By Matthew Davis
Fridley lost for the first time this season,10-5, against DeLaSalle April 21. The Tigers then lost two more at a weekend tournament April 22 in Paynesville. First, the Tigers fell 4-0 to the host Bulldogs. Andrew Buirge had the lone hit for the Tigers.
Noah Couwehoven drove in three runs for Fridley against Milaca in the second game, but the Tigers fell short late 7-6.Marc Porter went 6.2 innings on the mound for the Tigers and struck out 4-0.
It all clicked the day before against DeLaSalle when Nate Soto’s three hits and Buirge’s two RBI lifted the Tigers offense. Caleb Brandt threw five strikeouts in 3.1 innings for the Tigers.
Baseball: Irondale notches second win
Dylan Irving struck out nine batters as Irondale won for the second time this spring in a 9-2 victory at Spring Lake Park April 20.
Irving pitched six innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He had ample offensive help as Carson Schicker and Jake Spencer drove in two runs apiece. Mason Gallager, Luke Janecek and Dan Swanson also drove in runs.
Girls Golf: Knights shoot second in home invite
Irondale tallied 229 for second place out of three teams at its home match April 20. Spring Lake Park won with 176 while Totino-Grace shot 238.
The Knights host Osseo May 3 and Park Center May 4 at Victory Links.
Girls Lacrosse: Totino-Grace dips to 0-4
Totino-Grace fell to Northwest Suburban Conference girls lacrosse power Coon Rapids 14-5 on Monday for an 0-4 start to the season.
“With a new coach, new terminology and new players, wins weren’t in the cards,” Eagles coach Bill Moir said. “Progress has been made with trouble spots identified and addressed.
Totino-Grace has some offensive firepower so far with Isabel Lewis leading the team in goals with 10.
Moir said Lewis, “Lewis is establishing herself as a valuable contributor to the cause.”
Senior goalie Marie Metz has had ups and downs thus far with 41 saves but 40 goals allowed.
Boys Lacrosse: Irondale off to 3-1 start
Irondale collected wins over Spring Lake Park 9-6 on April 21 and then Osseo-Park Center 12-7 on Monday to improve to 3-1 for the season.
Through April 21, sophomore attacker Ryan Solz had the third-highest goals total in the state at 11. He also sat at fourth statewide for points at 14.
Knights senior goalie Ben Crandall has stepped up of late in the win over Spring Lake Park. He stopped 22 shots in the conference game.
Track and Field: Columbia Heights washed out
Columbia Heights faced a harsh reality of the spring sports season last week.
All of its track meets got rained out. The Hylanders returned to action with a Tri-Metro Conference relay meet at St. Croix Lutheran on Tuesday after press deadlines.
“We have a relatively young team and look forward to a full month of track meets in May to grow and gain experience,” Hylanders coach Stephanie Alvarez said.
Columbia Heights will compete next at the Don Fineran Panther Invitational in Spring Lake Park Friday.