College baseball: Spartans too deep, talented for Bluejays
FERGUS FALLS — To put Saturday’s Minnesota West baseball doubleheader with M State-Fergus Falls in perspective, Bluejays head coach TD Hostikka was succinct.
“They have 13 pitchers on their staff. We have 13 players,” he said.
A very good Fergus Falls team drilled Minnesota West Saturday, 12-0 and 15-3 to drop the Bluejays to 3-17 on the year. The Spartans out-hit the Jays 21-11 in the two games and committed one error to the Jays’ 10. They hit four more home runs than the Jays did, too.
“Best team we’ve played. They hit four home runs against us yesterday,” said Hostikka as he digested his Easter Day dinner. “They hit the ball hard all day long.”
Afterward, there was nothing to do but survey the damage. Clarke Hein took the first game loss for Minnesota West. He pitched two and two-thirds innings of the five-inning game and allowed nine runs — seven earned. He walked six and struck out none.
Erik Jass collected both of West’s two hits, both singles.
In the second game, Tristan Sorenson was the losing pitcher. He went four innings and allowed 11 runs, though just five were earned. He walked one and struck out three.
The Bluejays fared better as a team at the plate in game two. Jass and Mick Holinka had two hits apiece. Trent Carlson went 1-for-3 and drove in a run, and Hein went 1-for-2 and scored a run. Brett Larson doubled and Evan Koch doubled and scored while also driving in a run.Minnesota West hosts Dordt today beginning at 2 p.m.
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