Baseball: After wild one, Wolfpack sweeps Raptors at home
The Park baseball team completed a sweep of intra-district and Suburban East Conference rival East Ridge for the 2011 season with a 13-12 win over the Raptors on Friday, May 13, at Park High School's Granville Smith Field.
It was the Wolfpack's third-straight win over the newest District 833 school. East Ridge won the two team's first-ever meeting 7-6 back on April 23, 2010. Since then, Park has won 11-1 on May 14, 2010, 8-5 earlier this year and now, 13-12, last week.
The two neighboring schools combined for 25 runs, 29 hits and eight errors in the ballgame.
"It was a wild game that went back and forth several times," East Ridge head coach Brian Sprout said. "Both teams hit the ball very well and both teams struggled on the mound. In the end, it was the last team scoring that won."
Park (9-8; 7-8 SEC) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. However, 14th-ranked East Ridge scored two runs in the second inning, four runs in the third inning, a run in the fourth inning and a run in the fifth inning to go ahead 8-5. Down 8-5, Park scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead for good.
East Ridge (11-6; 9-6 SEC) was able to score three runs in the top of the sixth inning and a run in the seventh inning to cut the Wolfpack's lead to a run, but Park held on for the win.
Park had 14 hits in the game. Junior Drew Flack led the way for the Wolfpack at the plate, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI. Spencer Diedrich continued to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored and Jake Carrigan knocked two doubles, scored twice and drove in two runs in the win.
For East Ridge, Jack Leviska went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, Brad Schmit was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI and Andy Sammon went 2-for-5 with a home run, a run scored and two RBI.
Prior to their head-to-head game, Park fell 10-0 to Cretin-Derham Hall (8-6; 8-6 SEC) on Wednesday, May 11, and beat White Bear Lake (4-9; 4-9 SEC) 5-3 on Monday, May 9, while East Ridge beat Mounds View (9-7; 8-7 SEC) on Wednesday, May 11, after losing to Cretin-Derham Hall 3-1 on Monday, May 9.
In Park's win over White Bear Lake, Carrigan went 3-for-4 with three RBI and Corry O'Connell had a double and two runs scored. Kyle Fritz earned the win on the mound, throwing a complete game, allowing seven hits and striking out four.
For the season, Diedrich leads the Wolfpack in batting with a .481 average to go along with a team-best 13 RBI and 12 runs scored. Diedrich is tied with Jordan McGowan for the team lead in doubles with six and home runs with Jordan Jeske and Flack with two. Jeske is second on the Wolfpack in batting with a .403 average. Flack is second on the team in RBI with 12. Both Jeske and McGowan have 11 RBI.
Senior pitcher Luke Wincentsen leads the Wolfpack on the mound with a 3-1 record, a 1.81 ERA and two saves.
In East Ridge's win over Mounds View, senior catcher John Hietpas was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI and starting pitcher Mitch Luebbe threw a complete game for the win.
On the year, Schmit leads East Ridge in batting with a .396 average, followed by Leviska at .370 and Ryan Betz at .362. John Hietpas leads the team in RBI with 15 and Betz and Grady Rolando are tied for the team lead with 14 runs scored.
From the mound, Mark Landgrabe and Luebbe are each 4-1 on the year. Landgrabe leads the team with a 1.58 ERA and 29 strikeouts. Luebbe has a 2.69 ERA and 21 strikeouts.
East Ridge took on Roseville (8-8 ; 6-8 SEC) and Park battled conference-leading Forest Lake (12-4; 11-4 SEC) on Monday, May 16, after the Bulletin went to press.
Next, Park takes on Mounds View and East Ridge faces Forest Lake on Wednesday, May 18.