After a victory over the Eagles of St. Paul Washington on Monday, the Lions varsity baseball team faced the Heritage Christian Eagles on Tuesday in a conference game that had been postponed due to weather. Heritage was also coming off of a win, having defeated New Life Academy (yes, the Eagles) 6-2 on Monday. Coming into the game, the Lions needed wins in their final two conference games to gain a share of their first ever MCAA conference title in baseball.
Heritage (#2, Star Tribune Metro Class A) opened the scoring with three solid hits and two runs in the top of the first. But, in the bottom of the inning, the Lions plated three runs to take a lead that they would not relinquish. Prep added two insurance runs in the third inning and four more in the fifth to complete a 9-2 victory.
Nolan Grubisch, Severin Hegstad and Will North combined to hold the Eagles scoreless for the final six innings while the Lions offense was again solid throughout the lineup. Teige Lethert (2 hits, 2B, 2 RBI) and Carter Rogness (1 H, 2BB) were again productive at the top of the order and Daniel Peterson and Barrett Benson hit back-to-back doubles to key the four run fifth inning rally.
With two regular season games remaining, the 2019 Lions’ eleven victories are the most in program history. Since opening the season 0-4, Prep has gone 11-2 since and after a Thursday road game at Columbia Heights, the Lions will face West Lutheran in their final regular season game at Barkers Alps with a share of the MCAA conference title on the line.