SLOAN - The River Valley boys took on Westwood in a Western Valley Conference baseball game here on Wednesday, and the Wolverines came out on the wrong end of an 8-2 verdict.
RV's starting pitcher Zak Gander went four innings, allowing three hits and striking out two batters, but also issued six walks. Westwood scored eight runs , seven of them earned, before Sam Lundt came in and threw two innings of no hit, no run relief, with three strikeouts.
RV Coach Eric Goettsch said that the sophomore Gander, who is coming off a strained hip flexor muscle and is "day-to-day," had a rough second inning, issuing four of his six walks and throwing 40 of his 85 total pitches in that frame. Goettsch felt that his team had an outstanding defensive effort with their only error being a dropped third strike on which catcher Skylar Shever "had plenty of time and rushed it." The coach went on to say that Shever has done a fantastic job behind the plate so far this season.
"Offensively we made contact," continued Goettsch, " but they made plays defensively. The kids are really close to making some noise with the bats, and this team is really taking pride in its defense."