Wayzata's Casey Stowe scores on Keegan Nickel's base hit in the top of the 10th inning to give the Trojans a 2-1 lead over Chanhassen Thursday night. The Trojans would go on to defeat the Storm 5-3. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Wayzata's Ben Leuthner struck out eight Chanhassen batters over seven innings Thursday night in Chanhassen. The Trojans defeated the Storm 5-3 in 10 innings. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Usually, when a team doesn’t get a hit until the 10th inning, they don’t win. When they finish the game with only two hits, they don’t score five runs. Luckily for Wayzata, Thursday was far from a usual baseball game.
There’s an adage that says, “You see something new every time you watch a baseball game.” That could not have been more true after Chanhassen junior pitcher Jacob Mrosko threw seven hitless innings, which would be the biggest story of 99 out of 100 games. Unfortunately for Mrosko, he had to settle for a no-decision, as the Trojans (6-2, 3-0) picked up a 10-inning 5-3 win off Storm relief pitchers.
Chanhassen's Jacob Mrosko throws a first inning pitch against Wayzata. Despite Mrosko's eight strikeouts over seven hitless innings, the Storm would fall to the Trojans 5-3 in 10 innings. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Wayzata went on the road to Chanhassen and picked up a wild 5-3 victory through clutch hitting in the 10th inning.
The Trojans (6-2, 3-0) went nine innings and 34 batters before Casey Stowe got the team’s first hit. After a sacrifice bunt and intentional walk, Keegan Nickel got the go-ahead base hit to score Stowe. The Trojans added three more runs to blow the game open.
The Storm (5-5, 4-0) came out in the top of the 10th and recorded two quick outs before loading the bases, which allowed Jack Nemetz to bring in two runs on a double to the wall. But that’s where the rally ended.
Wayzata’s bats were stifled throughout the game by Chanhassen junior pitcher Jacob Mrosko, who threw seven hitless innings that included eight strikeouts and three walks. Mrosko tallied one unearned run after a Trojan that reached on an error came around to score on a wild pitch. Brian Pitz tossed two more hitless frames in relief before the Trojans came alive in the 10th inning.
Wayzata’s pitching was nothing to scoff at, either. Connor Fletcher started the game and pitched three-plus innings, giving up one run and three walks. Ben Leuthner took it from there, tossing seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks. Leuthner delivered eight strikeouts.
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