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New Richmond Millers struggle through difficult week

A rainout against St. Croix Falls on Saturday may have been the best thing that happened to the New Richmond Millers last week.

The Millers were limited to two hits and no runs in their two games last week. Millers manager Ryan Stephens said the team is just trying to maintain some stability until reinforcements arrive from the high school and college ranks.

It's understandable if the Millers are down a bit after they got blasted by Menomonie 21-0 on Friday. The loss drops the Millers to 2-2 in the St. Croix Valley League. On top of giving up 21 runs, the Millers were no-hit in the loss.

The offense also struggled when the Millers faced Stillwater in a non-league game last Wednesday. This was a much more competitive effort. With Coleman Roskam showing he's becoming a more capable pitcher at this level, the Millers were only beaten 3-0.

Stephens said the team has to keep its long-range goal as its focus. The goal is to make the state playoffs, which requires the Millers to finish above .500 in their SCVL 15-game schedule.

“Finishing 8-7 is very doable,” Stephens said.

The reinforcements are already starting to arrive. Zac Parfitt joined the team this week. He pitched an inning against Stillwater and he quickly made a strong impression. Stephens said Parfitt showed a lively fastball and he will be seeing more time on the mound for the team.

The Millers have a busy weekend coming up, with games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Millers host Eau Claire at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The Millers renew their rivalry with the Osceola Braves on Saturday, playing at Osceola's Oakey Park at 7 p.m. The Millers return home on Sunday for a 1 p.m. clash with East Bethel at Citizens Field.

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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