Solid pitching and clutch hitting combined to lead the way to two Cambridge-Isanti baseball victories as the season got underway last week.
After a few postponements, the Bluejackets hit Princeton’s Solheim Field for an 8-0 shutout of the host Tigers. Jake Johnson racked up 10 strikeouts in five innings, and reliever Jake Harding added three more Ks in two innings of relief as the two combined to hold Princeton to three hits.
Harding’s two-out single scored Collin Anderson for the team’s first run of the season in the second. Tristen Zimprich laced a two-out hit in the fifth to plate Jake Sylvester and Eli Otte. Harding then came through again with a two-RBI double in the sixth for a 5-0 edge. Anderson added icing to the win with a two-run homer to left-center for the team’s final runs in the top of the seventh.
• On Saturday, it was Sylvester’s turn on the mound, and he scattered seven hits in the Bluejackets’ 3-0 victory over section-partner Duluth Denfeld. Zimprich got the team on the board in the first by getting hit by a pitch, stealing two bases and scoring on Kyle Chromy’s hit that got through the Hunter shortstop.
Sylvester helped his cause by leading off the fourth with a single. An out later, Grant Lillemoen doubled to right-center, and Michael Thomas added a single to score Sylvester. Hits by Connor Hanson and Zimprich led to the Jackets’ final run when Chromy lifted a sac fly to center.