The Ridge View Raptors baseball team played their first games of the season this week, and the games were quite different from each other as Coach Shannon Tesch's Raptors split the two contests.
The final score of the season opener at Moville on Monday was Woodbury Central 15, Ridge View 0 in five innings. Ridge View had just two hits in the game - a single by Tyler Kenny and a triple by Seth Johnson.
The Wildcats Taylor McElrath slugged a homer and a double and drove in three runs, and his teammate Cole Hancock also hit a homer and drove in three runs. Winning pitcher Colin Christiansen struck out nine Raptors' batters and allowed just the two hits
" Woodbury Central played a fundamentally sound game," said the Ridge View coach. "That big third inning (when WC scored 11 times) helped them put us away. All in all, I thought we did some good things in our first game of the season - definitely some things to build on."
The second game, a home contest against Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto at Holstein on Wednesday, was a much closer and well-played game, as Ridge View scored once in the third to tie the game, scored another in the forth, then made it stand up for a 2 - 1 victory.
Kris Alesch got the win on the mound for the Raptors, going the distance on a two hitter and striking out seven in a tight pitching duel with MVAO's Kalyin Hinrickson, who also gave up just a pair of hits and fanned nine.
Kyle Wessling got one of the Raptors' hits, a single, and the other, Travis Hoeppner's double, drove in a run. Seth Smith's triple drove in the Rams' only run, and their other tally was a Chris Oberg single.
Coach Tesch said, " I like this kind of baseball game - low scoring, good defense, and great pitching. Kris Alesch was dealing from the mound. He pitched a great game. We had guys step up with some outstanding defensive plays in the clutch. Our players will remember this win for a while. "