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Baseball: Polars move to 5-0 with chilly win over St. Cloud Tech
Mulvaney and Messerole go 2-for-3 with 2 RBI
North 13 - St. Cloud Tech 3
The St. Cloud Tech Tigers ventured to North St. Paul for a chilly, windblown, non-conference baseball game April 21.
The contest was pretty much a pitchers’ duel until the last of the fifth when the North High Polars exploded for nine runs and put an end to the six-inning contest, 13-3.
“Yeah, we hit the ball, but that was kind of a surprise that we beat this team by 10 runs,” stated North head coach Ron Adams. “They are a good team. I think they might even go to the state tournament.
“Their pitching was not that good today, but I don’t think we saw their best either. We had a few breaks. There were a few ‘bleeders’ and we had a few walks.
“But our kids are swinging the bats and our pitching so far is giving us a chance to win games. So far we have been doing that.”
The Polars thus far have won games against Sibley (4-1), Richfield (5-4), Simley (2-1) Park (9-1) and St. Cloud Tech (13-3).
The loss to the Polars was the first for the Tigers in four games.
The Polars took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second when consecutive singles by Sam Farley, Steve Orme, Dylan Foote and Tom Mulvaney produced two tallies.
Mulvaney’s 2-RBI single gave the Polars the 2-0 margin.
The Tigers came back in the upper fourth with a pair of runs. In the first of the fifth they took the lead with a run on a lead off double and a two-out single.
In the bottom of the fifth a single by Mulvaney was followed by a double to left center off the bat of Bram Minser. An infield out was followed by a suicide bunt by Sam Blees that scored Mulvaney from third.
Joe Messerole followed with a double to deep left center ,and Minser trotted home with what turned out to be the game-winner.
In the bottom of the sixth North put the finishing touches on the game. The Polars combined seven hits with an error and three walks to gain the 10-run victory.
Gaining the base paths and scoring were Farley, Orme, Foote. Minser, Adam Hildebrandt, Sam Blees, Joe Messerole, Jake McDonough and Farley again.
Gaining RBI in the inning were Minser, Blees, Messerole, McDonough, Farley (2), Orme and Mulvaney.
Orme had a second single in the inning and the game ending RBI came on a pinch-hit single by John Anderson that scored pinch runner Brandon Herold for the second time in the inning.
The Polars are next scheduled to play at Henry Sibley at 4:15 p.m. May 2. They travel to Alexandria for a tournament May 3, and return to take on Richfield in a 7 p.m. May 5.
On May 6 at 2 p.m. the Polars have a doubleheader with South St. Paul at Kuenkel Field in North St. Paul.
Wally Wakefield can be reached at email@example.com.