The East Mills baseball team could not hold onto a 4-1 lead as Fremont-Mills rallied for an 11-5 Corner Conference win on Friday.
The Wolverines (7-8 overall, 6-4 in the conference), scored two runs each in the first and third innings to take the early lead, but Knight starter Brandon Herrick seemed to get control of the game over the final three innings to hold East Mills to one run.
“We led most of the game but they’re a good team,” said Lloyd Blank, East Mills’ co-head baseball coach with Jim Doyle. “You throw a freshman pitcher out there against a good team, that happens sometimes.”
The Wolverines’ freshman starter, Charlie Ruff, didn’t pitch bad, said Blank, he just seemed to be a little over matched at times.
“He actually pitched really well and bounced back after a rough start earlier in the week to pitch well,” Blank said.
The Wolverines were out hit 15 to nine.
“We hit the ball and put it in play but they made some good plays behind him,” said Lloyd of the Knights’ Herrick.
Herrick (6-1) earned the complete-game win and added three hits and two RBIs for the Knights (11-8 overall, 10-4 in the conference), Dylan Miller added three hits and four RBIs and Austin Hansen was 4-for-5.
Sidney roughed up Fremont-Mills starter Austin Hansen for six earned runs on five hits in a 6-1 loss on Thursday.
Hansen and Thomas Ware combined for four of the Knights’ seven hits.
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Stanton pitcher Tanner Stubbendeck allowed just three and the Vikings scored five runs in the first in a 12-0 victory over East Mills last Wednesday.
Luke Schafer took the loss for the Wolverines, throwing four innings and allowing eight earned runs and nine hits while striking out four.
“He pitched well but he kind of got shell shocked that first inning and you get in a hole like that against a team like Stanton,” said East Mills coach Lloyd Blank. “But I didn’t think we played that bad over the last few innings. I wasn’t displeased with how we played at all.”
Matt Miller, A.J. Westover and Joe Morgan each recorded a hit for East Mills.
Stanton starting pitcher Alex Whigham held Fremont-Mills two hits in a 15-0 win last Tuesday.
Whigham struck out five and allowed just four base runners in four innings.
Dylan Miller took the loss for the Knights after allowing nine earned runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Miller and Seth Phelps had the Knights two hits.
East Mills sweeps Clarinda Academy
The East Mills baseball team swept Clarinda Academy 7-6 and 17-4 in a Corner Conference double header last Tuesday.
In game one, Charlie Ruff struck out three but walked nine in a game East Mills coach Lloyd Blank said wasn’t the freshman’s best.
“He didn’t throw as well as he’s capable but I think they felt like this was a game they could win so sort of played that well,” said Blank. “I just felt we could have played better and finished it sooner.”
Luke Schafer had two hits in the game one win.
In game two, the Wolverines pounded 11 hits in scoring a season-high 17 runs.
Schafer was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Daniel Duysen was 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Jake Doyle and A.J. Westover each added two hits.
Westover, making his first appearance on the mound since seventh grade, struck out 10 and allowed three earned runs and six hits in his first career win.
Fremont-Mills pounded out 14 hits in a 16-7 victory over Hamburg last Monday.
Seth Phillips was 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and four RBIs. Brandon Herrick and Dylan Miller each had three hits and two RBIs.
Brandon Herrick earned the win after allowing 11 hits and three earned runs and striking out 10 in the complete-game.