With three games against ranked teams, Eagles tested early, often
After a 7-0 shutout at Chaska to open the season at Athletic Park April 11, fifth-ranked Eden Prairie has struggled to generate runs.
Since the opener, the Eagles scored two runs in three losses including a 3-0 shutout against Wayzata in the Round Lake Stadium and Lake Conference opener April 13 followed by a pair of 2-1 losses.
Three of the four opponents over the opening week of the season are ranked in the first Class 4A ranking by Let’s Play Baseball including the Eagles at No. 5 (No. 6 Champlin Park, No. 7 Wayzata and No. 14 Chaska).
Eden Prairie led late in both one-run losses starting one day after the home opener loss at Siebert Field in Minneapolis. East Ridge scored twice in the sixth inning after Will Pahl gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead with a sac fly in the fifth inning. The Eden Prairie offense had two hits in the first inning before Raptors pitchers Graham Metten and Ian Thomas struck out eight Eagles while walking two.
Monday afternoon defending state runner-up Champlin Park paid a visit to Round Lake Stadium and emerged with a 2-1 win in 12 innings.
Senior Ryan Wrobleski drove in the Eagles only run in the bottom half of the first inning as pitcher Jack Zigan struck out seven in as many innings of work.
Bailey DeMets and Connor Young each had two walks while Champlin Park pitchers Michael Ulland, Braden Higgins and Zach Loven combined for the win.
The shutout loss to Wayzata saw the Eagles draw four walks and five hits against the defending state champs. Two of those hits came off the bat of Matt Dolan while Wrobleski had a hit and walk. Zach Elliot and Mike Espe also added a hit.
Eden Prairie hits the road for an extended six-game road trip that begins Friday at Minnetonka before an April 24 visit to Centennial. Both games start at 4:30 p.m.
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