MMCRU Boys edged by H-LP, 2-1, in District baseball

Friday, July 14, 2017

ROCK RAPIDS - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen Union baseball team saw their season come to an abrupt halt Tuesday with a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to War Eagle Conference foe Harris-Lake Park in Class 1A District Tournament action here.

It was a pitching battle between HLP’s Jordan Kyle and MMCRU’s Tristen Olson, as each team only collected three hits and the Royals striking out a staggering 13 times.

Each team had one hit going into the 5th inning when HLP’s Bret Sohn hit a solo home run to lead off the top of the 5th , putting the Wolves up 1-0. The Wolves got the eventual winning run in the top of the seventh when Olson struck out Jordan Kyle, but a passed ball put Kyle on first. He then stole second, and a wild pitch put him on third. Kyle then scored on a fielder’s choice by Zach Heikens.

Down 2-0, the Royals threatened in the bottom of the 7th when Tyler Whited led off the inning with a two strike double. Tristen Olson then doubled, scoring Whited, and Joel Johnson reached on an error. That was all for the Royals, though, and they fell by the score of 2-1.

Royals coach TJ Schaefer commented, “I don’t know how Tristen could have pitched any better. Other than the home run, he was not responsible for anyone getting past first. He is a great pitcher and a great competitor, it’s a shame we couldn’t get more runs for him. We played a great game defensively, but we just couldn’t get the bats going, Jordan Kyle was ‘on’ and he was tough to hit. I am very proud of the guys and the progress we made this year, I know they are disappointed, but I think this will drive them to get even better in the future. Everyone who started tonight will be back next year, so they are determined to do some damage. Unfortunately, this was the last game with our assistant coach, Tanner Utesch. He has been a great asset to this program, and he has a great teaching and coaching career ahead of him. He will be sorely missed.”

The Royals finished their season with an overall mark of 13-11.

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