Wolverines rout F-M on senior night

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    The East Mills baseball team “ten run ruled” Fremont Mills 12-2 on Friday in Malvern.  
    The Wolverines (8-9 overall, 8-5 in the Corner Conference) slapped seven hits and got strong innings of pitching from Charlie Ruff in the five inning win.
    “We are playing good baseball right now,” said East Mills coach Cole Buchholz. “Two one-run games against conference leaders Sidney and Nishnabotna, and now two wins in a row.  Our only goal right now is to be playing our best ball by July 10 when districts start.  
    Ruff got the win on the mound scattering six hits and striking out six.
    “The umpire had a tight strike zone and on senior night he (Ruff) came out pumped and firing strikes,” Buchholz said of Ruff.  
    Senior Daniel Duysen led the way on offense going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a stolen base.  David Howell doubled and drove in two runs.
    Austin Switzer recorded the loss for the Knights (7-9 overall, 6-6 in the conference) after allowing three hits and three earned runs in three innings of work.
    Chase McCollum led the Knights two hits. James Hall added an RBI single.

East Mills 12,
Villisca 8
    East Mills defeated Villisca 12-8 in a conference match-up on Thursday.
    Freshman Kyle Ryun started for East Mills and pitched better than his line shows, said head coach Cole Buchholz.   Ryan went 4 2/3 innings and gave up 10 hits and six runs all earned, with a pair of walks and strikeouts.  
    “Once again he kept us in the ballgame and gave our offense a chance,” Buchholz said.  
    Defensively, East Mills committed just one error.
    “That was easily our best defensive game,” Buchholz said.
    Austin Sommerla came on in relief of Ryun before Buchholz called on Charlie Ruff to close out the final 2 1/3 innings. Ruff gave up three hits, a walk, and struck out six of the seven batters he faced to pick up the win.
    East Mills finished with 15 hits.  David Howell went 3-for-5 and four RBIs. Daniel Duysen added three hits and Ruff, Colby Jennings, and Michael Story all had two hits apiece.

Sidney 13,
Fremont-Mills 3
    Fremont-Mills became Sidney’s 11th straight victory in a 13-3 Cowboy win last Wednesday.
    The Knights scored all three of their runs in the first inning before Sidney scored 13 unanswered runs over the next four innings.
    Clayton Wilson took the loss on the mound after allowing six hits and nine earned runs while striking out nine.
    Seth Phillips was 2-for-2 with two RBIs for the Knights.
    Brendon Hardy earned the win, scattering six hits and three earned runs.

Sidney 6,
East Mills 5
    Sidney plated a run in the seventh inning to edge East Mills 6-5 in Corner Conference baseball last Tuesday.
    Charlie Ruff took the loss for the Wolverines, tossing a complete-game and surrendering  nine hits and six runs (three were earned) and fanning six.
    The Wolverines led 3-1 after the third inning before Sidney began to rally.
    “We were up early and then our offense disappeared for awhile,” said East Mills coach Cole Buchholz. “We made a couple of mistakes in the field and on the bases and that cost us.  They turned two double plays, one in the bottom of the sixth and one in the seventh.”

    It was the last double-play that hurt East Mills the most. Down two, in the bottom of the seventh, Luke Schafer smacked a base hit and then Colby Jennings grounded in to a double play effectively killing the Wolverine rally opportunity.  Ruff, the very next batter, then came to plate and hit a solo home run to left that could have tied the game or given the Wolverines the lead.  
    Ruff led the way going 3-for-4 with a single, double and a home run. Schafer was 4-for-4 with four singles, three stolen bases, one run and an RBI.
Fremont-Mills 11,
Clarinda Academy 5
    Chase McCollum had three hits and Austin Switzer two for Fremont-Mills in an 11-5 win over Clarinda Academy last Tuesday.
    The Knights belted 10 hits in the win.
    Switzer recorded the win on the hill scattering five hits and fanning 11 for the complete-game victory.

Nishnabotna 10,
East Mills 9
    Nishnabotna downed East Mills 10-9 in Corner Conference baseball on June 22.
    “Errors did us in again tonight.  We were so close, but that has been the story of the year,” said East Mills coach Cole Buchholz.
    Austin Sommerla started the game for the Wolverines but left after 1 2/3 innings and gave up six hits and five earned runs. Kyle Ryun came on in relief, going 2 1/3 innings  and giving up a hit and one earned run.  
    “Kyle Ryun did his job and kept us in the ballgame.  That is all you can ask of your pitcher,” Buchholz said.  
    Charlie Ruff pitched the last three innings and took the loss.  Ruff gave up two hits, one earned run and struck out four.
 David Howell led the Wolverines offense going 3-for-3 with two singles, a double and an RBI.
    Duysen,  Ruff and Colden Hillyer each had two singles apiece. Duysen and Ruff each drove in a run and Hillyer had one RBI.  

East Mills 9,
Stanton 5
    Charlie Ruff came on in relief of starter Kyle Ryun to earn the win for East Mills 9-5 over Stanton on June 21.
    Ryun, a freshman, started the game and allowed three hits and three earned runs over three innings before handing the ball off to Ruff.  Ruff pitched the final four, allowing one hit, one earned run, a walk, and fanning eight.  
    Ryun went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a stolen base.  
    Trey Byers went 2-for-2 with an RBI.  
    Colby Jennings also had two singles, going 2-for-3, with an RBI, a run and two stolen bases.