College: A tough day for Jays baseball, softball
DAILY GLOBE WORTHINGTON -- Chalk it up to one of those days.The Minnesota West baseball and softball teams were swept by Rochester Community College rivals Tuesday, the guys falling 20-9 and 14-3 and the women losing 11-0 and 15-2.For the Lady Ja...
WORTHINGTON - Chalk it up to one of those days.
The Minnesota West baseball and softball teams were swept by Rochester Community College rivals Tuesday, the guys falling 20-9 and 14-3 and the women losing 11-0 and 15-2.
For the Lady Jays, it was an inglorious end to the 2016 season.
Ryan Lee, a Worthington High School product, had a big day. Few other Jays did.
Lee went 3-for-3 with a solo home run in the fourth inning in the first game. He went 2-for-3 in the second game. Both games were shortened.
But in both games, the Bluejays could not hold the Rochester bats. Joe Wieneke and Matt Snyder pitched in the opener, and Ricky Garcia and Zach Devon twirled in the nightcap.
“Probably the best hitting team we’ve faced,” said West coach TD Hostikka. “Sometimes we did hit and have some chances, but didn’t capitalize.”
Juan Sermo belted a two-run homer in the fourth inning of the first game and had two hits overall for West. Teammate Jon Fernandez was 3-for-3 in the opener.
The Jays’ Luis Sanchez hit a three-run home run in the third inning of the second game.
West, now 21-20 overall and 0-8 in the Southern Division, host Western Tech Saturday.
R H E
Roch 262 415 - 20 20 2
MWest 120 402 - 9 12 2
R H E
Roch 250 304 - 14 14 0
MWest 003 000 - 3 6 4
Lady Jays softball
Minnesota West gathered only seven total hits in the two games and finished the season with a 6-21 record.
Still, coach Jeff Linder was proud of the abilities his team did show through most of the season.
“This is not the way we wanted to finish at all. But we had a lot of competitive games. I think the girls know that,” Linder said.
Rochester’s Kristen Erickson held West to four hits in the first game and struck out 13.
“We couldn’t get our bats going against this pitcher. Thirteen strikeouts pretty much tells the story,” Linder said.
Rebecca Kazemba had two of West’s hits. Taylor Wasmund was the losing pitcher.
Kazemba and Wasmund pitched in the second game. Tanner Gunnink was lost in the third inning due to an injury.
Rebecca Linder belted a two-run triple for Minnesota West in the right-centerfield gap in the sixth inning.
R H E
Roch 002 120 6 - 11 17 0
MWest 000 000 0 - 0 4 3
R H E
Roch 004 209 - 15 16 0
MWest 000 002 - 2 3 3