Lakeville North's third baseman Cal Schmelzle attempts an off-balanced throw. Photo by Brennan Schachtner, SportsEngine
Lakeville North’s one-run performance in the first eight innings of Monday’s game was not because of lack of opportunities. The Panthers had 10 baserunners in that time. They just could not bring them home.
In the ninth inning, that changed. Lakeville North started with a hit batter with the bases loaded. Then, the bats came out and the Panthers exploded for six runs and went on to defeat Eastview 7-4 at Eastview High School.
Playing a low-scoring game filled with missed opportunities is nothing new to the Lakeville North players and coach Tony Market.
Teddy Juaire pitches for Lakeville North during the first inning. Photo by Brennan Schachtner, SportsEngine
After scoring just one run in the game’s first eight innings, Lakeville North exploded for six runs in a big ninth inning as the Panthers defeated Eastview 7-4 at Eastview High School.
The starting pitchers for both sides matched each other scoreless frame for scoreless frame in the early goings of Monday’s game. Lakeville North’s Teddy Juaire went six innings, allowing just two hits, four walks and two strikeouts.
Dane Boraas started for Eastview and went eight innings, striking out one batter and allowing just one run. He also overcame five errors by Lightning fielders.
Boraas allowed just one run in the 8th inning when Cal Schmelzle knocked in Chase Flaskey with an RBI single to put Lakeville North ahead, 1-0.
Eastview came back to the tie game in the bottom half of the inning. Charlie Riedl got Eastview with an RBI single that plated Cooper DeSutter.
The next half-inning, Lakeville North broke through with six runs on four hits. Flaskey got the first run across when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. He was one of four Panthers to reach base in that inning via walk or hit by pitch.
The Lightning did attempt a comeback with a three-run bottom of the ninth inning but could not finish the job. Louis Rogers drove in two of the runs in the inning with a double and came around himself to score the third.
Cooper DeSutter scores the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Photo by Brennan Schachtner, SportsEngine
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