May 23: 9-5 Win over Medford
As the underdogs, the Tigers came out firing against Medford last Thursday, May 23. Jamie O’Brien got things going with a single and advanced to second off a passed ball. Luke Luskey hit a sacrifice fly, advancing O’Brien to third. Garrett Boblitt finally mounted an RBI single, bringing O’Brien home and the score to 1-0 for Belle Plaine. Medford had no answer for the single run in the first inning.
Opening up the second and most eventful inning for Belle Plaine, Derek Hoffman led off with a single. Colton Kerkow walked and O’Brien made it on base to load up the bases. Medford then hit Dylan Kahle with a pitch and brought him to first base and Hoffman home.
Luskey then hit a two RBI single, then Luskey and Kahle pulled off a double steal for another run, before Cade Morrison drove in the Tigers’ fifth run of the inning to close things out. Medford still had no answer by the end of the second.
In the third, the Tigers mounted two more unanswered runs after Colton Kerkow singled before O’Brien hit an RBI single and Kahle smashed an RBI triple.
From the mound, Hoffman kept the first three innings clean but hit some trouble in the fourth inning when Medford mounted their attempted comeback with four runs. Mikkel Schmidt took over to mitigate the rally; Luskey took over for the final nine outs and the save.
At 8-4, following a scoreless fifth inning, the Tigers tacked on an insurance run to help lock things down.
Medford fired back with a single run in the seventh, but the effort proved to be too little too late, as the Tigers claimed their 9-5 victory.
Eight Tigers took home hits, with Kahle leading the charge with two RBIs, a double and a triple.
“We played solid defense and our pitchers attacked the zone. I was very impressed with our hitters as they took great at bats all game,” Belle Plaine Head Coach Pat Schultz said. “They put the ball in play and put pressure on the Medford defense. Hopefully, we build off the good things we did and continue to improve as we advance in the playoffs.”
The Tigers are slated to play Le Sueur-Henderson Tuesday, May 28. The results of that matchup, which will determine the Tigers’ following Subsection 2AA playoff game, were not available in time for publication.
BPHS Boys’ Baseball Schedule / Results
W Mon., Apr. 8: Sibley East 2, BP 4
L Tue., Apr. 9: St. Peter 7, BP 3
W Mon., Apr. 15: Tri-City United 8, BP 9
L Tue., Apr. 16: Cannon Falls 14, BP 4
W Thur., Apr. 18: NYA 3, BP 8
W Tue., Apr. 23: Maple River 5, BP 12
W Thur., Apr. 25: Sibley East 8, BP 11
L (Rescheduled) Fri., Apr. 26: Jordan 13, BP 3
L Mon., Apr. 29: LeSueur-Henderson 6, BP 2
L + W Thur., May 2: Southwest Christian 9, BP 2; SWC 2, BP 3
L Mon., May 6: Tri-City United 13, BP 8
L Tue., May 7: LSH 13, BP 0
L Thur., May 9: Norwood-Young America 11, BP 0
L Mon., May 13: TCU 13, BP 8
W + W Mon., May 16: BP 14, Mayer Lutheran 0 + BP 11, ML 8
MRC Baseball Standings
Jordan 12 2
Le Sueur-Henderson 11 3
Southwest Christian 9 5
Tri-City United 8 6
Belle Plaine 7 7
NYA Central 7 7
Sibley East 2 12
Mayer Lutheran 0 14