SPORTS ROUND-UP: Princeton led 3-0 and held on to defeat Big Lake 3-2 in non-conference baseball action May 2. Chance Parker struck out three Hornets over five innings to get the win, and Luke Hallbeck had two K over the final two innings for the save. Sam Archer, Parker and Joe Bernard each drove in one run for the Tiger offense.
On May 2, Zimmerman got past Princeton 8-7. Bernard had three of the Tigers’ eight hits in the game and finished with three RBI. Sam Archer struck out seven batters while tossing a complete game.
• At the May 5 night game, Princeton defeated non-conference rival Milaca 7-5 by rallying with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Cam Paulson, Joe Bernard and Tanner Kinney each rapped out two hits, and Sam Archer led with 2 RBI. Luke Hallbeck struck out eight over the first 5.6 innings, and Kinney got the win with 1.3 innings of relief (1 K).
• Back in Mississippi 8 action May 6, host Chisago Lakes put up seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to knock off the Tigers 12-2. Chance Parker struck out four Wildcats during his five innings on the mound.
Tiger Girls Golf 3rd on home course
The Princeton girls had three golfers place in the top-12 when they hosted the May 5 Mississippi 8 East match on the Princeton Golf Club.
On the calm spring day, Mikayla Brooks placed seventh with a 95 for the Tigers. She was followed by Bri Dorr in 10th with an 100, and Katie Hicks in 12th at 109. Kelsey Dorr added an 119 for the Tigers’ third-place 420 total.
St. Francis had three golfers shoot in the 90s to take first with its 382. Cambridge-Isanti was next at 406, with North Branch (438) and Chisago Lakes (441) also shooting in Princeton. C-I’s Jade Newman was medalist at 80.
Clay Target team battles conditions
Week 2 of Princeton clay target team’s season was a soggy mess, but the Tigers still hit the range. Tough scoring dropped them into seventh place in the conference standings. Leading the week were Hunter Luedkte (20/19) and Jack Radke (20/19) who scored 39s. Logan Conger (14/23- 37), James Hill (21/14- 35) and Matt Hofstad (16/19- 35) followed for Princeton.
“It was a tough week of shooting for most of the athletes. We are confident the weather will turn around, and with a less soggy forecast, clays will be smashed,” noted Princeton Coach Michelle Cunningham.
Tiger Softball battles Magic
Princeton was hosting a tight game with Monticello May 2 until the Magic put up five runs in the fifth for an 8-0 lead before winning the Mississippi 8 fastpitch contest 8-4. Chelsea Lindquist and Maddie Nierengarten had two hits against the Magic, and Gabby Henke drove in two runs. Mel Hensley struck out three over 5.6 innings, and reliever Kendra Mueller had one K over the final 1.3 innings.
On May 1, Big Lake turned 11 hits into a 14-2 win over the Tigers. Hensley had two hits in the Princeton offense.
In another M-8 game on May 5, Buffalo led 6-0 by the fourth inning and posted a 12-2 win over Princeton. Hensley struck out six Bison.
• On May 6, Chisago Lakes swept a conference double-header against the Tigers, winning 9-1 and 14-4.
Tiger Tennis drops two matches
Getting back into action after the rains quelled, the Princeton boys tennis squad was defeated by Buffalo 6-1 in a May 1 M-8 match. On Friday, visiting Duluth East swept a 7-0 match from the Tigers.