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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Reds swept in 1-run games by Royals

  • Matt Morin took the tough-luck loss in game 2, pitching a complete-game 4 hitter.
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  • The Crookston Reds dropped a pair of one-run games Saturday to the Roseau Royals at Jim Karn Field. The Royals won the doubleheader opener 7-6 and stole game two 1-0.
    Crookston falls to 0-4 on the season and will travel to Ada Tuesday to a nine-inning matchup with the Athletics.
    Last season the Reds started 6-0 before losing 13 of their final 14 games of the season.
    If Crookston is going to get the first win of the season it will need more production from its lineup. Currently, just five players have hits this season with Sam Brule leading the way with a .500 average
     
    Game one
    Roseau jumped out to a 5-2 lead after two innings and Crookston battled back to cut it to 5-4 after five innings. The Royals added a run in each of the sixth and seventh innings, though, to hold off the Reds' two-run seventh inning comeback.
    Dave Grabowski led the Reds at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Skip Toops was 3-for-3 with a double, two runs and an RBI, while Matt Morin and Paul Smith each went 2-for-4. Smith scored three runs, while Morin had an RBI.
    Bill Sullivan suffered the loss on the mound for Crookston, pitching six innings and allowing six earned runs on seven hits and seven walks. Henry Stanaslowski pitched the seventh and allowed one earned run.
     
    Game two
    Morin pitched a complete game, allowing just one earned run on four hits and four walks but was tagged with a loss.
    Roseau got on the board in the fifth and Crookston failed to answer.
    Sam Brule went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Morin was 1-for-3.

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