As published in the Ortonville Independent 6-1-16.
Rox Score 11 unanswered runs to defeat Cottonwood
The Rox were originally set to make a 76 mile trip to Cottonwood on Saturday, May 28th, but due to scheduling conflicts and thunderstorms, multiple changes to game date, time and location were made before the game was finally played in Rosen 24 hours after it was originally planned. None of the Rox players or fans were complaining about the short trip to Rosen on what turned out to be a beautiful sunny afternoon.
After watching Rosen seal up a 2-1 victory the Rox got their offense started early with four of the first six hitters scoring. The Cottonwood Cardinals are a startup team and although young, showed their ability to put up a fight, gaining a 7-5 lead through three innings. That lead proved to be short lived. From there the Rox took control scoring 11 unanswered runs for a 16-7 final.
Starting pitcher for the Rox, Tony Schake struggled with his command, but was effectively wild striking out two of the five batters he faced in the first frame. The second and third innings were a different story, Cardinals hitters were patient as T.Schake struggled to find the strike zone. Unfortunately, T. Schake's day on the mound was cut short part way through the third inning with 72 pitches and the Rox trailing 7-5.
Chris Fellows was called upon in relief and as expected he baffled the inexperienced Cardinals hitters. He pitched efficiently through four and a third innings, allowing no runs on four hits. Fellows walked no batters, but struck out six as he exposed the Cardinals inability to hit his breaking pitches.
The Rox didn't trail for long. In the top of the fourth inning they scored three runs and never looked back, adding another eight runs before Curt Schake got the final six outs on the mound for a 16-7 finish.
Again Fellows led the Rox offense, he scored five times, followed by Riley Sammon who scored three runs, one of which he scored by getting on base and stealing his way around the diamond. Chance Haugen, Chris Doney and Dan Berdan each scored two runs with Isaac Knutson and Joe Fuller crossing the plate once. Andrew Treinen led the team with two hits, Treinen was the only Rox hitter with a multi hit game.
When asked about the game player/manager John Thomas said, "we scored 16 runs on eight hits..." Thomas hinting that typically that type of run production would be paired with an 18-20 hit day. However, Thomas following-up noting he was happy with the patience his team demonstrated at the plate. Rox hitters earned 17 free passes by way of stingy pitch selection. "That's what I like to see, said Thomas, our veteran hitters working long at bats and making the young pitchers work for outs."
The Rox are now 3-0 in Land O' Ducks play and will be back in action hosting the Canby Knights in Ortonville on Saturday, June 4th at 8 p.m.