Jays come from behind for home opener win against Shark

The Shark were the first to strike putting four runs on the board in the first inning. Newcomer Zach Matthews started on the hill for the Jays, but struggled out of the gate lasting only a third of an inning while allowing four runs and walking five. Jays skipper, Scott Geisler had to go to the bullpen very early in the game bringing on Ben Koopman to try to stop the bleeding. Koopman would pitch three and two-thirds innings giving up three hits on two runs, and striking out five.

The Jays plated runs in the second and third innings off a home run from Mitch Goodwin and a double by Joe Loftus scoring Jeff Butler, but still trailed 6-2 through four innings.

TJ Larson would take over for Koopman on the mound in the fifth inning with a tremendous performance that included allowing only one hit and striking out 12 Shark batters, and allowing no runs to be scored resulting in becoming the game’s winning pitcher.

Consistent bat performance was key to the Jays win. Two runs in the fifth, one in the sixth, and two in the seventh put the Jays on top 7-6 after seven innings, and then added another two runs in the eighth for a score of 9-6.

The Jays churned out 14 hits on the day. Jeff Butler was 3-for-3 and others with multiple hits included Cody Kashmark, Joe Loftus, and Zac Repinski

The Jays take a break before the Highland Park Beavers travel to The Vet in Prior Lake for a non-league exhibition game on Sunday, June 2nd at 6:00 pm.

Dakota-Rice-Scott League Standings

St. Patrick Irish202.909-
Montgomery Mallards157.6825
New Market Muskies92.8185.5
Union Hill Bulldogs139.5917
New Prague Orioles128.6007
Elko Express74.6367.5
Faribault Lakers1110.5248.5
St. Benedict Saints1010.5009
Prior Lake Mudcats1012.45510
Webster Sox913.40911
Lonsdale Aces814.36412
Veseli Warriors418.18216
Shakopee Coyotes120.04818.5

River Valley League East Standings

Burnsville Bobcats00.000-
Chanhassen Red Birds00.000-
Chaska Cubs00.000-
Eagan Bandits00.000-
Excelsior Islanders00.000-
Prior Lake Jays00.000-
Shakopee Indians00.000-
Victoria Vics00.000-

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