Forrest Lake second baseman Cody Valley mishandles the ball as Stillwater's Pad Getchell slid safely into second base in the first inning. Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune
The beginning was like déjà vu. Same game, same matchup, same starting pitchers.
“It was basically the same game,” Stillwater leadoff batter Pad Getchell said.
That part is good — Getchell and the rest of the team really get up for the rivalry, he said. But there was one piece of the story they wanted to change: the score.
Last year, the Ponies lost, 2-0. This year, they turned it around in a big way, pounding starter Evan Johnson and reliever Matt Jellum for twelve hits and nine runs sprinkled steadily throughout the game to beat Forest Lake 9-0.
An earlier experience with Forest Lake this year — in which the Rangers overcame a seemingly sturdy Stillwater lead — had taught the Ponies to never take a few runs for granted, Getchell said.
“It meant a lot to beat them today,” said Getchell, who had five hits on the day. “I felt really good today.”