by ADAM GRUENEWALD
The Central baseball team concluded its season on Saturday with a 2-1 loss to Holy Family.
Earlier in the week, the Raiders defeated St. Peter at home on Tuesday, 3-1.
Central finished 13-6 on the season, including 10-4 in the Minnesota River Conference.
Central 3, St. Peter 0
Central concluded the regular season with a 3-0 win at home last Tuesday, May 20.
H.F. 2, Central 1
The Raiders season ended in a Class 2AA first round game featuring a pitcher’s duel between Isaac Hormann and the Fire’s Connor Herd.
Central struck first with a run in the first inning when Hormann was hit by a pitch on his helmet, but shook it off and stole second and scored on an error.
Holy Family answered with a run in their half of the first on two hits and a walk, and then scored the decisive run in the third inning, taking advantage of a leadoff double.
Hormann though kept the Raiders in it, working out of jams in the last three innings. The Fire got two on in the fourth, but Hormann got two strikeouts and a groundout. Also, Noah Peterson made a diving catch in right field for the third out in the fifth with a runner on second and Hormann got two strikeouts and a flyout after the first two runners reached in the sixth.
In his six innings, Hormann gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out five.
Central had managed just four hits off of Hurd as Casey Clemensen, Alex Eichner, Alex Meeker and Peterson all had singles.
The game marked the end of high school baseball careers for graduating seniors Clemensen, Eichner, Meeker, Andrew Cardinal, Cody Millbrett, Max Kasel and Jordan Kohls.
Holy Family advanced to face top-seeded Belle Plaine on Tuesday.
Contact Adam Gruenewald at firstname.lastname@example.org.