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College Baseball: Raiders earn first win of season

MINNEAPOLIS — Sophomore Josh Edwards hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning to bring home Johnny Egan and give the Central Lakes College Raiders their first win in two years with a 5-4 victory over Rainy River Sunday at the Metrodome.

The victory snapped a 47-game losing streak.

Dustin Motschenbacher reached base when he was hit by a pitch. Egan ran for him and promptly stole second. Egan reached third on a passed ball before Edwards drove him home.

Taz Seibert hit an RBI double in the first.

“It was a good win for our sophomores,” said Raiders head coach Pat Held. “It was a really good deal for our sophomores, who didn’t win a game all of last year.”

Seibert and Derek Pihlaja held Rainy River to six hits and four runs. Pihlaja earned the win.

The Raiders lost Game Two 7-1. Seibert hit a triple and scored on Pete Lucken’s sacrifice fly.

Rainy River 4 6 1

Central Lakes 5 6 2

WP: Derek Pihlaja. 2B: CLC-Taz Seibert.

Rainy River 7 11 0

Central Lakes 1 3 3

LP: Trevor Woodruff. 3B: CLC-Taz Seibert. Overall: CLC 1-17. Next: CLC hosts Hibbing 2 p.m. April 3 (2).

Raiders drop two to Itasca

GRAND RAPIDS — Central Lakes’ Jared Hoemberg hit a solo home run in a 4-3 Game One loss and was 2-5 with RBI in a 15-8 Game Two loss to Itasca Tuesday.

The Raiders’ Trey Thompson pitched all seven innings. He stuck out three, walked one and scattered nine hits.

“It was a well played game and we were tied going into the bottom of the sixth,” said Raiders head coach Pat Held. “Trey pitched well, we just had a couple of critical miscues in the field in both games.”

Pete Lucken was 2-4 with two RBIs in the nightcap. Derek Pihlaja was 2-3 with three RBIs and Joe Gaida was 2-2 and reached base in all four plate appearances.

Itasca 4 9 1

Central Lakes 3 7 1

WP: Hillman. LP: Trey Thompson. HR: CLC-Jared Hoemberg.

Itasca 15 13 2

Central Lakes 8 10 3

WP: Krie. LP: Dustin Motschenbacher. Overall: 1-19. Next: CLC hosts Hibbing 2 p.m. April 3 (2).

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