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Fish top Hastings, New Richmond

River Falls’ Ty Denzer returns to the Fighting Fish dugout after he cleared the bases with a triple and scored on a fielder’s choice to give the Fish a 6-0 second inning lead in their 8-1 victory over the Hastings Hawks Wednesday night, June 5, at First National Bank of River Falls Field. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
River Falls Fighting Fish center fielder Mitchell Feyereisen makes an over the shoulder catch with his back to home plate in front of the 375-foot sign in straightaway center for the first out of the top of the second inning in the Fish’s 8-1 win over the Hastings Hawks Wednesday night, June 5, at First National Bank of River Falls Field. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

The River Falls Fighting Fish took a perfect record into last Saturday night's game against the Elmwood Expos after beating the Hastings Hawks 8-1 Wednesday, June 5, and the New Richmond Millers 4-3 Friday, June 7.

The win over the Millers bumped the Fish's record to 4-0 in St. Croix Valley Baseball League action and 10-0 overall. Saturday night's game against the Expos was not completed at press time.

The Fish opened the week by taking care of Hastings 8-1 in a non-league game Wednesday night at First National Bank of River Falls Field.

Ty Denzer singled and scored on an error in the bottom of the first and Mitchell Feyereisen singled in Trey Larson, who had walked, to stake the Fish to a quick 2-0 lead. Denzer drove in three runs with a bases-loaded triple in the second and came around to score on a fielder's choice to give starting pitcher Jaxin Larson a six-run cushion.

Larson allowed four hits and one unearned run through the first six innings before Andy Kemper pitched three innings of one-hit ball to earn the save.

Back-to-back walks to Feyereisen and Dylan Penny and a Hastings error in the seventh, followed by an RBI single from Trevor Gutting, made the final 8-1.

Gutting finished with three hits in the win while Denzer had two hits, including a triple, and three RBI.

Friday night at New Richmond the Fish had to sweat out a 4-3 victory over the Millers.

The Fish banged out 15 hits but stranded 14 runners before reliever Kyle Fritz got the final out in the bottom of the ninth on a fly ball to left with the tying and winning runs on base.

The game was scoreless until the Fish scored three times in the top of the fourth on RBI singles by Josh Eidem, Andy Metcalf and Brian Giebel.

New Richmond sliced the gap to one with a pair of runs in the sixth before Giebel led off the top of the eighth with a double and scored on a single by Trey Larson to make it a 4-2 game.

Three straight hits by the Millers in their half of the eighth cut the Fish lead to 4-3 and after River Falls stranded a runner in the ninth the Millers put runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth before Fritz got the final out on a fly to left.

Trey Larson and Metcalf had three hits each in the win and Schaffer and Lucas Luetdke had two each while Giebel, Schaffer, Metcalf and Feyereisen all doubled.

TJ Wink worked the first six innings on the mound to earn the win. Wink allowed two earned runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts and no walks, before Fritz allowed one earned run on five hits with five strikeouts over the final three innings to pick up the save.

The Fish return to action with a non-league game Wednesday night, June 12, at home against the Red Wing Aces at 7:30 p.m. They'll host another non-league game against the Rochester Royals Friday night, June 14, before returning to SCVBL action at Ellsworth Saturday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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