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College baseball: Minnesota West struggles against Riverland

WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota West Community and Technical College baseball team was outscored 21-4 in a home doubleheader on Monday, and moments after the second game ended head coach TD Hostikka was trying to determine where it all went wrong. "...

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Minnesota West shortstop Caleb Andreaus (left) pumps a throw to third baseman Yamil Varela while getting a Ridgewater baserunner in a rundown Monday. West lost both games of a doubleheader. (Doug Wolter/The Globe)

 

 

WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota West Community and Technical College baseball team was outscored 21-4 in a home doubleheader on Monday, and moments after the second game ended head coach TD Hostikka was trying to determine where it all went wrong.

“I wish I knew,” he said.

In the first game against Riverland, the Blue Devils scored twice in the first inning and once in the second, gave one back in the fourth, got it back in the fifth, then pulled away with four runs in the seventh inning. In the second game, which ended after five innings, an 11-run second inning broke open the game early.

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Riverland won the opener 8-1. It won the nightcap 13-3.

Hostikka said the Bluejays need to play better baseball.

“We need to function as a team,” he said. “We haven’t had a good practice. We had a very poor practice on Friday. It’s kind of like one foot in the door and one foot out of the door.”

Monday’s game was rescheduled after snow postponed the scheduled date of Saturday.

Pitchers Trevor Stuckey, Ryan Lattner and Olyn Miller worked the first game against the Blue Devils. Yamil Varela had two of the Bluejays’ five hits.

In the second contest, Joel Barker started and was relieved by Zach Jahnz in the 11-run second. Nick LaPorta finished up.

West led 1-0 after one inning in game two. But Riverland scored seven runs off Barker before Jahnz took over with the bases loaded. He gave up a grand slam on his very first pitch.

Riverland added another run in the third. Minnesota West got two back in the bottom of the fourth, highlighted by a Caleb Andreaus RBI hit. Riverland got its 13th run in the top of the fifth, then stranded a West runner on second base as Tucker Sorenson grounded sharply to first base for the final out.

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Despite the double losses, West is in fourth place in division play, behind Riverland, Rochester and Anoka-Ramsey. It’s still not too late for the Jays to accomplish their goals.

They host Rochester in a doubleheader on Wednesday.

“If we can figure out how to beat a team, we’re still in good shape,” Hostikka said.

First game

Riverland 210 010 4 -- 8 6 1

Minnesota West 000 100 0 -- 1 5 1

Second game

Riverland 0(11)1 01 -- 13 7 1

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Minnesota West 100 20 -- 3 5 3

 

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