St. Croix Prep continued its strong play with a convincing victory over Spectrum (Star Tribune, Ranked #8, Class 2A )on Tuesday at Barker’s Alps. The 12-2 victory brought the Lions to 5-5 overall and tied them with the Spectrum for third place in the MCAA at 3-2.
The Sting took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second inning, but Prep tied the game as a Kosei Kiyomoto sacrifice bunt scored Teige Lethert from second base. Prep pulled ahead 3-2 in the fourth and then put up eight runs in the bottom of the fifth to put the game out of reach, and a solo run in the bottom of the sixth ended it.
Senior Nolan Grubisch was again solid on the mound, going six innings, surrendering just two earned runs on seven hits and two walks. Grubisch also struck out four.
Offensively, sophomores did much of the damage. Daniel Peterson went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs, Teige Lethert was 2-for-3 with a walk and 2 RBIs, Ryan Parratt was 2-for-3, and Sam Johnson reached base three times (1-for-3, 2BB). In addition to his strong effort on the mound, Grubisch went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in three.
After opening the season 0-4 in cold, wind, and rain, the Lions have gone 5-1 in their last six and look to continue their solid play in the second half of the spring.
Th Lions will next battle St. Paul Como Park on Thursday May 2.