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Minnesota West baseball: Errors hurt


MITCHELL, S.D. — The Minnesota West baseball team fell to 0-10 on the spring season Sunday, and untimely errors have contributed greatly to the record.

West lost 3-2 to Dakota Wesleyan JV and 6-3 to Rochester Saturday on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University. Then on Sunday, the Jays lost two more to Northland Community College by identical 8-3 scores.

In the 6-3 setback to Rochester, the Yellowjackets scored five times in the fourth inning on five Bluejay errors. In the first 8-3 loss to Northland on Sunday — in a game that went eight innings — West led 3-1 in the top of the seventh inning when Rochester scored twice on an error and two poor decisions on throws, then scored five more times in the eighth on three West errors.

“These guys are a good group of ballplayers, and they can do it. But right now they don’t believe they can,” said Minnesota West head coach TD Hostikka.

The Bluejays have been hampered, like most teams, with little time to practice outdoors due to the wet, cold early spring weather. The busy part of the Jays’ season is about to begin, so there’s plenty of time to turn things around.

In their first game Saturday, Tristan Sorenson took the pitching loss in four innings of work. He also collected a hit in the game and scored a run. Teammate Trent Carlson had a hit and an RBI.

In the second game, Rylan Scholtes pitched an excellent game for the Bluejays, leaving after four innings after allowing five unearned runs. He also hit a double and drove in two runs.

On Sunday, Dustin Pronk went the distance on the mound for West and helped himself with two hits and an RBI. Carlson doubled.

In the final game, Derek Buysse pitched four and one-third innings and gave up just one earned run. Brett Larson had two hits including a double. Evan Koch went 1-for-3, Carlson went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and Pronk went 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI.