Game of the Week: Hampton defeats Chanhassen 5-3

Posted on Saturday, July 18 by Trent Jackson

The Hampton Cardinals of the Classic Cannon Valley League took down No. 5 Class B ranked Chanhassen Red Birds by the score of 5-3 on “Little League Night” in Chanhassen, where a crowd of 140 came to the ballpark on a beautiful Saturday evening for baseball.

Marcus Fredrickson started on the mound and received the win for the Hampton. He pitched six innings, allowing just one run on seven hits, also notching four strikeouts. Patrick Strey came in to relieve Fredrickson in the seventh and allowed two runs, and shut out Chanhassen in the eighth and ninth with five strikeouts.

Hampton scored five runs off eight hits. Left fielder Alec Knop led the Cardinals, going 3-4 with a base on balls at the plate, including a two-run triple. Josh Chatfield also recorded two hits for the Cardinals.

“Staying back on the ball, seeing good pitches, going deep in the count, just trying to put the ball in play and see what happens,” said Knop about his approach at the plate.

Hampton got the scoring started in the third inning. Knop hit a bloop single to left field that was followed by a sharp line drive to right field by Chatfield, advancing Knop to third. Chanhassen pitcher Chance Panning then struggled to find the strike zone as he hit Strey, and then walked Ryan Heisler, scoring Knop.

The Cardinals added two more runs in the sixth inning. Fredrickson reached first after a single through the right side. David Barry then hit another single to left field. Knop then followed them up by smoking a ball over Chanhassen center fielder Brandon Arnold for a two-run triple, extending their lead to 3-0. Chanhassen’s Jon Leighton then came in to relieve Panning. Panning pitched 5.2 innings, allowing three runs off seven hits, also posting four strikeouts.

Chanhassen came back with one run in the bottom of the sixth. John Gulden hit a ball that nearly left the park, landing off the left field fence for a double. Next, T.J. Gulden walked, moving his brother into scoring position for Kyle Horstmann. Horstmann smacked one to right field scoring John Gulden, and T.J. was thrown out at the plate by Hampton right fielder Josh Chatfield trying to score all the way from first base.

Chanhassen’s pitching continued to have a tough time commanding the strike zone in the seventh inning, allowing three walks and multiple past balls that scored one run. Another run was scored on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze put on by the batter Joe Schlosser, scoring Josh Sharp, stretching the lead to 5-1.

The Red Birds would score another two in the bottom of the seventh from a sacrifice fly from Sean Hennen, and an RBI single from Shawn Riesgraf.

Brandon Arnold, John Gulden, T.J. Gulden, and Kyle Horstmann all had two hits for Chanhassen. 

Hampton reliever Patrick Strey shut the door on Chanhassen in the final two innings, with a 5-3 final score in favor of Hampton.

“I thought we played really well. I think it’s hard when you play a team that you don’t see every day. We stayed locked in and loose on the bench,” said Hampton’s left fielder and also assistant manager, Knop.

The Hampton Cardinals now move to 16-11 on the season. “Quality pitching has always been a big thing for us, making sure that we throw strikes, and then move from there. Quality pitching is how we are going to continue to win games,” said Knop.

The Chanhassen Red Birds of the River Valley League now have a record of 19-8, and will look to maintain their first place status in River Valley League-East/Section 3B.

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