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Solon Springs baseball team wins opener

The Solon Springs baseball team fell to 1-1 on the season with a 9-3 loss to the Hurley Midgets Monday evening in Solon Springs. The Eagles opened their season Friday by defeating the Northwood Evergreens 13-3 in five innings, also in Solon Springs.

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The Solon Springs baseball team fell to 1-1 on the season with a 9-3 loss to the Hurley Midgets Monday evening in Solon Springs.

The Eagles opened their season Friday by defeating the Northwood Evergreens 13-3 in five innings, also in Solon Springs.

Senior Zach Rajala was the winning pitcher Friday, allowing four hits with two strikeouts and one walk in three innings. Tommy Androsky pitched the final two innings, allowing one run.

On offense for the Eagles, Josh Smith doubled, singled and knocked in two runs; Noah Stano doubled, singled and had one RBI; Nick Zosel and Ethan Skaggs were both 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Smith, Stano and Zosel are sophomores and Skaggs is a junior.

“It’s fantastic to play a game in March for the first time in my years at Solon Springs,” SSHS coach Nathan Ahlberg said. “It’s also a good start to our season with a win. We started a little sluggish at the plate, but as the game went on we put together some better at-bats and scored some runs.

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“Zach and Tommy did a nice job on the mound. They both threw lots of strikes and we made plays when they hit the ball. Usually our first game is filled with errors, but we had none tonight. We need that to continue if we’re to be successful.”

Sophomores Hunter Frahm and Ben Henson pitched for Northwood, combining to strike out three and walk 11. The Evergreens also committed three errors.

Noah Miller, Brandon Daleiden and Elijah Volz hits RBI doubles, and Frahm and Luke Jarrell singled for the Evergreens.

Hurley jumped all over Solon Springs with a six-run first inning.

Solon Springs got one run back in the bottom of the first, but could only muster two more runs in the seventh inning.

Rajala suffered the loss. In just one inning he allowed five hits with one walk, two strikeouts and two hit batters.

“Zach was not as sharp Monday as he was on Friday,” Ahlberg said. “Tommy Androsky and Ethan Skaggs did a nice job through the next six innings to keep us in the game, but we didn’t get that big hit with runners in scoring position.”

Androsky and Skaggs allowed three runs and three hits over the final six innings.

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Stano led the Eagles at the plate with a double, single and RBI. Zosel added a hit, RBI and run scored.

The Eagles play at Butternut/Mercer at 4:30 p.m. Thursday and at Northwestern at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Northwood hosts Clear Lake at 5 p.m. Thursday.

 

Hurley...................................... 601      000         2          -   9                      8                      1

Solon Springs........................ 100      000         2          -   3                      7                      2

 

Friday’s Game

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Northwood............................ 002       01         -          3    5                      3

Solon Springs........................ 105       7x         -         13   8                      0

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