R-P baseball season ends in elimination game

Chad Smith

The Rushford-Peterson baseball season came to an end in an East Sub-Section 1A Tournament elimination game last week. The Trojans fell 4-0 against Three Rivers Conference foe Wabasha-Kellogg on Tuesday, May 28. The game wasn’t always a pretty one, as the teams combined for seven errors in the elimination contest.

The first two innings were scoreless before W-K took the lead with two runs in the top of the third inning. The Falcons added another run in the fifth and their final run in the seventh inning. W-K had four runs on seven hits with three errors. The Trojans were scoreless with four hits and committed four errors. Both teams had plenty of chances to increase their scores, combining to leave 20 runners on base (W-K 11, R-P 9).

Pitchers dominated the game for both teams. The Trojans and the Falcons both ran two pitchers onto the mound over the course of seven innings. Tim Highum started on the mound for R-P and pitched well in spite of taking the loss. He threw six innings, giving up only four hits, three runs (only 1 earned), striking out seven and walking five batters. Alex Ronnenberg pitched the final inning, allowing three hits, an earned run, getting two strikeouts and walking one batter.

Falcon senior Tanner Sanderson pitched the first 6.1 innings and gave up four hits, no runs, struck out 10 batters, and walked three. Brady Wodele needed just 9 pitches (5 strikes) to close out the last two-thirds of an inning and allowed no hits and runs.

Four different Trojans each had hits. Carter Weidemann, Hale Schwendinger, Nolan Mueller, and Highum all had singles for the R-P offense.

Sophomore third baseman Lukas Busch of W-K had the only multi-hit game, going two for four with a run scored.

Next year

The Trojans will lose just two seniors off this year’s roster, but they were big contributors. Nolan Mueller and Carter Weidemann have played their final games in R-P uniforms. The good news for the Trojans is 14 of the 16 players will return next season and all have gained valuable experience this year.