From a boys sports perspective, Rushford-Peterson in renowned for its basketball, football, and it had a track and field superstar. Baseball has lagged behind. This year’s team has thus far bucked that trend. First year Coach Jordan Aug has guided R-P to its best baseball start in ten-plus years. A 4-0 week moved the Trojans to 6-1. R-P broke a 2-2 tie with a 7-run sixth for a 9-3 win over Spring Grove. Halen Schwendinger homered (2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R). Dahl want 4-for-4 (2 R). Shawn Marg (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, 6 1/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 10 K, 3 BB, Win) pulled double-duty. Payton Hahn (2-4, RBI, R) and Jake Paulson (2-4, RBI) also had multiple hits. R-P then beat La Crescent 5-4 (five innings) in game one of a double-header. Weidemann (2-3, 3 RBI), Hahn (2-4, third 3B, 2 R), and Schwendinger (2-2, 2B, RBI, 2 R) did the hitting. Nolan Mueller (4 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K) got the win. Recent history was then made. Courtesy of a 5-run seventh, R-P beat W-K 8-3. It was the first Trojan win over the Falcons since 2006 (22 straight losses). Marg became the fourth Trojan (Dahl, Weidemann, Schwendinger) to homer (2 RBI, R). Ben Ansell (2-3, two 2B, RBI, 2 R), Weidemann (2-4, RBI, R), and Schwendinger (2-4, 2B, RBI) brought the aluminum. Hahn (6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 8 K, 3 BB) got the win. R-P capped the week by beating Southland 11-4. Dahl was again 4-for-4 (2B, 4 RBI, 2 R). He hit .769 the four games. Hahn (2-3, 3 R) and H-Schwendinger (2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R) added two hits. Marg (2B, 2 RBI, 5 1/3 IP, 12 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, Win) again pulled double duty. Weidemann had two RBI. The Trojans do trail the second game with La Crescent 4-0 (three complete). They also trail Cotter 9-4 (third inning). Nonetheless, R-P (5-1, 6-1) is careening towards its first winning season since 2010.
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