Minnetonka Junior Sean Arnal lays down a bunt against Eden Prairie. Photo by Carter Jones, SportsEngine
Eden Prairie senior Zach Elliot beats Minnetonka senior Jarod Wandersee to the bag for an out. Photo by Carter Jones, SportsEngine
Last year’s Class 4A champion, Eden Prairie, opened its season with a loss to Lake Conference foe Minnetonka 5-2 at Minnetonka on Thursday night.
The Skippers did most of their damage in the bottom of the second inning, when they strung together four-straight hits and turned it into three runs. Nick Timsen, Andy Andresen and Ben Stolar all had RBI hits in the inning before the Eagles could record an out.
After Stolar’s single drove in Minnetoka’s third run, Eden Prairie coach John Buteyn went to the mound to visit with pitcher Ben Shepard. Shepard went on to strike out the side and hold the Skippers to three runs.
Shepard finished with six strikeouts in the three innings he pitched.
The Eagles (0-1,-1) picked up both their runs via RBI hits from Ryan Wrobleski. On both occasions, he drove in Zack Elliot, who reached base on all four of his plate appearances (one hit, two walks and he was hit by a pitch).
David Roderick started the game for the Skippers. He picked up two strikeouts while giving up two hits in four innings pitched.
The Skippers improve to 2-0 after a 10-3 win over Chanhassen on Wednesday.
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