By STUART GROSKREUTZ
WOODBURY – Andy Peterson delivered his best effort of the season on the mound to help carry Stillwater to a 4-1 Suburban East Conference baseball victory over Woodbury on Friday.
Peterson walked one and struck out five in the complete game three-hitter, allowing just a single run in the third inning.
"Peterson was dominant," Ponies coach Mike Parker said. "He was hitting the outside corners and spots with his fastball. Unlike other games, he really relied on his fastball and kept pounding the zone with it. By far it was his best game."
Stillwater collected three of its seven hits while scoring four runs in the third inning to take control. Connor Johnston reached on an error to start the inning before Austin Holmberg singled and Christian Abilla drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Zach Krenz drove a liner down the right field line to score two runs and took second on the throw to the plate.
Abilla then scored on a passed ball and Peterson followed with a base hit to score Jordan Berglund, who was running for Krenz, to build a 4-0 lead.
The Royals struck for their only run in the bottom of the third, an inning that could have been worse if not for a nifty defensive play by outfielder Aaron Romportl for the third out. Peterson hit a batter to start the inning and the run scored on a two-out double by Quinten Strub.
Stillwater also turned a double play after the Royals received a lead-off double in the fifth. Holmberg made a nice catch in center to take away a hit and doubled the runner off second base.
"We played another error-free game and when we do that we have a chance to win because we usually outhit the other team," Parker said. "It comes down to fielding."
Still0 0 4 0 0 0 0-470
Wood0 0 1 0 0 0 0-132
WP: Andy Peterson 7-ip, 3-h, 1-r, 1-er, 1-bb, 5-so
LP: Nathan Wallgren 3-ip, 4-h, 4-r, 2-er, 3-bb, 1-so
Leading hitters: St, Austin Holmberg 2×4, Christian Abilla 1×3, Zach Krenz 1×4 (2 RBI), Andy Peterson 1×3 (RBI), Grant Moden 1×2 and Alex Haas 1×1; Wo, Quinten Strub 1×3 (2B).