Brewers hold tight to lead

The Forest Lake Brewers maintained its winning ways last week with a 4-0 record.

The Brewers beat Elk River last Tuesday, 6-4, in a scheduled seven-inning game that went into extra innings. Forest Lake was tied with the Pioneers at three apiece heading into the eighth inning, when the Brewers rallied for three hits. Matt Zidar recorded the win on the mound after three innings, while Jack Schmidt got the save, including one strikeout in the closing inning. Dylan Dresel led the offense, going 3-5 with three RBIs, followed by Schmidt, who went 3-4 with two runs scored. Ty Cremisino went 2-3 with two RBIs.

Brewers pitcher Ryan Anderson releases the ball while on the mound in a home game earlier this season. Forest Lake sits at 16-1 in the Metro Minny League.
Brewers pitcher Ryan Anderson releases the ball while on the mound in a home game earlier this season. Forest Lake sits at 16-1 in the Metro Minny League.

Forest Lake hosted the Coon Rapids Redbirds last Wednesday and added to their win column with an 8-1 victory.

Mike Swenson pitched a complete nine-inning game with four strikeouts while giving up seven hits in 35 batters. The victory was his sixth of the season. Adam Gemuenden led from the plate while going 3-4 with two runs scored and a walk. Dresel, Cremisino and Noah Brown all recorded two hits on the day.

The Brewers put on an offensive show at their home game last Thursday when playing St. Francis. Forest Lake posted two runs in both the second and third innings before rallying for six runs in the fourth to win 10-1.

Ryan Anderson started and gave up just three hits in six innings for the win, while striking out seven batters. Six batters had multiple hits for the Brewers, including Trip Schultz, who tallied three RBIs, one home run and was hit by a pitch.

The Brewers hit the road on Friday to battle with Champlin.

Both teams posted one run in the first inning, then two in the second to remain tied at three apiece until the bottom of the fifth inning when the LoGators took a one-run lead.

The home squad extended its lead, 5-3, in the bottom of the seventh inning before Forest Lake rallied in the top of the eighth inning by scoring three runs to take a 6-5 lead. The Brewers sealed the win with one run in the top of the ninth inning.

Bub Lovas pitched a nine-inning complete game for the win with four strikeouts and no walks. On offense, Zidar led the way, going 3-4 with two RBIs, a double and one run scored, while Brent Kolbow and Jeff Brooks earned two hits apiece.

Forest Lake hosted Blaine on Tuesday night and traveled to St. Francis on Wednesday. The Brewers are 22-5 overall and 16-1 in the Metro Minny League. They travel to St. Michael on Friday, Aug. 1, for a 7:30 p.m. matchup, then close their regular season with a road game at Anoka at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2.

Blaine trails Forest Lake by one game in league standings. Team manager Adam Gallatin said he is excited about the squad’s chances at winning the regular-season title.

“We’ve never done it before, so it’s pretty exciting,” Gallatin said. “We already clinched the No. 1 seed in section playoffs, so we just want to stay healthy, win the league and get on a little bit of a roll here.