Maple Grove senior pitcher Kole Krier delivers in the second inning Tuesday evening at Maple Grove Senior High. Krier earned a complete game victory as the Crimson rallied from behind to defeat Champlin Park 3-2. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Maple Grove coach Darby Carlson said if the Crimson can get their bats in order, they can be a pretty dangerous group.
The Crimson, ranked No. 10 in Class 4A by the Minnesota High School Baseball Coaches’ Association, didn’t see a ton of hits on Tuesday when they took on No. 3-4A Champlin Park at Maple Grove High School. They did, however, show just how dangerous they could be.
With the game squared 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Maple Grove sophomore Hunter Gerber cracked a single past second with bases loaded, bringing in the game-winning run. The 3-2 victory was the Crimson’s fourth consecutive.
“I feel like we’re progressing a little bit. It was a good win, Champlin is a nice ball club,” Carlson said. “It’s one of those games we’re struggling a little bit hitting consistently.”
Champlin Park senior Evan Hammonds attempts to steal second base as Maple Grove shortstop Sam Kliber applies the tag. Maple Grove defeated Champlin Park 3-2. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Maple Grove was down to its last out while tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Crimson filled the bases and had one last opportunity to break the tie with Northwest Suburban Conference rival Champlin Park before the game went into extra innings.
With a full count, sophomore first baseman Hunter Gerber cracked a single past first base and scored junior Cam Elder to earn a 3-2 win over the Rebels at Maple Grove High School on Tuesday. The Crimson, ranked No. 10 in Class 4A by the Minnesota High School Baseball Coaches’ Association, have won four straight.
Gerber hit a double in the second inning and finished 2-for-4 for the Crimson (11-4), who trailed 2-0 after the fifth inning. Singles from Zane Vitense and Aiden McMahon brought in the tying runs in the bottom of the sixth.
The No. 3-4A Rebels scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Senior Clayton Caswell hit a double that brought home Dylan Shuck. Evan Hammonds brought Caswell home on a single later in the inning.
Both teams saw strong starts from their pitchers. Myer Schmitz threw six innings and struck out five, while only giving up two runs for the Rebels (11-6). Kole Krier went all seven, allowing two runs and striking out eight batters.
Champlin Park senior right-hander Myer Schmitz delivers during the third inning of Tuesday's game at Maple Grove. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
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