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Baseball: Randolph stops Goodhue's season

Goodhue has had a tough time getting the bats going this season, and in a game where the Wildcats really needed it, the sounds of metal were heard far and near. But Randolph also came out swinging, and made a bit more contact, and produced a few more runs, to end Goodhue’s season on Thursday with a 13-8 decision in the Section 1A-West first round.

“They came out and kind of shell-shocked us right away,” said Goodhue head coach Eric Schofield. “We were on our heels after that. We made it a little bit of a game, but we couldn’t sustain it. Those first four innings were killer.”

The Rockets scored four times in the first, five times in the second, and three times combined in the third and fourth.

The Wildcats, meanwhile, didn’t heat up until the fourth, scoring four runs then, and four more in the sixth.

Riley Bollum, who started the game on the mound and took the loss, was 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI. On the bump, Bollum gave up eight runs on seven hits and one walk with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.

Nathan Altendorf also finished 2-for-4 with two RBI while Sam Kyllo ended up 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Alex Thomforde, Austin Buck, Ben Ramboldt and Bollum all played their final prep game on Thursday.

“Those guys are going to be extremely hard to replace next year,” Schofield said. “Alex is a four-year starter for us, and he’s come so far since his freshman year. There’s no doubt he was our MVP this year. Riley is the same, a four-year guy that we counted on a lot, and Austin, he’s been great the last two years. And Ben is a workhorse; he’ll do anything for you, even run into a wall. Really, he will, he did it in practice. He chased a foul ball and ran into the fence full bore. These guys leave big shoes to fill.”

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