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New Richmond Millers lose pair of games at Red Wing

The Millers played a tournament in Red Wing, Minn., over the weekend and three more of the team's pitchers came up with sore arms during the tournament.

To help with the shortage of pitching, the Millers have brought a pitcher out of retirement who hasn't hurled competitively in seven years.

The Millers were beaten in both of their games in the Red Wing tournament. They were beaten by Red Wing in the opening round of the tournament 13-3 on Friday. In Saturday's second round, the Millers fell to the Austin (Minn.) Greyhounds, 8-4.

There were few highlights for the Millers in Friday's loss. Matt Peterson started on the mound, but poor defensive support allowed Red Wing to score nine runs in the first three innings. Peterson left the game with a sore arm. Dan Leavens and Cameron Dressen also pitched.

The one offensive highlight in Friday's game was a two-run blast by Leavens in the sixth inning. He fouled off several off-speed pitches. When the Red Wing pitcher finally brought a fastball, Leavens crushed it over the leftfield fence for the homer.

Dressen started on the mound in Saturday's game, giving up three runs in the first inning. He lasted three innings, before manager Ryan Stephens came on to work the next four innings.

Josh Bottolfson entered the game to pitch the final two innings. Bottolfson was making his first competitive pitching appearance over the weekend in seven years. He gave up four runs in his two innings but will likely see plenty of game time in non-league games to build up his arm strength.

The Millers got some needed good news with the return of Tony Amundson from a knee injury on Saturday. Amundson delivered one of the key hits of the game, a two-run double. Leavens also delivered a two-run hit, a fourth inning single that trimmed Austin's lead to 3-2.

The Millers are getting into a busy stretch of the season. They host the East Bethel Bandits at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Citizens Field.

This weekend the Millers resume St. Croix Valley League play with a pair of road games. The Millers are scheduled to play at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Osceola. That's followed by a 1 p.m. game on Saturday at River Falls.