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New Richmond Millers play at home twice this weekend

Jon Will (center) represented the Millers when the St. Croix Valley League All-Stars faced the St. Paul Saints on Saturday.

The season opener for the New Richmond Millers started well, but didn’t finish that way.

The Millers led 3-0 midway through the fourth inning, but things went south from there as they lost at Bay City on Sunday, May 14, 9-3.

The first Millers home games of the season will be played this weekend. The Millers will host Spring Valley at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 in a St. Croix Valley Baseball League game. The Millers will play a non-league game on Sunday, May 21 at 1 p.m. when they host Shoreview.

The season opener at Bay City had its encouraging moments for the Millers, but it also showed that the team is still on the younger side in comparative terms with most of the SCVBL teams.

Coleman Roskam got the pitching start for the Millers and was effective early, opening with three shutout innings.

The game was scoreless until New Richmond struck in the top of the fourth. Caleb Manecke reached on an error to start the inning and Tommy Grygienc bunted him to second. Jon Will followed with a bunt single. Nate Olin then emptied the bases, jacking a three-run homer over the wall in the left-centerfield alley. The lead would only last for a few minutes. Roskam ran into quick trouble in the fourth, eventually giving up a three-run homer that tied the game.

He was pulled in favor of Dante LaDuke, who worked through the sixth inning, leaving with Bay City leading 5-3. Cam Hausman and Caleb Belter pitched in the late innings, giving up a combined four runs.

Millers manager Ryan Stephens said the game was productive because all four pitchers he is counting on this season got to see game action.

“The pitchers weren’t really at fault,” Stephens said of the loss. “Offensively, we shut down and the defense made a few mistakes.”

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 more than 30 years.

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