C-I Baseball eliminated from M-8 race

Rogers scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth to defeat Cambridge-Isanti  9-8 May 19. The loss, coupled with Buffalo defeating Big Lake 15-14 that same day, ended the Bluejackets’ drive for a conference title. St. Michael-Albertville also lost to Monticello 2-0 to allow the Bison to grab the championship.

The Bluejackets took a 5-0 lead after two innings at Rogers, but they fell behind to the Royals 7-5 when pitchers Ryan Miller and Nick Jellison combined to give up six runs in the fifth. C-I tied it at 8-8 with one run in the sixth and two in the top of the seventh, but the Hornets scored the game-winner off reliever Trent Chromy (4 hits, 3 K over 3.3 innings).

Reed Burns went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI for the Jackets. Garrett Hedberg, Clayton Jennissen (double, triple, 2-BI) and Matt Ziebarth (2-BI) all had 2 hits.

The Jackets’ next action is May 23 at home vs. North Branch.

St. John’s Prep 4, Braham Baseball 2

The Bombers’ late-season swoon saw them drop their third straight game, ending the week with an 11-4 overall record. Braham’s final regular-season game is May 23 at Isle.

C-I Softball 4, Chisago Lakes 1

The Bluejackets upped their overall record to 14-4 with the May 19 road win.

Bailey Bakken went the distance with a tidy 6-hitter.  She issued 0 walks and had 3 strikeouts as the Jackets played well defensively.
After an Amanda Hanson single, Allie Hanson opened the scoring in the first with a deep drive over the left field wall for a two-run homer. Then in the second inning, Leah Ponting singled, Katie McCann walked, and then Amanda Hanson came up with a clutch 2-run single with two outs to put C-I up 4-0.

C-I travels to St. Michael-Albertville May 20 and hosts Monticello May 23 in their continued quest for at least a share of the Mississippi 8 crown.