Mounds View gave up six runs in the seventh inning in their state tournament opener and lost to conference rival East Ridge 9-5 Friday at CHS Field in St. Paul.
The Mustangs (18-7) face Eden Prairie (17-8) on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the consolation bracket at Northwestern University in Roseville. The winner will play again at 3 p.m. for fifth place.
The Mustangs enjoyed a 5-1 lead after a bases-loaded home run by Robert Hogan in the third inning. Hogan belted three homers in the section tournament, and has five homers and 29 RBI for the season.
Still up 5-1, the Mustangs got a leadoff triple from Jonah Sparks in the last of the fifth but couldn’t send him home.
That’s where the game turned. East Ridge (19-6), in their first-ever state tourney game in baseball, scored two in the sixth and and delivered the six-run burst in the top of the seventh.
The Raptors rapped six of their eight hits in the seventh inning. A two-run single by Carter Seidl tied the score. A base-loaded walk made it 6-5 with no outs. The Mustangs got a double play, but the Raptors kept it going and Ben North delivered a two-run double. There was one error that rendered the three runs with two outs to be unearned.
“The Mustangs did not execute as they did during the section playoffs,” coach Mark Downey said. “Several base running, fielding and mental errors ultimately cost us the game.”
Three Mustang pitchers issued 10 walks. Ian Bahn, the starter, threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing just two hits — including a solo homer by Max Moris in the first — but walking seven. He struck out eight. Three runs (one earned) were charged to Bahn. John Solfest threw 1/3 inning, allowing two hits, a walk, and two runs. Brett Bateman relieved in the seventh, got the final threw outs, but gave up four hits and two walks, and four runs (one earned).
Hogan was 2-for-3 and Sparks 2-for-4 as the Mustangs totaled eight hits. Bateman was 1-for-4 with two runs.
Ryan Thelen, Sam Szmanski and Cam Hunter pitched for East Ridge. Szymanski pitched the sixth and the win.
The Mustangs and Raptors split two games during the Suburban East Conference season. Three SEC teams are in the state tournament including top-ranked, defending champion Stillwater, which faces East Ridge in the semifinals. The other semifinal pits Rogers against New Prague.