The season so far for the Red Raider Baseball team has been a hectic one, as they are battling both tough opponents and the weather. Many games have been postponed and delayed due to the abnormal spring weather.
Last Saturday, NW had a home doubleheader against Briar Cliff University. The first game went completely in the favor of the Raiders, as they won 12-1. Senior Mitchell Kresnik pitched the entire game as he allowed only five hits and struck out three. Senior Christian Stekl and sophomore Zachary Rosson both went 3-3 in the game. Rosson hit his first career home run as a Raider.
The second game also went NW’s way as they won 13-8. Senior Raphael DeHoyos got the win as he pitched a little over five innings giving up only five hits and striking out four. Rosson kept up the fantastic day as he notched four more hits and smashed his second career home run. Senior Michael Callahan also hit a home run, which brought in three runs.
Last Wednesday night, Peru State College came to town to take on the Raiders. In a very high scoring game, Peru State was able to get the win 15-12. Peru State took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, but the Raiders rallied in the third and fourth innings, getting four runs in each. After scoring two more in the sixth inning, NW had a 10-3 lead going into the last three innings.
The Raiders then struggled on the mound, giving up eight runs in two innings. The game was tied up going into the final inning, but Peru State had momentum as they put up four more runs in the ninth. NW found one run in the bottom half of that inning, but it was not enough to earn the win. Senior Reed Smith had an excellent outing in the game, as he went 2-4 with three RBIs in the game.
NW is now 15-15 overall. The next four games are against Mount Marty College. Two Friday, April 13 and two on Monday, April 16.