By Victoria Dahlin
The Rush City baseball team lost three tough games against Pine City, Braham and Ogilvie last week.
When the Tigers hosted the Dragons on April 17, it was a close game with Rush City leading until the top of the seventh inning when Pine City came back to get the 10-8 win.
Jesse Rasmussen was two for four with a double, stolen base, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Dalton Folkema was two for four, with one run scored and one RBI.
Isiah Morris pitched five innings and faced 24 batters, allowing six hits, six runs (three earned) and struck out eight.
Austin Fessenden faced nine batters, allowed four hits, four runs (three earned) and struck out two, and Justin Marty pitched to two and allowed one hit.
Rush City had eight runs, seven hits and five errors. Pine City had 10 runs, 10 hits and two errors.
“We played much better today,” said Coach Kevin Smith. “We rallied two times from behind to tie the game or take the lead, but Pine City did a good job of getting hits at the needed time.”
Last Thursday, the team traveled to Braham and lost to the #11 state-ranked Bombers 12-2 in six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Fessenden was two for three with a double, while Folkema was two for three with two RBIs.
Marty faced 18 batters, allowed seven hits, eight earned runs and struck out two.
Eric Erdman pitched to 19, allowed three hits, four runs (one earned) and struck out one batter.
Rush City had two runs, six hits and nine errors, while Braham had 12 hits, 10 runs and two errors.
“One bad inning,” said Coach Smith. “We committed several errors and turned a close game into a one sided affair. Justin Marty started his second game and pitched three strong innings and had us in the game before the defense fell apart.”
In another close game, the team hosted and lost 8-5 to Ogilvie last Friday.
Brandon Koehnle was two for four, with one RBI and one run scored.
Marty was one for three, with a walk and two runs.
Morris was one for three, with a double, a RBI and a walk.
Fessenden was one for three, with a double and a RBI.
Morris pitched the entire game, faced 35 batters, allowed 10 hits, eight runs (seven earned) and struck out three.
Rush City had five runs, seven hits and two errors, while Ogilvie had eight runs, 10 hits and one error.
“Probably our best game of the season even though we came up short,” said Coach Smith. “Jeff Kaltenhauser had a nice assist throwing out a runner at home and Brandon picked a runner off third base with a snap throw. Brandon played extremely well today both defensively and at the plate as a hitter.”
The Rush City baseball team has a 1-4 Great River Conference and overall record. The Tigers will travel to Aitkin to face the Gobblers at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26 before hosting the East Central Eagles at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1.