Prior Lake's Harry Fleek hits a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning against Belle Plaine Saturday. The Lakers defeated the Tigers 9-2 at Memorial Park in Prior Lake. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Saturday’s matchup between Prior Lake and Belle Plaine was like a lightly cooked steak: Rare and pink.
In a Strikeout Cancer fundraiser game, featuring fans and players donning pink garb and accessories, the two squads from schools separated by a 30-mile drive met for the first time in over a decade.
Prior Lake, a Class 4A program, struck for six runs in the game’s opening two innings and cruised from there to defeat Class 2A opponent Belle Plaine 9-2 Saturday at Memorial Park.
The Lakers outhit the Tigers 8-5, thanks in part to a 3-for-3 effort from Lance Goeschel, the team’s No. 9 hitter who had two RBIs.
“I think we actually played well against this team,” Goeschel said. “We kind of showed them that up in [Class] 4A we have more good depth all around the board. Belle Plaine had two or three really good top dogs and our whole team is more of that.”
Prior Lake's Lance Behrens (18) delivers a pitch against Belle Plaine Saturday evening. Behrens had five strikeouts in four innings in the Lakers’ 9-2 victory over the Tigers at Memorial Park in Prior Lake. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
In a rare matchup between a Class 4A program and a Class 2A opponent, bigger-school Prior Lake came out on top as the Lakers defeated Belle Plaine 9-2 Saturday afternoon at Memorial Park.
Lance Behrens, who earned the win on the mound, had a no-hitter through 3 2/3 innings of a four-inning outing. A pair of three-run innings from the Prior Lake offense to open the game gave him a comfy cushion to settle in.
Lance Goeschel led the way for the Lakers (8-6, 6-6) at the plate, going 3-for-3, coming up a home run shy of the cycle. Goeschel drove in two runs and scored twice from the No. 9 slot in the lineup.
Behrens’ batterymate, Harry Fleek, drove in a run on each of two doubles.
Cade Morrison ended Behrens’ no-hitter with a bloop single to right field, which led to two runs scored in the fourth inning. Morrison led the way for Belle Plaine, ranked No. 8 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, with a 2-for-3 outing.
Jake Brandenburg took the loss in two innings of work for the Tigers (9-2, 6-1).
Belle Plaine second baseman Jackson Kruger turns to make the throw to first base on a successful double play against Prior Lake. The Tigers fell to the Lakers 9-2 Saturday evening at Memorial Park in Prior Lake. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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