HOLSTEIN - The Ridge View boys rolled to their sixth win without a loss this season when they beat Boyer Valley,10-0 in five innings, in Western Valley Conference baseball action in Dunlap on Friday June 1.
The Raptors, who had received no-hit mound performances from Kris Alesch and Kyle Wessling in recent games, turned to Seth Johnson against Boyer Valley, and he shut out the Bulldogs on just one hit while striking out 11. Johnson also helped himself at the plate, going 2 - 3, including a double, and driving in two runs.Kyle Wessling drove in three runs for the Raptors with a double; Austin Stuchen had a double and single, scored twice and drove in two runs; and Travis Hoeppner also stroked a double and scored once as Raptors improved their season mark to 6-0. Ridge View coach Shannon Tesch said the Raptors "are playing with a lot of confidence."
The following Monday, the Raptors scored three runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to take a 7-4 lead over Kingsley--Pierson, but the Pirates came right back and scored five of their own in the top half of the 7th, and held on to win 9-7, handing the Raptors their first loss of the season.
Ridge View coach Shannon Tesch said, "I thought we had the game in the bag when we took a 7-4 lead after six innings. But KP put the pressure on us and got the job done. It was disappointing that we weren't able to close it out."
Josh Dunlap drove home four runs and Colin Henrich was 3-4, including a pair of doubles, for K-P, while Ridge View was led at the plate by Austin Graff, who was 2-3 and had three RBI, and Seth Johnson and Heath Clark, each of whom scored twice and drove in a run for the Raptors. Kris Alesch went the distance on the mound for Ridge View, giving up nine runs (three earned) on eight hits, while striking out 12 and walking three.
The next night, the Raptors traveled to Maple Valley to play Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto, and Ridge View was unable to get back on the winning track, loisng to the Rams by an 8-4 score. MVAO got all of their runs by the third inning, and the Raptors were unable to close the gap. Austin Graff had two hits for Ridge View, including a two-bagger, and Kris Alesch and Heath Clark also doubled, with Clark driving in two runs. Kyle Wessling took the loss on the mound, going 2 2/3 innings and giving up seven runs (four earned) on seven hits, while walking three and fanning six. Travis Hoeppner came on in relief of Wessling and gave up one earned run on one hit, walking one and striking out nine in his 3 1/3 innings of work. Winning pitcher Tanner Petersen fanned 11 Raptors hitters.
On Wednesday,The Raptors bunched 11 runs in the 4th and 5th innings to get back on the winning track with at 12-2 win over River Valley in Western Valley Conference baseball action in Holstein.
Seth Johnson was the winner on the mound, giving up two runs on three hits in five innings while striking out five. Austin Stuchen and Travis Hoeppner both had 3-3 nights at the plate for the Raptors, with Stuchen driving in three runs and Hoeppner two. Austin Graff also drove in two runs for Coach Shannon Tesch's Raptors, who are now 7-2 on the season and 3-2 in conference play.
River Valley's three hits were collected by Ethan Brown, Parker Goettsch and Blane Cullen and Brown driove home the two Wolverine runs.
The Raptors traveled to Sloan to play Westwood on Friday before going to Paullina on Saturday for some non-conference action against a tough South O'Brien team. Results of these games will be in Wednesday's edition of the Chronicle Times.