R-P baseball still alive in sub-section play

Rushford-Peterson senior Carter Weidemann steals a base during last weekend’s game versus Spring Grove held at Winona State University. Weidemann had two of the team’s three hits for the day.
Chad Smith

The No. 3 Seed Rushford-Peterson baseball team kicked off the East Sub-Section 1A tournament’s first round on Wednesday, May 22, with a 13-8 win at home over No. 6 Seed Houston. The Trojans lost their second-round game on Saturday, May 25, at Spring Grove 6-0. R-P then dropped into the elimination bracket on Monday, May 27, against Wabasha-Kellogg at Winona State University.

R-P vs. Houston

Two big innings turned out to be the difference for R-P in a sub-section slugfest against Houston. A four-run fourth inning and a five-run sixth inning put the Trojans over the top against Houston in a 13-8 victory. R-P had 13 runs on 14 hits while Houston scored eight runs on 11 hits, and each team committed two errors.

The Trojans jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning before Houston responded with a run in the second. R-P went back on top with another run in the third inning to lead 2-1. Then both teams cranked up their offenses.

R-P pushed four runs across the plate in the bottom of the fourth, then added two more in the fifth to go up 8-1. Houston scored three in the top of the sixth to draw closer, 8-4. However, the Trojans broke the game open in the sixth by scoring five times and jumping up 13-4. The Hurricanes tried hard to rally, scoring another four in the top of the seventh before the game ended, 13-8.

The Trojans offense finished with five extra-base hits, including four doubles from Seth Heiden (2-4, RBI, 2 runs), Carter Wiedemann (2 for 4, RBI), Nolan Mueller (2 for 3, RBI), and Alex Ronnenberg (3 for 4, 3 RBI, 3 runs, stolen base). Hale Schwendinger hit a home run while going two for four at the plate (RBI, 2 Runs).

Malachai Bunke singled and scored three runs. Tim Ekern added two hits, three RBI, and a run. Justin Ruberg and Tim Highum each scored once.

Nolan Mueller pitched the first five innings and earned the win. He gave up only three hits and an unearned run, while striking out two and walking just one batter. Ronnenberg worked the last two innings, allowing eight hits and seven earned runs. He gave up a home run while walking two batters and striking out one.

R-P vs. Spring Grove

The No. 3 Seed Trojans hit the road on Saturday for a game at No. 2 Seed Spring Grove, a team they’d lost to 5-0 just eight days earlier. R-P didn’t have much better luck the second time around and stayed scoreless this season against the Lions.

The Trojans could only muster three hits against Spring Grove pitcher Carter Bratland while committing one error in the field. Spring Grove scored their six runs on eight hits and didn’t commit an error in the field.

The Lions took the lead by scoring twice in the second inning and never gave the lead back. They added another three runs in the fourth and their final run in the bottom of the fifth. The Trojans didn’t have a lot of scoring chances, leaving just five runners on base while striking out a combined 14 times.

Wiedemann (stolen base) had two of the team’s three hits, while Nolan Mueller had the third and final hit (double). Bunke reached base twice on two walks while Ronnenberg also drew a walk.

Mueller pitched all six innings of the game for R-P. He allowed eight hits and six runs (5 earned). He kept the ball around the strike zone, punching out 11 batters and walking just one. Mueller threw 107 pitches, 73 for strikes.

Bratland dominated the game, both on the mound and at the plate. On the mound, he threw all seven innings, giving up the three hits while holding R-P scoreless. He struck out 14 batters and walked only 3. At the plate, he led the Lions with three hits (double), while scoring a run. Nic Peterson was two for three with an RBI and run scored.


Only the first round of the sub-section tournament is single elimination, which meant the Trojans (record 8-13-1) are still alive. They played an elimination game against No. 5 Seed Wabasha-Kellogg on Tuesday, May 28, at Winona State University. A win would mean another game right away against the East Sub-District’s No. 1 Seed Southland. We’ll have the results here next week.