Updated Sat, Mar 29, 2014 2:57 pm
The Rio Grande RedStorm fell to the St. Catharine Patriots 9-6 in Rio Grande on Saturday afternoon. The teams traded four runs apiece in the first and second innings, but after the Patriots tacked on two more runs in the fourth, they did not lose the lead again.
Kyle Miller started on the mound for the RedStorm and surrendered six runs on eight hits through four innings. Ryan Chistophel came into the game in the fifth inning and did his best to stop the bleeding and only allowed three runs, but the RedStorm hitting couldn’t keep up with St. Catharine.
Four different players for the Patriots logged two RBIs, while Kirk Yates was the only one to do so for the RedStorm. Nick Rosso was a spark for the explosive Patriot offense, going 2 for 3 from the box with two RBIs and two runs.
Chris Ford went 4 for 4 on the day, but Rio Grande couldn’t seem to get enough hits with runners in scoring position.
“Ford had a great day, he’s swinging the ball extremely well,” Rio Grande head coach Brad Warnimont said. “He’s in a groove, doesn’t matter if it’s a fast ball or a breaking ball, he just keeps hitting them.”
St. Catharine pitcher John Werner relieved Jake Mcoy in the fourth innings after Trenton Claunch started the game. Werner threw six innings and picked up six strikeouts while allowing five runs, but he was key down the stretch, containing the RedStorm offense to just one run despite numerous hits.
Anthony Knittel and David Steele will be the starting pitchers for Rio Grande tomorrow in its doubleheader against St. Catharine.