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Prior Lake breaks late tie to defeat South Suburban Conference foe Lakeville North

By Adam Holt, SportsEngine, 05/16/18, 4:45AM CDT

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The Lakers plated five runs in the game's final three innings. The win pushes them ahead of the Panthers by a game in the league standings.

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

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

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

First Report

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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