Weather canceled the Tigers’ lone scheduled game with Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop last week, so head coach Pat Schultz’s squad had plenty of time for some live practice and an opportunity to watch itself climb back atop the Minnesota River Conference.

Southwest Christian’s sweep of Sibley East left the Tigers alone at the top with a 4-1 record, 6-1 overall, ahead of Sibley East (7-2) and Southwest Christian (4-2).

The Tigers swept Southwest Christian a couple weeks ago and fell to Sibley East, whom they will play again on Monday, May 10.

Belle Plaine welcomed Maple River on Tuesday, May 4 (result unavailable at press time), and will travel to Montgomery on Thursday, May 6, to play TCU, then venture to Prior Lake on Saturday, May 8,  for a 4:30 p.m. tilt with the Lakers.

Belle Plaine 8, Mayer Lutheran 3

Jack Kruger’s 3-of-4 included a triple and three RBI, and Lucas O’Brien delivered six efficient innings on the mound as the Tigers returned to action with an 8-3 victory over Mayer Lutheran on Monday, May 3, in Belle Plaine.

Derek Hoffman started for the Tigers and went one inning as a planned “bullpen” session, before handing to O’Brien.

O’Brien allowed three earned runs on seven hits while fanning six.

“I was very impressed with O’Brien’s outing on the mound,” said Schultz. “He mixed pitches, attacked the zone, and was efficient.”

Belle Plaine struck in the first when the the first of Kruger’s hits plated Luke Luskey. Luskey’s RBI single highlighted a three-run third.

Mayer Lutheran crawled to 4-2 with a pair in the top of the fifth. Ted Hohn answered for the Tigers with a two-run single in the bottom half. Kruger’s two-run triple in the sixth provided more insurance.

“Another nice win for the guys,” said Schultz. “We did a nice job putting the ball in play and making things happen.”

BPHS Boys Baseball Team Schedule and Results

W,W - April 10: BP 15, Minnehaha Academy 0 / BP 7, Hinckley 0

W - April 12: BP 15, Mayer Lutheran 1

W - April 15: BP 16, TCU 2

April 19: 5 p.m. vs. SE - Postponed

W,W - April 22: BP 8, SWC 4 / BP 12, SW 2

L - April 23: SE 4, BP 0

April 27: 5 p.m. vs. GFW @ Fairfax - Canceled

W - May 3: BP 8, ML 3

May 4: 5 p.m. vs. Maple River

May 6: 5 p.m. vs. TCU @ Montgomery Memorial Park Baseball Field

May 8: 4:30 p.m. vs. Prior Lake @ Memorial Park - Prior Lake

May 10 : 5 p.m. vs. SE @ Walsh Field/Jaycee Park in Gaylord

May 13: 4 p.m. vs. LS-H

May 17: 4:30 p.m. @ St. Peter

May 18: 5 p.m. vs. Fairmont

May 21: 4 p.m. @ NYA

Boys Baseball 2021 Standings

(Conference, Overall)

Belle Plaine...................5-1, 7-1

Sibley East....................7-2, 9-3

SW Christian................4-2, 7-2

NYA..............................1-2, 3-3

Mayer Lutheran............1-5, 1-6

LS-H.............................0-1, 1-1

TCU..............................0-5, 1-7

Recent Scores

SW Christian 4-10,

Sibley East      3-9

NYA 8, Dassel Cokato 2

Mayer Lutheran 6, TCU 3

Waseca 7, Sibley East 6 (8 inn)

LS-H 8, Cannon Falls 7

Pine Island 13, TCU 11

Sibley East10, TCU 0

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