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In the season finale, the Robins got solid contributions from every player on the roster and coasted to an 11-1, 5-inning victory to finish the season on a high note and lock up the North Conference Championship and a #1 seed at the State Tournament. Edgar Kinanga, Maddie Ausk, Darius Larson, Izear Joiner, Sam Roles and Ava Hetteen all finished the game with two hits each, including a game-ending home run from Hetteen in the bottom of the fifth inning. Vincent Luu had 3 RBI while Ethan Sullivan and Nikki Dougan both had 2 RBI. Roles covered all five innings on the mound, allowing just three hits to go with one earned run. The Robins finish the season with a 7-1 record and now will have two weeks to prepare for the State Tournament on May 31 and June 1 at Chanhassen High School.
The Robins came into this game determined to avenge their early-season loss to the Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs, but found themselves struggling early before settling down and grinding out a solid 11-5 victory. Quiet bats and a few shaky defensive plays had the Robins trailing 4-0 after three innings, but five hits and three runs in the fourth inning got the entire squad going. The Mustangs answered with one run in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-3 lead before the Robins defense got dialed in and shut them down over the final three innings. The Robins hung on to a 6-5 lead heading into the seventh inning, then erupted for six consecutive hits that scored five runs to put the game out of reach. Izear Joiner, Maddie Ausk, VIncent Luu, Edgar Kinanga, Sam Roles and Ethan Sullivan all recorded three hits apiece, with Kinanga and Lucas Harper finishing the game with 3 RBI each. Roles pitched all seven innings, allowing 3 earned runs to go with his two doubles and 2 RBI. The win catapults the Robins into first place in the North Conference with one game remaining on the schedule.
The Robins’ winning streak hit four games with an impressive 11-0 home win over Minneapolis. This game was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when the Robins put two of the first three batters on base before Vincent Luu drove them both in with a three-run home run. Sam Roles opened the fourth inning with a home run of his own before Nick Johnson drove Owen Karjala in with a triple, putting the Robins ahead 5-0. Seven consecutive hits to open the fifth inning put the Robins ahead 9-0, then Izear Joiner ended the game in the home half of the sixth inning with a two-run home run. Joiner had his fourth consecutive 4-4 game at the plate and has done an excellent job of finding openings in the field and hitting the ball hard. Sam Roles went 3-3 while Maddie Ausk and Vincent Luu both recorded two hits. Roles pitched all six innings, allowing just 5 hits to get the win. The Robins are on the road on May 14 to face the Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs in a pivotal battle for first place in the North Conference.
The Robins trailed early, but maintained consistent hitting and fielding in the middle innings of the game and prevailed 10-4 in a crucial North Conference match up against the Osseo Orioles. After trailing 3-0 after the first inning and 4-3 after the third, the Robins defense tightened up and shut the Orioles down for four consecutive innings. Their bats were consistent in innings three through seven, scoring at least one run in the top half of every one of those innings. Izear Joiner is nearing “red-hot” status at the plate, once again going 4-4 with 2 RBI. Ava Hetteen went 3-3 and scored three times while Edgar Kinanga, Sam Roles Marcus Brady and Darius Larson all collected 3 hits each. The Robins will look to push their winning streak to four games next Tuesday when they return home to face Minneapolis.
The Robins continued to make improvements in all aspects of their game again today, this time defeating the Mounds View Rams 13-2 in 5 innings. The Robins infield defense was sharp early in this game, preventing the Rams from advancing past second base until the fourth inning. A couple infield hits and one fielding error led to the Rams scoring two times in the fourth inning, but the Robins were extremely sharp beyond that. Consistent hitting had the Robins scoring runs in every inning, including five runs in the second inning to put them up 6-0. Izear Joiner continue to do well at the plate, going 4-4 with a home run and 2 RBI, Maddie Ausk was 3-3, Vincent Luu was 4-4 with 3 RBI, Darius Larson went 3-3 and Ethan Sullivan went 2-2 with 1 RBI. Pitcher Sam Roles gave up two runs on six hits to earn the win.