The Prior Lake Jays made a quick exit in their first state appearance since 2009.

Moorhead scored three runs in the fifth inning and added five more in the eighth en route to a 10-2 victory over Prior Lake in the opening round of the Class B tourney Aug. 23 in Shakopee.

Prior Lake finished the season with a 5-12 overall record. The last time the Jays made the state field they were the state runner-up to Shakopee.

In the loss to Moorhead, Prior Lake scored two runs in the fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead. Two of the Jays' three hits came in frame, including an RBI double from Mitchell Goodwin.

Prior Lake's other run came on a passed ball on a dropped third strike.

Dave Ernts held the Jays in check for eight innings, allowing the two unearned runs while fanning eight. 

Ben Eisenberg started for Prior Lake and worked 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits with three strikeouts. T.J. Larson fanned one batter in two-thirds of an inning.

Jimmy Larson worked two innings of relief, allowing two runs, while Matt Cady gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning and Jake Larson got the final out of the eighth inning.

Jeff Butler and Loftus each had one hit and scored a run for Prior Lake.

Tom Schardin covers sports for Savage and Prior Lake. He is dependable, sarcastic and always joking around. Tom enjoys running and swimming and is often busy coaching his two kids' sports teams.


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