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Mudcats De-Rail Express.

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The PL Mudcats early quick start to the top of the DRS League & Region standings was stymied with 2 straight losses to St Patrick 6-1 on June 1 and to New Prague 8-2 on Sunday June 5 but they dialed in hosting powerful Elko of Section 1B and a familiar name atop the DRS League standings.

On a perfect night for baseball at PL’s beautiful Veterans Field the host Mudcats would take an early 1-0 lead on a solo homerun to left by ‘Cats shortstop Johnny Houston. The Mudcats extended the lead plating 2 in the 3rd on a clutch 2 out double by leftfielder Tony Loehr to make the score 3-0. 2nd year ‘Cats pitcher Isaac Saad stymied the Express pitching 8 innings in just over 100 pitches yielding 2 runs on 5 hits, 3 strikeouts and 2 walks with an error free effort by the PL defense. With a 5-0 lead after 4, the Mudcats answered Elkos 1st run with a Cole Bjorge no doubter solo shot that cleared the hoop court sailing an estimated 360 feet to rightcenter for a 6-1 lead after 5 innings. The Express posted a run in the 8th to complete the scoring. Justin Hackett closed the door on the hill in the 9th for the Mudcats relieving Saad and facing 5 in a scoreless 9th. The top 5 hitters in the Mudcats lineup provided the “O” in the 12 hit attack knocking 10 hits with Ben Morrison 2-4/run, Houston 2-3/BB/HR, Bjorge 2-4/HR, Loehr 2-4/2B/2RBI and Kyle Schmidt 2-4 producing the offense.

The win advances the Mudcats in the DRS standings holding a critical top 4 slot (currently 3rd) which provides a 1st round playoff bye in Region playoffs at the end of the regular season.

BOX SCORE PL 6-2 Elko

DRS STANDINGS (6/9/16)

Dakota-Rice-Scott League Standings

TeamWLPCTGB
Montgomery Mallards401.000-
Elko Express301.0000.5
New Market Muskies101.0001.5
Union Hill Bulldogs101.0001.5
Prior Lake Mudcats22.5002
St. Benedict Saints11.5002
St. Patrick Irish11.5002
Faribault Lakers00.0002
Lonsdale Aces01.0002.5
New Prague Orioles01.0002.5
Webster Sox13.2503
Veseli Warriors02.0003
Shakopee Coyotes03.0003.5

River Valley League East Standings

TeamWLPCTGB
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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