Loretto’s amateur baseball team broke out of a hitting slump by collecting 17 runs on 14 hits in the 17-3 win over Cokato and six runs on 16 hits in the 6-3 victory over Dassel-Cokato last week.

The season record improved to 4-3. In the previous three losses Loretto was out-scored 35-4.

“The big highlight against Cokato was getting on the board early with three runs in the first inning,” said player coach Kent Koch. “The last couple of games we were playing from behind, so it was nice to get up early and keep increasing the lead.”

Five players all had two hits against Cokato including Koch, Keenan Hodgkin, Tyler and Nathan Maher and Will Wade. Tyler Maher drove in three runs. Drew VanDehey drove in four runs with a 2-run single and two sacrifice fly balls. Tyler Gearin drove in two runs on one hit.

Pitcher Donny Schroeder worked all seven innings, allowing two earned runs and eight hits with seven strikeouts.

Against Dassel-Cokato, Tyler Maher and Hunter Petron both had three hits. Getting two hits each were Nate Maher, Eric Schutte and William Reschenberg. Colton Petron pitched seven innings, allowing one earned runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts and 0 walks.

“Our team is very similar to years past,” notes Koch. “We have a good core of guys plus have added some younger guys that continue to improve. Our strength is pitching and defense. We could use more pitching depth.”

The roster includes Zach Beise, Kale Leines, Bradley Koskie, Jacob Mathiason, Noah Schneider, Mark Ricke, Tommy Wehmann, Andrew Rossini, George Faue and Herb Koch.

The team will play at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, home against DC 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16 and at the Green Isle tournament June 21 and 22.

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