The youth baseball season began with a bang as an unassisted triple play highlighted opening-week action in the Cal Ripken Jr. League.
The Cubs defeated the Athletics 7-5 on the strength of Curran Starry’s game-ending triple play.
With the bases loaded and a run already in, the Athletics’ batter lofted a pop foul near Starry at third base. Starry made the catch, ran back and stepped on third base before the runner could return, then tagged the runner coming to third from second to end the game.
Cal Ripken Sr. League
In Cal Ripken Sr. League action, the Brewers defeated the Red Sox and Cubs, and the Cardinals downed the Red Sox. In unreported action, the Twins blanked the Cubs 9-0.
Brewers 7, Red Sox 0
Ryan Hughes was the Brewers’ winning pitcher, Isaac Rios had the hold and Dominic D’Auria picked up the save.
Catcher Drew DeBruyne threw out three base runners, one trying to steal second, one trying to steal third and one trying to reach home from third on a wild pitch.
Offensively for the Brewers, D’Auria had a triple, single and RBI; Hughes doubled, singled and had two RBIs; Rios doubled; DeBruyne had an RBI double; Jaxon D’Auria and Brennan Morrissey had RBI singles; Branden McClure singled; Cayden Laurvick, Joe Sanders and Dayton Podvin all walked twice; and Nick Ogren walked once.
For the Red Sox, Max Curtis doubled and Nash Tollers singled and Niya Wilson, Chase Gimple and Curtis combined the pitching loss.
Cardinals 5, Red Sox 3
The Cardinals won their opener on Riley Rehnstrand’s game-winning run-scoring triple.
Jakob Holmlund also tripled; Cody Jones singled and scored the winning; Tommy Erickson singled twice; and Austin Buck added a hit.
David Fender struck out seven batters in the first three innings. Derek Fender pitched the final three innings.
No information was submitted for the Red Sox.
Brewers 10, Cubs 1
Dominic D’Auria knocked in four runs with a home run and double to help the Brewers improve to 2-0.
Also for the Brewers, Rios had three doubles and two RBIs; McClure singled twice and knocked in a run; Laurvick, DeBruyne, Jaxon D’Auria and Morrissey singled; Podvin had an RBI; Joe Sanders singled; and Hughes and Kyle Nickila walked.
Judd Erickson and TJ Sitek pitched for the Cubs, who got doubles from Erickson and Ryan Crimmins, a single from Jackson Hoffman, and walks from Luke Denninger and Nolan Glonek.
The Superior 13-year-old baseball team defeated Moose Lake/Willow River 5-2 and Four Corners 9-2 this week.
Against ML/WR at the Superior Women’s Field, Max Plunkett went 2-for-3 and Michael LaJoie and Gabe Beeksma combined in the pitching victory.
LaJoie allowed one run over three innings. He struck out seven, walked three and surrendered two hits in picking up the win.
Beeksma held Moose Lake/Willow River hitless over two innings, allowing no earned runs with a walk and six strikeouts.
Moose Lake/Willow River took 1-0 lead in the first inning on a walk and a double.
Superior answered with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Spencer Udeen singled, moved to third on Stephen Gee’s single and scored on Plunkett’s single. After LaJoie walked, Plunkett scored when Keith Montgomery hit into a fielder’s choice.
Superior added single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
In the third, Plunkett singled, stole second and scored on LaJoie’s double.
Moose Lake answered with one run of its own in the top of the fourth inning to make the score 3-2.
In the bottom of the fourth, Bryce Connolly singled, moved up a base on Rehnstrand’s sac bunt and eventually scored when Matt DeJesus grounded out.
In the bottom of the fifth, Udeen singled, stole second and scored when LaJoie reached on an error.
A six-run sixth inning helped Superior defeat Four Corners 9-2 Monday at Four Corners School.
Beeksma got the win for Superior. He allowed one run and three hits while striking out two and walking two over three innings.
Udeen led off the game with a single, advanced to third on a wild pickoff attempt and scored on Gee’s ground out.
In the top of the third Udeen again singled, stole second and scored on Gee’s single. After Gee was thrown out at second trying to advance, Plunkett and LaJoie each singled and Montgomery plated Plunkett with a ground out.
In the fourth inning Jake Young was hit by a pitch and scored on Udeen’s double to give Superior a 4-0 lead.
Four Corners Country scored runs in the fourth and fifth innings before Superior exploded for five runs in the top of the sixth to close out the scoring.
Justice Johnsen singled, advanced to third on two passed balls and after Udeen was hit by a pitch, scored on Gee’s single. Plunkett then singled home Young, who was running for Udeen; LaJoie’s single scored Plunkett and Gee; and Bryce Connolly singled to score LaJoie.
Pete Hansen had three hits and an RBI for Four Corners.