Miners win home opener
Cold baseball is no fun but it’s still baseball. The Miners convinced themselves of the truth in that statement when they had their home-opener against Hettinger last weekend. The Miners picked up a 7-1 win for their first win of the year.
Cole Messerschmidt, senior, started at pitcher for the Miners and got off to a great start. Messerschmidt retired the first three batters he faced and recorded a strikeout in the top frame. But the Miners didn’t do much in the bottom frame, only getting one runner on base with a walk.
The second frame kept running smoothly for Messerschmidt – he struck out two with no walks and faced four batters in the inning. But the Miner offense continued to struggle – with two runners on base the Miners recorded strikeouts, ending the inning.
Messerschmidt kept pitching strongly in the third and didn’t allow any runs again, only facing four batters, and in the bottom frame the Miners finally got going offensively. Mike Morris, shortstop, started the inning with a leadoff single and slid into third base during Hayden Norton’s at-bat, following an errant throw to second base.
Norton didn’t let the RBI chance go to waste. The sophomore hit a ground ball, but Morris scored on the play, making the score 1-0. The Miners weren’t done, they added three more hits in the inning. The last hit was a two-out one-run single by Messerschmidt, giving the Miners a 2-0 lead.
The fourth inning played out similarly. Messerschmidt kept pitching well – retiring Hettinger in 1-2-3 order – and the Miners offense had another two-run inning, making the score 4-0. Evan Mellmer recorded an RBI during the inning and then another run was scored on a passed ball during Norton’s at-bat.
In the fifth, Messerschmidt started to finally look human. An error by Landon Battest at third base put Hettinger’s leadoff batter on base. Messerschmidt didn’t initially let the error hurt, retiring the next two batters, but a walk and single put him in a perilous at-bat.