The Rice Lake Warriors rallied for an 8-5 win over the Northwestern Tigers baseball team Thursday evening at the Iron River ball field.
The Tigers took a 5-0 lead after two innings only to see the Warriors come back with two runs in the fourth inning and three more in the sixth and seventh innings.
Andrew Perry suffered the loss for Northwestern, which falls to 2-1 on the season.
Derek Robarge started on the mound for Rice Lake, now 2-2. The Warriors begin play in the Big Rivers Conference with a doubleheader Tuesday at Eau Claire North.
The Tigers jumped all over the Warriors in the first inning when four hits led to an early 3-0 lead. It went to 5-0 an inning later on Weston Ogren’s two-run double.
That would be all the scoring for Northwestern as Rice Lake began to chip into the Tigers lead with two runs in the top of the fourth inning thanks to an RBI single and Ryan Neil’s run on a double steal.
Rice Lake tied the game up at 5-5 in the top of the sixth inning. Robarge doubled and scored on a single by Colten Weinberger, who then scored on a double by Atherton. The third run came in when a pinch runner scored from second base on a wild pitch.
Rice Lake took an 8-5 lead in the top of the seventh inning. The first run was unearned as a Warrior runner scored from first base when the Tigers threw the ball away on a bunt attempt. The second run came in on a double, and Neil knocked in a run with a sac fly.
After their quick start, and recording six of their eight hits in the first two innings, the only hits the Tigers had the rest of the game were singles by Tanner Follis and Perry in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively.
Robarge doubled twice, singled and knocked in a run, and Weinberger added two hits and an RBI to lead Rice Lake at the plate.
The Tigers return to action at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hayward. They will then play a doubleheader on April 21 at Solon Springs with the first game starting at 10 a.m.
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