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The Elk Mound Millers 17U American Legion Baseball team took a pair of road losses to open their season, losing 11-1 to New Richmond and 12-0 to River Falls.
The Millers traveled to New Richmond’s Citizen’s Field on Tuesday, June 15th to take on the Tigers. In what turned out to be a pitcher’s duel, New Richmond scored two runs in the bottom of the second to take a 2-0 lead after the lead-off batter walked and the next batter reached on an error. The first run scored on a New Richmond single and the second on a fielder’s choice.
The score remained 2-0 until the top of the sixth when Jamison Flatland singled and Dylyn Hiitola was hit by a pitch giving the Millers’ runners on first and second with one out. Flatland then stole third and came in to score the Millers lone run on a ground out by Brian Tuschl.
Flatland started on the mound and scattered five hits over five strong innings in the loss, striking out ten and issuing only one walk. The bottom of the sixth showed two different relievers issuing five walks and giving up three hits in a ten-run outburst for New Richmond. “Our relievers came in and had trouble finding the strike zone”, said coach Don Stuckert. “They lost their rhythm on the mound and it just sort of snowballed”.
Brison Tuschl was 2-or-2 and had two stolen bases and Flatland had two hits and a stolen base to lead the offense.
The Millers ran into a talented River Falls team on Friday, June 18th in River Falls and were shut out 12-0.
Mitch Medin started on the mound and gave up 12 runs over three innings to take the loss. Only four of the runs were earned and sloppy play in the field contributed to the flood of runs according to coach Stuckert. “We’re a fairly young team and we have to learn when it’s the right time to try to make a play and when it’s time to eat the ball and live for the next play.”
“Our offense isn’t to the point where we can afford to give our opponents free runs”, he added.
Asher Pecha and Adrian Lombard had the only two hits for the Millers who return to action this week with games at Alma/Pepin and home vs. Stanley.