Rams offense quiet against Bethany Lutheran
North Central’s baseball team could not overcome a stagnant offense in a special doubleheader against the Bethany Lutheran College Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on March 25.
The first game was not close, ending after seven innings and a final score of 10-2. The Rams had plenty of opportunities to score, racking up seven hits and three walks for a total of ten baserunners. But the Rams could only plate two runs. Brandon Scott and Grant Payne both hit RBI doubles for the Rams. Taylor Justice added a stolen base for the Rams.
Bryce Riege pitched 5.2 innings for the Rams, allowing 10 runs (eight earned) on eleven hits, one of which was a home run. Riege struck out two batters.
The second game was a much more entertaining affair. After early scoring bursts for both teams, the game was tied 3-3 entering the ninth. The Vikings scored on a fielder’s choice, but pitcher Blazsen Ferreira was able to escape the top half of inning only allowing the single run. The Rams had a chance in the bottom half after Cory Kukkola was hit by a pitch to start the bottom half, but he was thrown out trying to advance to third on a fly out to end the game 4-3. Brandon Scott had all three of the Rams’ RBIs.
Ferreira absorbed the loss in the second game, pitching a complete game. Ferreira allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and seven walks. He racked up three strikeouts.