stranded on third at innings end.
Maple Grove 8, Andover 5
The top of the first saw the Crimson take an early lead, 1-0. Maple Grove’s offense awoke on back-to-back doubles by Jack Kuebelbeck and Isaac Collins. Andover answered back in the top of the inning with two runs of its own.
Maple Grove pulled out the win thanks to a strong fourth inning where singles by Blake Whitecotton, Matt Vogl, Isaac Collins and Ethan Hendricks produced five runs.
Collins racked up two RBIs on two hits for Crimson. Whitecotton finished the game going 3 for 4 with one RBI. Nate Erickson also finished with multiple hits finishing 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored.
Bubba Horton got the win for the Crimson despite allowing four runs over four innings. Horton struck out four, walked three and gave up six hits. Mitchell Scott closed the final three innings on the hill allowing one run on five hits, no walks, and three strikeouts.
Maple Grove 3, Park Center 2
Brett Schulze pitched a complete game and the Crimson avenged an opening season loss to the Pirates. Schulze allowed two runs on four hits, three walks, while punching out eight strikeouts.
In the top of the sixth the Pirates threatened to tie the game with a runner at third however a well-executed pick off ended the inning.
“Brett has been solid on the mound this season,” said Crimson coach Darby Carlson. “He gives us a chance to win by throwing strikes and bearing down in critical game situations. He shows a lot of poise for a young pitcher.”
Adam Brant and Kuebelbeck picked up an RBI apiece for Maple Grove while Whitecotton and Ethan Hendricks finished with two singles each.
Anoka 6, Maple Grove 2
In a battle with the Northwest Suburban Conference leader the Crimson jumped out to an early first inning lead by stealing home during a first and third situation.The Maple Grove offense stalled out until the top of sixth, when Whitecotton cracked an RBI single cutting the deficit 6-2.
Anoka survived the Crimson surge and put up one run of its own in the first scoring on an RBI single.
The Tornadoes, hosting the game in their new stadium, never trailed after scoring two runs in the second on an error and a hit. Anoka pushed one run across in each of the third, fourth and fifth.
In relief Scott put together a nice outing. Anoka managed just two hits off of Scott, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out two during his two innings of work.
Maple Grove has an 8-7 record and is tied for fourth place in the Northwest Suburban Conference with five games remaining in regular season play.