Three area games on the diamond came down to the final at-bat, tonight, with Princeton softball and baseball emerging victorious and Milaca baseball falling in 11 innings.
Princeton 2, Chisago Lakes 1
Jack Thompson hit a dribbler up the middle and Chisago Lakes (3-2) second baseman Dustin Rhodes mishandled it. Lucas Voce came around to score the winning run as the ball skipped into center field to give the Tigers (3-1) their third consecutive victory of the season.
Jake Carlson went 1-2 with a walk to lead the Tigers, who had just two hits as a team.
Drew Scharber went six innings, allowing six hits and one run.
Pequot Lakes 2, Milaca 1 F/11
No runs crossed home plate until Pequot Lakes’ Tyler Manley hit a triple, off of Raleigh Millar, plating Zach Sjoblad in the top of the 11th inning. Manley would later score on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.
The Wolves (0-3) came storming back in the bottom half of the inning, as Millar singled home Jimmy Kragt, but Millar was stranded on third and Pequot Lakes (4-0) held on, 2-1.
Matthew Fransen went 3-for-5 with double. He also pitched seven innings scoreless innings and allowing one hit and four walks, while striking out 14.
Chisago Lakes 13, Princeton 5
The Tigers (3-2) committed four errors and surrendered four runs in the first inning. They also had 14 strikeouts at the plate and didn’t have a hit until the fifth inning, a home run, by Danika Rademacher.
Shelby Bassamore threw seven innings for the Tigers, allowing 13 runs, nine earned, on 15 hits and three walks, while striking out two.
Princeton 12, Duluth Denfeld 11 F/8
Angela Lindell hit a liner up the middle to score Maddie Nierengarten as the Tigers (4-2) came back from an 8-3 deficit in the fourth inning to beat the Hunters in eight.
Lindell was 4-for-4 with a double, one walk, one run scored and four runs batted in.
Kenzie Skuza went 1-for-2 with three walks and a home run.
Danika Rademacher threw every inning for the Tigers, allowing 10 earned runs on 15 hits two walks while striking out two.
Princeton girls’ track finished fourth out of six schools in the Dawn Hurni Girls’ Invitational Track Meet in Princeton, on Thursday. They finished with 108 points. Monticello won the event finishing more than 50 points ahead of second-place, Grand Rapids, with 170.5 points.
Top finishers for the Tigers were Larkin Walter (1st, 100m hurdles; 2nd, 300m hurdles), Kassie Bastian (1st, high jump), Madeleine Thompson (4th, high jump), Reilee Schepper (3rd, long jump) Taylor Mollet, 2nd, triple jump) and Kadyn Rothschadl (2nd, 100m dash). The 4-by-100 relay team, of Kadyn Rothschadl, Reilee Schepper, Tyah Rothschadl and Larkin Walter, finished first in 52.65 seconds.
Both Milaca boys’ and girls’ track teams finished fourth in their seven-team invite at Pierz on Thursday. The girls finished with 90.5 points while Pierz ran away with the meet victory, scoring 161 points. The boys finished with 89 points as Albany paced the field at 159.
Top finishers for the girls’ team were Brittany Hansen (1st, 1600m and 3200m), Jerica Ploeger (2nd, 1600m), Bethany TenHaken (1st, 800m), Emma Bolt (2nd, 800m), Sarah Manoleff (2nd, 400m) and Brandhi Whittemore (2nd, pole vault). The 4-by-800-meter relay of Bolt, Tenhaken, Ploeger and Manoleff also won.
Top finishers for the boys were Keaton Martin (1st, 1600m), Joe Baker (1st, 800m), Andrew Tweet, (2nd, 100m dash), Gage Thomas-Ferry, (5th, 100m dash and 300m hurdles) and Mitch Garber (3rd, long jump). The 4-by-800-meter relay team of Baker, Zach Patten, Sam Bolt and Harrison Shephard also won.