The Forest Lake baseball team trailed most of the night until it mattered most in Wednesday’s showdown with No. 6 Cretin-Derham Hall. The visitors from St. Paul got on the board with two runs in the first inning and made it 3-0 in the second. The Rangers responded with one run in the second on an RBI single by Bryce Kinder, then took the lead with three runs in the third. Alek Zentzis and and Matt Jellum drove in the runs with two-out singles. Cretin came right back with two runs in the fourth, then scored one in the fifth and the sixth to go up 7-4.
CJ Franklin roped a double to make it 7-5 in the sixth inning, but his team looked to be in trouble with two outs and a runner on first in the bottom of the seventh. Jellum then hit a hard grounder and reached base on a fielding error to keep the game alive. Kinder followed with a towering fly to right field. While still running toward the wall, the Cretin fielder had the ball in his outstretched glove but could not hold on, allowing the tying runs to score and Kinder to reach third base.
Lead-off hitter Jack Schmidt followed with a hard shot to third base that Cretin could not make a play on. The infield single won the game 8-7 and gave Forest Lake a season sweep of the Raiders. The Rangers improved to 11-7 overall and 10-7 in the Suburban East Conference, while Cretin drops to 13-5 overall, 13-4 in the SEC.