Burnsville’s baseball team is peaking at the right time after a sluggish start.

The Blaze put together a nine-game winning streak after a 5-4 start to open the season. Burnsville scored only three runs and was shut out twice in those four losses.

During its winning streak, the Blaze scored fewer than four runs only once. Burnsville is averaging 5.1 runs per game for the season, which is more than enough for its outstanding pitching staff.

“We’re blessed with pretty decent pitchers,” Burnsville coach Mick Scholl said. The Class 4A, No. 10 Blaze is allowing only 2.3 runs per game.

Brotherly act

The Otterdahl brothers, senior Trevor and sophomore Max, finished 1-2 for Rosemount in the shot put and discus in the Class 3A, Section 3 True Team track and field meet.

Trevor won the shot put with an effort of 54 feet, 6 inches, and the discus with a throw of 158-0. He finished fourth in the shot put at the state meet last year with a distance of 57-11.

Top performances

• Belle Plaine junior Carsen Ladd has put together an outstanding string of five consecutive baseball games. He had at least two hits, one run scored and an RBI in each game. He went 11-for-20 with seven runs scored and 10 RBI during that span. Ladd is hitting .431 this season with a .500 on-base percentage and a .549 slugging percentage. He leads the team in hits (22) and RBI (21).

• Farmington’s Emma Frost, a junior, turned in a solid week on the softball diamond. She went 6-for-15 with three home runs. Frost, who also walked six times, scored five runs and drove in nine.

Ron Haggstrom