RC baseball plays through tight schedule

Tigers sit at .500 with 5-5 record

Sophomore Brett Koehnle throws a ground ball to first base for an out at home against Onamia last week. Photo by Kat Ladwig

Sophomore Brett Koehnle throws a ground ball to first base for an out at home against Onamia last week.
Photo by Kat Ladwig

The Rush City baseball team more than doubled its schedule last week by playing six games.

The Tigers first played Hinckley-Finlayson in a double-header on the road last Tuesday, but fell 12-6 and 12-5 in the conference matchups.

Rush City bounced back to earn a win at home on Thursday against Onamia while battling rain and hail in the final innings. Sophomore Brett Koehnle pitched five innings for the 11-3 win. He gave up three hits and struck out six batters. Cole Anderson came in to close the final two innings.

Senior Brandon Koehnle led the offense, going 3-4 with two RBIs, followed by Coltin Malchow and Nick Kost, who both went 2-3. Senior Chase Grant went 1-3 with two RBIs.

The Tigers played Isle on Friday at home, losing 10-0 in five innings.

The squad came back swinging again on Saturday, though, when beating Braham in a double-header. Head coach Kevin Nelson said his boys played good defense throughout the day to clinch the wins.

Brett Koehnle commanded the mound in Game 1 to pitch a no-hitter with eight strikeouts for a 10-0 win over the Bombers.

Brandon Koehnle led from the plate, going 3-4, while the team tallied nine stolen bases in a solid showing.

It was the same story in Game 2, which the Tigers won 4-0.

Eric Erdman pitched a two-hit shutout for the win, while Malchow and the Koehnles combined for the squad’s hits.

Head coach Kevin Nelson said his team did well considering the tight schedule.

“They did well and got through it,” Nelson said. “We had several guys help out with pitching and finally had some good weather on Saturday, so that was fun. We are trying to finish strong to get a better seed in our subsection.”

Rush City, which is 5-5, is currently seeded eighth in the subsection but is aiming for the seventh seed to avoid a possible play-in game.

The Tigers hosted Pine City on Tuesday, then traveled to Ogilvie on Wednesday. Rush City closes its regular season with a 7:30 p.m. home game against Grantsburg on Thursday, May 22.

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