Wayzata vs. St. Louis Park

Noon, Saturday, May 4

Coming off its 5-2 loss to Totino-Grace last Saturday, Wayzata begins a new week with five games scheduled, culminating in a tilt against Class 4A, Section 5 foe St. Louis Park on Saturday.

Wayzata (5-1, 3-0) was rolling with a potent offense — averaging 7.4 runs per game — and a five-game winning streak until it stumbled against Totino-Grace. The Trojans, however, pack plenty of firepower for a quick course correction. Senior outfielder Brennan Albert leads the lineup with a .476 BA and 10 RBI, while outfielders Keegan Nickel, a senior, and junior Carter Tibbits, are each hitting .353 and have combined for nine RBI.

St. Louis Park is coming off a blemish of its own entering this week — a 6-1 loss last Friday to Robbinsdale Armstrong. The Orioles (5-3, 3-2) have flown into some trouble early, but they’ve been a resilient bunch, having yet to lose consecutive games this season.

After a 1-0 loss to Chaska on April 23, St. Louis Park rebounded with a 7-1 victory over Benilde-St. Margaret’s two days later. Sam Hunt, a sophomore catcher and pitcher committed to Vanderbilt, has helped steady the lineup, hitting .500 with a home run, four doubles and four RBI. Against Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Hunt clubbed three hits and threw a scoreless inning as a reliever.

When these teams last met, Wayzata bested St. Louis Park 4-2 in the section final to qualify for the state tournament.