The River Valley baseball team had a tough week last week, starting with a 12-1 loss to Galva-Holstein on Tuesday night.
Zach Hullinger took the loss on the mound for the Wolverines, pitching three innings and giving up five runs (three earned) on three hits. Hullinger struck out two and walked three. Taylor Georgopolous pitched the 4th inning and gave up seven runs ( six earned) on four hits. Georgopolous issued one walk and had one strikeout.
Samuel Lundt had a double and RV's lone run scored on a Georgopolous ground-out RBI.
Hullinger pitched well, but, said RV coach Eric Goettsch,"I could tell he was getting tired, and knowing he would probably have to start again on Friday, I had to pull him."
Goettsch also said, "We really need to get Georgopolous going, as he's been struggling with his control and we'll need him down the stretch. Anthony Volkert has been nursing a sore arm, and it looks like he will be back on the mound for us next week. We're pretty thin in that department with Anthony not being able to give us some innings. We continue to struggle fielding the ball cleanly and finding holes offensively."
Wednesday night, River Valley lost to 6th-ranked (Class 2A) Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto, 10-0. Freshman Brody Riedemann took the loss for RV, going six innings, giving up six hits, 10 runs, eight earned, with six walks and six strikeouts. Said Coach Goettsch, "We had six errors in the game, and Brody really battled his way out of some jams. With the walks he gave up and the errors we had, it could have gotten ugly. "
MVAO scored six in the third inning. RV held the Rams scoreless in the 4th and 5th innings, and Goettsch said, "Riedemann really pitched well. He never seems to get rattled. He really has a bright future if he continues to work hard."
Friday night, River Valley lost to Woodbury Central by a score of 14-6. Zach Hullinger took the loss on the mound, going four innings and giving up 10 runs, six earned, with three walks, three hit batters, and two strikeouts.
"Zach had a tough night with his control," said Coach Goettsch. " We'll evaluate him on Saturday and we may hold him out until next Friday - or even the following week after that. I could see something wasn't right with him in the game against Galva-Holstein and again tonight his control wasn't too sharp."
"The good news," the coach continued, "is that we fought hard and fought back. We only had two errors in the game, but the one that hurt the most was in the second inning with two outs that resulted in three runs scoring. We hit the ball well tonight. We had a good practice on Thursday and worked on a different approach at the plate.
"Dalton Rex, Samuel Lundt, and Zach Hullinger each had two hits. Hullinger came within an inch of a home run. I couldn't believe it when it hit the very top of the fence and stayed in play. The second inning was the killer inning for us tonight, and after that we held them in check until the sixth inning," when the first four MVAO batters walked. Freshman Riedemann again came on and, said the coach, "In the 7th inning, he just mowed them down. "
Goettsch said, " I really believe this team is going to put together a good night and jump all over somebody. They darn near had me teared up after the game , when they demanded we have practice on Saturday. They really want to get better, and that's all I can ask for. We might not have a good record, but we sure have some good kids with the right attitude."
River Valley's record now stands at 2-12 on the season.