Maddox Mihalakis hits a grand slam home run in the fifth inning giving the Royals a 4-2 lead. The Royals held on to the lead and defeated the conference-foe Eagles 6-2 Wednesday night at home. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
After the lightest of possible drizzles came down for a few minutes in the top of the fifth inning at Hopkins High School on Wednesday night, a rainbow appeared over the scoreboard in right field as the bottom of the fifth was about to begin.
Call it a good omen or just call it a coincidence, but that was when Hopkins put up five runs and took total control of what turned into a 6-2 win over Eden Prairie.
The Royals’ Olin Lysne took to the pitching mound in the third inning retiring the first nine hitters he faced as the the royal’s go on to beat the Eagles 6-2. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
Hopkins completed a 6-2 comeback win over Lake Conference foe Eden Prairie at home on Wednesday night.
The Eagles (11-4, 7-3) put pressure on Hopkins starter Gabe Olson right away. The first two hitters of the game, Jake Luloff and Joey Flom, each got base hits. Luloff scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Ryan Koering. Koering then came around to score off a single up the middle from Joe Burns to make it 2-0 in the first.
Olin Lysne replaced Olson after two innings and frustrated the Eden Prairie bats. He retired the first nine hitters he faced. He finished with three strikeouts and a walk in three-plus innings pitched.
Jackson Hunter was able to work out of multiple jams to record four shutout innings for the Eagles. The fifth was a different story. A hit, a walk and an error loaded the bases for Maddox Mihalakis. He crushed the first pitch well over the right field fence to give the Royals (14-3, 10-1) a 4-2 lead.
Hunter finished with five strikeouts, six hits, a walk and four runs in four-plus innings pitched. The Royals added two more runs from pinch runners, as Brady Anderson and Sam Levitt both scored after coming off the bench.
Jaden Reifsteck picked up four strikeouts in a two-inning save to close out the game.
Starting junior pitcher Jackson Hunter hurled four shutout innings Wednesday night in the Eagles' 6-2 loss to the Royals. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
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