College baseball: Warriors take pair from Rams
WILLMAR — After going winless (0-13) facing a tough non-division schedule, Ridgewater College is 3-1 in the MCAC South Division.
In a cold east wind, the Warriors took a pair from Anoka-Ramsey Community College 3-2 and 7-2 on Saturday at Baker Field.
Brandon Bornhorst, with seventh-inning help from Austin Theis, got the win in Game 1 while Brady Smith threw a complete game in the predetermined nine-inning Game 2.
“Brady threw a wonderful game,” said Warriors’ head coach Dennis Boe. “After the first inning, he really controlled the game. He threw 116 pitches, 72 for strikes with first-strike pitches to 21 of 34 batters.”
Smith gave up both runs in the first inning when he walked two. Both scored on a single by Sam Krick, but after that the lefthander from Litchfield cracked down, walking just two more and blanking the Rams the next eight innings to finish with a four-hitter.
In Game 1, Bornhorst gave up eight hits over 6.1 innings but walked just one while fanning nine, and he was supported play by solid defense.
Theis took over with two on and one out and quickly got two outs, one by whiff.
“Our three catchers did a great job, too,” Boe said. Tyler Donner caught the first game and Dan Maras and Brandon Roelike split duty in the second.
In Game 1, Donner, after reaching on one of four Rams’ errors and then stealing second, scored the game-winner in the bottom of the fifth inning on a pinch-hit single by Kyle Brazil.
“That was a huge hit for us,” said Boe.
In Game 2, Ridgewater scored three runs in the second and three in the sixth. A two-run double by Erich Prokosch keyed the later rally. Defensively, third-sacker Brandon Christenson started two double plays.
The games were the first in two weeks for the Warriors, who have four twin bills set Wednesday through Sunday.
Ridgewater 3, Anoka-Ramsey 2
Anoka-Ramsey 011 000 0 — 2 8 4
Ridgewater 010 110 x — 3 8 1
HITTING – AR:: Tyler Weeks 1-for-3,Tucker Morrell 2-for-4, Tom Kinsella 1-for-3, Sam Krick 1-for-4, rbi; Evan Gaddis 1-for-3, Trevor Naslund 1-for-3, Kevin Johnson 1-for-3 … RC: Brandon Christenson 1-for-2, rbi; Kyle Brazil 1-for-1, rbi; Matt Schmitz 1-for-3, rbi, run
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — AR: Mark Lundholm (L) 6-3-3-1-0-4 … RC: Brandon Bornhorst (W) 6.1-8-2-1-1-6, Austin Theis (S) 0.2-0-0-0-0-1
Ridgewater 7, Anoka-Ramsey 2
A-R (1-4, 3-15) 200 000 000 — 2 4 3
RC (3-1, 3-14 030 003 10x —7 9 0
HITTING – AR:: Tucker Morrell 1-for-3, Tom Kinsella 1-for-4, Sam Krick 1-for-4, rbi; Richie Podvin 1-for-3 … RC: Brandon Christenson 1-for-4, rbi; Kyle Brazil 2-for-4, Erich Prokosch 1-for-4, 2b, rbi; Matt Schmitz 1-for-4, rbi; Dan Blackstad 2-for-3, rbi; Mitch Champagne 1-for-4, rbi; Gideon Burnham 1-for-2
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — AR: Morrell (L) 5.1-8-6-4-1-4, Matt Rotzien 1.2-1-1-0-0-2, Mitch Munstertman 1-0-0-0-2-2 … RC: Brady Smith (W) 9-4-2-2-4-6