CLASS B ROUNDUP SATURDAY AT LITCH: Hopkins snaps scoreless streak but falls to Moorhead Brewers

By Matthew Davis

news@mnbaseball.org

Photos via: RK Photography

Moorhead Brewers pitcher David Ernst saw his 15-inning scoreless streak snap in an unusual way, but he led his team to an 8-1 win over the Hopkins Berries. 

Ernst threw 10 scoreless innings against the St. Anthony Hogs the previous weekend, and he added another five scoreless innings against the Berries. The Brewers spotted Ernst a 7-0 lead at that point, but the Brewers botched his scoreless inning streak amid an error in foul territory during the sixth inning.

Berries second baseman Riley Smith scored on that error after he reached base on his first hit of the game. Moorhead responded with a run in the top of the seventh inning, but the Berries came around with a three-run bottom of the seventh amid more mistakes by the Brewers.

Moorhead started strong with two runs on four consecutive hits in the top of the first inning. The Brewers added to the lead in the top of the fourth inning with a three-run double to the wall. 

It got worse for the Berries as the Brewers put another runner across with an RBI double to the right field wall in the fifth inning. Moorhead added another in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly.

Hopkins couldn’t get on the board amid just three hits in the first four innings. The Berries went back to early-inning struggles in the eighth inning as the Brewers turned a double play and held the Berries to one hit.

While Hopkins returned the favor with a double play in the top of the ninth, the Berries couldn’t get the job done in the bottom of the ninth. The Brewers closed out the Berries after giving up two hits in the final inning.

Air Freight 4, Minneapolis Angels 1

Air Freight Unlimited pitcher Graham Laubscher struck out 21 batters to lead his team to a 4-1 victory over the Minneapolis Angels.

Laubscher allowed his first earned run of the season after going 61 innings without surrendering one this season. He completed streaks of seven or more consecutive strikeouts while the Air Freight bats took care of business. Center fielder Avery Lehman led the way with 3-4 hitting, two runs scored, and an RBI. 

Angels first baseman Brady Johnson drove in the lone run of the day for his team as second baseman Chris Schaaf scored in the fourth inning. That made it a 1-1 game, but Air Freight broke things open in the sixth inning with three runs scored.

Air Freight second baseman Sam Kulesa went 2-for-5 with an RBI, and right fielder Evan Kolker went 2-for-4 with a run scored. First baseman Tommy Cummings chipped in with a 1-for-4 day and a run scored.

Laubscher went the distance on the mound with two walks plus one hit and one earned run allowed. Matt Schuld pitched the first six innings for the Angels as he allowed three earned runs on nine hits. Mitchell Bauer came in relief and fanned two batters and gave up four hits in two innings.

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