Game of the Week: Cold Spring defeats No. 1 Blaine

Posted on June 19, 2015 by Trent Jackson

The No. 4 ranked Class B Cold Spring Springers defeated the No. 1 ranked Class B Blaine Fusion 8-4 Friday evening at the Victoria Tournament at Poppitz Field.

Starting pitcher Justin Thompson pitched a complete game to notch the win for Cold Spring. Thompson held Blaine to four runs on six hits, with two strikeouts.

“Thompson pitched a good game today, he just kept battling against a good hitting ball club,” said Springer’s manager Tim Illies.

Cold Spring and Blaine went back and forth throughout the game. Cold Spring scored eight runs on eight hits while Blaine scored four off six.

Blaine got the scoring started early in the first inning. Buck Michaels first reached base after getting plunked by Thompson. Pitcher Matt Mossey then hit a sharp line drive to centerfield moving Michaels to third base. Michaels then scored after cleanup batter Alex Minkel smoked a ball through the third baseman’s legs. 1-0 Fusion.

The Springers came right back in the second inning. Third baseman Drew VanLoy led off the inning with a homerun over the 330 sign in left field to tie the game. Zach Femrite then hit a ball hard to the right center gap for a double. After a ground ball moved Femrite to third, Jeron Terris knocked him in with a sacrifice fly to centerfield. 2-1 Springers.

Bats stayed hot for the Fusion into the second. Ryan Sutterer led off the inning with a single to leftfield, followed by a bunt single by Clay Anderson. Tom Druk then advanced the runners with a groundout to second base. Dan Mossey then knocked in the runner from third with a groundout to first. 2-2.

In the fourth, Blaine added two more runs off three hits from Anderson, Druk, Dan Mossey, and a sacrifice fly from Michaels. 4-2 Fusion.

In the top of the sixth inning, Cold Spring cut the Blaine lead within one off three singles from Joe Dempsey, VanLoy, and Alex Jungels. 4-3 Fusion.

Blaine couldn’t hold on to the lead in the seventh, as the Springers rallied to score five runs to seal the deal. Ryan Holthaus got the rally started with a single to center to lead off the inning. Zach Hinkemeyer then reached on an error by the third baseman on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Eric Loxtercamp then completed a sacrifice bunt, moving both runners in scoring position. Garrett Fuchs then knocked in both runners with a single to right field. Another single by Femrite and another error allowed two more runs to cross the plate for Cold Spring. 8-4 Springers.

Thompson shut the door in the bottom of the seventh with a one-two-three bottom half to finish the complete game and record his fifth win on the season.

“If you always keep the game close in baseball you can score a couple runs, so in the sixth inning we said cut it in half, and we did that,” Illies commented about the game. “If we can pitch and play defense, we know were always in a ball game.”

The Springers offense was highlighted by the middle of the lineup with multiple hit games from four and five hitters VanLoy and Femrite. VanLoy had a solo homer and a single, while Femrite had a single and a double, and now leads the team in doubles (5) and RBI (12). Fuchs also had a two RBI game.

Blaine of the Metro Minny League now moves to 12-3 on the season with the loss. The Fusion was led by Clay Anderson who recorded two hits with an RBI. Dan Mossey had one hit and an RBI. Tom Druk hit a single and also stole a hit from the Springers with an amazing diving play in leftfield.    

Cold Spring, the back-to-back Class B state champions have a target on their back against most opponents. “A lot of guys actually like that bullseye on their back, and they’re playing with confidence out there,” Illies spoke about the Springers’ success. Cold Spring of the Lakewood League moves to 11-3 on the season.

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