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Rollercoaster weekend for the St. Croix Ravens; other scores

The Ravens got off to a fast start Friday night against Blooming Valley in Solon Springs. Darren Gordon, Mitch Lawler, RJ Keur, Vince Viggiano and Rich Hailey collected two hits apiece, leading a fourteen-hit Ravens' attack in a 16-2 win over the...

The Ravens got off to a fast start Friday night against Blooming Valley in Solon Springs. Darren Gordon, Mitch Lawler, RJ Keur, Vince Viggiano and Rich Hailey collected two hits apiece, leading a fourteen-hit Ravens' attack in a 16-2 win over the Devils. Hailey and Keur each belted solo home runs, while Dale Rajala struck out ten to earn the complete game win.

Ravens at Iron City

Miners Tourney

The Ravens lost two games at Saturday's Iron City Miners Tournament, dropping the opener to the host Iron City Miners, 7-1, and the consolation game to the Ashland Merchants, 4-2. Gordon and Viggiano tallied two hits apiece against Iron City. The offense sputtered all day, but the Ravens got good pitching performances from Ryan Sepion, who worked seven innings, giving up three earned-runs and striking out eight against Iron City; and Garrett Nelson, who gave up three earned-runs and scattered five hits against the Merchants.

Ravens 7, Brill Millers 6,

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10 innings

The Ravens' offensive struggles continued into their Independent League game against the Brill Millers on Sunday in Solon Springs. St. Croix mustered only three hits through the first seven innings and trailed 6-0 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Viggiano then stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and ripped a base-clearing double to the gap in left-center to cut the Brill lead to 6-3. Kris Minor singled, advancing Viggiano to third. Tony Visger then struck out swinging, but the pitch trickled by Brill catcher Jere Fisk, whose throw to first was not in time, scoring Viggiano. Keur followed with a walk, loading the bases, and Lawler doubled, scoring Minor and Visger to tie the score at 6-6. Brill reliever Aaron Bartes was able to induce a fly ball to end the ninth and force extra frames.

Garrett Nelson walked to lead off the bottom half of the tenth. Bozinski reached on an error when Bartes misfielded a sacrafice bunt, and Sepion walked. That loaded the bases once again for Viggiano, who lifted a 1-2 pitch to center field. Sam Morley, who came on to pinch run for Nelson, beat Kirby Brunclik's throw to the plate giving the Ravens the 7-6 walk-off-win.

Minor, Lawler and Sepion each collected two hits for the Ravens, while Rajala earned his second win of the weekend on the mound.

The Ravens (10-3, 4-0 conference) are back in action Friday night, hosting the Hayward Hawks in league action at 7:30 p.m. in Solon Springs. SCR then travels to Exeland for a 5:30 p.m. non-conference matchup with the Exeland Loons on Saturday, before making the trip to Grantsburg for a league game with the Honkers at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Oulu 7, Hayward Hawks 4

The Oulu Bluejays scored four runs in the eighth inning to come from behind and defeat the Hayward Hawks, 7-4, Friday night at the Oulu field.

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Forest Clements went 4-for-5 with a double triple and two RBIs. Tom Berrisford was 3-for-4 to pace the 13-hit Oulu attack. Kiel Fechtelkotter also had 2 hits for the Blue jays. Clements was the winning pitcher in relief of David Barningham, who went six innings.

Mark Berquist, Matt Anderson and Jason Rasmussen all had twohits for Hayward.  The losing pitcher was Jeremy Pachal, who came on in relief of starter Andy Sodersten in the Bluejays big eighth inning.

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