Rats split in SCVBL play
The Hudson River Rats couldn't take advantage of six New Richmond errors, and the Millers went on to a 10-6 victory over the Rats Sunday afternoon at Grandview Park.
The loss gave Hudson a split in St. Croix Valley Baseball League play last week, coming two days after the Rats posted a 3-1 victory over the Menomonie Eagles.
Hudson, now 3-2 in SCVBL play, 6-6 overall, will face the River Falls Fighting Fish (5-3, 6-8) Saturday, June 20 at 1 p.m. The game was originally scheduled as a home game for the River Rats but has been moved to River Falls with a 1 p.m. start. Sunday, June 21, the Rats will travel to Plum City (4-3, 5-5) for another 1 p.m. ballgame.
Last Sunday against New Richmond, the Millers (5-3, 8-3) took advantage of a flat effort and less-than average pitching by the River Rats leave town with a 10-6 victory. Hudson also committed two errors to help the Millers escape with the win.
Jason Hollar had two hits, including a triple, and two RBI for Hudson and Brent Blegen had two hits and a run batted in while Kirk Krumrei had a hit and scored twice.
The Millers scored twice in the top of the first and never trailed. Brian Sparstad lasted just 3 1/3-innings and was roughed up for six runs, four earned, while allowing six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Davis Lenzen, Brian Rudesill and Travis Borowicz also saw action on the mound for the River Rats as the Millers pounded out 17 hits.
Adam Frei led New Richmond with three hits and two RBI while Mitch Paquin had two hits and drove in two runs. Tim Brown threw eight innings to earn the win, allowing two earned runs on seven hits while striking out seven and walking four.
Friday at Menomonie, the River Rats scored all three of their runs in the top of the third when Eagle shortstop Luke Schultz made a throwing error on a ground ball hit by Jason Bast that allowed Chris Kein and Hollar to score. Bast would later score on a two-out single by Blegen.
Rats' starter Russ Jiskra tossed a complete game, three-hitter to earn the win. Jiskra struck out eight and walked six, but allowed the Eagles' only run of the game by committing a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth.
Hollar and Blegen each had two hits for the River Rats.