After sprinting to a 5-0 start, the Jordan Millers stumbled their way through two losses before righting the ship on Baseball Day with a 10-5 victory over the Jordan Alers.
Coming off a hard-fought victory over the defending Class AA state champion Belle Plaine Gray Tigers on June 19, the Millers traveled to Minnetonka on June 22.
The Lakers defeated the Millers in the Class AA third place game to end the season last year.
In this year’s tilt, Minnetonka was certainly following the motto of Hall of Famer Wee Willie Keeler, who famously said, “Keep your eye on the ball and hit ‘em where they ain’t.”
With many well-placed balls, the Lakers took early leads of 1-0 and 3-2. In the sixth inning, the Millers tied the score when Trent Bohnsack led off the inning with a booming double and scored on a groundout by Mike Pearson. However, the home team Lakers used a walk and two bloop singles to get the walk-off win, downing the Millers 4-3.
The Millers followed up their first defeat of the year with a lackluster effort against Loretto, falling by a 7-2 margin. Pete Buesgens (three hits), Scott Breimhorst (two hits) and Ryan Murray (two hits) tried to provide a spark for the Millers but were unable to bunch anything together, dropping their second game of the week.
Baseball Day in Jordan is always an exciting time and this year was no different. A large crowd was on hand for the annual Millers versus Alers matchup and fans who enjoy a slugfest were not disappointed.
The teams combined for 15 runs and 27 hits on a steamy Sunday afternoon. The Millers plated three runs to start the game, all after two outs. The big blow of the inning was a two-run double off the bat of Ben Bakeburg. In the third inning, Millers used a similar formula, scoring four runs with two outs.
Two more runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth gave the Millers their winning margin, taking down the Alers by a 10-5 final. Bakeburg and DJ Noyes both ended the day with three hits and Bohnsack pitched the final three frames, striking out four.
Up next, the Millers host St. Peter on July 7th at 7 p.m.