By Victoria Dahlin—
Rush City extended its losing streak to six when it was shutout by both Hinckley-Finlayson and Aitkin last week.
The Tigers baseball team hosted and lost 12-0 to the Jaguars April 24 in six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. Justin Marty and Dalton Folkema each got one hit for the team.
Pitcher Isiah Morris faced 27 batters and gave up five hits and six runs, Austin Fessenden pitched to five allowing two hits and five runs, Jesse Rasmussen faced six and allowed two hits and one run, while Eric Erdman pitched to one and allowed no hits or runs.
Rush City had no runs, two hits and five errors, while Hinckley/Finlayson had 12 runs, nine hits and no errors.
“Both pitchers did not give up any hits or runs in the first three innings,” said Coach Kevin Smith. “Isiah pitched very well, striking out six of the first nine batters he faced. But in the fourth inning, Hinckley/Finlayson came up with four hits and were aided by a walk and hit batsman along with four errors and broke open the game. We managed only two hits against the opposing pitcher, both infield singles by Justin and Dalton. They made zero errors and did not give up a single walk, which kept us from getting anyone home to score for us.”
Last Thursday the team made the trip to Aitkin and lost 10-0 in five innings.
Marty faced 18 batters and gave up three hits and eight runs, while Erdman pitched to 14 allowing one hit and two runs.
The Tigers had no runs, two hits and six errors, while the Gobblers had 10 hits, four runs and no errors.
“Our bats were silent again today as we managed only two hits, a double by Brandon and a single by Austin,” said Coach Smith. “Both runners were able to get to third base, but we could not drive them home for a score. Aitkin was the best team we faced so far this season. Justin did a good job holding down their hitters. Unfortunately, they were all in the first inning. An infield error also hurt us in that first inning. The second inning saw control problems develop as Aitkin received three walks, two hit batsman along with two infield errors and one outfield error. We must overcome making five or six errors a game and we need our bats to liven up. Hopefully, we can improve on these two areas to support the efforts of our starting pitchers.”
The Rush City baseball team has a 1-6 Great River Conference and overall record. The Tigers will host the East Central Eagles at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1.