R-P baseball wins one, drops two

By: 
Chad Smith

The Rushford-Peterson baseball team kicked off last week on the road with a 5-2 TRC win at Southland on Tuesday, April 23. The Trojans were back home on Thursday and could only come up with two base hits in a 10-0 loss to Chatfield. R-P didn’t fare much better on Friday, only getting three hits in a 10-0 loss at Dover-Eyota. The Trojans are 4-3 overall (1-3 TRC).

R-P vs. Southland

    The Trojans needed some late-game heroics after the Rebels jumped out to an early two-nothing lead in the bottom of the second. In fact, R-P didn’t score their first run until the top of the fifth inning, when they punched in three runs to take a 3-2 lead. They added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh before closing out the victory.

The Trojans produced five runs on seven hits, had one error, and left five runners on base. Southland had two runs on just three hits, committed three errors, and stranded six runners on base.

R-P senior catcher Carter Weidemann continued to produce from the third spot in the batting order. He led the team with three of its seven hits, including a home run, two RBIs and scoring once (six total bases). Cleanup hitter Nolan Mueller was two for four at the plate with two RBI. Shortstop Justin Ruberg added a hit and a run scored, Alex Ronnenberg scored twice, Tim Highum added a single, and Seth Heiden scored once.

Mueller was solid again on the mound, pitching the first six innings for the win, giving up three hits and two earned runs. He struck out one, walked four, and threw 74 pitches. Ronnenberg worked the last inning on the hill, shutting down three Southland batters in the final frame. Ronnenberg  needed only nine pitches in the seventh and threw six of them for strikes.

Southland senior Lee Wilson took the loss, pitching all seven innings while giving up five unearned runs. Wilson also accounted for both Southland runs, going one for three at the plate in the leadoff spot and driving in two runs.

R-P vs. Chatfield

The Trojans couldn’t muster much offense in their home conference game against Chatfield on Thursday. In fact, R-P could only produce two hits in a game that was stopped after five innings because of the ten-run rule. The Gophers finished with ten runs on ten hits, helped out by two Trojans errors.

Chatfield finished the game with ten hits in 25 at-bats (.400). The Gophers scored a run in the first and second innings, two in the third, three runs in the fourth, and three more in the top of the fifth.

Bunke and Wiedemann had the only hits for the Trojans. They were also the only two baserunners, as R-P didn’t draw a single walk.

Gophers sophomore Henry Gathje pitched the first four innings, giving up two hits and no runs while striking out three. Senior reliever Seth Allen breezed through the last inning, striking out three.

Junior Korey Burroughs started on the hill for R-P and pitched the first four innings, giving up seven hits and seven earned runs, striking out one, walking six, and was touched for two home runs. Bunke pitched the fifth and final inning, allowing three hits and three earned runs, striking out two and walking two.

Gathje not only pitched well,  he also hit both Gopher home runs and finished the day three for three with an impressive six RBI and two scores.  

R-P vs. D-E

The offense again went quiet when R-P faced Dover-Eyota. While D-E finished with 10 runs on 12 hits, the only offense the Trojans could produce came from a solo homer by Weidemann. Of R-P’s three hits, Wiedemann had two.

The Eagles jumped out to an early lead, scoring four runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Trojans got on the board with a run in the top of the fourth. But D-E answered with another run in the bottom of the frame. The Eagles broke it open with another four runs in the fifth and a run in the sixth inning.

R-P could only produce four baserunners on the day, with Thomas Ekern reaching base on  a hit while Highum and Hale Stensgard each drew a walk.

D-E’s one-two pitching punch of Isaac Bushman and Brady Williams made life tough for Trojans batters. Bushman pitched the first four innings, giving up just two hits and one earned run while striking out six and walking one. Williams pitched the last three innings, giving up a hit while also striking out six Trojans and walking one.

Highum had a rough outing on the mound, pitching 5.2 innings and allowing 12 hits and 10 runs (7 earned). He struck out five and walked six. Skalet worked the last one-third of an inning, giving up no runs and a walk.

Schedule

R-P faced Caledonia in a road game on Monday, April 29. The Trojans returned home the next day to face Plainview-Elgin-Millville. On Thursday, May 2, the team heads to Wabasha-Kellogg before finishing the week on Friday at home against St. Charles.