(Coon Rapids) Brett Carsten's drilled a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning for Coon Rapids-Bayard and the Crusaders never looked back in an 11-2 district baseball win over Audubon on Tuesday.
After Carsten's 4th homer of the season, Brendan McAlister, Caylor Deeth, and Mitchell Klocke would all single in the inning with Klocke's base hit driving in two runs to make it a 3-0 lead right out of the gates. Five runs, all with two outs, in the bottom of the second sprung the game open giving CR-B an 8-0 cushion through two. The top four hitters in the order all had consecutive hits in the big second inning. The top of the order caused problems for Audubon pitching all night as Carstens, McAlister, and Deeth were a combined 9-9 with 8 runs scored at one point in the game.
Audubon's first crack into the scoring column came in the top of the third to make it 8-1. Andy Hoffman, Kolton Jensen, and Colby Rattenborg strung together three-straight one out hits with Rattenborg's base knock scoring Hoffman. Coon Rapids-Bayard quickly responded with a run in the bottom of the third and then took an 11-1 advantage with two more in the 4th. Audubon was on the verge of going down via the ten run rule in the fifth, but an error with two outs allowed a run to score. The error was Coon Rapids-Bayard's first of the night and allowed Rattenborg to score and make it an 11-2 game. Each side would go scoreless in their final two at bats to close out the game.
Elijah Zaiger takes the loss for Audubon, the freshman pitched two innings and gave up 8 hits, two walks, and eight runs. Colby Rattenborg pitched the remaining four innings and surrendered four hits, one walk, and three runs. Coon Rapids-Bayard used three pitchers with Brett Carstens starting the game and lasting four innings. Carstens goes down as the winning pitcher and allowed six hits to go along with 6 K's. He was tagged for one run. Deeth and McAlister combined for the final three innings on the Hill.
Audubon is ousted by Coon Rapids-Bayard for the second straight year in district play. The Wheeler's finish the year at 5-21. Coon Rapids-Bayard is now 25-10 and will see Ar-We-Va on Thursday in a district semi-final. The winner of that game will move on to Saturday's district final at Harlan against AHST or Logan-Magnolia.
Click here for the postgame comments from Audubon coach Sean Birks