The Centennial Cougars drubbed the Coon Rapids Cardinals 13-2 to stay alive in the Section 7AAAA tournament, then got smoked themselves by the Forest Lake Rangers 14-4, both on Monday evening in Anoka, ending their season. It was a solid season with a final 18-7 record.
Jake Slipka’s bases-loaded home run ended the game against Coon Rapids (7-17), capping an eight-run sixth inning. Slipka also doubled twice, going 4-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs. Xander Streit and Will Whelan each belted a two-run double.
Chase Granzow pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, and Hunter Belting got the last seven outs, four by strikeout.
Forest Lake had a 10-run second inning against the Cougars on four hits, five walks, a hit-by-pitch and two errors. The Rangers (14-11), advancing to the section finals, totaled nine hits and 10 walks against five Cougar hurlers, with Belting, the starter, taking the loss.
Nine Cougars had one hit each, including Brendan Hemr’s two-run homer, Danny Howell’s RBI triple and Granzow’s RBI double.