Stacking up nine hits and nine walks against Duluth Denfeld pitching, the Princeton baseball team earned its first victory of the season in an 11-1 game at home on Saturday.
The Tigers began with a 2-0 lead after the first inning and led 4-1 after three. After tacking on two more runs in the fifth, the team put away the victory with a five-run sixth inning.
Tanner Kinney and James Hill both had two hits for Princeton, and Luke Hallbeck led with three RBI in the victory. Joe Bernard finished with three walks, and both he and Chance Parker scored two runs.
Sam Archer got the win on the mound with five innings, giving up just the one earned run while striking out four and walking one. Hallbeck finished up with two strikeouts in the sixth.
• The Tigers began the season with an April 8 conference game at Monticello won by the Magic 10-3. Bernard had a double, and Billy Oakes supplied the other PHS hit.
On April 11, the Tigers dropped their home opener 8-0 to tough pitching from Cambridge-Isanti in another Mississippi 8 matchup. Hallbeck had a fifth-inning double for Princeton, with Bernard and Hill getting the other hits against the Bluejackets. The Tigers’ best threat was the bottom of the seventh when they loaded the bases, but two strikeouts finished the game.