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Another weekend, another split for SCVBL's River Rats

River Rats pitcher Brian Sparstad delivers a pitch to the plate in Saturday's loss to River Falls. Photo by Bob Burrows

The Hudson River Rats have had more splits than an embryo the last few weekends.

For the fourth straight weekend, the Rats have walked away with a 1-1 record in a pair of St. Croix Valley Baseball League games, leaving them with a mark of 4-3 in SCVBL play (6-8 overall) heading into this weekend's Ellsworth Tournament. Hudson will open tourney play Friday at 6 p.m. against the Elmwood Expos.

Last weekend the Rats lost to River Falls for the second time this season, 10-6, on Saturday before bouncing back to beat Plum City, 7-4, Sunday afternoon.

Saturday's game was moved to Ellsworth because of scheduling conflicts in Hudson and River Falls, and the Fighting Fish roughed up River Rat pitching by hitting four home runs in their 10-6 win.

Brian Giebel went deep twice for River Falls wile Josh Eidem and Sam Giliuson also cleared the fences.

River Rats starter Brian Sparstad worked the first five innings and was tagged with the loss, allowing seven runs, six earned, on 12 hits while walking two and hitting a batter. The Rats left 12 runners on base, including the bases loaded in the fourth and sixth innings.

Sunday at Plum City, Davis Lenzen picked up his first win as a Rat, and Jason Hollar, Kirk Krumrei and Brent Blegen drove in two runs apiece in a 7-4 come-from-behind win at Plum City.

Lenzen allowed six hits and four runs over eight innings while striking out eight and walking seven.

Hudson trailed 2-1 after six but scored four runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead for good. A run-scoring base hit by Hollar and a two-run single by Krumrei were followed by a costly throwing error by Plum City second baseman Josh Bauer that allowed Hollar to score the Rats fourth run of the inning.

Hollar and Krumrei each had two hits in the win and Brian Rudesill had a pair of hits, including a double, and scored a run before pitching a scoreless ninth in relief to earn the save.

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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