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Eden Prairie shuts out Minnetonka to claim Lake Conference opener

By Luke Hanlon, SportsEngine , 04/16/19, 4:00PM CDT

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Eagles righthander Tyson Stritesky struck out 11 while allowing just one hit and one walk in six-plus shutout innings against the Skippers.

Eden Prairie righthander Tyson Stritesky shut out Minnetonka, allowing just two base runners in six-plus innings of work while collecting 11 strikeouts. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine

Eden Prairie righthander Tyson Stritesky shut out Minnetonka, allowing just two base runners in six-plus innings of work while collecting 11 strikeouts. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine

Veterans Memorial Field at Minnetonka High School was host to an impressive pitching duel on Tuesday night as Eden Prairie and Minnetonka combined for 26 strikeouts, five hits and one run in the opening Lake Conference game for both teams.

The Eagles (1-0, 1-0) scored the only run of the contest, opening their season with a 1-0 win over the Skippers (2-2, 0-1).

“Obviously in our first game to get six-plus shutout innings was absolutely the difference,” Eden Prairie coach John Buteyn said about his senior starter, Tyson Stritesky. “Our offense had a little trouble getting going. For him to come through was huge.”

Stritesky allowed just one hit, a walk and finished with 11 strikeouts in six-plus shutout innings.

“I couldn’t ask for anything better, this is honestly awesome. Getting out here and finally getting to play outside — I love it,” Stritesky said.

Eden Prairie's Jordan Amundson is greeted by teammates after scoring a run in the third inning Tuesday night. His run proved decisive as Eden Prairie edged Minnetonka 1-0. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine

Eden Prairie's Jordan Amundson is greeted by teammates after scoring a run in the third inning Tuesday night. His run proved decisive as Eden Prairie edged Minnetonka 1-0. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine

First Report

Eden Prairie opened its season with a 1-0 win against Lake Conference foe Minnetonka at Minnetonka High School on Tuesday night.

Tyson Stritesky got the start for the Eagles (1-0, 1-0) and pitched an absolute gem, allowing just two base runners in six-plus innings of work while racking up 11 strikeouts. In the bottom of the seventh, teammate Brandt Thompson came in with the tying run on first and held on to pick up the save.

Luke Anderson got the game-winning hit in the third inning, as he lined a single down the left field line to score Jordan Amundson. Amundson had stolen second base earlier in the at-bat, which came with two outs, to get himself in scoring position.

The Eagles’ bats were smothered by Skippers pitcher Mitch Klass for the rest of his start. He had 10 strikeouts in five innings pitched and allowed four hits.

The only Minnetonka (2-2, 0-1) batter to pick up a hit was Evan Steingas, who ended Stritesky’s perfect game with a single in the bottom of the third.

Minnetonka second baseman Evan Steingas records a force out at second base during the fourth inning Tuesday. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine

Minnetonka second baseman Evan Steingas records a force out at second base during the fourth inning Tuesday. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine

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