Baseball: Thunder start busy week with 8-4 loss at Milaca

The Zimmerman Thunder started a hectic four-day, five-game stretch by losing to the Milaca Wolves 8-4 Tuesday in Milaca.

Thunder pitchers needed to stay under specific pitch counts to survive the busy week, said coach Chris Riley. He planned use three pitchers, but had to make it four after Milaca got five runs in 1 1/3 innings off starter Zach Nolan, who had a tough time, walking four and hitting two more.

Taylor Snow worked 1 2/3 innings (one run), Zach Ruprecht two innings (two runs), and Austin Tretbar two scoreless innings. Between them they gave up eight walks and hit four batters.

Ruprecht doubled home a run and scored on Devin Quigley’s single in the second inning. Taylor Snow had an RBI double in the fifth and Zuprecht walked with bases loaded and one out. However, Milaca prevented further damage with a strikeout and ground out.

Mack Riley was 2-for-4 and Ruprecht was 1-for-2 plus a walk and hit-by-pitch with two RBI. The Thunder had seven hits.

For Milaca, Brian Kiel pitch five innings and got the win, striking  out eight,  and was also 2-for-3 at the plate. Mike Garber was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI’s. Jorgen Erickson was 1-2 with two RBI’s.

Zimmerman (1-6 conference, 4-6 overall) will play at Class AA No. 2 ranked St. Cloud Cathedral on Wednesda, at Mora on Thursday, and at Albany (double header) on Friday.