Menomonie’s baseball team opened its 2013 season with a trip to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis on April 2. While the Mustangs scored the first and last runs of the game, they ended with a 2-2 tie against New Richmond.

MHS coach Mike King said it was a good experience being able to get on an actual baseball diamond. It wasn’t an easy task to get there either as the 2-and-a-half hour window they were allowed on the field cost the two teams a combined total of $1,250, which the players covered through fundraising efforts.

Menomonie was led at the plate by Terrin Vavra’s 2-for-4 hitting performance that included a double and RBI. Mitch Stai, AJ Naatz, Taylor Smith and Joey Falkner each added a single. Stai and Smith also contributed an RBI each.

Coach King was pleased with the performances of his three pitchers featured in the contest. Stai, Falkner and Naatz each brought something unique to the table and combined for 10 strikeouts, five walks and eight hits. Falkner allowed two earned runs in the third inning.

Not only did the pitching staff trim back its number of walks from last year’s average, but kept the ball in the zone, allowing the defense to do its job.

New Richmond had two batters with multiple-base hits and sent five pitchers to the mound.

King said his team’s first-inning run was one of offensive perfection as Vavra hit a lead-off double and the two ground outs that followed him pushed him around the bases for the score.

Menomonie 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 – 2

New Richmond 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 - 2

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