Jays split last two; season wraps next week

By Justin Braun

With the season’s end in sight, the Jays split a pair of games this week, the first in very dramatic walk-off fashion.

Burnsville Bobcats – 16, Prior Lake Jays – 17

Thanks to a walk-off double to end of the game and escape the Burnsville Bobcats. The Jays trailed 16-15 in the bottom of the ninth inning when Jonah Hoeg doubled on a 1-2 count, scoring two runs.

Prior Lake built a four-run lead in the fourth inning and then held off the Bobcats’ charge. The Bobcats scored 11 runs en route to their failed comeback.

The Jays scored six runs in the second inning. The offensive onslaught came from singles by Sam Emmerich, Sam Shopbell, and Mitchell Goodwin and an error on a ball put in play by Hoeg.

The Bobcats would score five runs in the seventh inning.

Jake Larson was the winning pitcher for Prior Lake. He allowed two hits and one run over three innings, striking out three and walking one. Jett Heinen threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen. Ben Eisenberg started the game for the Jays surrendering seven runs on five hits over five innings, and striking out five.

In the onslaught, the Jays racked up 16 hits. Jeff Butler, Emmerich, Cooper Smith, Gordon, and Hoeg each racked up multiple hits for the team. Austin Gordon homered in the eighth, while Butler went 4-for-6 at the plate to lead the Jays in hits.

Victoria Vics – 11, Prior Lake Jays – 8

The Jays fell behind early and couldn’t come back in an 11-8 loss to the Victoria Vics on Tuesday.

Victoria Vics scored on a groundout by Matt Dolan in the first inning, a double by Jon Leighton in the first inning, and a double by Carter Schmidt in the second inning.

Despite the loss, Prior Lake did collect nine hits in the high-scoring affair.

The Jays tallied five runs in the seventh inning. Their big bats were led by Mitchell Goodwin, Jonesy Buescher, Corey Goodwin, and Rob Frederick, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.

Ben Koopman took the loss for the Jays. He lasted two innings, allowing five hits and five runs.

Prior Lake racked up nine hits on the day. Cooper Smith homered in the ninth inning. Frederick, Smith, and Buescher each racked up multiple hits for the Jays. Buescher, Smith, and Frederick each managed two hits to lead the team.

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