6/5/2014 4:59:00 PM Disappointing sections end for CL
Section Playoffs The Wildcat baseball team went into the Section 7AAA playoffs, the final section playoffs in Pat Collins’ career as a high school head coach, as the number two seed. They had relied on power, good defense and enough pitching to amass a 14-4 overall record prior to the playoffs, but things came screeching to an abrupt halt a bit too early.
Chisago Lakes 10, Grand Rapids 0 (6 innings) The Wildcats broke open a close game with a five run fourth inning to put them up 7-0. They added three more runs in the six and won the game by the ten run rule, 10-0. The Wildcats pounded out 17 hits in this one, including three hits apiece by Mitch Berg and Matt Hasselquist. Berg’s hits included two doubles and he also drove in four runs. Colton Mueller pitched the first five innings, allowing just one hit, walking two and striking out seven. Mike Dunne pitched a scoreless sixth for the Wildcats. The game was played Thursday, May 29 at Chisago Lakes. In the bottom of the first, Kellen Reed hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Will Gillach and put the Wildcats up 1-0. In the third, Mark Sontag singled to right to score Joe Kimlinger, who had been hit by a pitch earlier in the inning. With one out in the fourth, Sam Birkholz was hit by a pitch. He scored after successive singles by Gillach and Kimlinger. Hasselquist’s single to left scored Gillach. Reed singled to load the bases, after Sontag struck out, Reed singled to load the bases. Gabe Gustafson walked to force in Kimlinger and made the score 5-0. Berg then dropped a single in front of the center fielder to drive in two and put the Wildcats up 7-0. The rest of the contest was academic for the Wildcats as they moved on to play Elk River.
Elk River 8, Chisago Lakes 3 Next up for the Wildcats was Elk River, a winner over Forest Lake in their opening game. Trailing 4-0 going into the bottom of the third, the Wildcats pushed across three runs to cut the Elk lead to one. But the Elks shut down the Wildcat offense after that. They pulled away late, scoring two runs in the sixth and seventh innings to win by a final score of 8-3. The game was played at Andover on Saturday, May 31. The loss dropped the Wildcats into the loser’s bracket and a date with Anoka. That game was scheduled to be played on Saturday after the game with Elk River, but rain forced the game to be moved to Monday. Louis Kastenbauer started the Wildcat rally with a walk to lead off the bottom of the third. Michael Dunne bunted, but forced Kastenbauer at second. Will Gillach singled. Joe Kimlinger grounded to second, forcing out Gillach at second putting runners at the corners with two outs. Hasselquist singled to right, scoring Dunne and moving Kimlinger to second. Reed singled to left, scoring Kimlinger and moving Hasselquist to third. Hasselquist scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 4-3. Sontag struck out to end the inning.
Chisago Lakes 8, Anoka 7 Against Anoka, the Wildcats scored five runs on just two hits in the bottom of the fourth to build a comfortable 8-2 lead. In fact, the Wildcats had just four hits for the game, but made the most of them. Anoka rallied in the top of the seventh inning, with two critical errors helping to cut the Wildcat lead to 8-7. Louis Kastenbauer came in to get the last three outs as the Wildcats hung on for the victory. The game was played at Anoka on Monday, June 2. The Wildcats took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Mitch Berg walked, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Noah Taylor and scored on a double by Gabe Gustafson. One out later, Sam Birkholz doubled to left to score Gustafson. Birkholz scored on a single by Will Gillach for the third run of the inning. Anoka scored single runs in the third and fourth innings to cut the Wildcat lead to 3-2. In the fourth, Taylor walked, Gustafson singled and Louis Kastenbauer was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. The Tornadoes made a pitching change. Taylor scored on a passed ball and Birkholz walked to re-load the bases. Gillach walked, scoring Gustafson and making the score 5-2. One out later, Matt Hasselquist singled to right, driving in two runs. Gillach scored the fifth run of the inning on a wild pitch and the Wildcats led 8-2. With starter Colton Mueller cruising along, the Wildcats seemed to have the game well in hand going in to the top of the seventh. Mueller walked the first batter of the inning. The next batter doubled over the head of Taylor in left field to put runners on second and third. With a 1-1 count on the next batter, Hasselquist was called for catcher’s interference, loading the bases. The next batter grounded to third. Third baseman Berg bobbled the ball and then threw it past Hasselquist at home. Two runs scored to cut the Wildcat lead to 8-4, with runners on second and third and still no outs. The next batter dumped a single into right field to drive in a run and cut the lead to 8-5. Another walk loaded the bases. Wildcat head coach Pat Collins brought in Kastenbauer to replace Mueller. Kastenbauer got the first hitter he faced to hit what looked like a double play ball to short. Gillach threw to Kimlinger for the force at second, but Kimlinger’s relay throw skipped past first baseman Reed. Two runs scored on the play and the Wildcat lead was cut to a razor thin 8-7. The next batter hit a ground ball to Kimlinger and he flipped to Gillach for the force at second for the second out. With runners on first and third, the next batter grounded to Kimlinger and he threw to first for the force to end the game. Through the first six innings, Mueller allowed just two runs, both earned, on six hits, walking two and striking out five. But Kastenbauer came in to take over when things got dicey and picked up the save, extending the Wildcat season.
St. Francis 6, Chisago Lakes 0 St. Francis scored one run in the first, two in the fourth and three more in the sixth inning. Their pitchers limited the Wildcats to just three hits as they shut out the Wildcats 6-0. The loss knocked the Wildcats out of the playoffs. The game was played at Anoka this past Tuesday, June 3.