Legion baseball: Woodbury Blue pounds East Ridge 12-2 Monday
The Woodbury Blue American Legion baseball team bounced back from a pair of losses Sunday against Forest Lake in a big way Monday with a 15-hit outburst in a 12-2, six-inning rout of East Ridge in Woodbury.
Quinten Strub and Ryan Scanlon each drove in three runs for Woodbury Blue (3-4) while David Stickels went 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs.
Woodbury Blue starter Nick Bentley made his first American Legion start and turned in a solid start by giving up just two runs on six hits in six innings.
"We haven't been taking very good at-bats, swinging at pitches out of the zone," Woodbury Blue head coach Justin Feldkamp said. "Today, they really focused in and hit balls hard and they ended up dropping in. The difference is just taking good at-bats."
Eight players scored a run in the game for Woodbury Blue, which broke the game open with a six-run third inning where it sent 10 players to the plate.
Scanlon drove in two runs with a double in the third inning and Woodbury Blue took advantage of two walks and two hit by pitches to grab a commanding 8-2 lead. Ryan Winter, who finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run, also drove in a run in the inning, along with Stickels and Strub.
East Ridge took a 2-0 lead after the top of the first inning when Luke Ringhofer hit a double to score Nick Johnson, who led off the game with an infield single and stole second base. Carter Stoehr followed Ringhofer with a single to score Ringhofer. Johnson finished 2-for-3 with a run and Stoehr went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
East Ridge had a chance to get back in the game in the sixth inning when it loaded the bases with one out, but Bentley bore down to record the next two outs to end the inning.
"He's a kid that you want on the mound because he's extremely competitive and he doesn't like to lose," Feldkamp said. "He's going to be solid for us all year."
Bentley struck out three and walked one. Woodbury Blue's defense also gave Bentley a boost in the first inning by turning an inning-ending double play.
Woodbury Blue added three runs in the fifth behind Strub's two-run triple and Winter drove in the game's final run in the sixth after Sebastian Holte-Mancera led off the inning with a single and Brandon Mazur hit a pinch-hit double.
Woodbury Blue faces Mahtomedi Wednesday in Mahtomedi while East Ridge will face Inver Grove Heights Wednesday in Inver Grove Heights.