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The New Richmond Millers were hoping to put on quite a show to go with the unveiling of the new scoreboard at Citizens Field on Friday in their annual Fun Fest clash with the Osceola Braves.
The unveiling proved to be the only excitement for the Millers and their fans. The Millers started slowly and never got rolling in an 11-0 loss to the Braves http://www.bigfishcasinocheatss.com/.
The loss drops the Millers to 4-8 in the St. Croix Valley League. Osceola improves to 5-7 with the win.
Friday’s game was anticipated as a pitching duel, but the plot changed once before the game, and then again in the early innings. The first plot twist came during pre-game warmups, when Osceola ace Jared Dettmann felt tightness in his elbow. It was decided that he’d be replaced in the lineup by lefty Tyler Maxon, who was the ace of the Osceola High School team this spring and was one of the finest pitchers in the Middle Border Conference.
New Richmond countered with Joe Miller, who struck out 19 batters when he faced the Braves three weeks ago. It was clear that the Braves had done their homework on Miller. They tagged Miller for three runs and four hits, including a pair of well-struck doubles, in the opening inning.
Meanwhile, it was Maxon who looked like the veteran ace pitcher. The Millers stood and watched an incredible number of pitches that were called strikes, leading to 16 strikeouts in the game dead trigger 2 hack.
“The guys could not pick up his curveball,” said a clearly frustrated New Richmond manager Ryan Stephens.
There were a number of reasons for the frustration. Both teams badly needed the win to keep state playoff hopes alive and the rivalry simmers in a steady undercurrent in these games. The Millers were hoping to put on a better show in front of their largest home crowd of the season.
“It was a great atmosphere, the crowd was good,” Stephens said. “The scoreboard added to the beauty of the field.”
The Millers were limited to three hits in the game. Josh Calleja and Caleb Belter singled. Joey Gaspord lined a double off the outfield fence for the Millers’ best chance of scoring.
The next game for the Millers will be this Friday when they play at Menomonie at 7:30 p.m. The next home date for the Millers is Sunday, when they host Plum City at 1 p.m. The Millers will also be at home next Wednesday, facing Elmwood http://www.pixelgun3dhackss.com/.