By Victoria Dahlin
After opening the season with a win against East Central last week, the Rush City baseball team erred against Isle.
The Tigers made the trip to East Central High School last Thursday and scored nine runs in the first inning, while the Eagles scored their only run in that inning. Rush City added two more runs in the fourth and then scored another in the fifth to quickly end the game at 12-1 due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Isaiah Morris pitched all five innings, giving up two hits for one run.
Rush City had 12 runs off six hits and one error, while East Central had one run off two hits and eight errors.
“Brandon Koehnle played a great defensive game,” said Coach Kevin Smith. “Nice 4-6-3 infield double play – a hard grounder to Folkema to Marty to Feesenden to end an inning. Jesse Rasmussen threw a runner out going from first to second on a hit to center, heads up play. The team showed how important good defense is in a ball game. We had a lot of innings where we were held offensively, but most importantly, we held the opposition from scoring. Only one error in the five innings is very important! The boys showed they were ready to play.”
Last Friday the Tigers hosted Isle in their second match up of the season and fell 20-2 to the Huskies in five innings.
Rush City had two runs, six hits and seven errors, while Isle had 20 runs, 16 hits and no errors.
“The wheels fell off defensively today.” said Coach Smith. “Far too many errors, which gave them far too many extra at bats and they made the boys pay the price. Jeff Kaltenhauser made a great double play with a catch and throw out.
Smith added, “Justin Marty made his first start as a pitcher today. Along with Marty, getting their first innings as a varsity pitcher were Eric Erdman and Austin Fessenden, who made their debuts as relievers and picked up valuable experience. Marty had a great first inning, and then control problems hurt him later. We hit the ball hard today, even though several were right at the fielders, while the balls seemed to fall for Isle. But our errors took us out of contention early in the third inning.
The Rush City baseball team has a 1-1 Great River Conference and overall record. The team will travel to Braham to face the no. 12 state-ranked Bombers at 4:30 p.m. April 19 before hosting the Ogilvie Lions at 4:30 p.m. April 20. The Tigers will then host the Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars at 4:30 p.m. April 24.