Anchors complete sweep of Bucks
Alexandria, Minn. – The Alexandria Blue Anchors swept the Waterloo Bucks Sunday afternoon at Knute Nelson Memorial Park by a score of 3-1. The Anchors are now 16-15 in the second half and 28-38 on the season.
The Blue Anchors got on the board in the second inning against Brian Drapeau. Matt Hopfner reached on an error to lead off the inning and went to second on a walk to Kyle Richardson. A groundout moved both into scoring position and Drew Fearing knocked in both runs with a single to center putting them ahead 2-0.
Alexandria added some insurance in the sixth. Hopfner led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a groundout. Anthony Mrosla walked to put two on. After the second out was recorded, a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position. The Bucks brought in a new pitcher to face Dane Hutcheon but he delivered another wild pitch scoring Hopfner and making the score 3-1.
The Bucks were finally able to figure out the Blue Anchors pitching staff in the seventh. Mitch Larson allowed a one-out base hit to Mikal Hill and he went to second on a passed ball. Tim Millard singled in Hill cutting the lead down to 3-1.
Josh Baumgart got the start for Alexandria and pitched four scoreless innings allowing just five baserunners and he struck out two. Larson (2-3) got the win allowing a run on three hits in 2.2 innings with one strikeout. Ciji Ramos inherited a bases-loaded jam but he got out of that and threw 1.1 scoreless. Tyler Hasper finished the ballgame picking up his second save of the year in 2/3 of an inning with one strikeout.
Minnesota Baseball Academy Player of the Game – Josh Baumgart (SP) – Making a spot start, the reliever Baumgart came up clutch. Though he didn’t collect the victory, he threw four great innings and lowered his ERA down to 4.76.
Notes: The Blue Anchors hit the road for three days and two games in Madison against the Mallards…Tuesday, August 4th will be the Northwoods League Big League Dreams Showcase and the Anchors will have six players participating…The players are pitchers Zach Muckenhirn and Max Knutson and playing the field will be Matt Duce, Ricky Sanchez, Drew Fearing, Steve Sada and Nehwon Norkeh…The game against the Mallards on Monday, starting at 7:05 pm, can be seen live at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/nwl.
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The Alexandria Blue Anchors are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, www.blueanchors.com.