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Blue Jays remain unstoppable

With two more Crow River Valley League victories over the weekend, the Plato Blue Jays improved to 12-1 on the season and entered this week on a nine-game winning streak.
Behind a combined one-hitter by pitchers Chris Odegaard and Zack Stockman, the Blue Jays proved to be rude guests at New Germany with a 14-0 pasting of the Dutchmen on Saturday, July 7.
Odegaard started and went five innings, giving up two walks and one hit with 12 strikeouts before giving way to Stockman, who struck out three with two walks in two innings.
Plato all-but put the game away with a nine-run second inning; the Blue Jays scored in five of seven frames with a 16-hit attack.
Joe Nix and Kyle Panning each hit home runs, with Panning and Matt Odegaard each logging three RBI. Nolan Lepel and Adam Prehn both posted two RBI, with Chris Odegaard and Ryan Moriarty each scoring twice.
Plato returned home the next day to take on Cologne, with the Hollanders giving the Blue Jays much more of a fight before the hosts claimed a 7-4 win.
Both teams were knotted in a scoreless battle through four innings before Cologne broke the deadlock with a run in the top of the fifth.
The Hollanders led 3-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh, where Plato broke through with five game-deciding runs to take a lead it did not relinquish.
Each team scored one last time in the eighth before Blue Jays reliever Dylan McCormick slammed the door on any Cologne comeback hopes with a scoreless top of the ninth to preserve the three-run win.
McCormick claimed the win with 2-1/3 innings of one-run relief; Prehn started on the bump and went 6-2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and five walks while striking out three batters.
Lepel carried the big bat for Plato, going 2-for-4 with three RBI. Tyler Lang and Chris Odegaard each scored twice, with Lang going 2-for-4 with one of three Blue Jay doubles in the game.
The victory kept Plato out in front of the Region 7C standings with a 12-1 overall record. The Blue Jays lead the CRVL South Division with that same record, two games better than second-place Young America.
Plato is scheduled to take on its closest divisional competitor when the Blue Jays travel to face the Cardinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night. Plato is also slated to host Waconia at 5 p.m. Sunday and travel to Hamburg Tuesday night.