The River Valley boys took on Ridge View Friday at Holstein in Western Valley Conference baseball action, and Ridge View pulled off a 7-3 win.
Sam Lundt was the starting pitcher for the Wolverines and the senior gave up five runs on five hits while striking out four, walking five and hitting one batter. Zak Gander pitched an inning and a third and surrendered two runs on one hit while walking two and striking out two. Brody Riedemann came on to finish the 6th inning and faced one batter, who grounded into a double play.
Wolverine coach Eric Goettsch said that his team was "a little shaky" on defense, committing "three pretty costly errors." Goettsch also said that the Wolverines "made it easy for them with all the walks. Offensively we didn't hit the ball very well. We had too many strikeouts. "
Lundt, Skylar Shever, and Josh Pansegrau each had two hits for River Valley.
" We had two innings to put runs on the board and didn't score a single run," said Coach Goettsch. In the top of the 5th inning, RV had bases loaded and no outs and the next three batters struck out, and in the top of the 6th inning, RV had runners at second and third with one out when Andrew Volkert hit a rocket of a line drive to right field and the second baseman for Ridge View made a great play - snagging the line drive and then doubling off the Wolverine runner at second base.
"Those two innings really hurt," said Goetttsch, " but you've got to give credit to the Ridge View kids for making the plays to keep us from stealing the momentum."
On Monday, the Wolverines traveled to Mapleton to take on Maple Valley/ Anthon-Oto for more Western Valley Conference action, and the Wolverines again ended up on the wrong side of an 8-4 game.
Brody Riedemann was the starting pitcher for RV, and he went all six innings, giving up eight runs, five of which were earned, on five hits. Riedemann struck out eight, walked two and hit two batters.
"Brody pitched a great game," said Coach Goettsch. "Once again we had some key errors that really hurt us."
Zak Gander, who has been slowed with a hip flexor strain and has only been pitching sparingly, got the start at third base and had two throwing errors. He fielded the ball cleanly, but both his throws sailed high over 1st baseman Andrew Volkert's head. "Gander did a good job," said Goettsch, " but he is still sore and tentative with that leg. We'll keep him day to day and keep working him in slowly. He really loves baseball and you can see he's frustrated not to be 100 percent."
Offensively, RV had only four singles on the night.
Goettsch said that MVAO is "a pretty solid defensive ball club." Though the Wolverines made a few baserunning mistakes, the coach said he was happy with his team's effort , hustle and attitude. The Wolverines are a pretty young team. They have stated four sophomores and two freshman in some games and three sophomores and three freshman in others, and they have even played and started some 8th graders.
MVAO, on the other hand, starts seven seniors and two juniors, so, said Goiettsch, "Obviously experience really helps, but our kids are holding their own. Our upperclassmen are great kids, and they really do a nice job helping out our younger players. "