By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
St. Michael lost two out of three games over the weekend to Brooklyn Park, which ended the Saints’ season.
Friday night, St. Michael lost 7-3 to the Norsemen. One of the lone bright spots was a two-run single by Max Ditty, but the Saints stranded 15 men on base, failing to take advantage of those opportunities.
Mitch Bauer took the loss.
Manager Mike Freske said that he gave credit to the Norsemen for coming to their park and beating them.
“There are definitely things that we can do better, things we do well, and we’ve got to come back out and forget it and play tomorrow,” he said.
Saturday, the Saints needed a win to avoid elimination. They would get it by rallying in the eighth and ninth innings against the Norsemen.
Trailing 2-1 in the top of the eighth, Alex Naasz hit a two-run home run to swing the game in his team’s favor. The Saints added two more runs in the ninth inning to win 5-2.
Jared Dehmer threw a complete game, striking out 10 batters. Naasz went 3-5, Jake Kluver and Travis Enger each had a pair of hits.
This left Sunday as an elimination game for both teams. The Saints ended up on the wrong end of a 2-1 game.
The Norsemen scored two runs right away in the first inning, but pitcher Jaylen Hakes shut them down the rest of the way.
Unfortunately, his own offense could not get going, as the Saints registered only four hits, their only run scoring on a two-out single by Blake Schirmers.
The loss ended St. Michael’s season, while Brooklyn Park advanced to the state tournament.