Vikings playing catch-up on baseball schedule

Nick Pilz got the 11-1 win against Fridley. He also contributed in hits and runs during last week's games. Photos by Victoria Dahlin

Nick Pilz got the 11-1 win against Fridley. He also contributed in hits and runs during last week’s games. Photos by Victoria Dahlin

The North Branch baseball team won two out of four games last week, as they makeup previously postponed games.

On May 6 the Vikings hosted Totino-Grace and lost 4-0.

Jake Pilz, Jacob Kari and Jake Schmitz got one hit each. Michael Naggatz faced 19 batters, allowing four earned runs, five hits while striking out two. Charlie Linder faced 11 and allowed no runs, one hit and struck out two.

North Branch had no runs, three hits and no errors, while Totino-Grace had four runs, six hits and one error.

On May 7 Duluth East came to town and fell 9-4 to North Branch.

Josh Benolken and Kari had two runs, while Nick Pilz, Jordan Franklin, J. Pilz, Linder and Naggatz each had one. Ethan Fairbanks and Linder hit two, while Cody Knobbe, N. Pilz, J. Pilz, Benolken, Naggatz, Franklin and Kari all had one hit.

Jared Axberg faced 18 batters and allowed two earned runs, one hit and struck out five.

Blake Jorgenson faced 13 and allowed two earned runs, two hits and struck out one.

Jake Pilz aided in the Vikings' victories last week with solid hitting performances.

Jake Pilz aided in the Vikings’ victories last week with solid hitting performances.

North Branch had nine runs, 11 hits and one error, while Duluth East had four runs, three hits and two errors.

Up next May 8 was a trip to St. Louis Park where the Vikings brought home a 6-5 loss.

Zack Sundly, Fairbanks, Linder, Naggatz and Knobbe had one run each. Michael Hensch had two hits, while Matt Solberg, J. Pilz, Linder, Knobbe, Naggatz and Kari added one hit each. Hensch had two RBI, while Fairbanks, Solberg and Naggatz all had one.

Kari pitched to 18, allowing three earned runs, six hits while striking out one.

Solberg faced 12 batters and allowed three earned runs, five hits and struck out one.

North Branch had five runs, eight hits and two errors, while S. Louis Park had six runs, 11 hits and one error.

After a day off North Branch hosted and defeated Fridley 11-1 last Friday.

Michael Naggatz was a force for the Vikings in hitting and pitching last week.

Michael Naggatz was a force for the Vikings in hitting and pitching last week.

Naggatz had two runs, and Tyler Dolin, J. Pilz, Benolken, Fairbanks, Axberg, Hensch, Knobbe, Kari and Schmitz were all good for one. Fairbanks, Knobbe, Hensch and Schmitz got two hits, while N. Pilz, Benolken, Linder and Kari had one.

Fairbanks had one RBI, while Benolken and Linder added one each.

N. Pilz faced 19 batters and gave up no runs, allowed three hits and struck out one. Linder pitched to nine allowing one unearned run, one hit while striking out three.

North Branch had 11 runs, 12 hits and two errors, while Fridley had one run, four hits and five errors.

“It’s been a good week for ball,” coach Steve Christensen said. “We’ve played good games all week — very fun and exciting games to be a part of. The student athletes are really responding to the schedule. Next week will be a test as well. A few players have had a very good couple of games at the plate, including Jake Kari and Micheal Naggatz. Our pitchers have performed well, too. Jared Axberg threw four great innings on Tuesday versus Duluth East, with Blake Jorgenson finishing it up.”

The North Branch baseball team is 1-3 in the North Suburban Conference and 4-4 overall.

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