The Waseca Braves kicked the last week off with a win in the home opener but things got worse over the weekend, as they were routed in back-to-back losses on Friday and Saturday evening.
The team started off on a positive note Friday after Cody Ulfers hit a double in the bottom of the first and then Sheldan Gant followed with a single of his own that ran him in to help put them on the board first. It was downhill from there for the Braves, though, and their pitching game had a tough outing the rest of the evening.
St. Peter tied the score in the top of the second after a single from Jeff Menk and Walker Froehling was walked. Sam Wenner hit a single to load the bases and another batter was walked to tie the game at one apiece. St. Peter was not able to capitalize much more after they grounded out to end the second inning.
Jouan Rodriguez hit a lead-off single to start the top of the third and then stole second base. Shea Rourkasse was walked and after a wild pitch both runners advanced to second and third base. A second wild pitch came in and Rodriguez was able to score and Rourkasse advanced to third. CJ Siewert grounded out but Rourkasse was able to score to push the lead to 3-1. Billy Hanson grounded out to end the inning following that.
Cam Madsen entered the game on the mound for Waseca in the top of the fourth and St. Peter began the road to gaining a substantiation lead on the Braves. Waseca was able to record two quick outs but after singles from Sam Wenner and Alex Hoehn and walking Rodriguez the bases were loaded. Wenner scored off a bad pitch to home and then Rourkasse was walked to load the bases again. Austin Pinke struck a single to score in Hoehn and Rodriguez and Rourkasse advanced to third making the score 6-1. Waseca did some damage control and Siewart grounded out to end the inning.
St. Peter slipped three more runs in the top of the fifth after hits from Rodriguez, Rourkasse, hoehn and Wenner to make the score 9-1. Waseca began the bottom of the fifth inning with back-to-back singles and then Ulfers was walked to load the bases with zero outs. Waseca was poised to get runs on the board but after two Waseca batters flew out and St. Peter recorded an out at home plate the inning came to an ending. After two more runs from St. Peter the score was 11-1 and concluded after seven innings of play.
On Saturday evening, the Braves were routed again at Tink Larson field after Waterville put together ten hits to win by a final score of 12-1. Waterville had the bats flowing, accumulating 10 hits, and the game ended after seven innings. The Waterville pitching staff had seven strikeouts and walked eight Waseca batters.
The Braves had trouble on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, as they were only able to put together four hits and one run on the game. They put up two doubles and walked three batters in the loss. The team is 1-3 on the season following this weekend and will play at home on Friday against Stewartville at 7:30 p.m.