Friday, May 06, 2016

Back on top

The B-B-E Jaguars girls' golf team earned a six-stroke win over Osakis on Thursday at Kimball. They shot a 183 to Osakis's 189 and pulled back in front in the Central Minnesota Conference standings (565 to 562). Four meets remain on the conference schedule: Pierz, Osakis, B-B-E and Paynesville.

In the May 4 Associated Press state rankings, the B-B-E Jaguars baseball team found themselves at the No. 7 slot, the first time in school history that they have been ranked in the top 10 in a state baseball poll. They went from not being ranked at all in the April 27 poll (not even receiving votes) to number seven! It was great to see the program getting some recognition...

...and the bad news, with those lofty rankings all but vanishing tonight. At Maple Lake, the Jaguars baseball team saw their hopes for a Central Minnesota Conference title take a huge hit when they were swept by the Irish. Game one went south quickly with Maple Lake taking an 8-0 lead in the first inning. They named the score and decided to beat the Jaguars 13-1 in five innings. In game two the Irish pummeled the Jaguars by an identical 13-1 score (five innings) while holding the visitors to just two hits. The Jaguars trailed 2-1 heading into the fourth inning, when the Irish scored 11 runs. (Ouch!) Maple Lake had 12 hits in the game.

Not much to say about the sweep. The Jaguars will likely have to run the table and win out in conference play in order to have a shot at conference hardware. If not, they need to get their act together and look to make a run at a Section 6A title in the playoffs. B-B-E is 7-3 overall now (5-3 CMC) and hosts 17th-ranked (Class 2A) Pierz next Tuesday. Currently Pierz and Maple Lake are tied for first place in the CMC at 7-2 each.

In a home CMC doubleheader, the No.-10 ranked Maple Lake Irish defeated the B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team 11-0 and 14-1. The Jaguars host Swanville (3-3) on Monday at 4:15 p.m. (I hope to live stream the game online...stay tuned on that!)

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