Posted 6/14/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
Crosby’s American Legion baseball team surrendered seven walks, 11 hits and four errors in an 18-4 setback against the Renville County Muskrats in a game at Vournas Field on Thursday afternoon.
Renville County utilized three big innings to push ahead of the Cubs (1-4). The Muskrats put up seven runs in the third and fifth innings and four in the fourth.
The Cubs opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, however. Aidan Eriksmoen scored from second base due to a throwing error by the shortstop on a grounder by Evan Eriksmoen.
Renville County answered with seven runs in the top of the third. Evan Eriksmoen (0-1) walked five batters in the inning, including three times with the bases loaded.
“The Renville game didn’t go well after a couple of good innings,” head coach Monte Ellingson said. “Evan developed a sore arm, and with this being the fifth game of the week, our pitching staff was depleted. Tyler Harward did a good job stepping up and finishing the game.”
The Muskrats extended their lead in the top of the fourth inning with two runs scored on errors and two others batted in.
The Cubs answered in the bottom of the frame. The inning started with singles by Harward and Tyler Deering. Bradon Peterson batted in Deering, while a passed ball scored Harward.
That was as close as Crosby would get, however, as a seven-run ninth, sealed with three-run and two-run doubles, would put the game out of reach.
Aidan Eriksmoen added one run in the bottom of the fifth, scoring when Harward batted into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded.
Cubs drop doubleheader
Errors and some adversity on the mound proved costly Wednesday last week for Crosby. The Cubs committed 10 errors in losses to Kidder County, 14-2 and 5-4, in Surrey.
Crosby allowed 14 walks and six errors in the opener loss. In the nightcap, a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh spoiled an otherwise dazzling outing from Isaac Ellingson.
“The second game was exciting and intense,” Monte Ellingson said. “Some questionable calls by the umpires also added to the intensity. Isaac really kept his composure.”
Kidder County came from behind to beat Crosby 5-4. Two baserunners scored on errors in the sixth, and Aston Iszler singled with two outs in the seventh to give Kidder County the victory.
Isaac Ellingson (1-1) held the region’s defending regular-season champion to six hits while striking out six.
Crosby had taken a 4-2 lead in the fourth when Alex Bailey scored on an error and Joran Oien scored on a wild pitch.
Deering and Evan Eriksmoen each had two hits in the doubleheader.
In the first game, Kidder County broke out to an 11-1 lead through two innings and never trailed.
Aidan Eriksmoen (0-1) took the loss after allowing 14 runs (10 earned) in five innings. He allowed five hits, walked 14 and struck out five.
Kamen Schmidt slowed the Crosby bats, allowing just one earned run on four hits in five innings to take the win.
The Cubs travel to Surrey for two today and host Makoti for two on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Renville County 18, Crosby 4
Renville 0 0 7 4 7 -- 18 8 2
Crosby 1 0 0 2 1 -- 4 4 4
Batteries: Talon Thompson and Henry Savelkoul; Evan Eriksmoen, Tyler Harward (3) and Aidan Eriksmoen.
Kidder County 14, Crosby 2
Kidder County 7 4 0 1 2 -- 14 5 2
Crosby 1 0 0 0 1 -- 2 4 6
Batteries: Kamen Schmidt and Jayson Knight; Aidan Eriksmoen and Alex Bailey.
Kidder County 5, Crosby 4
Crosby 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 -- 4 2 4
Kidder County 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 -- 5 6 2
Batteries: Isaac Ellingson and Evan Eriksmoen; Dalton Jangula, Brandon Dewald (4), Dillon Steinolfson (7) and Jayson Knight.