Baseball: Bases-loaded triple helps Thunder beat Mora 6-3

A base-loaded triple by Mack Riley and a two-hit pitching effort by Zach Ruprecht boosted Zimmerman to a 6-3 win over Mora on Thursday, snapping a four-game losing streak.

The Thunder loaded the bases in the second on a hit-by-pitch, walk and Craig Steiskal’s single. With the Mora outfield playing shallow, Riley hit a line drive that cleared the bases.

“Most teams like to play a little shallow in the outfield on us, given our lack of size and power,” said Chris Riley, Thunder coach. “Mack was able to turn on a pitch, hitting it down the line over the right fielder.”

Ruprecht, a sophomore who has four of Zimmerman’s five wins, pitched the distance, allowing only two hits. He walked six and struck out seven. The three runs scored in the fourth on a double, single and a throwing error by Ruprecht.

“Other than a few too many walks,” said coach Chris Miller, “Zach had great control of the game keeping the Mora hitters on their heels. Our fielding also did a great job tonight, making the plays they needed to.”

The other big hit was a two-run double by Austin Tretbar in the fourth inning, again over the outfielders, to right-center. Tretbar, who was 3-for-4, doubled in the sixth and scored on a bloop single by Riley Graham.

“Austin has really worked hard with his hitting the last few weeks,” said Riley, “and has been getting some good barrel on the ball lately.”
Mack Riley was 2-for-4, and Ruprecht 1-for-2 with two walks.

Sam Johnson took the loss, giving up 10 its, four walks and three hit batters in six innings.

Zimmerman (2-7 conference, 5-7 overall) will play two at Albany on Friday.

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