As published in the Ortonville Independent 6-7-16
Rox continue to roll with win over Canby, move to 4-0
On Saturday, June 4th, the Rox hosted the Canby Knights and came away with convincing 9-0 victory to move to 4-0 on the season. Player/manager John Thomas was impressed by the team, “It was great to see us get the shutout, made possible by great pitching and solid defense.”
It was evident from the start Canby was going to have a tough time handling the Rox pitching. On the night, Rox pitchers allowed the only 5 hits. Tony Schake started on the mound and bounced back from a tough outing against Cottonwood to dominate Canby’s hitters. T. Schake threw seven shutout innings, striking out eight, allowing only three hits and one walk. Curt Schake pitched a no hit, scoreless eighth inning and Riley Sammon finished the game with a clean ninth inning.
The Rox offense started slow going three up three down in first inning and leaving three runners on base in the second. In the third inning things heated up, as the Rox scored nine runs over the next five innings, which included back to back three run innings in the sixth and seventh innings to put the game out of reach for Canby.
Leading the way offensively was Riley Sammon with three hits and three runs scored. Sammon was also the star defensively, making two great diving plays at shortstop to take away base hits. Isaac Knutson also hit the ball well adding three hits, two for doubles. John Thomas scored a run on two hits. Jeff Watson, Chris Doney and Andrew Treinen each added doubles in what turned out to be a string of four doubles in the seventh inning as one of Knutson’s was in the mix. Rounding out the scoring were Treinen who scored twice with Watson, Doney and Matt Fellows each scoring once. Veteran player M. Fellows was asked his thoughts on the game and said, “This is some of the most fun I’ve had playing for the Rox... Tony made it easy on us. He threw strikes, got ground balls and with our defense, that means outs.”
This weekend the Rox will be out of town for a three game road trip, as they look to navigate a difficult part of their schedule. Friday night they will get things started in Wheaton against a very solid Dumont team at 8 p.m., then head to Sunberg Saturday at 3:00 p.m. for a non-league contest against the Norway Lake-Sunberg Lakers, and they will finish things in Montevideo Sunday at 2:30 p.m where they will likely face one of the top pitchers in the league in Eldon Evans or Colton Vien.