AUSTIN EDITION -- Riverland settles for split with Rochester
ROCHESTER -- Riverland had one bad inning on Thursday and had to settle for a split in a doubleheader with Rochester Community College in baseball.
Riverland won the opener 13-3 before Rochester rallied to win the nightcap 11-6. The host Yellowjackets scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth in the second game to overcome a 6-4 deficit.
"We had some costly errors and gave it away," Riverland coach Dave Meyer said.
The Blue Devils collected 14 hits in the opener, including eight doubles and a triple. Jacob Frey, Jamie Morrison, Nate Vollbrecht, Luke Larson, Josh Kunze and Josh Ramaker all had two hits for Riverland. Frey scored a run and drove in two, Morrison had two runs scored, two RBIs and two stolen bases. Vollbrecht scored three runs, drove in two and hit a double and triple. Larson had two doubles and two RBIs, Kunze drove in two runs and scored a pair and Ramaker also scored twice while hitting two doubles.
Clint Ripley picked up the win for Riverland. He pitched a complete game, striking out seven, walking four, giving seven hits and allowing three earned runs.
"He pitched very well," Meyer said.
In the second game, RCTC took advantage of two Riverland errors in the sixth inning. Jeremy Cordie also hit a two-run double.
"I think they had one hard hit ball that whole inning," Meyer said. "Other than that they had some bloop singles that fell in."
Offensively, Frey, Vollbrecht and Kunze all had two hits for Riverland. Frey drove in a pair of runs and Kunze had an RBI double. Ramaker scored a pair of runs.
Even with the loss in the second game, Riverland has won 10 of its past 12 games in MCCC South Division play. The Blue Devils (11-5 league, 12-8 overall) play doubleheaders at Ridgewater on Saturday in Willmar and at Bethany Lutheran in Mankato on Sunday.
RIVERLAND 13, ROCHESTER 3
Riverland 040 050 4 -- 13 14 2
; Rochester 201 000 0 -- 3 7 2
; Ripley and Kunze; Camlaqua, Nelson (6) and Koziolek.
2B -- RIV, Frey, Morrison, Vollbrecht, Luke Larson 2, Ramaker 2, Nalan; RCTC, Smarzyk. 3B -- RIV, Vollbrecht.
ROCHESTER 11, RIVERLAND 6
Riverland 040 002 0 -- 6 10 3
; Rochester 002 027 x -- 11 12 2
; Roesler, Breslin (6) and Kunze; Huber and Cordie.
2B -- RIV, Kunze; RCTC, Ganz, Cordie.