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Final weekend of the season for the New Richmond Millers

With it having long been proven that the New Richmond Millers wouldn’t be making the Wisconsin Baseball Association state playoffs this season, the season has been on a slow wind-down since then.

The Millers will complete their 2016 season this week with three games. The Millers are scheduled to play at home on Thursday against River Falls, which has already locked up the championship in the Eau Galle Division of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League. The Millers are scheduled to play their final home game of the season on Friday, when they host the Eau Claire Bears in another 7:30 p.m. start. The final scheduled game of the season for the Millers is a 1 p.m. start on Sunday when they play at Prescott, the leader in the St. Croix Division of the SCVBL.

The most recent game for the Millers was played last Wednesday against Elmwood. The Millers started the game like a house afire, but they flamed out quickly in a 9-5 loss. This left the Millers with a 3-12 record in the SCVBL, while Elmwood is now at 13-4.

The Millers flashed their potential in the first inning, scoring five times. The inning started with an Aaron Moore single. Caleb Belter then reached on an error, and a Jon Will bunt put both of them in scoring position. They both scored easily when Caleb Manecke ripped a triple.

Manecke came home on Nate Olin’s single. Hayden Nelson kept the streak alive with a single. They both scored on a single from Logan Peterson.

Things looked promising after that dazzling start, but the offense quickly turned into a dud. The Millers managed just two more hits, one in the second inning and one in the sixth inning in the home-field loss.

Millers manager Ryan Stephens started on the mound, working the first four innings. Cam Hausman took over, pitching into the eighth inning, with Coleman Roskam finishing the game.

Elmwood scored three runs in the third, followed by single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. The run in the fifth inning set off a heated protest from the Millers. Belter came up throwing following a hit to the outfield and he made a strong throw to Nelson at the plate. The Millers felt that Nelson had clearly tagged the runner trying to score, but the home plate umpire did not share their view of the play.

Elmwood scored one run in the seventh and three runs in the eighth to pull away from the Millers.

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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