Panther Baseball Swept, But Open Region Play With Win
The Rugby Baseball team found themselves on the wrong side of a doubleheader Thursday, April 14th versus Velva, as they were swept via scores of 7-0 and 4-3. In game one, the Aggies scored five runs in the top of the 1st inning as the first five batters reached base and came around to score. The Panthers were unable to recover and made little noise at the plate in the five inning affair with just one hit.
Game two started out much different. The Panthers struck first with a run in the bottom of the 1st inning only to be answered by the Aggies in the top of the third. The two sides would exchange runs and after five innings it was 2-2. It was the second time that week the Panthers would have an extra inning game. Much like the first time, Rugby ended up losing in extras by a 4-3 score in six. Panthers gave up two runs in the top of the inning, then got a run and had the bases loaded with two outs before a strike out ended the comeback attempt.
The baseball squad headed to Bottineau on Monday to open up Regional play for the spring. The Panthers and Braves were knotted at 2-2 aside when Rugby erupted for 6 runs in the top of the fourth inning on their way to an 8-5 victory.
SR Evan Burckhard pitched all seven innings. He gave up nine hits, but walked just one and struck out 7 Braves batters. Offensively, SR Blaine Rosencrans was 3-4 with 3 RBIs and Anders Johnson was 1-2 with two walks, 2 runs scored and an RBI.
All but one player collected a hit in the game for the Panthers, who improved their overall record to 2-3 on the season and 1-0 in region play.
Rugby hosted Northstar on Friday and has a busy week ahead. On Monday, they will welcome in Harvey-Wells Co. to Northern Lights field, visit Rolette/Wolford on Tuesday then participate in a jamboree in Carrington and New Rockford over the weekend.
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