RC finds bats, defense to beat Panthers

Justin Marty was one for three hitting, scored two runs and stole three bases against Onamia last week. Photos by Victoria Dahlin

By Victoria Dahlin—

The Tigers baseball team sent Onamia home with a loss, but was left with two of its own from Ogilvie and Barnum last week.

On May 14 the team made the trip to face the Lions and were shutout 10-0 in five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

“One bad inning did us in,” said Coach Kevin Smith. “We made three errors and gave up nine runs in the third. Eric Erdman pitched well, but a misplayed fly ball and a third strike where the runner reached first, along with seven hits was too much. We only had one hit as a team, Cole Anderson had a double, so we did not threaten offensively at all today. Isiah Morris pitched well in relief, allowing no runs and two hits in 1 1/3 innings. We must start to hit the ball, so we can support our pitchers. We cannot expect them to allow only one or two runs per game.”

Rush City was downed again, this time by Barnum 16-8 May 15.

On the positive side the Tigers had six hits, eight runs and rallied to within one run by bringing in seven runs in the fourth inning.

On the negative side the team had 11 errors, allowed 15 walks and hit two batters.

Anderson had two hits in three at bats, scored two runs, had two walks and stole a base. Justin Marty was two for four with two stolen bases, while Chase Grant had a double and reached on an error in his two at bats.

Also against Onamia, Mason Ramberg was one for four, scored a run and earned an RBI.

“Cole Anderson had a very good game batting leadoff for the first time,” said Coach Smith. “Our pitchers could not throw enough strikes today and our fielders made far too many miscues. The consequences were that Barnum was allowed to outscore us without doing a lot offensively and we did not produce enough runs to keep up with them. We got to within one run, but then we gave them back momentum and stopped hitting for the last three innings.”

Last Thursday Rush City hosted Onamia and with eight hits and only two errors got a 9-6 win over the Panthers.

Anderson again had a good game at the leadoff position and was two for three with three runs, three stolen bases, one walk and one RBI.

Marty was one for three, had two runs, stole three bases and was hit by a pitch; Brandon Koehnle two for three, one walk, one double, two RBIs; Mason Ramberg one for four, one run, one RBI; Dalton Folkema one for three, one walk, one run, one stolen base; Grant one for two, one sacrifice, one RBI.

Morris struggled with five walks, but had six strikeouts and battled for the win, pitching a complete game of seven innings.

“Our hitters produced enough runs for a very important win,” said Coach Smith. “We hope this will allow us to be seeded in the subsection high enough to avoid a play-in game. We will most likely have to play our first game away, at the higher seed’s field. We played better today, but the team can improve in several areas. Today we made a variety of base running mistakes that cost us some runs or chances to keep innings alive. We did however, do a good job of taking advantage of the mistakes our opponent made and putting runs on the scoreboard.”

The Rush City baseball team has a 3-10 Great River Conference and 3-12 overall record. Depending on the seeding, the Tigers will begin with the first subsection playoff at 4:30 p.m. at the home of the high seed Thursday, May 24 or with the subsection quarterfinal at 4:30 p.m. at the home of the high seed Friday, May 25. A win in that game will send the team to the 5A East Subsection semifinal to be played at 4:30 p.m. at the home of the high seed Tuesday, May 29.

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