Trojans baseball team grabs a pair of wins

By: 
Chad Smith

The Rushford-Peterson baseball team was perfect on their home field last week. The Trojans picked up a 10-0 win over Houston on Monday, April 15. The next day, R-P needed only six innings to beat Mabel-Canton 14-4 thanks to the ten-run rule. The Trojans are 3-1 this season (0-1 TRC).

R-P vs. Houston

The Trojans got all the runs they needed in the first inning to grab the non-conference home win over Houston. R-P needed just five hits to score 10 runs while shutting out the Hurricanes.

R-P had 10 runs on five hits, with no errors. The Hurricanes were scoreless on just three hits and two errors. The Trojans played well, both at the plate and in the field.

Trojans batters took full advantage of the eight walks issued by Houston pitching. Nolan Mueller went two for three in the cleanup spot while driving in a run and scoring once. Right fielder Thomas Ekern was two for three with a run scored. Carter Weidemann added a hit, drove in three runs, and scored twice. Seth Heiden and Alex Ronnenberg each scored twice. Justin Ruberg and Malachai Bunke each scored once.

Mueller worked the first three innings on the bump, giving up just one hit, striking out seven Hurricanes, and walking only one batter. Mueller threw 39 pitches, 24 for strikes while picking up the win. Ronnenberg pitched the last two innings, allowing only two hits while striking out five and walking one.

Caiden Olson, James Hongerholt, and Caden Ness each had a hit for Houston. Olson worked the first three innings on the mound, giving up all five hits and ten runs, only three of which were earned.

R-P vs. M-C

The Trojans scored in all six innings against the Cougars, piling up enough runs to bring the game to an end, thanks to the ten-run rule. R-P jumped out to a 4-2 lead after the first two innings before M-C plated their final two runs in the third to tie it at 4-4. The Trojans added another run in the bottom of the third, two in the fourth, two in the fifth, and six more in the bottom of the sixth to close out the game with a 14-4 win.

R-P batters came out swinging in the first inning, tallying up 17 hits. Heiden led the team with three hits in four at-bats from the leadoff spot, driving in two, scoring once, and stealing two bases. At the other end of the batting order, Bunke was a perfect three for three, getting an RBI, a walk, and leading the team with four runs. Mueller provided pop from the cleanup spot, going two for four with two doubles, driving in an RBI and scoring three runs. Other Trojans with two hits included Logan Skalet (RBI, 2 runs), Weidemann (2 doubles, 2 RBI, run), and Tim Highum (double, RBI, run).

Winning pitcher Highum also carried the load on the mound, working the first five innings, allowing five hits, four runs (3 earned), with one strikeout and five walks. Skalet pitched the final inning, giving up two hits with a strikeout and walk.

Parker Ingvalson took the loss for M-C, working 4.2 innings while allowing 11 hits, nine earned runs, striking out three and walking three. Drew Wyffels, Alex Arneson, and Colton Heintz-Kuderer each had two hits for M-C.

Schedule

The Trojans get into Three Rivers Conference play this week. They started the week with a conference road game at Southland on Tuesday, April 23. They’ll stay in conference play on Thursday with a home game against Chatfield. R-P wraps up the week with a road game on Friday, April 26, at Dover-Eyota.