Card baseball: CLC champs hand Alexandria 6-1 lossThree runs in the sixth by the Storm were just too much
The Alexandria baseball team ran into the defending Central Lakes Conference champions in the season opener last Thursday and came home with a 6-1 loss.
AJ Anderson got the start and lasted five-plus innings. He struggled with his control, walking six. He also allowed six hits but battled through some jams by striking out seven. Beau Backhaus came in for him in the bottom of the sixth with the bases loaded and limited the damage by striking out two to get out of the inning.
The Storm had already built a lead they would not relinquish by that point. Sauk Rapids opened up a 1-1 game after three innings by scoring five runs over the final three frames.
Alexandria was able to tie the game up in the top of the third when Jordan Smith drove in Erich Murphy with an RBI-single. It was one of just four hits Alexandria had on the night. Nick Knoblach, Logan Serum and Murphy all had singles, as well.
“The season opening game provided an opportunity for several juniors and seniors to see their first varsity action and gain valuable experience that will pay off as the season moves along,” head coach Russ Hinrichs said. “The evening also is a reminder that it is a long season and the goal is to improve each time out as we want to play our best baseball at the end of the season.”
ALEXANDRIA 001 000 0 – 1 4 2
SAUK RAPIDS 010 113 X – 6 7 1
ALEXANDRIA PITCHING – Anderson – L, 5IP, 6H, 4ER, 6BB, 7SO; Backhaus – 1IP
ALEXANDRIA HITTING – Smith – 1B, RBI; Murphy – 1B, 1 run; Serum – 1B; Knoblach – 1B