The Big Lake Baseball team split a doubleheader with Chisago Lakes last Thursday.
The Hornets couldn’t put anything together on offense in the opener and lost, 1-0 to the Wildcats.
Big Lake had just five baserunners in the game and didn’t get the clutch hit they needed to put runs on the board.
Isaiah Terlinden pitched a great game for Big Lake. He went the distance, allowing just one earned run on five hits and two walks. The Wildcats’ only run came in the second when their catcher singled in a run.
Jaxyn Tschritter had a double for Big Lake’s only extra-base hit. Keenan Hjermstad and Carson Gellerman had the other two hits for the Hornets.
The second game was a back-and-forth battle with four lead changes in a 7-5 Big Lake win.
Hjermstad was the pitcher for the Hornets, and the team’s defense made the game closer than it should have bee.
Big Lake committed six errors in the game, and all of the Wildcats’ runs were unearned.
After Chisago Lakes scored two in the first, Big Lake got one back in the home first. They went ahead, 3-2 with two more in the second before the Wildcats got two in the third to take the lead.
The Hornets responded with another two in the home third, then added their final two runs in the fifth for a 7-4 lead
The Wildcats got their final run in the top of the sixth.
Big Lake had 11 hits in the game. Nolan Reiter had two hits and an RBI. Gellerman had two hits and scored a run. Tschritter had two hits, two RBIs and scored twice. Trent Josewski had two hits, two RBIs and scored a run. J. LaRoche singled, walked, drove in a run and scored one.
Hjermstad went the distance. He allowed five runs (none earned) on seven hits. He walked none, hit one batter and struck out six.
Last Tuesday, Monticello scored nine unearned runs and beat Big Lake 13-3.
Owen Wilczek started for Big Lake and went 2.2 innings before being relieved by Jeffery Wanhala.
The Magic opened the scoring with a run in the first, then exploded for 11 runs in the third, chasing Wilczek. An error kept that inning alive and the Magic took advantage of that extra out to keep plating baserunners.
The Hornets got on the board with two in the fourth and another in the fifth to keep the gap at nine runs.
But Monticello got its final run in the home sixth to end the game on the 10-run rule.
Wilczek took the loss. He allowed 12 runs (three earned) on 10 hits and three walks. He struck out five. Wanhala gave up an earned run on three hits and four walks in 2.1 innings. He struck out five.
On offense, Terlinden, Tschritter and Connor Stukenholtz each singled and drove in a run.
The Hornets are 8-6 on the season. They had games against St. Francis, Willmar and Princeton this past week, results next week.
The section tournament begins Tuesday at the home field of the higher-seeded team.