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College baseball: Riverland stops Minnesota West bats Saturday

DAILY GLOBE WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota West baseball team ran into some strong pitching Saturday in a doubleheader in Worthington against Riverland Community College.The Blue Devils won the first game 12-0 in six innings and won the second game...

DAILY GLOBE

WORTHINGTON - The Minnesota West baseball team ran into some strong pitching Saturday in a doubleheader in Worthington against Riverland Community College.
The Blue Devils won the first game 12-0 in six innings and won the second game 7-4 in nine frames.
In the opener, Minnesota West managed only two hits and suffered 11 strikeouts. The Jays had 10 hits in the nightcap but couldn’t bunch enough of them together.
If there was any consolation, it was that the Blue Devils threw their top pitchers at the Jays.
“We did not hit today,” said West head coach TD Hostikka. “In the first game, we faced their (number) two (pitcher), and they had to bring their ace in in the second game to close it.”
Ricky Garcia started on the mound in the second game for Minnesota West and went seven innings. He allowed five earned runs while walking five and striking out seven.
Juan Sermo had three singles for the Jays. Isaac Canada Jr. had two hits.
The Bluejays did manage to give Riverland a scare in the ninth inning of the second game. Trailing 7-1, Sermo drove in the first run of the inning with a two-out single. Worthington High School grad later Ryan Lee drove another run home with a single, forcing the Devils to go to the bullpen.
But a wild pitch promptly scored the third run of the inning. Another pitching change occurred after the Bluejays had runners at first and third base with the tying run - Alex Rodriguez, who had already doubled in the contest - coming to the plate. New pitcher Mitch Kellly, however, struck out Rodriguez to end the game.

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