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Spring trips continue for RCTC teams

Post-Bulletin staff

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Rochester Community and Technical College split a pair of one-run games, beating Cumberland 5-4 in extra innings and losing 9-8 to Potomac in college softball Wednesday.

The victory came in the ninth inning, with a run scored via the international tiebreaker rule. Deanna Mock went all nine innings despite a sore shoulder, striking out nine and allowing five hits and three walks.

In the loss, the Yellowjackets had an 8-2 lead but gave up two runs in the fifth and five in the sixth.

"This was a disapointing loss as we had the game going our way and let it get away," RCTC coach Jean Musgjerd said.

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"Coming down here is always a learning experience, as long as you learn from your mistakes and begin to correct them. We don't use it as an excuse but understand that this is a learning process.  We need to have some of our hitters start to come through in key situations.  We missed some critical bunting situations that cost us the chance to get back into this game.

"But to give the team credit, we have also had some nice plays executed both defensively and offensively.  We just need to cut down on the stuff that doesn't show up in the stats, like mental errors and lost opportunities to pick runners off."

Against Cumberland, Andria Rogers had two hits and she and Liz Christensen each drove in a run.

Against Potomac, Caitlin Donahoe and Wendi Irlbeck split pitching duties. Donahoe, Amy Fordham and Rogers had two hits each. Kelly Shaner drove in three runs and Fordham, Rogers and Loken one each.

The team is scheduled to play three games today due to rainouts on Tuesday.

Baseball

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — RCTC is 2-4 after six games on its Florida trip.

The Yellowjackets split with Niagara (N.Y.) 10-9 and lost 20-6 on Sunday.  On Monday they lost 12-9 to Dutchess (N.Y.) and McDaniel JV (Md.) 7-6.  McDaniel is an NCAA Division III program. On Tuesday, RCTC split with Oakton CC (Ill.) winning 13-3 in five innings and lost 7-6. 

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"We are hitting the ball very well and scoring runs," head coach Steve Hucke said, "our pitching is just a little behind but is catching up." 

Tony Nierman is batting .450 with a home run, Wade Yunker is batting .450, Shane Brandt .388 and Quinn Schultz .316.

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