Blue Anchors baseball: Alexandria halts losing streak
A two home-run game by the Blue Anchors Saturday broke a long losing streak for the Alexandria team, which now stands at 2-8.
The Blue Anchors were rained out last Tuesday and on Sunday.
Alexandria dropped another road game Wednesday, falling to the St. Cloud Rox 7-5 as Cameron Mingo six runs in his eight-inning appearance on the mound for the Blue Anchors.
Hits weren't hard to come by for Alexandria, but the runs were as they scraped together five on 12 hits in the game.
The Blue Anchors scored first in the second inning on a double by Andrew Mulato that drove in Jake Bergren, but St. Cloud tallied four in the third to take the lead.
Alexandria made a run at the Rox in the sixth, scoring a pair of runs on an error, but couldn't climb any closer.
Albert Baur went 3-for-5 for the Blue Anchors, scoring twice, while Andrew Sohn was 2-for-5.
The Blue Anchors weren't able to break through against the Rox on Thdursay either, falling 6-1 after scoring the first run of the game.
Mulato score Alexandria's only run in the fourth on a single by former Cardinal Dalton Leuschke, giving his team an early lead, but the Rox pecked away, scoring twice in the fifth and two more in the sixth, capping the night with two in the ninth.
Tyler Beck was tagged with the loss as he pitched the first five frames for Alexandria.
A home run in the ninth inning by Chase Simpson handed the MoonDogs a tight 4-3 win over Alexandria Friday night, dropping the team to 1-8.
Zac Custer took the pitching loss as he worked only one inning - the ninth - giving up that home run.
Tim Cusick hit his first home run of the season for the Blue Anchors, finishing the day 2-for-3.
The streak was broken Saturday night as the Blue Anchors grounded the MoonDogs of Mankato 5-3 to give Alexandria just its second win of the season.
Mankato allowed the Blue Anchors a 4-1 lead, too much to overcome, despite having five players on the roster that were taken in the 2013 MLB draft that concluded Saturday.
Jamie Ritchie gave Alexandria its first lead in the third with a solo home run, his first of the year, followed by Kris Goodman's run off a single by Baur.
Mulato added to Alexandria's 2-1 lead in the fourth as he scored on a single by Cusick, who later scored on a sacrifice fly by Sohn.
Austin Listi pounded a 1-2 pitch, putting it over the fence to give Alexandria a 5-1 lead in the seventh.
Mankato added runs in the eighth and ninth frames, but the Blue Anchors held on for the win.
Chase Rihtarchick earned the win, while Tyler Beck claimed the save.
Sunday's game between the Alexandria Blue Anchors and the Willmar Stingers was postponed due to weather and poor field conditions. The game will be made up June 18 as a doubleheader, starting at 6:05 p.m. The Blue Anchors baseball giveaway will be postponed to June 22.
ALEXANDRIA 010 002 011 5-12-3
ST. CLOUD 004 002 01X 7-10-2
ALEXANDRIA PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - C. Mingo (L) 6-8-6-3-1-4; Z. Custer 1-0-0-0-1-1; R. Mestnik 1-2-1-1-1-0.
ALEXANDRIA HITTING - A. Sohn 2-5; K. Goodman 2-5; A. Gretz 1bb; A. Baur 3-, 2 runs; J. Bergren 3-4, 2 runs, 2b; J. Ritchie 1 rbi; A. Mulato 2-4, 2b, 2 rbi; D. Leuschke 1 run, 1 bb.
ST. CLOUD 000 022 002 6-6-0
ALEXANDRIA 000 100 000 1-6-5
ALEXANDRIA PITCHING - Tyler Beck (L) 5-3-2-1-0-3; R. Slaney 0.1-0-2-2-2-0; T. Walker 1.2-2-0-0-0-2; T. Simpson 1-1-0-0-0-2; S. Sanderson 1-0-2-1-0-0.
ALEXANDRIA HITTING - A. Sohn 1-5, A. Gretz 1-4; A. Baur 1-4; A. Listi 1-4; A. Mulato 1-2, 1 run, 2bb; D. Leuschke 1-3, 1 rbi, 1 bb.
MANKATO 000 200 011 4-7-1
ALEXANDRIA 000 030 000 3-4-0
ALEXANDRIA PITCHING - C. Wendinger 7-4-2-2-4-9; T. Walker 0-1-1-1-1-0; T. Simpson 1-0-0-0-2-2; Zach Custer (L) 1-2-1-1-0-1.
ALEXANDRIA HITTING - A. Sohn 1-4, 1 run; K. Goodman 1 run; A. Gretz 2 bb; A. Baur 1 bb; A. Mulato 1 bb; A. Overbeck 1 run, 2 bb; T. Cusick 2-3, 1 run, 2 rbi, 1 bb, home run.
MANKATO 000 100 011 3-7-1
ALEXANDRIA 002 200 10X 5-11-2
ALEXANDRIA PITCHING - C. Rihtarchik (W) 7-4-1-1-2-5; S. Sanderson 0-2-1-1-2-0; T. Beck (S) 2-1-1-1-0-1.
ALEXANDRIA HITTING - A. Sohn 1 rbi; K. Goodman 1-4, 1 run, 1 bb; A. Baur 2-4; A. Listi 2-4, 1 run, 1 rbi, hr; A. Mulato 2-3, 1 run, 1 bb; A. Overbeck 1 bb; T. Cusick 2-4, 1 run, 1 rbi; J. Ritchie 2-4, 1 run, 1 rbi, hr, 2b.