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Panthers beat Dogs, hope it starts roll

The 4-2 win at Boyceville on Monday is what St. Croix Central baseball coach Mike Fern hopes will get his team started on a late-season charge.

Last week the Panthers played two of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference leaders and had hoped for better results, but lost both. Monday's win again showed that the Panthers can be a team with all the elements to be a quality team. The Panthers got good pitching from Tyler Cody, timely hitting and solid defense in Monday's win.

"I told the guys after the game that baseball's a funny game and we still could get on a roll here," said Central coach Mike Fern.

Cody was sharp, striking out 10 while throwing a four-hitter.

The Panthers got some big hits early, including a solo homer by Rance Retherford in the first at-bat. Cody then doubled, later scoring to make the early lead 2-0.

The defense only let in one unearned run in the game, making the plays later in the game to prevent any comeback by the Bulldogs.

Loss at Osceola

The Panthers dug themselves into an early hole at Osceola last Thursday and could never dig themselves out. Osceola scored once in the first and four times in the second, leading to a 10-4 Chieftain win.

The Panthers did cut the margin to 5-3 with two runs in the third and another in the fourth, but Osceola then got its bats going again to pull away.

Defense continues to stymie the Panthers. None of Osceola's first five runs were earned.

If there was a bright spot for the Panthers, it was the hitting of Garrett Ullom and Chris Pizzi. Ullom went 4-4 and Pizzi was 2-3 and they each doubled, as they combined for six of the eight Panther hits in the game.

Burned by big inning

The Panthers haven't given up many big innings this season. But the one they gave up against Colfax last Tuesday was a whopper.

Colfax, stinging from the loss Central had delivered to the Vikings in the first round of conference play, rang up a 12-run inning Tuesday. That was the difference in the game, with Colfax scoring a 14-2 win.

The game had a promising start for the Panthers. Jason Belisle continued to provide a spark for the offense, hitting a two-run double in the first inning to put the Panthers in front 2-0. That's where the score remained until the fateful third inning.

Central pitcher Adam Reyzer had allowed one hit in the first two innings. He lost his touch in the third inning, including giving up a grand slam homer to Joe Robertson. The Panther defense didn't help the situation either, committing four errors in the inning.

St. Croix Central 4, Boyceville 2



Ramberg ss 2-1-1, Retherford c 3-1-1, Cody p 3-1-1, Ullom lf 2-1-1, Belisle 1b 2-0-0, Pizzi 3b 3-0-2, Myer rf 2-0-0, Brown ph 1-0-0, Reyzer 2b 2-0-0, Hartung ph 1-0-0, Fedie cf 3-0-0. Totals 24-4-6.


Kersten 2b 3-1-1, Hedlund lf 3-0-2, Filipa 1b 3-0-0, Hoff c 3-0-0, Slind ss 3-0-1, Kruse p 3-0-0, Kaiser cf 3-0-0, Poeschel dh 1-0-0, Salfer rf 2-0-0, Stark 3b 1-0-0, Brewer 3b 1-1-0. Totals 26-2-4.

2B-Cody, Pizzi. RBI-Retherford, Ullom.

St. Croix Central 201 001 0=4

Boyceville 001 010 0=2


St. Croix Central

Cody (W) 7 4 2 1 1 10

Osceola 10, St. Croix Central 4



Ramberg ss 3-0-0, Brown cf 3-0-0, Fedie ph 1-0-1, Cody p 2-1-0, Ullom lf 4-0-4, Belisle 1b 4-0-0, Retherford c 3-1-1, Sarnstrom ph 1-0-0, Reyzer 2b 3-0-0, Hartung ph 1-0-0, Pizzi 3b 3-1-2, Myer rf 2-1-0. Totals 30-4-8.


Olson lf 3-3-1, Germain ss 4-1-1, Benitz 2b 4-3-3, Hinz cf 4-2-2, Miller p 2-0-1, Schmidt c 2-0-1, Maki 1b 4-1-0, Droher 3b 0-0-0, Jolly dh 3-0-1, Schmidt rf 2-0-0. Totals 28-10-10.

2B-Ullom, Pizzi.

St. Croix Central 001 101 0=4

Osceola 140 212 x=10


St. Croix Central

Cody (L) 6 10 10 3 5 4

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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