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Maple Grove out-slams Bloomington Kennedy

By Amelia Rayno, Star Tribune, 06/16/11, 6:00PM CDT


The Crimson blast 15 hits to overtake the Eagles

Maple Grove third baseman Karl Sorensen (19) hit an RBI single in the fourth inning. Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

Maple Grove may have been caught off guard at times, but still managed to do what they do best, gutting through a back-and-forth slugfest to wind up with the most runs on the board as they went on to beat Bloomington Kennedy, 14-7, to advance.

“I felt there was a great energy coming in,” Maple Grove designated hitter Shay Torgerson said. “During the bus ride, it was all about team chemistry – and we did what we do every game.”
The Crimson initiated the carnage and gave every indication that they would lead the day’s third blow out, putting up two runs in the first inning and adding seven on seven hits in the second to take a 7-0 lead and knocking starter Austin Nordby out of the game.
But the Eagles weren’t ready to go down without a fight.
After Crimson starter Mitch Bauer struck out the first two batters of the second, he hit a batter and then gave up four consecutive hits to shrink the lead to 7-4.
The Crimson added four in the third, but Bloomington Kennedy came right back with two of their own as Bauer – who finished with 13 hits, seven runs and three hit batters in seven innings – looked suddenly very hittable.
In the end, the Crimson kept a stronger pace, one that the Eagles wouldn’t be able to close. Brady Jacobs led the Crimson with three hits and four RBI.
“You can’t give up,” Torgerson said. “Everybody here loves baseball, so it was just going out there and getting your hacks.”


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