Trojans baseball earns first win of season

TCR/CRAIG JOHNSON Rushford-Peterson’s Nolan Mueller allowed only six hits and two earned runs while striking out eight SA batters in last week’s win over the Lions.

Thomas Ekern
Chad Smith

The Rushford-Peterson baseball team won its only game last week, a 4-3 non-conference decision at home against Schaeffer Academy on Monday, April 8. Later in the week, Old Man Winter made a late-season appearance and forced two postponements. A road game last Thursday at Caledonia was postponed to April 29. A home-field matchup against Winona Cotter on Friday, April 12, was postponed as well. No makeup date has been announced yet. The Trojans are 1-1 overall (0-1 TRC).

R-P vs. Schaeffer Academy

Great pitching and enough offense to get the job done highlighted the Trojans’ first win of the season last Monday against Schaeffer Academy (SA). Carter Weidemann and Hale Stensgard each had two hits to back six solid innings from Nolan Mueller on the mound as R-P upped its record to 1-1 (0-1 Three Rivers Conference).

The Trojans jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. SA took their only lead of the game with two runs in the top of the fifth. However, R-P tied it with a run in the home half of the fifth, then scored the decisive two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Schaeffer fought back with a run in the top of the seventh before the game ended.

The Trojans scored their four runs on eight hits, committed three errors, and left seven runners on base. The Lions scored their three runs on seven hits, made two errors, and stranded 10 runners on base.

Mueller picked up the win, allowing just six hits and two earned runs while striking out eight Lion batters and walking two. Tim Highum worked an inning in relief, allowing just one hit and one unearned run, picking up two strikeouts and two walks.

Riley Gora worked the first 5.2 innings for Schaeffer and took the loss, giving up eight hits and four runs (2 earned), striking out 10 Trojans and walking only two. Nolan Gora finished up the last two outs in the sixth inning.

Weidemann went two for two at the plate with a walk, a double, and scored a run. Stensgard was also two for two while drawing a walk, stealing two bases, and scoring twice. Justin Ruberg scored the other run for R-P.  Seth Heiden drove in two runs from the leadoff spot in the batting order while Nolan Mueller (1 for 3) had the other RBI.


This week’s schedule is all weather permitting. The Trojans were scheduled to host Houston on Monday, April 15. They’re scheduled to be back home the next night against Mabel-Canton for their final game of the week.