Faribault Lakers Blank Webster
Faribault's Nate Rost cracked a two run home run and was very efficient on the mound in the Lakers 6-0 win tonight over the Webster Sox at Bell Field in Faribault.
Rost threw just 68 pitches in 6 innings with 5 strikeouts, 1 walk, 4 hits allowed. 47 of the 68 pitches were strikes and he 15 first pitch strikes of 22 batters faced.
Joey Grote finished the final three innings not allowing a hit with 6 strikeouts, 1 walk. He threw 53 pitches, 34 strikes with 7 of 11 first pitch strikes.
One of the highlights of the game was seeing the return of Shane Gunderson playing on the diamond. Without a doubt one of the best athletes ever to play at Faribault High School. His senior season he led the Big Nine Conference in rushing in football, scoring in basketball and hitting in baseball.
After graduating Gunderson played at the University of Minnesota where he had a very good few years before signing with the Minnesota Twins.
Gunderson is still on the top 10 career and single season lists in a few hitting categories for the Gophers. In 1995 he hit 6 triples which is tied with 5 other players for most in a season. Paul Molitor is also on that list.
His 16 home runs in 1995 were tied for the second most in a season at the time. He is now 6th on the all-time list not just for a season but a career. Gunderson had 31 home runs from 1993 to 1995 with the maroon and gold.
He ranks 6th in career slugging percentage .632 (above Dave Winfield and Terry Steinbach) and his career on base percentage of .457 ranks 7th all-time.
Gunderson's 65 Runs Batted In during the 1995 season place him in a tie for 8th spot on the All-Time list in a tie with Terry Steinbach.
Shane was a first team All-American, Big 10 Player of the year, Big 10 Tournament Most Valuable Player. First Team All Big 10 selection and the recipient of the Richard "Chief" Siebert Team Most Valuable Player Award in 1995.
Gunderson swung at the first pitch in all four of his at bats with no hits but he did make contact in each trip to the plate. He hit into a double play in the second inning, grounded out to short in the third inning, flew out to left field in the 5th inning and was safe on a fielder's choice with a run scoring on the play in the 8th inning.
Grote was on base each time he stepped to the plate with two hits, a run scored, RBI and stolen base.
Jack Jandro had a pair of hits including a triple to start the Faribault 8th inning. He came home on the Gunderson hopper to the Webster shortstop who threw home but the ball wasn't fielded. Jandro would have been safe anyway it appeared with his head first slide.
Tyler Francis had two hits, two runs scored and Adam Kline was on base three of the four times he stepped into the batter's box. Kline laid down a perfect bunt in the bottom of the 4th inning right after Webster made a pitching change.
I ruled in my scorebook a hit and error. I believe even with a good throw he is at first base and the errant throw to first by the catcher allowed Kline to advance to second base.
The Sox would have two errors in the 4th which would allow one run to score. The other run scored on a two out Grote single which made it 5-0 at the time.
The Lakers are now 14-8. Webster falls to 6-11.
Faribault plays 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Veseli. Webster hosts St. Benedict 2:00 p.m. Sunday.
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