Despite comeback efforts in both games, the Milaca legion baseball team lost their first two games of the season.
Milaca was no-hit by Princeton in a 2-0 loss on Monday, June 9 to start the season at home. On June 10, Milaca fell in front of the home crowd again, this time 9-2 to Mora.
Against Princeton, Milaca starter Brian Kiel had a solid game as he struck out eight, and allowed only two runs on six hits. However, he was out-dueled by Princeton’s pitcher, who did not allow a it.
However, Milaca did get batters on base thanks to five drawn walks, but they left runners stranded on three occasions, unable to scratch across any runs.
“Brian pitched a great game, but we didn’t give him any run support,” said Milaca Legion coach Bart Naumann. “Defensively we were strong.” The second game did not go any better for Milaca as they fell 9-2 to Mora.
Milaca put goose eggs on the board in the first five innings as Mora built up a lead with two runs in the first, five more in the second and three in the third.
Things settled for Milaca after that, but they weren’t able to mount a full comeback.
“It’s tough to start out in a big hole,” Naumann said. “We finally started to get some guys on in the third, but we left six in scoring position and couldn’t push them across.”
Offensively Milaca was led by Mason Hoskins, who went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. Mike Garber and Nathan Hass each also had a pair of singles.
Matt VanSomeren started on the mound for Milaca and took the loss after allowing eight runs on four hits, four walks in 2.1 innings. Justin Fransen relieved him and tossed 3.2 innings. Ian Carpenter closed out the game with a perfect one, two, three seventh inning.
The losses dropped Milaca’s Legion team to 0-2 to start the season. They played in North Branch on June 16 and at home against Chisago Lakes on June 17, but scores and stats were unavailable by press time.