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New Richmond Millers win in wild walkoff finish, 19-18

The pitchers struggled but the hitters flourished as the New Richmond Millers played their first home game of the season on Sunday at Citizens Field.

Playing through periodic rain and incredibly damp conditions, the Millers managed to outslug the Shoreview Tarheels, 19-18. This was the first time these two teams have met.

New Richmond trailed 18-13 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. Cam Hausman and Caleb Manecke started the ninth with singles. Five walks from the Shoreview pitcher, plus an outfield error, tied the game at 18-18. Hausman then delivered his second hit of the inning to score Caleb Belter with the winning run.

The Millers finished the game with 12 hits, but with Shoreview’s pitchers being so free with the walks, it presented opportunities for several big innings. The Millers scored seven runs in the second inning and six in the sixth inning.

Manecke led the offense with three hits. Olin produced two hits, two walks and drove home two runs.

While the offense got its hacks in, the Millers’ pitchers got roughed around just as much. Coleman Roskam lasted three innings on the mound as the Millers’ starting pitcher. Dante LaDuke, Hausman and Belter also got roughed up. It wasn’t until Jon Will came on to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth that the pitching staff came through with its best showing.

The Miller game scheduled for Saturday against Spring Valley was rained out. A makeup date will be decided upon soon.

The next outing for the Millers will be next Wednesday, when they host River Falls at 7:30 p.m. River Falls is the defending division champion.

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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