Hopkins catcher Jake Perry hits an RBI double in the third inning at Edina on Thursday night. The Royals defeated the Hornets 5-4. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
Hopkins’ week has been challenging with four Lake Conference games in as many days.
It’s been challenging for sophomore catcher Jake Perry, too. In this stretch of five games in six days, Perry has been behind the plate for each of the first four.
Despite the physical fatigue that may come from that, it hasn’t slowed Perry down one bit. On Thursday, Perry made key plays behind the plate. In the batter’s box, Perry went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI. All of his contributions helped the Royals eke past Edina 5-4 on Thursday at Braemar Park.
Perry said his team handled its week like any other week. Hopkins (12-5, 5-1) had its normal Saturday practice where the Royals practiced things such as situational defense and hitting the fast pitching that comes when playing inside the Lake Conference.
Through the first three games, Hopkins weathered the storm nicely. The Royals won two of the first three games — beating Minnetonka twice and losing a one-run contest to Wayzata. In that stretch, Perry went 4-for-11.
On Thursday, however, Perry might have had his best game of the week. He was part of a top-third of the Hopkins lineup that made life difficult for the Hornets (10-6, 2-4). Aside from Perry, senior second baseman Luis Felemovicius reached base twice and scored each time.
Edina’s Charlie Omodt slides into home, scoring the game's first run in the bottom of the second inning on Thursday night. Edina lost at home to Hopkins 5-4. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
Hopkins continued its winning week of play, earning its third victory in four Lake Conference contests since Monday after defeating Edina 5-4 at Braemar Field on Thursday night.
It was the Royals’ second victory over the Hornets this season and this one was earned in large part due to the performance of senior starting pitcher Sam Sikkink, who allowed one run on three hits and struck out five batters in five innings.
Junior Joey Hurth finished the game on the mound for Hopkins (12-5, 5-1), allowing three runs in 1 2/3 innings of work.
The Royals’ top three hitters served as catalysts for the offense. Leadoff hitter and senior second baseman Luis Felemovicius scored twice, including the eventual game-winning run in the top of the seventh inning.
Sophomore Jake Perry knocked in three runs from the second spot in the batting order, while No. 3 hitter and senior center fielder Wyatt Nelson finished 3-for-3 and was intentionally walked in the seventh inning.
Edina (10-6, 2-4) lost its second consecutive conference game despite rallying late in the final inning to cut the deficit to one run, but the Hornets left the tying run on third base. The Hornets’ best offense came without swinging a bat, as they reached base nine times after being hit by a pitch or drawing a walk.
Junior right fielder Charlie Omodt was hit once and walked once. He finished the day 1-for-2 with a double and two runs scored.
The victory kept Hopkins tied with Wayzata (10-6, 5-1) atop the Lake Conference standings.
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