Warriors Drop EvCo Matchup With Bobcats in Wet Conditions


Rochester was unable to counter Aberdeen ace Hunter Eisele as the Warriors took a 7-1 road defeat in 2A Evergreen Conference play on Thursday.

Eisele struck out eight batters and allowed one earned run on four hits and no walks in a complete-game victory.

The Warriors were also hampered by Aberdeen’s big plays on defense, which included line-drive catches and diving stops for outs.

“It was just one of those days,” Rochester coach Brad Quarnstrom said. “Landon Hawes had a sharp ground ball that is normally a base hit and Aberdeen made a diving play. We had three other balls smoked that they made good plays on.”

The Warriors collected just four hits offensively, led by Tony Groninger’s 2-for-3 performance. Hawes (1-3) and Ledger Anderson had the other hits, with Anderson scoring the lone run.

Braden Hartley tossed five innings for Rochester, striking out eight and surrendering four earned runs on six hits and four walks. 

“Braden was OK,” Quarnstrom said. “Not his normal self — his last few starts have been phenomenal. He was hit by a linedrive in his left bicep. And the weather played a factor.”

Rochester (5-7, 2-5 EvCo) will look to get back on track when it travels to Shelton on Friday.