It was the home opener for the Holy Angels baseball team on a chilly Monday afternoon in Richfield where Taylor Murphy's RBI sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth inning led the Chaska Hawks to a 2-1 win over the Stars at Donaldson Park.
The Hawks almost broke through in the top of the second inning after Carter Schmidt doubled and Luke Roskam's ground out advanced him to third base. But clutch pitching from the Stars John Spanier resulted in called third strike to Alex Kuhlman and Brandon Thies to keep the game scoreless.
Holy Angels would score first in the bottom of the second when Roskam walked Dan Schaefer with the bases loaded that scored Jack Piram.
Chaska would even the score in the top of the fourth as Schmidt reached base on a throwing error by Jared Anderson that would score Justin Arnold from first base. Anderson would redeem himself when he got a ground ball from Kuhlman, stepped on the bag to force Schmidt and fire to first for a double play.
The Hawks would eventually clinch the game in the top of the fifth starting with singles from Danny Peters and Riley Sweeney and Murphy hit a sacrifice fly to left fielder Jared Thorp that brought Peters home.
The Stars would have an opportunity to tie or win in the bottom of the seventh on a lead off single from Schaefer and a sacrifice bunt by Nic Benz to advance Schaefer to second. But Andrew Yarger, who relieved Roskam retired Andrew Willner and Spanier to pick up the save.
Roskam struck out five batters for Chaska. Schaefer reached base three times for Holy Angels with a walk and two singles. The Stars did not have an extra base hit.
Chaska improved their record to 1-1 and will host the Shakopee Sabres on Tuesday, April 15 at 4:30 at Chaska Athletic Park. Holy Angels fell to 1-1 and will also be in action on the 15th as they travel to New Prague for a 4:30 game against the Trojans.