New Richmond Senior American Legion baseball team knocks off PrescottThe New Richmond Senior American Legion baseball team earned a win in its first home game of the summer season on Monday.
The New Richmond Senior American Legion baseball team earned a win in its first home game of the summer season on Monday.
New Richmond battled Prescott right down to the final out, with New Richmond hanging on for an 8-7 win.
A strong pitching performance from Zac Parfitt led New Richmond. In the first seven innings he allowed one earned run, though Prescott scored two unearned runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Brady Gaspord and Kyle Shilts pitched the final two innings. Shilts came in facing a bases-loaded jam and was able to save the win.
Parfitt and Jeremy Leavens were the offensive leaders. Parfitt had the big blast of the game, a three-run triple in the fifth inning. Leavens went 4-5 at the plate, including a pair of doubles. Blake Higgins also added two hits.
Other than two defensive mistakes that led to the unearned runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings, New Richmond played flashy defense. That included two 6-4-3 double plays, with Leavens and Drew Durham turning the defensive gems.
The Senior team returns to action at 6:30 p.m. Thursday with a game at Eau Claire at University Field. New Richmond starts a long stretch of home games next Monday when they host Menomonie at 7 p.m. They will host West St. Paul in a double-header, beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
New Richmond Junior Legion
New Richmond’s Junior Legion team played its first home games of the season last Tuesday in a double-header against Osceola. Osceola took the first game 3-1, but New Richmond bounced back to win the second game 9-4. A double-header against Cumberland last Thursday was rained out.
New Richmond’s hitters struggled to make contact in the first game, striking out nine times in the five-inning game. That improved drastically in the second game, reducing their strikeout total to four.
New Richmond took charge by sending 10 players to the plate in the second inning, wringing six runs out of the rally. New Richmond added four more runs in the fourth inning.
The offense was well-balanced, with Dylan Dowd, Drake Durham, Cameron Hausman, Hunter Charland and Noah Biniek each producing two hits. Hausman pitched the first two innings of the game, with Caleb Manecke working the next two and Dowd handling the final inning.
Brady Gaspord started on the mound in the opener, working three strong innings. Durham pitched the fourth inning and Hausman the fifth inning.
Gaspord led the offense in the first game with two hits and driving home the only New Richmond run. Dowd also went 2-2 at the plate.
New Richmond plays at home this Thursday, with two games against Luck-Frederic. New Richmond plays at Barron next Tuesday.
The success of the high school season carried right over into the Legion season for the Somerset boys, who opened Legion play by winning two games at Baldwin on June 7.
They added two more wins last Tuesday by sweeping a double-header at Spring Valley.
Spring Valley took an early lead in the opening game but Somerset rallied to win in the fifth inning, 9-8. Somerset scored in every inning. Jake Kelcher singled home two runs in the first inning. Tyler Lueck’s sacrifice fly brought home Ben Hammer in the second inning. Zack Waalen singled home Alex Hite in the third inning.
Somerset cut the margin to 8-6 with two runs in the fourth inning. Andy Peters singled home Lueck for the first run. Jake Mantalica scored the second run on a fielder’s choice.
Drew Kelly doubled to lead off the fifth inning. Jordan Langness walked and Lueck reached on an error. Mantalica singled to bring home the go-ahead runs.
Lueck started on the mound but had trouble locating the strike zone. Mick Robida came on with one out in the first inning and completed the rest of the game. He allowed three hits and no earned runs, striking out six.
In the second game, Somerset didn’t let Spring Valley build a lead. Peters threw a complete game one-hitter. He walked three batters while recording 12 of the 15 outs on strikeouts.
“He simply overmatched the hitters with his fastball,” said Somerset coach Dion Langness.
Kelly led off the second game with a walk and he scored on Hite’s single. Somerset pulled away with four runs in the third inning. Jordan Langness and Lueck started the charge with singles. Hite singled them both home. The next two runs scored on a Spring Valley error.
Kelly and David Richard scored the final two Somerset runs.
Somerset’s wins at Baldwin came on scores of 10-4 and 5-4. In the 10-4 opener Somerset took the lead with a five-run third inning. A leadoff homer by Lueck was the high point of a three-run rally in the fourth.
Mantalica led the Somerset offense with three hits.
Lueck pitched the opener, throwing a complete game one-hitter. He had to battle through a rocky first inning when he hit three batters with pitches.
In the second game Somerset took a 2-0 lead with runs in the second and third. They moved the lead to 5-0 with three runs in the fourth, highlighted by a two-run single from Kelcher.
Robida had to battle through a late Baldwin charge to get the pitching win. He allowed eight hits and struck out five in the complete game effort.
Somerset is scheduled to host St. Croix Falls in a pair of games this Thursday. Somerset plays a twinbill at Osceola next Tuesday.