Rockford baseball players won’t forget loss to Mound-Westonka

By David Pedersen

Crow River News

JJ Strumbel of Rockford makes the throw from the 30-yard-line at US Bank stadium Monday, which is third base for baseball. (Submitted photo)
JJ Strumbel of Rockford makes the throw from the 30-yard-line at US Bank stadium Monday, which is third base for baseball. (Submitted photo)

Rockford baseball players will try to forget about the 14-1 loss to Mound-Westonka Monday, but they will never forget playing at US Bank Stadium.

“Mentally we were not ready to play and did not play well,” said coach Tyler Maher after his team played for the first time at the home of the Vikings. “Credit goes to Mound-Westonka. They are a very good team this year.”

The Rockets were out-hit 11-4. Mound-Westonka broke the game open with seven runs in the third inning and four in the fourth. Hits were produced by Max Milow, Calder, Gearin and Young.

“The stadium was a cool experience for the players,” adds Maher. “They enjoyed being able to play in a brand new stadium. Our outfielders learned very quick there is a lot of room in the outfield there.”

The Rockets opened the season last week with a 5-2 loss to Litchfield. Maher said Kyle Calder did very well as the starting pitcher, allowing six hits and three earned runs in four innings.

“We made too many mental mistakes and gave them too many opportunities,” adds Maher.

Six different Rocket batters had hits, including Blake Young, Hunter Petron, Connor Cruz, Tyler Gearin, Jack Cady and Calder. JJ Strumbel pitched three innings in relief, allowing one earned run.

Rockford has 4:30 p.m. home games set against New London-Spicer Friday, April 21 and against Dassel-Cokato Tuesday, April 25. The Rockets play at Spectrum in Elk River, 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22 and at Glencoe-Silver Lake, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27.

Rockford baseball players and coaches posed for a photo prior to the game against Mound-Westonka at US Bank stadium Monday. Pictured front row from left: Connor Cruz, Jared Connell, Spencer Hertle, Jack Cady, Tyler Gearin, Hunter Petron, Max Milow, Zach Besie and Jake Schmitz. Back row: Coach Tyler Maher, Elliot Hellman, J.J Strumbel, Aron Augsburger, coach Tom Traen, Blake Young, Kyle Calder, Christian Swanson and coach Chris Hudlow. (Submitted photo)
Rockford baseball players and coaches posed for a photo prior to the game against Mound-Westonka at US Bank stadium Monday. Pictured front row from left: Connor Cruz, Jared Connell, Spencer Hertle, Jack Cady, Tyler Gearin, Hunter Petron, Max Milow, Zach Besie and Jake Schmitz. Back row: Coach Tyler Maher, Elliot Hellman, J.J Strumbel, Aron Augsburger, coach Tom Traen, Blake Young, Kyle Calder, Christian Swanson and coach Chris Hudlow. (Submitted photo)