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After a fast start, Totino-Grace rides momentum to victory over Wayzata

By Luke Hanlon, SportsEngine, 04/28/18, 8:45AM CDT

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The Eagles plated six runs through the first four innings, which proved to be enough for them to hang on for the victory.

Totino-Grace's Eric Rataczak (21) swings at a pitch against Wayzata at Siebert Field on Saturday. The Eagles defeated the Trojans 7-4. Photo by Carter Jones, SportsEngine

Totino-Grace's Eric Rataczak (21) swings at a pitch against Wayzata at Siebert Field on Saturday. The Eagles defeated the Trojans 7-4. Photo by Carter Jones, SportsEngine

A Wayzata baserunner slides into third base against Totino-Grace during the Trojans' 7-4 loss to the Eagles Saturday. Photo by Carter Jones, SportsEngine

A Wayzata baserunner slides into third base against Totino-Grace during the Trojans' 7-4 loss to the Eagles Saturday. Photo by Carter Jones, SportsEngine

First Report

On Saturday Totino-Grace and Wayzata played at Siebert Field on the campus of the University of Minnesota after the programs had to get creative with scheduling to work in games due to the nightmare spring weather. The Eagles outlasted the Trojans, picking up a 7-4 win — their second in consecutive days.

For the Trojans, this was their second game of the day, after playing an earlier game at Siebert Field against Forest Lake, which they lost 7-2. Following that with a loss against the Eagles has kept Wayzata (0-4, 0-2) out of the win column through four games after the Trojans played in the Class 4A state tournament just a year ago.

It was obvious that this was a game played between two teams with not much playing time this season. Three runs were scored off wild pitches/passed balls, and there were a few hit batters and a couple routine errors you wouldn’t expect to see from two top teams.

Totino-Grace (2-0, 1-0) wasted no time scoring the first run, as Daniel Claussen hit the first pitch of the game for a triple. He would score on a wild pitch before the second batter, Steven Hand, could finish his at bat. Claussen finished the game with two RBI. Hand, Jack Kroehler and Ben Iannazzo each picked up a RBI as well.

Wayzata’s best performance came from Delaney Dahl, who reached base on all four of his plate appearances and scored a run.

Totino-Grace catcher Eric Rataczak holds a Wayzata runner at third base in Saturday's game at Siebert Field. Photo by Carter Jones, SportsEngine

Totino-Grace catcher Eric Rataczak holds a Wayzata runner at third base in Saturday's game at Siebert Field. Photo by Carter Jones, SportsEngine

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