Ponies end FL’s hot streak

Rangers had rattled off six straight wins

The Forest Lake baseball team’s six-game winning streak came to a halt in Stillwater Monday night. In a showdown of 2011 co-Suburban East Conference champions, the host Ponies prevailed 8-6.

Stillwater jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but the Rangers immediately responded with four in the top of the second. Forest Lake took a 6-5 lead in the fourth before the Ponies grabbed the lead for good that same inning.

Trent Rabel took the loss. Christian Abilla earned the win and also went 3-3 with two RBI.

Forest Lake was coming off a three-win week which started with a 6-4, 12-inning win in White Bear Lake last Tuesday. The wild affair saw the Rangers walk 10 times, steal eight bases and leave 13 runners in scoring position. In the end, Dylan Dresel led off the 12th inning with a walk, stole second and third and came home on a sacrifice fly by CJ Franklin. Franklin was 4-5 with three steals, while Dresel, Beau Fandel, Noah Brown and Alek Zentzis all had multi-hit games. Jack Schmidt pitched four scoreless innings of relief to earn the win.

Devyn England takes a cut in the win over East Ridge. (Photo by Clint Riese)

A three-run first inning propelled the Rangers to a 4-1 win over East Ridge here last Wednesday. An RBI single by Zentzis and sloppy Raptor defense fueled the big inning. Kyle Parker picked up the win in relief and also killed an East Ridge rally with an outfield assist in the first inning. Luke Kohls pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief and had an RBI single in the sixth. Bryce Kinder went 2-3 with a run scored and a stolen base.

Forest Lake improved to 6-1 with a 6-5, eight inning win in Mounds View on Friday. The Rangers committed six errors but were helped by three Mustang errors. They came back from a 4-0 deficit. Noah Brown drove in two with a single in the third inning. Tied 5-5, Franklin and Dresel were hit by pitches to start the eighth and Franklin went on to score the winning run. Fandel started and was scored on five times, but only one was earned. Matt Hultgren earned the win with another stellar outing, allowing two hits and no runs or walks over four innings.

The Rangers return to action at Cretin-Derham Hall this Wednesday. They play at Roseville on Friday, host Park next Monday and go to Woodbury next Wednesday.