New Richmond Millers swat the Skeeters, 15-3
The New Richmond Millers had their swatters ready on Sunday.
Playing in one of the first seasonable days of the spring, the Millers swatted the ball all over Citizens Field on Sunday, beating the Hager City Skeeters 15-3.
The win raises the Millers' record to 2-0 in the St. Croix Valley League this season. The Millers' game against Lake Elmo that was scheduled for Saturday was rained out and it is unlikely to be made up.
Sunday's game saw the Millers score early and often in support of Matt Peterson's pitching.
The Skeeters scored twice off Peterson in the top of the first inning. Millers manager-catcher Ryan Stephens was able to get Peterson to rely more on location and less on velocity after that and the Skeeters had no bite in the rest of the game.
In the bottom of the first the Millers took the lead. Jon Will delivered a one-out single, then Stephens lined a homer down the rightfield line that cleared the fence by a few feet. Dan Leavens followed with a walk and he scored on Dylan Leslie's double down the leftfield line.
The Millers tacked on three more runs in the second. Peterson and Will started the inning with singles. Peterson scored on Stephens' sacrifice fly. Leavens walked and Ryan Telschow was hit by a pitch to load the bags. One run scored on a groundout and Mitch Paquin drove home another with a single.
If the Skeeters had any hopes of a comeback, those hopes were crushed by a seven-run rally by the Millers in the third inning. A three-run homer from Leavens and a two-run single from Eric Schmitz were the big hits of that rally.
With the heavy run support, Peterson was able to cruise through the Skeeter lineup. He finished with 13 strikeouts in the seven inning game. He gave up three hits and two earned runs. He struck out every Hager City batter at least once in the game.
The Millers finished the day with 15 hits. Will and Peterson each ended with three hits. Will scored four times and Stephens and Leavens both crossed the plate three times. Leavens finished with four RBI and Stephens and Leslie each drove in three runs.
The Millers continue their SCVL schedule this Friday, playing at Citizens Field at 7:30 p.m. against the Prescott Pirates. The Millers leave league play for their next two games. They host Exeland at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The St. Paul Mudhens are scheduled to visit Citizens Field at 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday.