Trojans baseball team wins one, drops two

By: 
Chad Smith

The Rushford-Peterson baseball team started off last week with a tough road matchup, falling 13-0 at Caledonia on Monday, April 29. They bounced back on Thursday, May 2, for a conference win at Wabasha-Kellogg 4-3. The Trojans then dropped a home game against St. Charles 11-1 in six innings on Friday, May 3. R-P is 5-5 on the season (2-5 TRC).

R-P vs. Caledonia

The week started with a tough road test at Caledonia and the Warriors came out swinging. While the Caledonia bats were producing runs in bunches, the pitching duo of Payton Schott and Cole Folsom held the R-P bats to just one hit. The Warriors wound up with 13 runs on 12 hits with one error. The Trojans were scoreless with the one hit, while committing three errors.

R-P trailed just 2-0 after the first two innings. But Caledonia would add two more runs in the fourth and three in the fifth. The Warriors then piled up six runs in the sixth to bring the game to an end thanks to the ten-run-rule.

Hale Stensgard came up with the only R-P hit of the ballgame. Only four Trojans reached base in the game. Malachai Bunke walked twice and Seth Heiden was hit by a pitch. All four were stranded.

Stensgard also got the start on the hill for R-P, pitching the first four innings and giving up six hits and four earned runs. He walked five batters and struck out four. Logan Skalet pitched the last 1.1 innings, giving up six hits and nine runs (eight earned), walked three, and surrendered a home run to Schott.

Schott had a stellar game for the Warriors, going a perfect five of five at the plate, while driving in six runs and scoring twice himself. He also pitched the first five innings, giving up the one hit while striking out 11 batters and walking only one. Folsom pitched the sixth inning, holding R-P scoreless and issuing one walk.

R-P vs. W-K

The Trojans bounced back nicely while pulling out a TRC road win at Wabasha-Kellogg. Nolan Mueller spun a gem on the mound, getting the complete-game victory while giving the Trojans a chance to score enough runs to get the come from behind win.

W-K scored the first run of the game in the second inning before adding two more in the bottom of the fourth. The Trojans trailed 3-0 before pushing four runs across the plate in the top of the sixth inning to take a one-run lead. Neither team would add to their score in the seventh inning and the Trojans closed out the win.

The Trojans finished with four runs on five hits with three errors. W-K had three runs on five hits with one error.

Mueller worked all seven innings on the hill, giving up five hits and three runs (two earned). He struck out six batters and walked just two in getting the win. He threw 104 pitches, 69 for strikes.

Alex Ronnenberg had the only multi-hit game, going two for three with an RBI and a run. Stensgard and Justin Ruberg each went one for four with a run scored. Thomas Ekern added a single and Heiden scored a run. The Trojans had a chance to break the game open, stranding 11 runners on base.

Brady Wodele took the loss for W-K, pitching the first 5.1 innings, giving up four hits and three runs (two earned). Aldan Baxter had the only multi-hit game for W-K, going two for three with two runs scored.

R-P vs. St. Charles

It’s tough to beat any team that bats .500, which is exactly what St. Charles did against R-P. The Saints went 18 for 36 against R-P pitching, enroute to an 11-1, six-inning win over the Trojans. R-P finished with just one run on six hits while making two errors. St. Charles had their 11 runs on 18 hits and committed only one error.

The Saints put two runs up in both the first and second innings to take a 4-0 lead. The next two innings were scoreless. St. Charles broke the game open with six runs in the top of the fifth before R-P scored its only run in the bottom of the inning. The Saints scored one more run in the top of the sixth before shutting down R-P in the bottom of the inning.

Highum and Weidemann combined for five of the six hits. Highum was a perfect three for three at the plate with an RBI. Weidemann was two for three with a stolen base. Justin Ruberg had a single in two at-bats.

Highum worked the first 4.2 innings on the mound as the pitcher of record, giving up 17 hits and 10 runs (eight earned). He struck out one, walked one, and allowed a home run. Ronnenberg finished up the final 1.1 innings, allowing a hit and an earned run while striking out two and walking one.

Senior outfielder Jersey Thoreson cracked the home run, scoring twice, driving in two runs, and walking once. Sophomore pitcher Braedan Ihrke pitched all six innings to get the win.

Schedule

The week already kicked off on Monday, May 6, with a road game at Houston, where R-P will look to sweep the series. The Trojans will look to split the season series with La Crescent/Hokah during a home game on Tuesday, May 7. They’ll end the week on Friday, May 10, with a home game against Caledonia.