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Fish stay undefeated in SCVBL, at Hudson Saturday

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The River Falls Fighting Fish remained undefeated in St. Croix Valley Baseball League play with a pair of wins over the weekend, including a big 6-3 victory over the Prescott Pirates Saturday in Prescott.

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The Fish posted an 8-4 win Sunday in Bay City to improve to 10-0 in league play, 23-8 overall. They visit the Hudson River Rats this Saturday at 1 p.m. and the Elmwood Expos Sunday at 1 p.m. before taking on the Spring Valley Hawks Wednesday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Spring Valley. River Falls' next home game will be Saturday, July 28, at 1 p.m. against the Menomonie Eagles.

Last Saturday at Prescott, 17-year town ball veteran Nathan Brom hit a solo home run and Matt Walker went the distance on the mound as the Fish handed the Pirates just their second league loss of the season, 6-3.

Clint Kempf had two hits and two RBI and Marty Herum contributed two doubles and scored twice.

Brom's lead-off homer in the top of the second broke a 2-2 and the Fish took a 4-2 lead in the third when Herum doubled and scored on a Kempf fielder's choice.

Prescott trimmed the lead to 4-3 with a run in the bottom of the third before River Falls answered with two runs in the fourth to take a 6-3 lead. Brom was hit by a pitch leading off the inning and scored on a double by Tyler Hunter. Josh Eidem singled in Hunter later in the inning for the final run of the game.

Walker allowed eight hits and three earned runs in nine innings on the mound. He struck out four and walked just one while improving to 6-0 on the season.

Sunday in Bay City, Brom had three hits, and Kempf, Herum and Brian Giebel had two hits each while three Fish pitchers teamed up for an 8-4 victory.

Herum had a two-run single to highlight a three-run fifth inning and help the Fish open up a 6-0 lead. Bay City cut the gap to 6-4 after eight, but Giebel led off the ninth inning with a solo home run and Brom added an RBI single later in the inning to make the final 8-4.

J.P. Feyereisen pitched four hitless innings to improve to 6-1 on the season. Eidem allowed three runs in three innings of relief before Nate Schurman pitched the final two innings, allowing just a solo home run, to earn the save.

Read more about what's happening in River Falls sports and see photos in the print editions of the River Falls Journal. To purchase or see what's in our photo galleries go here: River Falls Journal Photo Galleries

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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