With the late spring, Cambridge-Isanti baseball is still working to get on track while searching for the first victory of the season. While pitching and fielding has been consistent, the biggest problem has been the lack of offense in games so far.
On May 2, the Bluejackets got in a game with Sartell on the U of M’s slick new Siebert Field on the north side of the campus. Getting down 3-0, the Bluejackets rallied to tie it at 4-4 before the Sabres won it 5-4 with a run in the bottom of the seventh.
Jake Sylvester got the start for C-I and had a nice mix going, including throwing a crafty slider to notch an inning-ending strikeout with a runner in scoring position in the first. Sartell also threatened in the second, but Sylvester got a ‘K’ on a change-up then induced a fly-out to Kevin Johnson in left to get out of trouble.
Kyle Chromy ripped the Jackets’ first hit of the game in the top of the third but was left stranded at second. The Sabres countered by blistering two doubles and two singles for the 3-0 lead in the bottom of the stanza, chasing Sylvester as Coach Todd Smrekar went to reliever Cody Binger.
Mitch Renstrom put C-I on the board in the fourth with a walk, moving up on Kyle Gageby’s single and scoring on a wild pitch. Gageby, Tristen Zimprich (2 singles) and Jake Johnson scored the next runs before the Sabres won the game off reliever Chromy.
• On May 1, the Bluejackets got in two games at the Metrodome against St. Michael-Albertville, falling 2-1 and having the next game left at 2-2 when time ran out. In Game 1, Michael Thomas struck out 8 and gave up just 2 hits to the Knights. Cody Skog had the lone hit and scored for C-I. In Game 2, Renstrom and K. Johnson shared the eight innings, allowing just 5 hits.
• The Bluejackets fell to 0-4 in the Mississippi 8 after Rogers won 3-0 on May 7. Sylvester had the lone hit, and J. Johnson struck out 8 while giving up just 4 Royal hits.