Huffman snuffs out Mac, combined with 3 relievers on shutout
Seuferer homers, McGlothin, Zink also have 2 RBIs as Rochester improves to 6-0 in TRC
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
BUNKER HILL — Aaron Huffman teamed up with three relievers on a shutout, and Jake Seuferer homered to help the Class 2A, No. 7 Rochester baseball team beat host Maconaquah 8-0 Wednesday.
Tarick McGlothin and Brayden Zink each contributed two hits and two RBIs, and Colton Ferverda came off the bench to go 2 for 2 as part of a 10-hit Zebra attack.
Seuferer also had two RBIs. Tanner Reinartz doubled, walked twice and drove in a run. Carson Paulik and Gavin Young also had hits.
Rochester improved to 14-4 overall and 6-0 in the Three Rivers Conference. Maconaquah is 9-11, 2-5.
The Zebras remain the only unbeaten team in the TRC, and they received some help when Northfield beat Whitko 7-2 on Wednesday.
Whitko’s loss means that every other TRC team has at least two conference losses. Rochester will share the TRC title if they win one of their remaining three conference games. They will win the TRC title outright if they win two of their remaining conference games.
Huffman allowed eight hits in four innings. He walked one, hit a batter and fanned seven. McGlothin got the first two outs in the fifth, Paulik pitched 1 ⅓ innings, and Young pitched a scoreless seventh.
Rochester has won their six TRC games by a combined score of 81-5.
Maconaquah did not score despite collecting 14 baserunners.
“Got in a couple jams there earlier in the game that we were able to get out of just by some big plays,” Rochester coach Cory Good said. “Gavin Young made a good throw from right field. Brayden Zink had a nice, diving double play turn. Just timely defense to get us out of some big defense there. … A fair amount of guys tonight, but all of them pitched pretty well.”
Rochester needed to rally from a 4-1 deficit after four innings to beat Maconaquah 5-4 in extra innings at Bob Copeland Field last year.
This time, it wasn’t as tense. They scored three runs in the top of the first off Maconaquah starter Bennett Isenburg. They tacked on four more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth off senior reliever Brandon Smitley.
“We were making sure we were getting our pitch,” Good said. “First inning, we got things started right away. Jake Seuferer hit a big two-run homer in the fifth. And then Tarick hit a two-run double right after that to score four there. … Just kind of a team effort today.”
Rochester 8, Maconaquah 0
Rochester 300 041 0 – 8 10 0
Maconaquah 000 000 0 – 0 9 4
WP – Aaron Huffman (4 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 7 K)
LP – Bennett Isenburg (3 ⅔ IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K)
2B – Tanner Reinartz (RHS), Colton Ferverda (RHS), Brayden Zink (RHS), Bennett Isenburg (MAC), Brandon Smitley (MAC)
HR – Jake Seuferer (RHS)