Even in first loss, progress continues for New Richmond Millers baseball teamSuccess is all in how you view things.
Success is all in how you view things.
The New Richmond Millers adult baseball team suffered the first loss of their season last Wednesday, but team manager Ryan Stephens was putting a positive spin on the defeat.
The loss came in Menomonie, where the Eagles have bludgeoned the Millers in recent years. The Millers nearly pulled out the win this time. They gave up two unearned runs in the sixth inning in a 2-1 loss to the Eagles. This came after the Millers won their first four games of the season, making it easier for Stephens to find the good in the loss.
“We’re right there with everybody,” Stephens said. “We can compete with the best teams in the league.”
The Millers outhit Menomonie 8-7 in the game. Menomonie’s roster consists predominantly of former and current members of the UW-Stout baseball program.
Pitching has quickly become a bright spot for the Millers. Sean Conrad worked the first seven innings on Wednesday without giving up an earned run. Josh Leavens worked a scoreless eighth inning.
Stephens was overjoyed with the way Conrad responded after giving up the two runs in the sixth inning.
“He was so ticked,” Stephens gushed. “There is a bright future with this kid.”
With Hayden Zimmerman ready to work into the pitching rotation in June, this could be the most solid pitching staff the Millers have fielded in several years.
The only run for the Millers against Menomonie was scored in the fifth inning. Dylan Leslie led off with a double down the leftfield line. Conrad batted next and singled down the first base line to bring Leslie home.
The Millers had other chances. They left the bases loaded in the first inning and they stranded runners on second and third in the third inning.
This Wednesday the Millers resume their schedule with a game at the St. Paul Mudhens. They will play at Dunning Stadium at 8 p.m.
June starts with back-to-back games against St. Croix Falls this weekend. The Millers will be home on Saturday at 7:30 against the Bandits. The Millers will visit the Bandits for a 1 p.m. start the following day.