By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
After a 4th of July layoff, the Red Devils went back to work against the Forest Lake Brewers.
The Brewers came ready to hit and amassed a 7-0 lead after just a couple of innings. The Red Devils fought back in the third, as Dustin Carlson drove in two runs with a double. Aaron Cook later drove in two more runs, cutting the lead to 7-4 after three innings.
The Brewers took the game over after the third inning. The lead jumped back to five runs on a two-run home run by Drew Cremisino in the fourth inning. 11-4 was the new score after four.
Jaylen Hakes had a chance to cut into the lead, but struck out with the bases loaded to end the fifth inning.
The Red Devils never approached the lead again. 11-4 became 16-4 by the seventh inning as the Brewers just kept on hitting. The Red Devils managed to stave off the mercy rule for an inning by scoring three times in the seventh, but Forest Lake answered again.
The Brewers scored a pair in the eighth to make it 18-7, and the Red Devils could not find a response in the bottom of the inning, making 18-7 the final score in a not-quite-complete game.
Cook was proud that his team did not give up in spite of the early six run deficit.
“They came out right on us right away, but we kinda hung in there.”
Cook said that the team continues to play well, but mistakes also continue to be made.
“I think if we can shore that up a little bit, we have a good opportunity to get a couple games here and hopefully move up in the standings a little bit,” he said.
The Red Devils faced the Polecats on Wednesday night. Rogers battles Elk River in a doubleheader with games at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, weather permitting.