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Raptors win 1 of 3 baseball games

Monday, June 28, 2010

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Out at first - Alta-Aurelia's Matt Sefcik makes the grab at first to nip Ridge View's Taylor Kenny. Photo by Trent Johnson, Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune
The Ridge View Raptors played three baseball games from Monday through Wednesday and came away with one win. On Monday, the Raptors played Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto at Mapleton, and saw a tight game broken up by three-run MVAO innings in both the 5th and 6th innings, as the Rams went on to score a 7-3 Western Valley Conference win.

Tyler Kenny went 2 for 3, scored once, and also drove in a run for the Raptors, while Taylor Radke went 1 for 2, scored a run and drove in one. MVAO was sparked by a 3-run HR by Brandon Burkhart and a triple by Chris Oberg.

On Tuesday, the Raptors traveled to Alta to face the tough Alta-Aurelia Warriors in non-conference action. Alta-Aurelia took the Raptors' measure by the ten-run rule, claiming a 12-2 win. Greg Davis was 2-2, Austin Graff 1-2 and Kyle Wessling 1-3 against the Warriors' Jaden Holton, who gave up just those four hits in his first varsity start.

Raptors' coach Shannon Tesch said, "We kicked the ball around a bit in this one. We need to tighten up our defense in order to get back to competitive baseball. Alta-Aurelia is a team that makes you pay for errors."

On Wednesday, the Raptors returned to Western Valley Conference acion as they hosted woodbury Central in Holstein. Things went much better in this one as the Raptors rolled to a 9-0 victory

Kyle Wessling threw a 6-hit shutout for the Raptors, striking out four and issuing no walks. Wessling also helped his cause by slugging a two-run homer, and teammate Josh Mohr added a three-run dinger. Austin Graff went 3-3 and drove in three runs to aid the Raptors' effort.

Coach Tesch state, "We played well in every facet of this game - great pitching, good defense, and timely hitting. Kyle Wessling was hitting corners and changing speeds well."

The Raptors are now 7-10 on the season and 6-6 in conference play.



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