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River Valley edged by Westwood

Thursday, June 23, 2011

River Valley baseball coach Eric Goettsch, right, offers strategy to Wolverine batter Blane Cullen during recent baseball action. Photo by Jolene Smith
SLOAN - In Western Valley Conference baseball action here Monday, River Valley got off to a quick 2-0 lead over Westwood in the top of the first. The score remained 2-0 until the bottom of the fourth inning, when the Rebels

struck for three runs on two hits, three walks and one hit batter. The Wolverines mounted a 2-out charge when Parker Goettsch lined a single to right field and Blane Cullen doubled down the left field line and the Wolverines gambled, sending Goettsch home from first, but Westwood executed a perfect relay, he was thrown out at the plate, and the Rebels took the game by final score of 3-2.

Six different Wolverine players cracked singles in the game, while Blane Cullen added a double, and Brody Riedemann took the loss on the hill, pitching six innings and allowing five hits and three earned runs, while striking out 12, walking seven, and hitting one batter.

While saying that "Seven walks is four too many" for pitcher Riedemann, Coach Goettsch also stated that "he still battled and pitched a very

good game."

While Goettsch feels that the Wolverines are a solid team defensively, and that their pitching "is really taking shape," he feels they need to change their approach at the plate to contribute something offensively.

"Hitting is supposed to be fun," said the coach, "and I think we are nervous - or tense - or too cautious - at the plate."

River Valley is still winless on the season, but Coach Goettsch feels that his players are still exhibiting a positive attitude.

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