Blue Devils sweep RCTC baseball team

Published 10:55pm Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Riverland baseball team showed some big time maturity as it finished off a two-game sweep with a 10-7 win over Rochester Community and Technical College in Dick Seltz Field Sunday.

The Blue Devils, who beat RCTC 12-2 in five innings in the opener, trailed the nightcap 6-0 before coming back to win.

Victor Claudio, a freshman from Guanica, Puerto Rico, hit a two-run homer to tie the game in the sixth inning and RCC (21-8 overall, 3-1 MCAC South) tacked on three more runs in that frame. Braeden Hunkins was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to give the Blue Devils the lead, and Jamie Adams and Donte Bledsoe added sacrifice flies.

“Today was a big step and it should give us a lot of confidence,” RCC head coach Scott Koenigs said. “We’ve got a lot of freshmen but we showed a lot of character and maturity to sweep a pretty darn good team.”

Aaron Palmer, a freshman from Brampton Canada, went 4-for-7 with three doubles and 2 RBIs on the day and Southland grad Chris May finished 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

RCC split a doubleheader with Anoka-Ramsey on Saturday, winning 9-1 and losing 6-4.

RCTC 0 1 1 0 0 — 2 6 2

RCC 0 0 6 0 6 — 12 11 2

RCC pitching: Kyle Gorsuch (W), 4 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 ER, 3 K, HBP; Brady Klingfus, 1 IP, 0 R

RCC hitting: Donte Bledsoe, 0-for-3, R, SB, BB; Michael Knutson, 2-for-4, double, RBI, 2 R; Matt Boswell, 1-for-3, double, 2 RBIs, R, BB; Braeden Hunkins, 1-for-4, 2 RBIs; Tyler Krekling, 2-for-3, double, RBI, R; Aaron Palmer, 2-for-3, 2 doubles, RBI, 2 R; Chris May, 1-for-2, double, RBI, R, SB, BB; Jason Kezman, 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 R; Jamie Adams, 0-for-1, 2 R, BB, HBP

RCTC 0 4 2 0 1 0 0 — 7 11 2

RCC 0 0 4 1 0 5 X — 10 14 2

RCC pitching: Eric Sandstrom (W), 6 IP, 11 H, 2 BB, 7 R, 3 ER, 5 K; Klingfus (S), 1 IP, 0 R

RCC hitting: Bledsoe, 2-for-3, RBI, R; Knutson, 1-for-3, double, RBI, BB; Boswell, 3-for-5, double, RBI; Victor Claudio, 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBIs, R; Krekling, 0-for-1, 2 R, HBP, BB; Palmer, 2-for-4, double, RBI, R; May, 3-for-3, R, BB; Hunkins, RBI, HBP; Adams, 2-for-3, RBI, R

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