C-I nine open with wins over GR, Buffalo

SPRING SEASON OPENERS

Cambridge-Isanti Baseball took down defending Mississippi 8 champ Buffalo with a huge 5-2 road win in eight innings April 10. Senior Cole Bakke earned his second win of the season by striking out 12 while going the distance, holding the Bison to 3 hits.

“Cole competed like heck out there. He just kept going after guys and got stronger as the game went on,” exclaimed C-I Coach Todd Smrekar. “He set down Buffalo in order in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings on just 18 pitches.”

Bakke also scored the game-winner in the top of the eighth after coaxing a one-out walk and stealing second. Ryan Miller laced a double to the wall to score Bakke, then Clayton Jennissen followed with a two-run bomb over the left-center wall for insurance runs. Ryan Epsen (3 hits) delivered a two-run single to put C-I ahead in the fourth inning.

C-I Baseball 4, Grand Rapids 2

The Bluejackets’ were victorious in their April 5 home-opener when Bakke pitched well against the 15th-ranked Thunderhawks. Bakke limited GR to 4 walks while striking out 4 over six innings.

Jordan Locken led C-I with 2 RBI, including getting home the game-winner in the bottom of the sixth on a foul pop-up down the first baseline. Matt Ziebarth had 2 of the Jackets’ 5 hits in the game.

C-I Boys Golf 2nd at Bulldog Invite

The Bluejackets broke into the 2012 season with a solid 2nd-place showing at the April 9 Bulldog Invite at Pebble Creek. C-I’s 329 was eclipsed only by Detroit Lakes’ 308 but was better than five other Mississippi 8 teams at the event.

“Austin Galligan fired a meet career-low 79 in his first varsity match (good for 5th place). He has worked hard on his game in the off-season and it was great to see it pay off for him,” noted C-I Coach Mike Hennen. “Nate Cox fired an 82 in his first varsity meet which was also a good score in the wind and cold. The newcomers played well, along with veteran Matt Swanson (81).”

C-I Girls Golf 9th at Monticello Invite

Emily Sunderman shot a 92, Megan Koester a 98, Anna Sunderman an 101, and Brittany Minar carded an 103 when the Cambridge-Isanti girls golf team placed 9th at the 17-team Monticello Invite on April 4.

“It was a good start for first meet of season. The girls have been working on their short game this spring and hopefully that will continue to bring scores down throughout the year,” said C-I Coach Steve Hanson.

• On April 10, the C-I girls finished 6th at the Mississippi 8 opener hosted on Becker’s Pebble Creek. Coach Steve Hanson: “It was a cold, windy day at Pebble Creek, but the girls hung in there and posted a decent score. Leah Schoenecker shot a very nice 45 that included an eagle. Anna Sunderman 47, Megan Hallstrom 52, and Megan Koester 53 rounded out the scoring.”

Pine City gets past Jacket Tennis in opener

On a brisk April 10, the C-I boys tennis squad opened the season with a 4-3 loss at Pine City. Marshall White (6-0, 6-0) and Devin Gislason (1-6, 6-3, 6-2) had C-I splitting its Singles matches, but the Dragons won at No. 1 and 3 Doubles. At No. 2, Calvin Cicha and Christian Utecht posted a 6-4, 7-5 win.

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