The Eden Prairie Eagles got an outstanding outing from pitcher Corey Binger as he threw a two hitter to shut out the host Minnetonka Skippers 6-0 Wednesday night at Veteran's Field.
The Eagles batted around the top of the first inning, scoring five runs. Ryan Zimmerman led off the game with a double and scored when Binger reached first base on an error by Skipper third baseman Brendan Dye. Jack Sullivan singled and Jeff Athey hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Binger. Then Minnetonka starting pitcher Brian Wold got hit hard, giving up a triple to Josh Waasenaar and a two run homer from Aaron Kerber.
Eden Prairie ended Wold's night with another run in the top of the second on Binger's RBI single that scored Zimmerman. Jack Norton came out of the Minnetonka bullpen and got Jack Claeys to hit into a double play.
They wouldn't be any more runs for the Eagles the remainder of the game but they almost came close to sending the fans home in the top of the fifth inning due to the 10 run rule. Kerber and Mark Gasner led off with singles and Zimmerman's walk loaded the bases. But Claeys hit into a force play at third base and Eden Prairie came up empty.
As for Minnetonka, who scored 11 runs on May 5 against the Edina Hornets, they only managed to get only two men on base the entire game. Brendan Broviak singled in the bottom of the second but Claeys, the Eagles catcher, threw to first to pick off Broviak. The Skippers had a chance to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth when dye hit a one out triple. But he remained at third base due to a pair of strikeouts from Binger, who finished the game with eight and retired the last 11 batters without allowing a base runner.
Eden Prairie won their fifth straight game and improved their record to 8-3. They will host a doubleheader against the Wayzata Trojans on Friday, May 9 at 4:30 PM at Round Lake Stadium. Minnetonka ended their seven game winning streak and fell to 10-3. They return to action on Thursday, May 8, hosting the Centennial Cougars in a 6:30 game at Veteran's Field.