Prior Lake junior pitcher A.J. Lattery shakes hands with catcher Ryan McDonald after the Lakers wrapped up a 6-3 win over rival Lakeville North Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Lakeville North senior Nick Juaire gets a high five as he rounds third after knocking a fifth-inning home run in Wednesday afternoon's 6-3 loss to Prior Lake. Juaire went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
When Lakeville North countered a big blow made by Prior Lake, the Lakers had a response ready.
Prior Lake scored five runs in the final three innings to earn a 6-3 South Suburban Conference road win at Lakeville North High School on Wednesday. A.J. Lattery pitched a complete game and Corbin Cross had a home run and three RBI for the Lakers.
Pinch-hitter Sam Tanner lashed a RBI double to right-center in the sixth for the eventual winning run and a 4-3 lead. Cross had a RBI double in the seventh and the Lakers got another run in via a balk.
Lattery worked all seven innings for Prior Lake (12-2, 11-2), giving up three runs — two earned — on four hits, a walk and a hit batter.
Prior Lake went up 1-0 in the second on a RBI single from Sam Emmerich. Lakeville North tied it on a RBI single from senior catcher Nick Juaire in the third.
Cross’ homer was a two-run shot to left field with two outs in the fifth, giving Prior Lake a big boost, but Lakeville North (10-4, 10-3) responded in the bottom of the inning when Juaire hit his own two-run blast to tie the game 3-3.
Panthers starting pitcher Collin Denk allowed four runs on six hits, two walks and two hit batsmen. Jacob Grimm pitched the seventh and allowed two runs on a hit, a walk and hit batter.
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