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RU falls to Galva-Holstein

Monday, June 30, 2003

On a rainy night, the Galva-Holstein baseball team scored nine runs in the first two innings and defeated Remsen-Union, 15-4.

The Pirates score six runs in the first inning and three in the second.

The Rockets put two runs on the board in the second inning.

Brian Wurth hit a one-out single in the second inning. Jordan Vaske was walked and Jacob Ahlers hit a single to score Wurth. A single by Justin Lehner brought in Vaske.

Another run in the fourth and one in the fifth were the only other runs RU would score.

Ahlers was walked in the fourth inning and later scored on a Cory Parker sacrifice fly. A double by Wurth in the fifth scored Scott Bortscheller.

The Rockets had nine hits for the game and left 10 runners on base.

Wurth was 3-3 with a double and six other Rockets had one hit.

"We had opportunities to score and that is encouraging," said RU head coach Bill Parker. "We're putting the ball in play and making things happen, it's just a matter of working through things."

Justin Lehner pitched five innings for the Rockets, giving up 13 hits and walking 5. Wurth pitched the remaining two innings, giving up two hits and one walk while striking out one.

Coach Parker said the pitching stats shouldn't be as bad as they were. He said the changing weather and rain was a factor.

"We probably lost three balls in the outfield that fell as hits because the fielder didn't see the ball. It was one of those nights were the ball goes up and they lose it because the way the sky is," said Bill Parker. "The hits that had to be counted as hits would have been outs on a lot of other nights."

Bill Parker said he wasn't disappointed with the way Lehner threw.

"I asked him to throw strikes and he did that, but we just put him in a hole in the first inning when we didn't make some plays," said Coach Parker. "You can't blame the outfielders, they are trying as hard as they can. It's just a matter of once that ball goes up and it gets in those grey clouds and you lose it, then you're struggling. It was just a tough time trying to find the ball."

Errors came late in the game and weren't a factor, said Bill Parker.

"Those were at the point where the boys were trying to do too much, diving for balls, hitting them off the glove or outfielders coming in to make plays and the ball getting by them," said Bill Parker. "They're not errors I'm going to worry about because they were hustle errors. The kids were just trying to do too much to catch up."

The Rockets have three games in three nights this week. June 30 they play Odebolt-Arthur at home. They head to Battle Creek-Ida Grove July 1 and return home July 2 to take on Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Coach Parker said everyone on the team is holding up well.

"We took some days off last week because we had a little break and the kids arm-wise are pretty sound," said Bill Parker. "We'll find out pretty quick as we go through this stretch here. Then we have a huge break and don't play until July 11. We'll have a nice chance to give the kids a little time off and a chance to enjoy summer."

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