CORRECTIONVILLE - The River Valley Wolverines lost a Western Valley Conference baseball game to Odebolt-Arthur here on Tuesday, falling by a 10-0 score in five innings. RV coach Eric Goettsch said, "We just keep giving teams 4-6 outs an inning, and that is not going to get the job done. We need to quit being afraid to make mistakes and have a mindset that we want the ball hit at us because we can make the play... mistakes killed us. We had seven errors ."
On the positive side, said Goettsch, "Zach Hullinger settled in and battled, pitching all five innings. He really had his curveball and change - up working, and was able to locate his fastball, which kept O-A off balance the last three innings."
"We just dug ourselves too big of a hole," continued Goettsch. "O-A is a very good ball club. Quinn Reik pitched for them, and I would say his fastball hits 85-87 mph and he also has a good curveball and change-up to go along with his heat. We made contact, but right at them and they made every play."
For the Wolverines, Zach Hullinger gave up nine hits and 10 runs (six earned), struck out four, walked one, and hit one batter. Hullinger also had RV's only hit of the game, a single, going 1 for 2 at the plate.
" If we can put that one game together where we limit our mistakes, I think we'll be fine," said Goettsch. " If we're going to get beat, we need to force teams to beat us in seven innings. Keep the game alive for all seven innings and you never know what could happen."
The Wolverines travel to Moville to take on Woodbury Central in further Western Valley Conference action on Thursday.