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Rats split in SCVBL play

Hudson River Rats leadoff hitter Jason Hollar (11) tries to score from third base on a double steal in the bottom of the first inning of the Rats' St. Croix Valley Baseball League game against New Richmond Sunday afternoon at Grandview Park. Hollar was tagged out for the last out of the inning as the Millers went on to defeat the River as, 10-6. Photo by Bob Burrows

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.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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