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Blake Rondo allowed one earned run in Big Lake’s 2-1 win over Chicago Lakes Tuesday. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Hornets go 1-3, Rondo rocks

The Big Lake Baseball Team won a game and lost three over the past week.

Tuesday, the Hornets split a doubleheader against Chisago Lakes at Big Lake. In the first game, Blake Rondo started on the mound and pitched well in a 2-1 Hornet victory.

Chisago Lakes got on the board first in the third inning with two outs. Two bloop singles, then a double, plated the Wildcats’ only run of the game.

The Hornets couldn’t get on the scoreboard until the bottom of the sixth when Keenan Hjermstad and Collin Skaug both reached base. One out later, Conner Stukenholtz singled both runners home for a 2-1 lead.

That was enough for reliever Kaden Haselius, who pitched a scoreless seventh to pick up the win in relief.

The Hornets had eight hits in the game. Hjermstad reached base twice with a hit and a walk Isaiah Terlinden did the same.

Rondo allowed one earned run on four hits in 3.2 innings. He walked two and struck out four. Haselius allowed two hits, two walks and struck out a batter in the final 3.1 innings.

Wildcats 8, Hornets 0

The Hornets couldn’t do much in the second game against Wildcats’ pitcher Reed Marquardt, who struck out 15 Big Lake batters en route to an 8-0 shutout.

Chisago Lakes scored four runs in the second inning and never looked back. They added a run in the fourth and three more in the sixth.

Hjermstad led Big Lake’s offense with three hits, including a triple and double. Stukenholtz also doubled. Terlinden reached base twice with a hit and a walk.

Collin Skaug allowed eight hits and four earned runs in four innings. He walked two and struck out six. Terlinden allowed four runs on two hits and three walks in 1.1 innings. Dylan Robeck allowed two hits and no runs in .2 innings.

Vikings 6, Hornets 2

Last Thursday the Hornets fell behind early and never recovered in a 6-2 loss to North Branch.

The Vikings got a run in the home first off Big Lake starter Isaiah Terlinden. They broke the game open with four more in the bottom of the fifth.

The Hornets had no trouble getting runners aboard in the game. But they didn’t score until the sixth when Trent Josewski and Nolan Reiter reached base and scored to cut the gap to 5-2. One of those runs came on an RBI single by Hjermstad, who had three hits in the game.

The Vikings got their final run in the sixth off reliever Collin Skaug. He allowed two hits, two walks and struck out two in one inning.

Terlinden took the loss. He allowed five earned runs on 10 hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Bulldogs 5, Hornets 3

Last Tuesday, the Hornets scored first but lost to Becker, 5-3 at Becker.

Big Lake got on the board with two runs in the top of the third. But the Bulldogs turned that around with a run in the home third and four more in the fourth off Big Lake pitcher  Keenan Hjermstad for a 5-2 lead.

The Hornets got a run back in the sixth, but that was all they could manage.

Haselius had two hits, scored a run and had and two runs batted in. Stukenholtz had a double  and an RBI. Josewski had a single, was hit by a pitch, stole a base and scored a run.

Hjermstad took the loss. He allowed five runs on 11 hits and two walks in 3.2 innings. Skaug pitched the final 2.1 innings, allowing one hit and no runs.

The Hornets are 4-11 on the season. They played North Branch Thursday and Providence Academy Friday, results to follow next week. They visit Willmar Tuesday and host Cambridge-Isanti 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the final regular season game.