Millers get big win at Spring Valley
There were fireworks on and off the field when the New Richmond Millers knocked off the Spring Valley Hawks on the Fourth of July, 11-7.
This closes the ranks in the St. Croix Valley League northern division. The Millers are now 3-4 in the SCVL. Spring Valley slides to 5-2 with the loss.
The fireworks that were ringing out all around the field had a definite impact, testing each player's patience.
"It was hard to concentrate," said Millers manager Ryan Stephens. "There was too much activity. It was pretty close to the major league level with the noise and the fireworks."
This was the second time in a week the Millers had faced Spring Valley and they remembered how the Hawks' pitchers had dealt with them the first time around. This time the Millers' hitters were ready. They put together 12 hits, and when the Millers got someone on base, they usually found a way to get them home.
The leader in that effort was designated hitter Dan Kretovics. The Millers put the game away with rallies in the seventh and eighth innings, scoring twice in the seventh and five times in the eighth. In each of those innings Kretovics supplied a two-run single.
Another big hit came from Curt Kleinschmidt, who singled home two runs in the eighth inning.
Kretovics led the Millers with three hits. Kleinschmidt and Casey Crisp each had two hits.
Spring Valley scored the first run of the game, but once the Millers took the lead, they never gave it back. The Millers tied the game with a run in the third inning, then took the lead with three runs in the fourth inning.
One Miller who has made a subtle, but key contribution over the past few games has been Kevin Hulsey. He only had one official at-bat in Friday's game. His other three at-bats all ended up as sacrifices that were key in getting runs home. He put down a sacrifice bunt in the third inning that led to the Millers getting their first run home. He put down another sacrifice bunt that was one of the keys to the five-run eighth inning. He also had a sacrifice fly in the third inning that put the Millers ahead 2-1.
Three Millers split the pitching duties. Tom Crisp worked the first five innings, getting the win. Dan Ragsdale and Trevor Kodesh worked in relief, with Kodesh working 2.1 innings to get the save. All three Millers pitchers were on the wild side, walking 16 hitters in the game.
The Millers hope to improve their SCVL record this Friday. They will be playing at Citizens Field at 7 p.m. against Osceola. The Braves are currently at the bottom of the SCVL northern division standings.
New Richmond 11,
Spring Valley 7
NEW RICHMOND (11)
Kleinschmidt rf 5-2-2, C.Crisp lf 4-2-2, Measner ss 3-1-1, Kretovics dh 5-1-3, Stephens c 3-0-0, Spurrell ph 1-0-0, Telschow 1b 5-1-1, Baillargeon cf 3-2-2, Breymeier 2b 3-2-1, Ratz ph 1-0-0, Hulsey 3b 1-0-0. Totals 34-11-12.
SPRING VALLEY (7)
Becker ss 3-2-1, Ja.MacKinnon dh 5-0-1, Jo.MacKinnon lf 6-1-2, N.Brom 3b 3-0-1, Vandervorst cf 4-2-1, B.Brom 1b 4-0-2, Giluson 2b 6-0-1, Mueller rf 4-1-0, Eidem p 3-1-2. Totals 38-7-11.
2B-Baillargeon. RBI-Kleinschmidt 2, Crisp, Kretovics 4, Stephens, Baillargeon, Breymeier, Hulsey.
New Richmond 001 300 250=11
Spring Valley 100 011 211=7
PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO
T.Crisp (W) 35 7 4 3 8 2
Ragsdale 1.2 1 1 1 4 2
Kodesh (save) 2.1 3 2 2 4 1