|5/2/2013 12:19:00 PM|
Vikes win two out of NSC
by JEFF NORTON
North Branch 1, Monticello 0
The Vikings opened their season up on the Monticello diamond even though it was supposed to be the weekend of the Princeton Tournament. The weather shifted the game to Monticello and North Branch eked out the win with a brilliant pitching performance from Michael Naggatz. He went six innings and gave up four hits and one walk while striking out six Magic players. Naggatz got all the support he needed in the third inning when senior Jake Pilz hit an RBI single, scoring Josh Benolken. Jared Axberg slammed the door on the 1-0 win by pitching a clean seventh inning for the save.
North Branch 13, Cloquet 7
The Vikings used some late game heroics to pull out what looked like a lopsided win against the Cloquet Lumberjacks. Cloquet scored first in the bottom of the second inning, going up 1-0, but North Branch responded in the top of the third inning with two of their own runs. Over the next two frames, however, Cloquet added six runs while North Branch only scored one more, putting the Jacks up 7-3. Nobody scored in the fifth inning, and it looked like the Vikings were running out of chances. But, they absolutely tattooed the Cloquet relievers in the sixth and seventh inning, scoring five runs in each inning to turn a four run deficit into a six run lead. Naggatz hit a run-scoring double while the Cloquet defense fell apart, committing five errors. Naggatz, Ethan Fairbanks, Benolken, Jordan Franklin and Cody Knobbe all had two hits. Naggatz added four RBIs and two runs. Franklin had a pair of RBIs to go along with his hits. It was far from smooth sailing for starter Blake Jorgenson, who gave up four runs on five hits and five walks over three innings, but Nick Pilz picked up the slack, going three and two-thirds innings without giving up a hit and striking out four to earn the win.
St. Francis 6, North Branch 1
In the Vikings first North Suburban Conference game, the dropped a 6-1 contest to the Saints. St. Francis scored in five of the seven innings while their starting pitcher held North Branch to just four hits on the night. Matt Solberg, Naggatz, Jacob Kari and Jake Schmitz collected the hits with Kari earning the RBI and Naggatz scoring the run. Kari started the game and went five innings, giving up three runs but got the hard luck loss.
Robbinsdale Cooper 13, North Branch 1
The Vikings were quickly run-ruled by the Cooper Hawks in their second conference game of the year. Although they got seven hits in five innings, they couldn’t hit with anyone on base. On the flip side, Cooper was hitting well with runners in scoring position and North Branch errors were helping them out quite a bit. Charlie Linder got the loss for NB, going three innings and giving up nine runs, five earned.