For the second time in three days, the River Falls baseball team came up one run short to Menomonie, dropping a 7-6 decision to the Mustangs Thursday afternoon in Menomonie.
The Wildcats led 6-3 before the Mustangs scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to earn the win. The result comes after the Cats dropped a 4-3 decision to the Mustangs Tuesday in RIver Falls.
River Falls put four runs on the board in the top of the second Thursday to take a 4-1 lead. Singles by Cayden Mueller and Henry Zimmerman sandwiched around a walk to Brooks Rivard loaded the bases before Austin Curti drove in one run with a sacrifice fly and Cody Olson doubled while Thatcher Anderson added an RBI single.
Teddy Norman doubled in a pair of runs in the top of the fourth to extend the Wildcat lead to 6-2, but Menomonie scored once in the fifth and four more times in the sixth to go ahead 7-6 before the Cats went down in order in the top of the seventh.
Mueller and Anderson had two hits each for the Wildcats while Brody Rudolph took the loss in relief. Eli Condon started and worked the first 5.33 innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits with 10 strikeouts and three walks.
River Falls, now 12-6 overall, 7-5 in the Big Rivers Conference, will host Altoona Friday at 5 p.m. at First National Bank of River Falls Field before wrapping up conference play with a home-and-home series with Chippewa Falls next week– Tuesday at Chippewa Falls and Thursday at home.
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