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Big inning helps Holy Angels Stars beat Northfield Raiders

The Holy Angels Stars bats came to life like Frosty the Snowman Tuesday as they scored five runs in the third inning to beat the Northfield Raiders 9-4 at Donaldson Park in Richfield.

The Raiders got on the board in the first inning on Caleb Malek's RBI single that scored Tommy McDonald. The stars vaulted into the lead in the bottom of the inning with two runs. The first came on a wild pitch from Malek, scoring Dan Schaefer and the second came on a ground out to second base by Jack Piram and John Spanier came home.

McDonald scored Northfield's second run in the top of the third as Malek, who reached base four times in the game, hit an RBI single. Then came the clincher in the bottom of the third as Holy Angels batted around and scored five runs. The big hit was a one out, bases loaded triple from Dan Strittmater and he would cross the plate on an RBI single from pitcher Shannon Ahern.

But the Stars were not done adding runs to their portion of the scoreboard. Nic Benz scored in the bottom of the fourth on John Spanier's single and Schaefer reached base for the third time in the bottom of the sixth when he drove home Jared Anderson.

The Raiders would score two runs in the top of the seventh as Caleb Reiter relieved Ahern on the mound for the Stars. Mitchell Bornhauer would hit an RBI single to score Thomas Melland and Malek would score due to a throwing error by Strittmatter. It was all Northfield could do in the scoring department as Reiter would close out the game by striking out chirs antoine and catching a pop up from Sam Stuckmeyer.

Ahern was the winning pitcher, giving up two runs and striking out four Raiders in six innings.

Holy Angels improved their record to 2-3 and begins a three game road trip on Wednesday, April 23 with a 4:30 game at Chanhassen. Northfield fell to 5-2, snapping a four game winning streak and they will also play on the 23rd as they travel to New Prague to face the Trojans in a 4:30 game at Memorial Park.

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