North St. Paul had a commanding 9-4 win over Hill-Murray on Saturday afternoon in a matchup between the top two teams in the East Metro Conference at Hill-Murray High School.
The Polars (10-1, 8-1) scored four runs in the first inning, establishing an early lead.
Senior Sophie Cave had three of North St. Paul’s 15 hits. After a quiet second inning, the Polars plated a run in the third, followed by two in the fourth and two more in the fifth.
Down 5-0 in the third, Hill-Murray (7-2, 6-2) got its first run of the game. The Pioneers, ranked No. 6 in the Class 3A coaches' poll, finished with 13 hits, led by Beth Fredrickson who went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and a single.
Despite giving up 13 hits, the Polars contained the Pioneers throughout most of the game, keeping scoreboard damage to a minimum as North St. Paul pitcher Ashton Putzier allowed just two runs to score through the fifth inning.
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