Rugby’s Babe Ruth Baseball Undefeated
Rugby’s baseball team is off to a strong start this year with a record of 4-0 and 2-0 in the Turtle Mountain league. This year’s team consists of Shayden Luna, Landen Foster, Mayson McCabe, Isaiah Johnson, Nate Haman, Seth Jaeger, Dillon Marco, Kyler Odden, Kyler Gingerich, Kelby Gingerich and Tim Mueller. They are being led by first year head coach Kipp Johnson with Anders Johnson as his assistant.
Rugby started the season with a bang against Bottineau, with a commanding 11-4 victory. Foster started the season registering a win. It was a dominant pitching performance with Foster fanning 13 batters, while yielding only five hits with three base-on-balls. Rugby hitters came prepared, peppering Bottineau’s pitcher for 13 hits that resulted in 11 runs. Highlights of the hitting performance came from Luna, who was a sweet 3 for 5 with three runs scored. Foster backed up his pitching performance with a 2 for 4 hitting night, driving in two runs while scoring two runs. McCabe drove in three runs scoring once with two hits,
Rugby was just as dominant in their second game against opponen Belcourt/Dunseith. Rugby scored 15 runs while Marco, the winning pitcher, had an impressive outing. Marco kept the Belcourt/Dunseith hitters off balance with an array of pitches giving up only one hit and no runs. Rugby hitters showed prowess at the plate with controlled aggression accumulating 10 hits while showing a good eye by forcing Belcourt/Dunseith pitchers to give up six walks. Luna found home plate four times and collected two hits. Landen Foster had a perfect hitting game, going 3 for 3, and scoring three times. Isaiah Johnson went 1 for 2 at the plate scoring twice, and Marco helped his cause going 1 for 3 at the plate and scoring a run.
Rugby had two consecutive games with Devils Lake, winning both handily. In the first game Rugby was again dominant with Isaiah Johnson showing his strength on the mound. Johnson gave up only 2 earned runs while striking out 5. Rugby kept their streak of strong plate performances alive accumulating 7 hits and 5 walks against Devils lake pitching. Their performance yielded an 11-4 victory.
In the second game against Devils Lake, Rugby again showed why being patient at the plate pays off. Rugby hitters milked 8 walks out of the Devils Lake pitching staff. Add that to a 10 hit barrage by the Rugby team and you have a 14 run game. Victory was assured when you couple 14 runs behind a pitching clinic put on by Jaeger, who only allowed 2 runs to cross the plate. Rugby defeated Devils Lake 14-2.
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