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Holy Angels Stars win in eight innings

On a chilly Thrsday night in Richfield, Joe Sullivan's off of Jake Hokanson's glove in the bottom of the eighth inning enabled Jake Orner to score the winning run to lead the Holy Angels Stars to a 2-1, eight inning win over the Chanhassen Storm at Donaldson Park.

The Storm had opportunities to get on the scoreboard in the first three innings but clutch pitching from Stars starting pitcher Shannon Ahern and a strong defense kept their portion of the scoreboard at zero. In the first inning, Ty Denzer was at second base and Nick Smith was at third. But Ahern retired Jack Mattson on a called third strike and Cole Kirchoff ro ground out to shortstop. Chanhassen would also strand a couple of runners in the second inning after Cullen McNeill was forced out at third. In the top of the fourth, the Storm would take the lead as Mattson singled and reached base on a throwing error by Holy Angels second baseman Jared Anderson that brought home Smith.

Anderson would redeem himself on offense in the bottom of the fifth as he tied the game on an RBI single that scored Dan Strittmatter. It was all the Stars could due since Chanhassen starting pitcher Zach Harris struck out Jake Orner and Nic Benz.

Both teams had chances to clinch the game in the seventh inning. In the Storm's half, Hokanson's two out double went for naught due to Jeffrey Kressler's fly out to Stars left fielder Jared Thorp. Strittmatter led off the Stars half of the seventh with a single but was immediately erased when Thorp hit into a double play and Anderson flied out to center field. On to extra innings.

Hokanson, who would go 3 for 4 on the night hit a two out single in the top of the eighth inning but Kressler's fly out to left field ended a potential lead. Defense would be Chanhassen's downfall in the bottom of the seventh. Orner singled and went to second when Benz reached base on a throwing error by Kressler. John Spanier loaded the bases on an intentional walk and Sullivan stepped into the batter's box. Hh hit the ball to first base and it bounced off Hokanson's glove and that allowed Orner to clinch the walkoff win.

The Stars improved their record to 7-11 and return to action on Monday, May 19 at 4:30 PM against the Benilde-St. Margaret's Red Knights at Donaldson Park. The Storm lost their seventh straight game and fellto 4-12. They willh host the Mankato West Scarlets in a 7 PM game on Friday, May 16.

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