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Alexandria baseball sits atop Central Lakes Conference

Toby Helgeson squares up on a pitch during a doubleheader against Bemidji on April 25. Helgeson and the Alexandria baseball team are off to an 8-2 start this season and hold first place in the CLC. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

The Alexandria baseball team upped its record to 8-2 on the season with three wins in four games late last week.

The Cardinals swept St. Cloud Tech in dramatic fashion on Thursday with 4-3 and 2-1 wins before beating North St. Paul and losing to Holy Angels 6-3 in Alexandria’s home tournament.

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The Cardinals had 10 hits in that game and the tying run at the plate against Holy Angels in pinch hitter Zach Peterson. The senior shortstop squared one up but hit it right at the center fielder to end the rally.

“The Cards looked like a team that had run out of gas playing our fifth game in three days,” head coach Russ Hinrichs said. “We have played a lot of close games throughout the season and we have found a way to make a play, get a big strikeout or get a clutch hit at the end of games to pull it out. Unfortunately against Holy Angels, we could not do that.”

Parker Revering and Ben Kluver each had two hits apiece for Alexandria. Dan Kuhn started and took the loss in five innings of work, allowing five runs on six hits and three walks. He struck out two.

ALEXANDRIA 10, NORTH ST. PAUL 6

Alexandria did find a way to get the big hit in the opener on Saturday as the Cardinals beat North St. Paul 10-6.

The game was tied at six apiece in the bottom of the sixth when Alexandria used a couple of two-out doubles to open up the game. Parker Bowden delivered the first of those to give his team the lead before Mitch Thompson followed it up with another two-run double.

Thompson then shut the door in the seventh by striking out the side and securing the win. It wrapped up a big game for the senior as he finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Toby Helgeson and Grant Toivonen each had two hits and combined for five runs scored. Cody McLaughlin added two RBIs and three runs scored.

Chris Leary started and went five innings. He kept his team in it by scattering 10 hits and allowing four runs, two earned. Micah Hedstrom got the win after allowing two runs, one earned, in one inning of relief.

ALEXANDRIA 4, ST. CLOUD TECH 3

The nightcap of the doubleheader on Friday night featured a comeback by Alexandria after falling behind 3-0 early.

The Tigers got to Bowden for three runs in the first, but he settled down from there. The senior didn’t allow another run, finishing his night by going 5 2/3 innings and scattering six hits and a walk, while striking out four. Thompson got the save by allowing just one run over the final four outs.

The Cardinals needed a couple big hits to get back in the game, and they got them in the top of the fifth. Alexandria was trailing 3-2 in that frame when Revering continued an impressive night for him with a two-RBI single that scored Kris Setterstrom and Toivonen. Thompson also delivered a two-run home run in the second inning to get the game within a run early.

Alexandria 2, St. Cloud Tech 1

Game one on Friday ended in similar fashion with Revering once again being a part of a rally.

Alexandria was trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Revering ripped a double down the line to put the tying run in scoring position. He advanced to third on a wild pitch before Thompson drove him in with a base hit.

Brody Erdman and Toivonen followed with back-to-back walks to load the bases. Helgeson then added another walk to drive in the winning run.

Jake Booth gave Alexandria a great start. He went all seven innings, allowing just two hits and the one run. He walked three and struck out four.

The two wins kept Alexandria unbeaten at 6-0 in the Central Lakes Conference. The Cardinals lead the league with Brainerd right behind them at 5-1 entering the week. They will host the Warriors on Thursday with a 5 p.m. first pitch.

GAME STATISTICS

HOLY ANGELS 6,

ALEXANDRIA 3

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING – Kuhn – L, 5IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 2SO; Grant Hockert – 2IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 1SO

ALEXANDRIA OFFENSE – Revering – 2-4, 1 run; Bowden – 1-4; Krueger – 1-4, 1 run; Helgeson – 1-3, BB, RBI; Kluver – 2-3; Blake Stockert – 1-3; Thompson – 1-3, RBI; Setterstrom – 0-3, RBI; Riley Hvezda – 1-2, 1 run

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING – Kuhn – L, 5IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 2SO; Hockert – 2IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 1SO

ALEXANDRIA 10,

NORTH ST. PAUL 6

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING – Leary – 5IP, 10H, 4R, 2ER, 1BB, 1SO; Thompson – S, 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 3SO; Hedstrom – W, 1IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 0SO

ALEXANDRIA OFFENSE – Thompson – 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Helgeson – 2-3, BB, 2B, 3 runs; Toivonen – 2-3, BB, 2 runs; Cody Weisel – 2-4, RBI; Bowden – 1-4, 2B, 1 run, 2 RBI; McLaughlin – 1-4, 3 runs, 2 RBI; Revering – 0-3, BB, 1 run; Peterson – 0-2, RBI

ALEXANDRIA 4,

ST. CLOUD TECH 3

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING – Bowden – W, 5 2/3IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 4SO; Thompson – 1 1/3IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 0SO

ALEXANDRIA OFFENSE – Bowden – 2-4; Peterson – 1-3, BB; Revering – 1-4, 2 RBI; Krueger – 0-2, 2 BB, 1 run; Stockert – 1-3, 2B; Kluver – 1-3; Thompson – 1-3, 1 run, 2 RBI; Casey Hammerback – BB; Setterstrom – 1 run; Toivonen – 1 run

ALEXANDRIA 2, ST. CLOUD TECH 1

ALEXANDRIA PITCHING – Booth – W, 7IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 4SO

ALEXANDRIA OFFENSE – Toivonen – 1-3, BB; Helgeson – 1-2, 2 BB, RBI; Revering – 1-3, 2B, 1 run; Thompson – 1-3, 1 run, RBI; Peterson – 1-3; Erdman – 1-2, BB; Spencer Lucas – 1-2

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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