Woodbury at Forest Lake
6:15 p.m., Wednesday, April 26
Both of these Suburban East Conference rivals have high expectations and are trying to steady themselves.
Woodbury was ranked No. 2 in Class 4A to begin the season, but after a 4-3 start, 2-3 in the conference, the Royals have fallen to No. 12. Woodbury has been inconsistent on both sides of the ball recently. In the first two games, which were wins over Tartan (3-0 on April 5) and North St. Paul (10-0 on April 6), they had 19 hits and played error-free baseball. In the five most recent games, the Royals have accumulated 29 hits and seven errors in five games.
Junior pitcher Jack Horman aims to anchor the Royals' rotation and help his team recover from its recent struggles.
Forest Lake (5-2, 4-1) has also had some consistency issues after outscoring its opponents 30-10 over its first four games, including wins over ranked Cretin-Derham Hall (7-0 on April 11) and Anoka (10-7 on April 14). The No. 3-4A Rangers offense sputtered a bit last week, losing 2-0 to No. 7-4A Stillwater and 2-1 to No. 14-4A Blaine. Still, their pitching staff, led by two shutout performances for Cam Kline, has allowed just 14 runs.