East Ridge baseball: Raptors improve to 10-5
As well as things had gone for East Ridge at the start of the season the Raptors had to battle through adversity last Tuesday in a doubleheader against Mounds View in Woodbury.
East Ridge (10-5, 9-5 SEC) split a doubleheader with the Mustangs after delivering a resounding 9-1 victory in the first game, however the Raptors couldn't summon a similar offensive display in a 3-2 eight-inning loss in the second game.
East Ridge had built a tidy 8-1 record after winning the first game of the doubleheader but hit a snag in the second game after giving up eight walks. Chris Richardson started the second game for the Raptors but ran into trouble in the fifth and sixth innings. Richardson loaded the bases with three consecutive walks after retiring the leadoff hitter. Richardson escaped unscathed and preserved the 2-0 lead East Ridge held.
Mounds View did get to Richardson in the next inning though. The Mustangs drew two consecutive walks with two outs and Alec Abercrombie delivered an RBI single to make it 2-1.
"Chris did a great job, the umpire just squeezed him," Raptors head coach Brian Sprout said.
With Richardson out of the game Mounds View scored the tying run in the seventh on an RBI double from Justin Ortt that scored Sam Hentges, who led off the inning with a double.
The Mustangs ended the game in the bottom of the eighth with Hentges' RBI single to score Mitch Fredrickson.
Senior Ryan Gregory had a 4-for-4 day at the plate with four singles while junior Drew Molin drove in a run on a hit-by-pitch and sophomore Carter Stoehr drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning.
Before playing Mounds View, East Ridge split a doubleheader Wednesday against Forest Lake in Forest Lake.
The Raptors dropped the first game 10-2 but came back to pick up a 4-1 win in the second game.
The Rangers used a five-run sixth inning to break the game open and take an 8-1 lead.
East Ridge junior Lucas Berry finished 1-for-2 with an RBI in the loss.
Junior starter David Wermers threw a four-hit complete game for the Raptors to split the doubleheader.
Wermers gave up a run in the first inning, but that's all Forest Lake got for the game. Wermers struck out two while sophomore Carter Stoehr went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI.
East Ridge broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the third inning with a three-run rally. That proved enough for the Raptors.
In a non-conference game last week, the Raptors rallied late for a win over River Falls.
Juniors Nick Johnson and Drew Molin had perfect days at the plate as the two combined to go 5-for-5 with four runs and an RBI to lead East Ridge to a 10-8 victory Thursday in Woodbury.
In a back-and-forth game the Raptors used a five-run sixth inning to erase a two-run deficit. River Falls broke a 5-5 tie in the top half of the inning, but East Ridge rallied to retake the lead and held on in the seventh inning for the win.
River Falls got a run back in the top of the seventh to make it 10-8 but the Raptors slammed the door.
Senior Drew Edwards got the win on the mound for East Ridge.
Before beating River Fall's Cretin-Derham Hall junior Eli Wright was perfect on the mound for the Raiders Friday in a 13-0, five-inning victory over East Ridge.
Wright struck out six in five flawless innings and Cretin-Derham Hall provided plenty of run support in the win.
Most recently, East Ridge lost to Stillwater in a double-header on Saturday.
In the opener, Stillwater scored single runs in the final five innings and held off a seventh-inning rally from East Ridge for a 5-3 victory Saturday in Woodbury.
Molin took the loss after tossing five innings of five-hit ball. Molin struck out four and allowed three runs.
Stillwater's TJ Galenti earned the win on the mound after 6 1/3 innings of work. Galenti gave up three runs on five hits and struck out seven.
To start last week, however, Molin threw a gem to beat Stillwater.
Last Monday, Molin delivered a five-hit complete game victory for the Raptors Monday in a 4-1 victory in Stillwater. Molin struck out nine and gave up just one run in seven innings in that one. Molin also went 1-for-2 at the plate with two walks.