PREP BASEBALL: Red River sweeps doubleheader against Fargo South
Despite being near the top of the conference, the Roughriders and coach Mark Varriano are still working to get better.
The Roughriders took steps in the right direction as they defeated Fargo South 4-1 and 10-0 in a doubleheader at Kraft Field on Tuesday.
“Offensively, I thought we could have put better swings on some balls tonight,” said Varriano. “But we had good situational hitting tonight.”
And good hitting in the right situation can be all it takes to win.
In the fourth inning of Game 1, Jordan Lunski singled to advance pinch-runner Jace Braathen to third base. Braathen was then thrown out at third on a fielder’s choice.
But after Sam Bye was walked to load the bases by Bruin pitcher Brennan Bennington, Logan Montgomery singled to drive in Lunski and Ty Straus for the first runs of the game.
Jayce Turner followed, driving home Bye to make it 3-0 Red River — a lead that Varriano isn’t necessarily comfortable with.
“In high school ball, you never really feel that safe,” Varriano said. “It’s baseball. Things happen, you never know.”
The Roughriders added another run in the sixth inning when Bye singled to score Straus, but South added a run in the seventh to make it interesting.
“I feel comfortable with our defense,” Varriano said. “I feel comfortable with our pitching. But sometimes as a coach you get a little on edge.”
In the second game, the Roughriders didn’t need to rely on their defense as they have quite often this season.
Braathen went 3-for-3 and batted in five runs, while Brady Regimbal also went 3-for-3 at the plate in an offensive outburst for the Riders.
In the sweep, which improved Red River’s record to 11-3 overall, the Riders showed signs of improving their all-around game.
But Varriano said they are still working on getting better.
“We’re always looking to improve,” he said. “Every opportunity to get on the field is a chance to get better.”