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Peterson's 17 strikeouts lead Millers to win in 2011 opener

The 2011 season couldn't have had a better start for the New Richmond Millers.

The Millers had Plum City singing the Blues after the Millers recorded a 4-2 win in the St. Croix Valley League opener.

Matt Peterson has spent most of his career as the Millers' catcher, but he may have a new role as the team's pitcher. He struck out 17 batters in Sunday's win over the Blues.

"He pitched the best he possibly could," said Millers manager Ryan Stephens.

Peterson struck out at least one batter in every inning except the third and he struck out the side in the seventh inning.

Peterson also showed good control, issuing just two walks.

Both teams ended the game with 10 hits, but the Millers produced better with runners on base. All four New Richmond runs were scored in the second inning.

Scott Emerson started the rally with a single up the middle. The ball went through the outfielder's legs and Emerson motored to third base. He then scored on Tony Amundson's single.

Mitch Paquin singled to put runners on the corners and Peterson tripled to the rightfield gap to bring both those runners home. Peterson then scored on Jon Will's single.

Emerson ended the day with a 4-4 performance and Will had two hits in the win.

The Millers play their first home games of the season this weekend. On Saturday they host Lake Elmo at 7:30 p.m. They play a league game against the Hager City Skeeters at 1 p.m. on Sunday.