VHS baseball team splits double-header at Renner by Jim Prosser After a couple of early season snowouts and cancellations, the Tanagers traveled to Renner to face Sioux Valley from Volga and the Rangers ball club represented by Baltic/Tri-Valley/Renner on Saturday, April 12.
The first game was against SV and the Tanagers ran into a very stingy defense and effective pitcher which held the visitors to four hits (one was an infield) and made the rest of the play with infield pop-ups or line drives or strikeouts.
Meanwhile, Tri Valley took advantage of some reckless errors (five), four walks and five hits to gain a 10-0 victory.
Glen Nelson was the winning pitcher of the four-hit shutout, and Jason Donald suffered the loss while giving up seven runs, four hits, and three untimely errors by the fielders. He was relieved by Tim Bleil who also was the victim of a couple errors behind him, resulting in three runs on one hit during his one inning stint.
In the second game (against Tri Valley) The Tanagers held a 2-2 tie after three innings, then scored two runs each in the fourth and fifth, before blowing the game open with seven runs in the sixth. They coasted to a 13-2 win over the Ranger varsity.
Brad Schaack was the starter and winning pitcher giving up two runs on three hits, one walk, and registering four strike outs. He was relieved by Danny Holoch in the fifth who gave up three base on balls and one K in two innings ending the game.
Things are not all bad! The Tanager offense took advantage of some miscues by the home team to take the early lead, then used the wildness of the third Ranger pitcher who couldn't find the plate. He was throwing wild pitches and walked four batters, hit a batter and committed a balk in what must have been a nightmare for the young fellow as he was victimized for seven runs in the last inning.
Andy Ofstehage led the offense scoring three runs, driving in two on two for three batting. Kyle Mollet went one for three, and scored twice. Collin Prosser was one for two, scoring two.
Kevin Bleil was on base twice and scored each time. Jason Donald, as a pinch hitter, drove in two runs and scored once. PH Zach Weiss walked in a run with the bases loaded and Alan Bos drove in a run with a sac bunt.
Line sores: Tanagers � 13 runs, 5 hits, 3 errors, 6 lob; Rangers � 2 runs, 4 hits, 6 errors, 6 lob.
Season record stands at 1 and 2.