The first game of the Class B state tournament might prove one of the best of the tournament but for now it sent Chaska to the second weekend of the tournament.
Cubs starter Pete Ohnsorg outdueled Cold Spring ace Zach Femrite in a 2-1 opening round victory Friday in Green Isle to set the stage for the start of tournament likely to have plenty of drama.
Ohnsorg threw a complete-game five-hitter where he allowed one run, a solo home run from Femrite in the bottom of the second inning that tied things 1-1. Ohnsorg walked one and struck out four to best Femrite.
It was no small task to beat the Springers and Femrite, a two-time state tournament MVP who led Cold Spring to back-to-back state titles in 2013-14. But it did make up for a 2015 loss to Femrite and the Springers in the state tournament for Chaska. Femrite, on two day’s rest, threw a complete game against the Cubs to lead Cold Spring to a 10-5 victory that year. That performance came after throwing 179 pitches two days earlier against the Rochester Royals in a 6-2 victory.
Femrite wasn’t his usual sharp self on the mound after he surrendered seven walks, including a bases-loaded walk to Dylan Peterson that put Chaska up 2-1 in the top of the ninth inning that held up as the game-winner. Femrite, however, allowed just three hits and struck out four.
Justin Johnson led off the top of the ninth with a single, Tony Peterson drew the first of three consecutive walks that let Johnson score.
Dylan Peterson drove in both runs of the game for the Cubs and put them up 1-0 in the top of the second inning on a sacrifice fly that scored Chase Hentges.
Tony Peterson got the other hit for Chaska off Femrite.
Garrett Fuchs went 2-for-4 for the Springers while Drew VanLoy and Joe Dempsey also collected hits.
The Cubs will await the winner of the Northfield-Blaine game for their next game Friday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Green Isle.
Walk-off wildness caps off first night of tourney
There was a little one-upmanship between southwest metro teams when Chanhassen erupted for a 10-7 victory over Sauk Rapids with a walk-off grand slam from Gunnar McCarthy in the other Class B game Friday in Green Isle.
Earlier in the night Chaska defeated Cold Spring 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel but McCarthy’s blast will likely have people talking for a while longer.
McCarthy came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded after the Cyclones committed their third error of the game. The Red Birds trailed 7-6 at the time and put together a five-run inning behind the grand slam. McCarthy finished 2-for-4 with six RBI. He also had an RBI in the eighth to pull within two runs.
Sauk Rapids led 7-4 after the bottom of the eighth and broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh when it scored on a wild pitch.
Chanhassen’s Adrian Turner went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs while Zach Hoffmann finished 1-for-3 with three runs and Shawn Riesgraf went 2-for-4.
The Red Birds took a 2-1 lead after the first inning but the Cyclones climbed back with a run in the third and took a 3-2 lead in the fourth. Sauk Rapids extended the lead to 4-2 before Chanhassen came back.
Scott Lochner led the Cyclones with 3-for-4 night at the plate with an RBI. Mitch Loegering went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Bo Schmitz went 2-for-3 with two run for Sauk Rapids, which had 10 hits in the game.
Logan Spitzack went five innings in his start for Chanhassen and allowed four runs on six hits. Spitzack walked four and struck out three. Miles Nablo got the win in relief after 2 ⅓ innings of work where he gave up two runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout.
David Kroger went 7 ⅓ innings for the Cyclones and allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits. Kroger walked two and struck out four. He gave way to Jeff Hille, who allowed five runs, all unearned, on one hit. Hille walked two and struck out none.
The Red Birds get the winner of Dundas-Forest Lake next Friday at Hamburg at 7:30 p.m.