Opening the season with a 4-0 mark, Cambridge-Isanti baseball was finally tripped up by visiting Monticello who took the April 17 matchup 4-3. The Magic led 2-0 by the third inning, then they got an unearned run across in the top of the seventh to go home winners.
The Bluejackets cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth with the help of a couple Monti miscues. Jordan Locken reached on a one-out bunt, Ryan Epsen reached on a boot at third then Clayton Jennissen singled to load the bases. Matt Ziebarth hit what should have been a home-to-first double play, but the first baseman missed the perfect throw to allow Epsen to score.
The C-I boys then battled to tie the game at 3-3 in the sixth. Mitch Renstrom and Kyle Gageby singled. Renstrom later scored on Tom Selz’s groundout, and Locken brought home the next run on an infield hit.
The Jackets had two runners on with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but the big hit eluded them. They finished with 11 hits in the loss.
C-I 8, Big Lake 2
In his first varsity start, sophomore Jake Johnson struck out 11 Hornets over his 6 innings to lead the Bluejackets to their second Mississippi 8 win of the season. Matt Ziebarth had 2 of C-I’s 6 hits in the game, and Ryan Epsen knocked home 2 RBI.
C-I 10, Duluth East 0
On Saturday, the Bluejackets picked up another big win against a Section 7AAA foe when they blanked the visiting Greyhounds. Ryan Miller scattered 5 hits over 5 innings for the win, striking out 3 and walking none. Epsen supplied a three-run homer for the Bluejackets to make it 4-0, with both Miller and Cole Bakke adding a pair of hits.