Games to Watch: Lake Henry and Elrosa mix it up while Cold Spring and Beaudreau’s face off

By Nick Gerhardt

Scoremonster Contributor

news@mnbaseball.org

The Memorial Day weekend means a whole slate of games, including the Town Ball Classic.

Some heavyweights in Stearns County will meet when Lake Henry takes on Elrosa Friday in Elrosa and Cold Spring meets Beaudreau’s. Elsewhere, Sobeieski, which rose to No. 1 in this week’s Class C poll faces Victory League rival Fort Ripley.

Over in the Dakota-Scott-Rice League Faribault faces New Prague and in Class A Baseball 365 squares off with the St. Paul Mudhens.

As for the Memorial Day matchups, we’ll cover that in the next installment. As always, email, Tweet or Facebook message us any matchups we should point out.

Friday, May 25

Cold Spring at St. Cloud Beaudreau’s, 7:30 p.m.

Cold Spring (4-0) has started the season hot and begins the week ranked No. 5 in Class B. The Springers knocked off Raymond 6-4, St. Joseph 4-0 and three-time defending Class A champion Minnetonka 9-4. Cold Spring remained undefeated with a 7-2 win over Sartell, the No. 3-ranked team in Class C.

St. Cloud Beaudreau’s played exhibition games against Richmond and St. Augusta, which the Saints won 20-9 and 8-4, respectively. Wil Spaniol went six innings against St. Augusta where he allowed one run on five hits and struck out four.

Ryne Gregory finished 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs against St. Augusta.

It’ll be the first Lakewood League game for both teams.

Sunday, May 27

Faribault at New Prague, 2 p.m.

New Prague’s 4-2 start has been curious with its latest loss coming against Veseli in a 3-1 game. But Faribault has been similarly interesting with a 1-2 start. The Lakers, quarterfinalists in last year’s Class C state tournament, have a 2-1 loss to Veseli and a 7-1 loss to Elko. But Faribault handed the Shakopee Coyotes their first loss of the season Sunday with a 7-2 victory.

Matt Lane went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs against Shakopee and picked up the win in relief of Jack Helgeson. Lane threw the final three innings, allowed two hits and struck out five. Helgeson pitched a solid six innings where he gave up two runs on four hits, walked one and struck out six.

The Orioles, who reached the Final Four last year at state, have blown out three opponents 32-6 in the games they’ve won but they have scored just three runs in the games they’ve lost. New Prague started the year with an 11-2 loss to New Market. 

Fort Ripley at Sobieski, 1:30 p.m.

Fort Ripley is off to a 4-1 start following a 10-1 loss to Nisswa, which garnered some attention in the latest Class C poll. The Rebels defeated Sobieski in last year’s Region 8C playoffs 15-5 but fell to Buckman 15-7 in the championship game. Fort Ripley fell 1-0 to Blue Earth at the state tournament.

The Skis rose to the No. 1 spot in the Class C rankings this week following a 4-0 start. Sobieski has allowed just five runs and has shut out Upsala and Flensburg.

Joey Hanowski went 2-for-3 and doubled twice against Aitkin while Collin Eckman went 2-for-2, and Austin Weisz finished 1-for-2 with a double. On the mound Tyler Jendro struck out 14 in five innings. The Skis allowed just three hits.  

Baseball 365 vs. St. Paul Mudhens, 1 p.m. at Woodbury

Baseball 365 has gotten off to a 4-2 start behind a 7-5 win over Carver, which is ranked fifth in Class C, and a 12-1 win over Elko, which is ranked No. 9 in Class B. Baseball 365’s only loss came against Stockman’s Irish in a 6-5 game.

Nate Behlen leads the team with nine RBIs and Thomas Kinsella is batting .421 through five games. Nate Cousins has not allowed a run in 22 innings and has struck out 18.

The Mudhens will try to right the ship after starting 0-3, their latest loss coming to the Bloomington Bandits in a 2-1 game. St. Paul gave up just six hits against Bloomington but finished with just one of their own.

Clayton Bodine drove in two runs for the Mudhens in a 9-5 loss to River Falls while St. Louis Park crushed St. Paul 16-1 in the season opener.

Lake Henry at Elrosa, 7:30 p.m.

Lake Henry (3-1) will get to enjoy the splendor of Target Field Saturday in the Town Ball Classic when it faces Kimball at 10 a.m. in a rematch of last year’s Class C state title game but the No. 4-ranked Lakers will have to take care of business against Stearns County League foe Elrosa, too.

Elrosa won a slugfest 19-7 last season against Lake Henry where it hit four home runs. Aaron Vogt got the win on the mound after five innings of work. Vogt gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits and struck out three. Ethan Vogt closed it out with four innings on the mound. He gave up three unearned runs on two hits and struck out eight.

The No. 10-ranked Saints (5-0) have won their last three games by three or fewer runs. Matt Schmitz and Cody Eischers lead the team with six RBIs. Austin Imdieke leads the team with a .412 batting average.

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