By Adam Gruenewald
Central baseball split a pair of Minnesota River Conference games this past week, defeating Tri-City United on Thursday at Siebert Field, 6-0, and falling to LeSueur-Henderson on Monday, 5-1.
Central started the week with a convincing 6-0 win over TCU at Siebert Field on Thursday, according to head coach Jon Wroge.
“It’s just a great atmosphere for kids to get to see a Division I park and the atmosphere of college,” said Wroge.
Zach Stockman started the game for Central, giving up two hits, hitting a batter and striking out six, while Carter Millbrett and Jordan Harms pitching in relief.
“(Stockman) was in complete control,” said Wroge. “He really set the tone and really pounded the strike zone so that was fun to see for him.”
Offensively, the top of the lineup for Central did well as Carter Clemensen went 2-for-3 with a walk and a RBI, Stockman went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, Matthew Johnson went 1-for-1 with a double, two walks and a RBI.
Central couldn’t overcome a difficult first inning in their 5-1 loss to LeSueur-Henderson at home on Monday.
The Giants took advantage of a couple of misplays and three walks to plate three runs in the top of the first, including a 2-run triple by Mitch Casperson.
Those runs held up as LSH starter Cole Pengilly pitched a gem, with Central getting their lone run in the sixth inning.
Jordan Harms wound up pitching in relief for Central starter Carter Clemensen, working out of jams in the second, fourth, and fifth innings before giving up two runs in the fifth that put the Giants ahead 5-0.
Harms threw 4 and 2/3 innings in all, giving up two runs, according to Wroge.
“So far he’s thrown in all four of our games and has done really well for us,” he said. “We’re really pleased with how he has thrown.”
Meanwhile, the Raiders offense didn’t get much going offensively as they were held to just three hits for the game as Pengilly was on and Casperson threw a scoreless seventh. Hayden Anderson pitched a scoreless seventh for Central.
The Raiders (3-2, 2-1) next travel to Jordan on April 20 and host Southwest Christian on April 21, before traveling to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on April 25 and hosting Tri-City United in a makeup game on April 27.
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