Millers keep winning their SCVL baseball games
The Millers haven't been able to win any games outside the St. Croix Valley League. But inside the SCVL, the Millers have been unbeatable.
The Millers ran their SCVL record to 4-0 on Saturday by blasting the Hudson River Rats 10-0. The Millers' non-conference record dropped to 0-4 on Sunday when they lost a pair of games at Exeland, 12-11 and 5-4.
There are two more league games on the Millers' calendar this week. On Wednesday they play at home against the Menononie Eagles at 7:30 p.m. The Millers will play at Bay City on Sunday in a 1 p.m. start.
The Millers have a non-league game scheduled on Saturday against the East Bethel Bandits. There will be two pre-game ceremonies at 7 p.m. before Saturday's game. The first event will be Sponsor Recognition Night. The second event will be the placement of a plaque at Citizens Field, honoring long-time fan and former Millers player Slim Berends, who died in December.
There was good and bad news out of the Millers' win over Hudson last Saturday. The good news was pitcher Richard Klein, who threw a four-hitter to earn the shutout. The bad news was this was likely Klein's last game with the Millers. Klein and fellow pitcher Aaron Page both signed contracts to play in the Northern Woods League. Klein will be pitching for Wausau and Page will be hurling in Mankato.
This leaves the Millers woefully short on pitching. Manager Ryan Stephens is searching for other options to step forward to fill the pitching void.
Scott Emerson led the Millers' offense against Hudson, pounding out a triple, double and single in the win. Jon Will, Matt Peterson, Dylan Leslie and Mitch Paquin each contributed two hits.
In the 12-11 loss at Exeland the Millers pounded out 17 hits, but Exeland's hitters were just as lethal. Dan Leavens and Aaron Frei each drove home three runs, with each of them homering during the game. Frei's homer was a line shot down the rightfield line, while Leavens crushed a towering shot to leftfield.
Paquin pitched the complete game in the second game, losing on two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Ryan Telschow's two-run double in the third inning was the big hit for the Millers in the second game.