The River Falls Fighting Fish fell to the Rochester Royals 14-4 on Friday night at First National Bank of River Falls Field in a game that was decided by strong Rochester hitting and mistakes from the Fish.
The Royals put up seven runs in the top of the eighth inning to blow the game open, taking a 14-2 lead in the process. River Falls responded by putting up their best effort of the night in the eighth, as Mitchell Feyereisen doubled before first baseman Joel Schaffer smacked a two-run homerun to right field. Dylan Penny hit a single to try to keep the comeback alive, but the Fish couldn’t force a ninth inning and lost early due to the ten-run rule.
Jaxin Larson and Brady Stocker had tough days on the mound for River Falls, with Larson giving up eight hits and seven runs through four innings and Stocker allowing six hits and six runs through the final four innings.
The Fish took the lead in the first inning after a Brian Giebel double was eventually brought home by catcher Trevor Gutting’s sacrifice fly to make it 1-0. The Royals controlled the game from that point on, scoring five runs on five hits in the fourth inning to go up 7-1 after bringing home two runners in the second.
River Falls didn’t do themselves any favors on Friday night, committing four errors at crucial times and leaving ten runners on base. Feyereisen was the only hitter to register two hits for the Fish, as seven different players recorded a hit.
The Fighting Fish will look to get back on track as they return to league play against the Bay City Bombers on the road on Saturday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.