The Orioles tightened the North Suburban race by defeating the Red Knights, who were 6-1 overall and 5-0 in the NSC entering the game. BSM was ranked 13th in the most recent coaches' poll. Park moves to 6-2 (5-2 in NSC) under manager Aaron McEachran.
Senior Zach Lewis started his first game of the season and allowed only two hits over 4 2/3 while fanning five. Lewis had been hampered all spring with shoulder and arm soreness and his return is a great sign. He was an all-conference pitcher as a junior for the O's. Austin Broz contributed three RBIs with two sac flies and a run scoring single in the fifth.
Cole Hoyt produced three knocks from his spot in the order and battled a difficult sun to make several catches in right field. Jacolbi Courington-Meier scored two runs with a hit, sac bunt and walk to continue his hot hitting. Ryan Froom pitched the final 2 1/3, striking out three to earn his first save.
Earlier in the week, the Orioles whitewashed Colombia Heights 11-0 in five innings. Broz struck out eight and didn't issue a walk and allowed only three hits. Broz was magnificent as he only needed 61 pitches to dispatch the Hylanders. Courington-Meier banged his first home run of the season. Froom added two doubles and Parker Stennes clubbed a double among his perfect four-hit performance—the first four-hit game of the season.
The Orioles play Prior Lake at 11 a.m. and Minneapolis Southwest at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in a doubleheader at Prior Lake. The orange and black return home for games on Monday and Friday against North Branch and Cooper. All fans are encouraged to head to Dakota Field, as both games start at 4:15 p.m.