The 2012 season opener went just about as good as possible for the defending state runners-up. Forest Lake crushed Woodbury 11-1 on Monday. The visitors scored in all but one inning, cracking 13 hits.
“This was a good start for us,” said coach Angie Ryan. “We brought our bats with us on this cold, windy day. I was excited about the way we hit the ball and we really look tough one through nine.”
Senior Shannon Nelson, who made the all-state team last spring, led off the game with a walk, stole second base and scored on a double by junior Dana Mogren. Junior Jenn Zidar then doubled home Mogren.
The Rangers added three more in the third inning, all with two outs. Senior Andrea Mogren singled and stole second. After junior KP Palo walked, ninth-grader Emily Lindstrom doubled and drove in Mogren. Sophomore Mikayla Watters followed with another double to make it 5-0.
Wild pitches helped the Rangers score a run in the fourth inning and two in the fifth. In the sixth, four walks and a single by Dana Mogren made it 10-0.
Woodbury’s lone run came after an error, walk and single in the sixth. Forest Lake closed the scoring in the top of the seventh when Andrea Mogren singled, stole second and went on to score on a wild pitch.
Ranger pitcher Micah McGuiness held the Royals to two hits and allowed three walks.
Dana Mogren finished 4-5 with three RBI and three runs scored. Andrea Mogren went 2-3 and scored three times. Zidar and Watters each had two hits and two RBI.
Forest Lake held its home opener against East Ridge this Wednesday. The Rangers play at Cretin-Derham Hall tonight, April 12, and at Hastings on Saturday. They host Mounds View next Monday and travel to Park next Wednesday.