Baseball: LP-A starts season unscathed at 4-0
It was bound to happen, it just took a while for it to happen.
Lake Park-Audubon senior ace pitcher Mason Swegarden allowed his first earned run since his sophomore season, after giving up a long homerun in the Raiders’ 7-3 win over Norman County Tuesday.
But the lone earned run is nothing and is far overshadowed by LP-A’s searing 4-0 start to the season.
“The constant has been power pitching and solid defense,” said LP-A head coach Sean Degerstrom. “The offense has been balanced and we put the ball in play.”
Swegarden is 2-0 on the season, along with two saves, and has already combined to strike out 30 batters in 16 innings of work. Control has been key, as well, with the LP-A senior giving up just seven walks and one earned run.
Swegarden also has been pacing a quite consistent batting order with a .727 batting average, along with freshman Mike Vohnoutka, who has registered a .400 mark.
“It’s been a team effort, with our defense playing well and the lineup being balanced and coming up with key hits,” Degerstrom said.
In Tuesday’s 7-3 win over Norman County, Swegarden helped himself at the plate by going 3-3 with three doubles for two RBIs.
He also pitched a complete game, striking out 12, walking four and allowing four hits.
“We executed defensively with only one error and executed offensively from timely hitting, aggressiveness on the base pads with eight stolen bases and a safety squeeze,” Degerstrom said.
The Raiders had a pair of come from behind wins over Ulen-Hitterdal/Norman County East, winning the double header 10-8 and 10-9 Monday.
LP-A’s pitching has held batters to a .195 batting average in four games and have collected an ERA of 3.46 with 48 strike outs.
Swegarden picked up both saves Monday, while junior Westin Munson also picked up a win in relief.
“Everything is clicking right now,” Degerstrom said.
The Raiders will host Bagley (2-2) Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. start.