The Rush City baseball team’s season came to an end after competing in three Section 5A double elimination playoff games.
First up the No. 2 east section seed Tigers hosted No. 7 east seed Isle and chilled the Huskies 2-1.
Cole Anderson stole second and third and scored the winning run on an error by the catcher.
Coltin Malchow smacked two doubles, while Dalton Folkema had two hits with one being a double. Brett Koehnle and Mason Ramberg were good for one hit each.
“Isaiah (Morris) was outstanding in this game,” said coach Kevin Smith. “He gave up only three hits, three walks and struck out 12 batters to get the win. He also had two hits, one was an RBI double.”
Next was No. 6 east seed Royalton at Pierz High School where the Tigers were downed 3-2.
Morris, Malchow and Folkema each had a hit, as did pinch hitter Conner Werner with a fantastic bunt single.
“We faced a very tough pitcher with a good curve ball,” said coach Smith. “He had nine strikeouts, and we got only four hits and three walks all game. Isaiah kept us in the game with his excellent pitching. He had 10 strikeouts, gave up only five hits and three walks. We just could not bunch up our hits, and Royalton played very well, making only one error. We were proud of the way the team played in this game, even though we came out on the losing end.”
This time at Pierz the Tigers were shutout 15-0 by No. 4 east section seed Pillager. Morris got two hits, while Dalton and Kyler Sempel each had a hit.
“We did not play well in this game, and our season came to a sudden halt with the loss,” said Smith. “We had a terrible second inning, making several errors and combined with eight hits. Pillager put the game away early.”
Earlier in regular season play
On May 16 Rush City was defeated 12-1 by Pine City before getting an 8-7 win over Braham May 23.
Morris, Koehnle and Malchow were named All-Conference, while Eric Erdman earned All-Conference Honorable Mention.
“These boys were our team leaders in all offensive categories,” said Smith. “Isaiah led us in batting average and wins by a pitcher. Eric had three big wins for us as a pitcher, and Coltin had an outstanding year (with) a .588 on base average.
“Coach Nicholl and I are real happy with the season these boys had. They ended up 9-7 overall and played hard every game. We will miss the three seniors next season (Isaiah, Dalton, Conner), but we have a lot of talent returning, and hopefully we will be strong again next spring,” he added.
The Rush City baseball team finished the 2013 season fourth in the Great River Conference with a 8-5 conference and 9-7 overall record.