CORRECTIONVILLE - The young River Valley Wolverines baseball team lost to Westwood,11 to 5, in a Thursday game that was called due to lightning in the bottom of the 7th inning, with no outs and a runner on first. Adam Schirmer had three singles for the Wolverines, Blane Cullen was 2 for 3 with three RBI and a stolen base, Luke Wilen added an RBI on a sac fly, Parker Goettsch was 2 for 3 with a run scored and two stolen bases, Mason Alitz and Hunter Casey were each 1 for 2 at the plate with Casey adding an RBI, and Brody Riedemann walked 3 times, scored three runs and had 2 stolen bases.
Freshman hurler Mason Alitz started on the hill for the Wolverines, going three innings and allowed four earned runs on two hits while walking four, hitting two batters, and striking out three. Skylar Shever pitched one inning and allowed one run on one hit, while striking out one and walking two. Brody Riedemann came on in the 5th inning and went one inning, allowing four earned runs on two hits. Brody had two k's, three walks, and one hit batter and took the loss in relief. Brennan Riedemann pitched the
6th and 7th innings, allowing two earned runs on one hit with three strikeouts and three walks.
A frustrated RV coach Eric Goettsch said, "I think our problem is obvious at this point. We give up way too many free passes with these walks and hit batters. We have to clean that problem up and we'll be just fine. Defensively and offensively we played well, but we are just not throwing strikes consistently right now."
Goettsch conceded that RV has a very young pitching staff, but added that they have strive for the next level.
"We've had the lead in 4 out of our 6 games and let things get away from us," the coach said. "Like I tell our pitchers, 'There is an army of 7 behind you, so throw strikes and let them make plays.'"
River Valley hosts Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto in Correctionville tonight and travel to Lawton-Bronson for more Western Valley Conference action on Wednesday.