PREP BASEBALL: Red River sweeps doubleheader against West Fargo
After putting up 19 runs in a doubleheader against Devils Lake on Friday, the Riders found themselves relying on pitching and defense again Saturday on a cold and windy day at Kraft Field.
Red River swept West Fargo by scores of 5-3 and 5-4, limiting the Packers to 10 hits in the doubleheader.
“We played well enough to win,” said Varriano. “We definitely need to hit better with the bases loaded and nobody out. Other than that our pitchers threw strikes and we had a few mistakes out in the field but we’ll take care of those. A win is a win.”
In the opener, Red River loaded the bases in the third and scored twice, on a bases-loaded walk to winning pitcher Brady Regimbal and a Packers error.
In the fourth inning, Red River loaded the bases again. This time Jayce Turner singled up the middle with nobody out, driving home Ty Straus and Sam Bye. Following a Packer error that loaded the bases again, Regimbal singled to right field to score Logan Montgomery.
But West Fargo relief pitcher Brennan Thiele struck out three straight to get out of further damage.
The Packers got three runs back in their half of the fifth. Noah Paper doubled home the first run, followed by Anthony Nichols’ two-run single.
After giving up the first run, Regimbal was replaced by Ryan Richardson, who eventually got out of the inning without too much damage done.
“Pitching and defense are going to be the strong points of this team,” Varriano said. “We always go out and throw strikes. We try to play soundly behind them and try to limit anything that goes wrong. If we bleed a little bit we just have to stop it and turn the page and move on.”
In the second game, the Roughriders trailed 4-2 going into the seventh inning.
Singles from Colin Hennessy and Regimbal and a Packer error loaded the bases. Eric Hanson drove home Hennessy on a fielder’s choice, then jace Braathen singled in the typing run.
After a Packer error again loaded the bases, Bye’s single drove in Hanson with the game-winning run. The sweep extended the 6-2 Riders’ winning streak to six games.