A doubleheader sweep of Hibbing Community College enabled the Anoka-Ramsey baseball team to extend its post-spring-break winning streak to four games.
In addition, the 12-2 and 3-0 Saturday afternoon victories in just-above-freezing temperatures encompassing the Wintercrest Baseball Complex in Coon Rapids, helped the team to climb within one game of .500 for the season. Going into its April 10 games at Wintercrest, Anoka-Ramsey was 7-8 overall and a perfect 4-0 outside of Arkansas.
In game one, which lasted six innings before Anoka-Ramsey ended it via the 10-run rule, catcher Justin Reeves, and Brent Tholen had three hits each to lead the offense. Meantime, right-hander Gabe Kastenmeier struck out five and scattered eight hits to collect the pitching win.
In all, Anoka Ramsey had 15 hits.
In game two, first-year right-hander Andrew "Big Bob" Brown, yielded five hits and struck out six over the seven-inning contest. He did so by allowing just one Hibbing runner to advance beyond second base.
Second baseman Jared Vance collected two hits, including a key run-producing double in the fifth inning. Joe Daher, also produced a run in the fifth with a sacrifice fly. Up to that moment in the game, Brown and Anoka-Ramsey had been protecting a 1-0 lead, which was garnered during the third thanks to a run-scoring base hit by Mike Zimbeck.
In contrast to its 15-hit performance in the first game, Anoka-Ramsey managed just five hits in the second game.