Zimmerman makes Millers an opponent to respect
For those baseball fans who were curious to see how Hayden Zimmerman's success in college would translate to city league ball, your questions were answered last Friday.
Zimmerman pitched for the New Richmond Millers in a non-league game against the Stillwater Loggers, a top level Minnesota adult team. Zimmerman was outstanding. He allowed two runs in seven innings in a 3-1 Millers loss.
Zimmerman showed impressive velocity. Many of the Stillwater batters had trouble catching up to his fastball. Just as important, Zimmerman was able to precisely locate his pitches. He worked the inside half of the plate, jamming a number of batters.
"He's fastly working into our go-to guy," said Millers manager Ryan Stephens.
Zimmerman gave up four hits and struck out six in seven innings. The two Stillwater runs were the result of a misplayed fly ball that fell for a double.
The Millers got their only run in the fifth inning. Zimmerman led off with a single and stole second base. Ryan Telschow bunted him to third before Zimmerman scored on Rod Peterson's groundout.
There were other scoring chances for the Millers. Three times they got a runner to third base, but couldn't get the run across.
The Millers finished the game with five hits. Telschow had two of the five hits.
Stephens saw the intensity the Millers brought to this game as a big step in the right direction. The team's play of late has been listless, but they showed up Friday ready to battle.
The Millers are hoping they can continue that energy in this weekend's games. On Friday at 7:30 p.m. the Millers play at the Blaine Fusion. The Millers will play a home double-header against the St. Paul Mudhens on Saturday. Game times are slated for 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.