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College Baseball: Wicklund pitches Raiders to 2 wins

Raiders win 2 Key: A relief appearance in Game One and a Game Two start for Hunter Wicklund Division: CLC 4-2, Overall: CLC 14-12 Next: Central Lakes College hosts Northland 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 (2) Key pitching from Hunter Wicklund and time...

Central Lakes College's Alan Pietela dives for home plate to score a run Thursday, April 25, against Itasca at Findorff Athletic Complex in Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Video
Central Lakes College's Alan Pietela dives for home plate to score a run Thursday, April 25, against Itasca at Findorff Athletic Complex in Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Video

Raiders win 2

Key: A relief appearance in Game One and a Game Two start for Hunter Wicklund

Division: CLC 4-2,

Overall: CLC 14-12

Next: Central Lakes College hosts Northland 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 (2)

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Key pitching from Hunter Wicklund and timely hitting from Phillip Zynda and Alex Haapajoki keyed a doubleheader sweep for Central Lakes College as they won 10-7 and 7-6 against Itasca in a non-division matchup Thursday, April 25 in Brainerd.

Wicklund closed out Game One and preserved the one-run win in Game Two. He got the start in Game Two pitching 5 2/3 innings before turning the game over to Preston Rocheleau who earned the win.

Haapajoki came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded and two outs in a 6-6 tie. His hard ground ball to third was misplayed and Jake Kapphahn came across with the winning run.

After losing two lopsided games to St. Cloud Technical College Tuesday, April 23, the Raiders needed a bounce back win.

"The guys responded extremely well and that is the beauty of midwest baseball, when you play bad one day you are probably playing again the next day if not a day later," Raiders head coach Brian Voigt said. "And if Hunter Wicklund wasn't here today we probably don't win either one of those games. He came up huge."

In Game One, Itasca jumped to a 2-0 lead, but the Raiders battled back with a four-run fourth inning by getting three hits and two sacrifice flies.

A Bret Mathews double and a Rocheleau single give the Raiders a 7-5 lead in the fifth inning. Zynda's single in the bottom of the sixth scored Alan Pietila and Fussy to give the Raiders a 10-7 lead.

Wicklund gave up just a walk and picked up the save in the final inning.

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Wicklund got the call for Game Two and the Raiders give him a 6-0 lead after three innings. A hit batter, passed ball and a walk lead to the five-run second inning for the Raiders.

The Vikings scored a run in the fifth inning and five runs in the sixth inning to tie the game 6-6. Two triples propelled Itasca, but a diving catch by Alex Guggisberg stopped the rally.

Rocheleau relieved Wicklund in the top of the sixth and shut the Vikings down.

"I think we knew what we needed to do," Guggisberg said. "We know we are a good team and we know we can hit and pitch. Today, we came out and did that and we played our game.

"Trusting your guys makes the game a lot more fun and it is better for the fans, too. Good hits, good plays and good pitching makes the game a lot of fun."

Rocheleau finished Game Two 2-3 with a double and the Raiders improved their record to 16-12.

"Overall it was a well played game," Voigt said." They have some guys that can hit and it crosses your mind to walk a guy who has a couple of hits. I thought we positioned it right, but it just got over our head, but I thought we responded and stranded the runner and had a chance to come in and hit. If we have the last chance to hit I like our chances."

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Game One

Itasca 7 7 1

Central Lakes 10 11 3

WP:Jake Kapphahn . LP:Thomas Wagner . 2B: CLC -Bret Mathews. 3B: CLC- Kapphahn.

Game Two

Itasca 6 8 2

Central Lakes 7 7 1

WP: Preston Rocheleau. LP:Morgan Kapaun. 2B: CLC-Preston Rocheleau. Overall: CLC-16-12. Next: CLC hosts Northland (2), 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

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