The Prep varsity baseball team secured its tenth win of the season and eighth in its last ten games with a non-conference victory over St. Paul Washington on Monday at Barkers Alps. The Eagles, fresh off an 8-3 win over Minneapolis Roosevelt, struck early with two runs in the top of the first. The Lions evened the game in the bottom of the first with a Carter Rogness single, a triple by Teige Lethert and an RBI ground ball by Sam Johnson.
From there, Lions starter Barrett Benson settled in and held Washington scoreless for four innings, striking out seven. Rogness then pitched two more scoreless frames. Prep went on to add five runs in the third inning, one in the fourth, and two more in the sixth for a 10-2 final.
The Lions offense was led by Rogness’ 3 hits and Lethert’s two triples. Kosei Kiyomoto and Lethert each drove in two runs in a game that saw strong plate appearances throughout the Lions lineup. Senior shortstop Nolan Grubisch sparkled in the field on senior day with two outstanding diving stops and Benson, Severin Hegstad and Tony Pribnow combined for a 1-3-5 double play.
In addition to Captain Grubisch, Prep also honroed senior transfer Tyler Orlando who was forced to spend his senior season playing with the JV due to high school league transfer rules.
With the victory, Prep improved its record to 10-6. Elsewhere in the MCAA, Heritage Christian defeated New Life Academy 6-2. With the Heritage win, Prep can gain a tie for the MCAA conference championship with wins in its two final conference games. The Lions host Heritage on Tuesday (May 14) and West Lutheran on Saturday (May 18). Prep also plays a road game at Columbia Heights, the #7 ranked metro team in Class AA on Thursday (May 16).