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Late-inning surge powers East Ridge past Mounds View

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 06/14/19, 4:00PM CDT


The Raptors overcame a four-run deficit to defeat the Mustangs 9-5 and advance to the 4A semifinals.

East Ridge's Ryan Parker (28), center, and teammates celebrated during the team's six-run seventh inning rally against Mounds View. Photo: LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startribune.com

It’s certainly not the way East Ridge coach Brian Sprout would draw it up. But trailing by four runs in big games, then putting together a game-winning rally is the path the Raptors have followed in their last two games.

As long as his team comes out on top, Sprout will take it.

The Raptors, playing in their first state tournament, rallied from a 5-1 deficit with eight runs in the final two innings to defeat Mounds View 9-5 in the Class 4A quarterfinals Friday at CHS Field in St. Paul. It was reminiscent of the Section 3 championship game, when they came back after trailing 5-1 to defeat Eastview.

“We’ve been doing this for awhile now,” Sprout said. “It’s the idea that we’re not done. There’s more to do. They keep believing in that and you do it a couple of times and it sticks in your head.”

Mounds View took a 5-1 lead in the third inning on a long grand-slam home run by Robert Hogan. The Mustangs maintained that margin until the sixth inning.

First report

East Ridge scored two runs in the sixth inning and six more in the top of the seventh to rally past Mounds View for a 9-5 in the Class 4A quarterfinals Friday at CHS Field.

The Mustangs had taken a 5-1 on a grand slam by Robert Hogan in the bottom of the third inning, but couldn’t add to the lead.

The first six batters of the seventh inning reached base for East Ridge and five of them scored.

Check back later for more on the game.

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