New Richmond Millers struggle through difficult week
A rainout against St. Croix Falls on Saturday may have been the best thing that happened to the New Richmond Millers last week.
It's understandable if the Millers are down a bit after they got blasted by Menomonie 21-0 on Friday. The loss drops the Millers to 2-2 in the St. Croix Valley League. On top of giving up 21 runs, the Millers were no-hit in the loss.
The offense also struggled when the Millers faced Stillwater in a non-league game last Wednesday. This was a much more competitive effort. With Coleman Roskam showing he's becoming a more capable pitcher at this level, the Millers were only beaten 3-0.Stephens said the team has to keep its long-range goal as its focus. The goal is to make the state playoffs, which requires the Millers to finish above .500 in their SCVL 15-game schedule.“Finishing 8-7 is very doable,” Stephens said.The reinforcements are already starting to arrive. Zac Parfitt joined the team this week. He pitched an inning against Stillwater and he quickly made a strong impression. Stephens said Parfitt showed a lively fastball and he will be seeing more time on the mound for the team.The Millers have a busy weekend coming up, with games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Millers host Eau Claire at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The Millers renew their rivalry with the Osceola Braves on Saturday, playing at Osceola's Oakey Park at 7 p.m. The Millers return home on Sunday for a 1 p.m. clash with East Bethel at Citizens Field.