By Victoria Dahlin
After losing to Grantsburg and Braham earlier in the week, the Rush City baseball team lost to Isle in the first round of subsection play.
But a bright note was added at season’s end when Brandon Koehnle was voted to the Great River All-Conference team and Justin Marty, Honorable Mention.
Up first was a May 21 trip to Wisconsin where the Pirates shut out the Tigers 9-0.
Eric Erdman pitched 4 1/3 innings, striking out two, walking two and allowing 10 hits, while Ben Nelson pitched 1 1/3 innings, walking two and allowing two hits.
”We did not hit the ball well and made six errors,” said Coach Kevin Smith. “We played a very good team today, and they were just better at all facets of the game as they are a senior dominated squad. Our young players got a good look at what they need to be able to do as they move on to next season.”
On May 22 the Tigers hosted rival Bombers and were routed 13-1 in five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Isiah Morris was two for two hitting; Marty, one for one with a double and a walk; and Mason Ramberg was one for two with an RBI.
Morris pitched two innings, striking out one, walking three and allowed six hits and nine runs (four earned). Nelson threw for three innings and struck out two, walked two and allowed four hits and four earned runs.
“Again fielding errors were our downfall as we committed all four in the first inning and never gave our pitcher a chance to get established as we were behind 5-0 before getting a chance to bat,” said Coach Smith. “This is a huge hill to climb, and we were only able to get four hits, so again we came up short.”
Season ends in Isle
The season ended for the No. 7 subsection seeded Tigers when the boys lost 10-1 in the 5A East subsection quarterfinal in Isle.
Cole Anderson was two for three with one walk and one run; Koehnle, one for two with a double and an RBI; Nelson, one for three; Dalton Folkema, one for three; Ramberg, one for three; and Morris was one for four.
Morris also pitched six innings, fanning four, walking five and allowing six earned runs on five hits.
“The score of this game does not even come close to indicating how well we played,” said Coach Smith. “This was the best Isiah looked all year. We outplayed the other team today and were on the verge of taking control, but we had no luck at all. Isle had only five singles, four of those were bloop hits that traveled only 100 feet or less.
“I am really proud of these kids for battling all game today. They showed a lot of intensity and were working as a team like they never had before. Even though we did not win as many as we hoped this season, I see a lot of promise for next year,” he added.
The Rush City baseball team ended the 2012 season with a 3-15 overall record.