Baseball: Thunder get bats going for 8-7 win over Princeton

After scrapping along in mostly low-run games previously, the Zimmerman Thunder finally got into an offensive duel Friday and pulled out an 8-7 win over Princeton.

The Thunder scored four in the top of the first, starting with a double by Mack Riley and capped by a two-run single from Austin Tretbar. There were a hit-by-pitch and two errors in between.

Princeton scored four in their half on four hits off Zach Ruprecht, who would recover and finish finish the game, giving up nine hits but only one walk while striking out one.

“The game settled down then and became a true pitchers duel with better defense from both teams,” said Thunder coach Chris Riley.

Zimmerman took an 8-6 lead with three in the fourth on hits by Tretbar, Riley Graham, Taylor Snow and Mitch Mossman. Tretbar finished 3-for-3 and Snow 2-for-3.

The Thunder (4-3) were scheduled to play five games in the week but wound up with just this one outing due to bad weather.

“You could tell our field perception was off a little when throwing the ball around after a week indoors,” Riley said. “Our guys really improved in the box.”

The Thunder had a couple morning practices, plus more cage time in the afternoon after the softball team was done, to work on hitting.

Zimmerman will host Becker on Tuesday.