The Cubs helped the Vics make it a little interesting in the ninth, but in the end, Chaska’s consistency at the plate turned out to be more than enough.
The Chaska Cubs won 11-5 over the Victoria Vics in a Class B State Tournament elimination game Sunday at Delano Municipal Baseball Park. The Cubs scored in six of eight innings they batted in, and committed three errors to help the Vics put together a three-run ninth.
Chaska scored in the first three innings of the game and held leads of 8-2 after three and 11-2 after eight.
Victoria began to rally in the ninth, down 11-2. With one out and one on, three straight Vics had balls misplayed by Chaska infielders for errors, two of the errors scoring runs to cut it to 11-4. Victoria then had the bases loaded with one out, getting a sacrifice fly from Jared Davidson for its fifth run. Trey Cavello reloaded the bases with a single before Hunter Ruhland struck out swinging to end the game.
The Cubs put the first two on to start a four-run first inning. Tyler Polster drove in Mike Edlefsen with a single, Chase Hentges plated two with a triple and J.T. Canakes hit a sacrifice fly. Justin Johnson scored Edlefsen in the second to make it 5-0.
Victoria struck back in the third, scoring its first run on an error and adding an RBi single from Mitchell Olson to get within 5-2. Chaska responded with three in the bottom of the frame, scoring on an error, a Dylan Peterson single and a wild pitch to push it to 8-2.
Chaska scored single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings as well.
Noah Salonen pitched six innings for Victoria, allowing nine runs, eight earned, on eight hits and nine walks, with one strikeout. Mitchell Olson and Trey Cavello each were 3 for 5 at the plate for the Vics.
Chaska’s Hentges was 2 for 3 with a run, a walk, a triple and two RBI, while Canakes was 2 for 3 with two runs, a walk, two RBI and a double. Ryan Rodriguez started for the Cubs, allowing five, two earned, on nine hits and six walks with 14 strikeouts.
Chaska plays again at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 in Maple Lake, against the winner of Chanhassen and Blaine — the Redbirds and Fusion face off at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 in Dassel.