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Fish stay perfect in SCVBL

The River Falls Fighting Fish broke out a semi-annual tradition, Random Jersey Night, on the road at Osceola Friday night, June 21, and came home with a 7-4 non-league win over the Braves. Photo courtesy of Grant Miller

The River Falls Fighting Fish scored three runs in the top of the ninth to post a big, come-from-behind 6-4 victory at Menomonie Wednesday night, June 19, to remain on top of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League standings.

The win kept the Fish perfect in St. Croix Valley Baseball League play at 7-0 while giving them some breathing room over Menomonie, who dipped to 6-2 in the SCVBL.

The Fish jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead with two outs in the top of the first when Trey Larson and Lucas Luedtke singled and scored on a double by Mitchell Feyereisen.

Menomonie tied it up in the bottom of the second and led 3-2 after seven before Dylan Penny doubled and scored on a base hit by Josh Eidem in the top of the eighth. The Eagles came right back with a run in their half of the inning to go up 4-3 before River Falls rallied for three runs in the ninth.

Andy Metcalf reached on an error to start the inning and Brian Giebel walked. Both moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Ty Denzer to put the Fish up 5-4. Larson followed with a double to score Denzer to make it a 6-4 game.

Matt Doornink, the Fish's third pitcher of the game, struck out two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth to earn the win. Weston Lombard worked the first six innings while Andy Kemper threw two effective innings of relief. Larson, Luedtke and Feyereisen had two hits each at the plate.

Friday night, June 21, Trevor Gutting threw eight innings and Fisher Longwell picked up his first career save as the Fish improved to 14-1 overall with a 7-4 non-league victory at Osceola.

The Fish played their fourth straight road game Sunday, June 23, at Prescott before returning to First National Bank of River Falls Field to host the St. Paul Mudhens in a non-league game Wednesday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. They'll host a SCVBL game against the Plum City Blues Friday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m. before visiting the Bay City Bombers for a matinee game Saturday, June 29, at 1 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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