Multiple Teams · White Hawks Nine Defeated in Opener

The Mound Westonka High School varsity baseball team was defeated 6-2 by Southwest Christian on a beautiful Saturday afternoon April 8 at MWHS.

The home team ran into some tough luck in the top of the first inning and fell behind 1-0. A swirling wind caused a fly ball to drop in right field for a base hit to lead off the game. The next batter hit a 2-2 pitch from senior right-hander Cody Rolighed (who was making his first varsity start) to center field for a single. A seeing-eye single between junior shortstop Hank Nagel and junior third baseman John Koch loaded the bases for the Stars. Rolighed got the cleanup batter to ground into a fielder’s choice to Nagel, which scored a run. Rolighed then struck out the next two batters to end the inning without any other damage.

The Stars scored again in the fourth inning, when their leadoff hitter was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a groundout and scored on another wind-aided hit. In the meantime, the White Hawks couldn’t put together a solid inning at the plate. They tried in the bottom of the fourth when sophomore Sam Dufault was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Junior Jarek Witzcek hit a long ball to right center that the wind held up long enough for the Stars’ right fielder to make an outstanding over-the-head catch. Nagel followed that with a shot to right center that got held up by the wind long enough to be caught. Normally, both would have been extra base hits.

The roof then caved in for the White Hawks in the top of the fifth with two outs. Two throwing errors allowed four unearned runs to score and put the score at 6-0. The White Hawks would score single runs in both the sixth and seventh innings, but it wasn’t enough.

Rolighed threw 4 2/3 innings in his varsity debut, allowing six hits. Witzcek relieved and was also solid. Offensively, junior Evan Dahl had two hits and an RBI for MWHS. Juniors Andrew Fish and Louis Warolin had the other White Hawks hits.

Next week the White Hawks play Rockford at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 17, at U.S. Bank Stadium and then travel to Glencoe-Silver Lake on Tuesday to take on the Panthers. They play at Watertown-Mayer on Friday, April 21.

Photos by Dennis Hoogeveen

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