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AUSTIN EDITION Blue Devils get swept in opener

WILLMAR -- Riverland lost both games of Wednesday's baseball doubleheader against Ridgewater Community College.

The Riverland Blue Devils lost by scores of 8-3 and 10-0 in the Minnesota Community College Conference, South Division opener.

Walks and a trio of errors did in the Blue Devils in the opening game loss. Ridgewater had eight runs on six hits, while the Blue Devils had three runs on six hits. Rob Barslou took the pitching loss for the visitors.

"We out hit them in the first game, but one bad inning was the difference," Riverland coach Scott Koenigs said. "Walks hurt us as we let an opportunity for a win get away."

The late game was a scoreless tie through the first three innings, then it all fell apart for Blue Devils pitcher Kevin Komorouski. He only gave up five hits, but a pair of errors opened the door for the home team.

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Riverland had only three hits in the late game. After a victorious opening weekend, the Blue Devils tasted defeat for the first time this season in suffering the sweep.

"Kevin struggled with a small strike zone and we didn't make the adjustments," Koenigs said of the late loss. "Three of them were infield hits, but we walked six and beaned two so that was the difference."

The Blue Devils were led in hitting by Jason Pehler, who went 3-for-5 in the two games. Pehler is now 12-for-17 at the plate this season. Other top hitters included: Louie Lang 2-for-5; Jake Blome 1-for-4; and Elias Solveling 1-for-4.

Riverland (4-2, 0-2) plays host to a crossover tournament with MCCC North teams beginning on Friday at 2 p.m.

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