Millers continue sizzling start, beat Prescott 6-4 in SCVL baseball
The New Richmond Millers are riding an emotional high and they aren't afraid to show it.
The pumped up Millers got into a benches-clearing situation in their game with the Prescott Pirates on Friday. Keep in mind, Prescott has used the Millers as its personal ragdoll for more than a decade. This is a different Millers team.
The Millers were able to control their emotions after the heated exchange and pulled ahead of the Pirates for a 6-4 win.
This win raises the Millers' record in the St. Croix Valley League.
Millers manager Ryan Stephens said this is the second time in his 15 years with the team where the Millers were able to defeat the Pirates.
The emotions arose during the pivotal seventh inning. After a pair of walks, Scott Emerson tried to score on Aaron Frei's single up the middle. Prescott's catcher blocked the plate, so Emerson bowled him over. Prescott got the out on the play, but several Prescott players objected to the force of Emerson's hit. Soon the benches emptied, with several arguments cooking before cooler heads could calm the players down.
Veteran Millers first baseman Ryan Telschow was the next batter. Figuring that Prescott pitcher Nick Johnson would be charged up and throwing fastballs, Telschow jumped on his second pitch. Telschow lined the pitch up the middle for a two-run single, putting the Millers ahead 6-4.
That would be all the support pitcher Richard Klein would need. Klein is the latest find as the Millers rebuild their pitching staff. Klein is a hard-throwing lefty from Woodbury, Minn. who attends Dakota County Technical College.
Klein gave up a three-run homer to Chris Terrazas in the first inning. He got better and better as the game wore on. He allowed one sixth inning run. In the final three innings he was untouchable, retiring the Pirates without a baserunner in each inning.
The Millers got their first run in the third inning on a walk, sacrifice and a double to the rightfield alley by Emerson.
In the fifth inning the Millers tied the game, albeit briefly. Jon Will led off with a single and Emerson was hit by a pitch. Aaron Frei and Telschow singled them home.
Emerson had begun to annoy the Pirates in the top of the fifth inning, when he made the defensive play of the night. Prescott's Brady Randolph launched a bomb to the deepest part of centerfield. Emerson sprinted toward the fence, making a basket catch more than 400 feet from home plate.
"Scotty made a phenomenal catch. That deflated them right there," Stephens said.
So when Emerson crashed into the Prescott catcher, he had already irritated the Pirates.
On Sunday the Millers waited out the afternoon rain to play their game with Exeland. The game started an hour late, but the Millers looked good early, building a 4-1 lead.
Stephens had planned to use the non-conference game to get a look at some of the younger players on the roster. Exeland was able to come back against the Miller reserves for a 7-5 win.
Will, Matt Peterson and Dan Leavens each had two hits in Sunday's game.
"Leavens has been a huge plus, he's getting more and more aggressive," Stephens said.
Aaron Page, another recruit from Dakota County, pitched Sunday's game. He allowed nine hits, but seven walks and two hit batters were his downfall.
The Millers play at home this Wednesday, May 27, in a non-conference game against the St. Paul Mudhens. The Millers then take the Memorial Day weekend off. Their next game will be a SCVL game against Hudson at Citizens Field on Saturday, June 4.