RC wins double-header matchups at East Central
Following a 12-day break from games due to inclement weather, the Rush City baseball team hit the field again for a two five-inning double-headers at East Central on Monday.
The Tigers came away with two wins on the day.
Sophomore Coltin Malchow pitched a complete game during the first matchup, recording five strikeouts and giving up just one earned run.
Rush City jumped to a 2-0 lead by the top of the second inning, then added another three runs in the third. The Eagles got on the board half an inning later, making it a 5-1 game, before Rush City extended its lead with a run in both the fourth and fifth innings, winning 7-1.
Senior Brandon Koehnle led the offense, going 2-4 with a double and two stolen bases.
In Game 2, sophomore Brett Koehnle made his varsity pitching debut and got the 4-2 win. The pitcher, who struck out six batters and had no earned runs, was just one out away from a shutout before errors in the field caused a late-game Pine City run. But it was too late for the home team, as the Tigers got out of the inning with the victory.
Sophomore Drake Schellbach led the Tigers at the plate in Game 2, going 1-1 with a walk, one stolen base and two RBIs.
Head coach Kevin Smith said he was pleased with his squad.
“Overall it was a good performance,” Smith said. “We’re in the process of making up games, and we’re playing Aitkin next so we’re hoping to see our pitchers perform — we’re going to have to rotate them a lot. We have several kids that are able, but not a lot of varsity experience. We were pretty encouraged by Brett’s performance.”
Rush City traveled to Aitkin on Tuesday and hosts Pine City at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8.