Wolverines thump beleaguered Eagles
A late-night doubleheader sweep at Pillager Tuesday combined with a senior trip Wednesday had the NY Mills baseball team on the field again Thursday short of arms and intensity in a 12-0 loss to Wadena-Deer Creek.
"We've got no energy today," Head Coach Chris Bushinger said.
Many team members had arrived home well after 10 p.m. on consecutive nights.
The Wolverines, on the other hand, appeared well rested.
Starting pitcher Kevin Tumberg threw a complete game shutout, striking out 11 Eagle batters and only walking a pair.
Tumberg was a one-man wrecking crew collecting four RBIs at the plate. Two coming on a two-run jack over the left-center fence in the fourth inning.
Lead off hitter Ryan Nelson belted a three-run homer in the seventh.
The Mills' bats were quiet. Only two runners reached third base. A two-out rally in the fifth saw the Eagles load the bases before Tumberg got first baseman Jarrod Norton to fly out.
Having used up starting arms Norton and Adam Snelgrove in Pillager, the mound duties fell to Mason Roberts and Spencer Imsande, who did an admirable job keeping the game close.
Two out errors haunted the Eagles in the field. Of the 12 Wolverine runs, less than half were earned.