CORRECTIONVILLE - The River Valley boys dropped a Western Valley Conference baseball game to Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto at Correctionville on Monday, losing by a score of 10-0 in 6 innings.
Zach Hullinger pitched well for the Wolverines, and after four innings of play, RV was down 2-0. In the 5th inning, though, Hullinger walked the leadoff batter, hit the next batter, and then gave up a single, which gave MVAO a 4-0 lead. RV coach Eric Goettsch brought in Taylor Georgopolous to finish the 5th inning, and he struggled with his command, but finished the inning out, and after five innings the MVAO lead was at 9-0.
In the 6th inning, Sam Lundt pitched for RV and he gave up one run, but RV couldn't get the bats going to push the game to a 7th inning. Hullinger took the loss, going four innings on the mound, giving up five hits and five runs, four of which were earned. Hullinger also issued two walks and hit a batter. Goettsch said that "he really pitched well and through four complete innings had only made 48 pitches."
As a team, RV committed two errors, which, said Goettsch, "is a step in the right direction." Freshman Blane Cullen had River Valley's lone hit of the game, a single in the 5th inning.
Goettsch said," We just need to stay positive and keep plugging away, and I think we can turn the corner the second half of the season."
The Wolverines got a good start on that corner turning the next night when they beat Remsen-Union at Remsen, 13-4.
Freshman Brody Riedemann went seven innings, giving up four hits, walking one batter and also hitting one. Riedemann struck out seven, and surrendered four runs, three of which were earned.
River Valley had 10 hits as a team, with Samuel Lundt and Taylor Georgopolous driving in three runs apiece. Freshman Skyler Shever went 3 for 4 at the plate with a stolen base and three runs scored. Defensively , the Wolverines committed two errors and freshman Blane Cullen was busy in centerfield with six put outs, one of which was a tremendous diving catch in the right centerfield gap.
Goettsch said, "We played solid defense and Brody really pitched a great game and we hit the ball well tonight. I was very pleased with the effort, and thought we played a complete game tonight. There has been a period of adjustment for me as a coach, understanding our veteran players in game situations, but I'm getting comfortable and I think they are getting more comfortable with me, too. The freshmen have been around me over the years, so we have a feel for each other."
Goettsch said that he has been very impressed with the attitude of the seniors on the team, saying that they understand that in a little over a month their high school careers will be over.
River Valley's record now stands at 2-8 for the season, and they take on Galva Holstein in a Western Valley Conference match-up at Holstein tonight.