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North St. Paul rides four-run first inning to win over rival Hill-Murray

By Dominic Davis, SportsEngine, 05/12/18, 9:00AM CDT

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With the victory, the Polars cemented their place atop the Metro East Conference standings.


North St. Paul's Sophie Cave with a fly ball during play on May 12 against Hill-Murray. The Polars defeated the Pioneers 9-4. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

Polars pitcher Ashton Putzier held Hill-Murray to just two runs through the first five innings Saturday. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

Polars pitcher Ashton Putzier held Hill-Murray to just two runs through the first five innings Saturday. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

First Report

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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