The River Valley Wolverines baseball team has completed their first week of game action. On Monday, Coach Eric Goettsch's team traveled to Ida Grove to take on a tough Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove team and came out on the short end of the score, dropping a 13-4 decision to the Falcons.
River Valley led 4-1 going into the bottom of the 5th, but five walks, one hit batter and a few timely hits, one being a home run,allowed OABCIG
to open the game up.
The RV offense was paced by Luke Wilen, who clubbed a 2- run homer, while Skylar Shever drove in the other Wolverine tallies with a double.
Brody Riedemann took the loss on the mound, pitching 4 2/3 innings and allowing nine runs (six earned) on two hits, nine bases on balls and one hit batter. Riedemann also struck out nine. Zak Gander came on in relief and pitched one inning, allowing four earned runs on one hit and six walks. Gander also struck out one. Tanner Zahnley pitched 1/3 of an inning with no runs, one hit, and 1 K.
Coach Goettsch said the walks really killed the Wolverines, and in retrospect he felt that he probably left Brody Riedemann in longer than he should have . On the plus side, Coach Goettsch felt his tam played well defensively.
On Tuesday, RV hosted Ridge View, and they were blanked by the Raptors, 11-0. The Wolverines managed just three singles at the plate and Skylar Shever took the loss on the hill. Shever pitched two innings, allowing six earned runs on three hits, six walks, and two hit batters. He also struck out four batters. Tanner Zahnley went two innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits, while walking none and fanning one. Brennan Riedemann pitched the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings, and the freshman allowed three earned runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out four.
Coach Goettsch again bemoaned the Wolverines' lack of offense while saying his team again played well on defense. He also said that RV again left a lot of runners on base, adding that the one that particularly stuck out for him was when the Wolverines had bases loaded in the 6th and Parker Goettsch hit a hard ground ball up the middle which caught the pitcher on the foot and "just died." The coach was sure they were looking at a couple of runs and gaining some momentum when the ball came off the bat, but Ridge View's Graff "made the play." Coach Goettsch felt that Ridge View "really has a solid team."
On Friday, the opponent was Kingsley-Pierson, and the Pirates scored a 7-3 Western Valley Conference victory. Skylar Shever had a two RBI night at the plate for RV, while Brody Riedemann had a double and scored a run. Blane Cullen had a single and scored a run and Tanner Zahnley had a single and an RBI. Freshman Mason Alitz took the loss for River Valley, allowing three hits and three earned runs while walking three batters in three innings of pitching. Brennan Riedemann went two innings, allowing two unearned runs
on two hits, while striking out four walking one. Brody Riedemann
pitched one inning. He did not give up any hits and struck out one batter, but he also gave up two bases on balls, a sacrifice fly, and threw a wild pitch to the backstop, allowing K-P to score two earned runs.
On Saturday, River Valley played in the MMC Tournament at Marcus, and lost their first game of the day to Remsen Union, 6 - 3. Brody Riedemann had a big game at the plate for the Wolverines with a double, a solo home run, and two RBI. Four other Wolverines each had a single and eighth grader
Hunter Casey, seeing his first first varsity action, had a nice game, with a single and also playing great defense at 2nd base. Freshman Parker Goettsch took the mound for the Wolverines in his first varsity start as a
pitcher. Parker went four innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits. He walked four batters, struck out two, and also picked a man off of base. Zak Gander went 1 1/3 innings in relief and gave up four earned runs on one hit and five walks while striking out one. Tanner Zahnley then came in and gave a solid effort, going 1 2/3 innings and allowing no runs on one hit, with one K.
Coach Goettsch felt that veteran hurler Gander has been "thinking about his mechanics to much and is struggling" but he was also confident that the pitcher will work through it. Sophomore Zahnley is "really doing a nice job in relief," said the coach, and he also felt that his son Parker, a left hander,
"pitched a really solid game and did a nice job of keeping runners honest on
the bases. When you pick a guy off right away, it makes them think twice
about running on you."
Coach Goettsch feels that he Wolverines' freshmen and sophomore pitchers "have really put us in a nice position, adding quality depth to our pitching staff. I know our junior pitchers will pick it up. They are just struggling with their control, but they are very good pitchers. This team is due for a breakout game when we put all facets of the game together, and I see it coming really soon. Brody is really swinging a hot bat and Skylar has been consistent so far this season. Skylar swings the bat all year round and he expects that from himself ... I really like what I've seen out of this young ball club, and they are very positive. They talk about how they are better and they want to get out of the gate in a game and keep their foot on the throttle."
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn won the final game of the tournament, defeating River Valley by the score of 9-1. Brody Riedemann had a double and Blane
Cullen and Brennan Riedemann each added a single.
Coach Goettsch felt that both MMC and Remsen Union are well-coached teams and solid ball clubs, and that RV always enjoys going to that
tournament this early in the season, as it "really gives us a chance to take a
look at our team and get more guys some game experience."