RBHS Baseball

Caleb Langrehr, student writer

Red Bud started the week of the 15th of April in Marissa looking to improve their conference record. Before this game, the team sat at 2-4 in the conference. Caleb Langrehr started the game, going four innings while giving up ten hits, eight runs, and striking out three. Red Bud got off to a strong start by scoring five runs in the first two innings. The Meteors scored one run in the second inning before a big third inning. In the bottom of the third Marissa hung six runs on the Musketeers to take a 7-5 lead. After the Meteors added one run in the fourth, Red Bud came up with a big top half of the fifth. Austin Melliere and Brandon Voss came up with multiple RBIs to help the Musketeers score five runs in the inning. This brought the score to 10-8. Alex Kueker then went to the mound in the bottom of the fifth. Kueker gave up four hits and two runs while striking out two batters in three innings pitched. Red Bud added two runs in the sixth inning as the Meteors scored two runs in the sixth and seventh innings. The Musketeer’s improved their conference record with the 12-10 win over Marissa.

After a rainout on Thursday, the Musketeers went to Mascoutah on Saturday to face the Indians. Red Bud used a platoon of pitchers in the game with Parker Van Dorn starting, then Cole Steibel, Max Simpson, and Nathan Thies all coming in to pitch. The Indians scored three runs in the second inning off Steibel to start the scoring. The Musketeer’s scored two runs of their own in the third inning to bring the score to 3-2. The Indians then scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a strong 6-2 lead. Red Bud was not able to answer in the top of the sixth inning. Mascoutah then scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth to short game the Musketeers with a final score of 12-2.

Red Bud started the week of the 22nd at home, hosting the Valmeyer Pirates. Cole Steibel took the mound to start the game where the Pirates were able to jump out to a one-run lead in the first inning. The Musketeers then came to the plate and scored a run of their own to tie the game at 1-1. After Steibel blanked Valmeyer in the top of the second, Red Bud pushed ahead with a three-run inning behind Gage Baldwin and Parker Van Dorn’s bats. After the Pirates scored twice in the third inning, the Musketeers scored one run to bring the score to 5-2. Neither team was able to score in the fourth inning as Steibel continued a strong start. Red Bud came out in the fifth inning and hung five more runs on the board. This time a pair of sophomores came up big for the team, Brandon Voss and Max Simpson batted in four of those runs. Alex Kueker then came in relief of Steibel in the top of the sixth as the Pirates were able to score two runs, bringing the score to 10-5. After recording the final out of the sixth, Kueker stayed in for the seventh. After giving up two runs, the Musketeers earned the 10-7 victory to sweep the season series against Valmeyer.

After a rainout against Dupo on Thursday, the team played at Freeburg on Friday. Tyler Koester got the start as the Midgets started the game by scoring in the first and second to take a 3-0 lead by the top of the third where the Musketeers got some hits and scored a run of their own bringing the score to 3-1. After pitching by both teams held the fourth inning scorelessly, Freeburg started knocking in runs in the bottom of the fifth. Caleb Langrehr went to the mound to record the final out of the inning after the Midgets scored six runs in the inning. Langrehr then gave up one run the rest of the game. Red Bud scored one run in the top of the sixth and gave the Midgets the 12-2 victory.

With prom and the weekend over, the Musketeers traveled to Nashville to play the Hornets. Nathan Thies went to the mound for the Musketeers. The Hornets Scored one run in the top of the first and two more in the third inning. Red Bud struggled at the plate as the team while Nashville continued to roll as Caleb Langrehr came in relief of Thies in the fourth inning with two outs. After a passed ball scored another run, Langrehr stayed in for the fifth. The Hornets scored six runs in the fifth to the 10-0 lead. Red Bud was unable to answer and was short gamed in the fifth inning with a final score of 10-0.

The team faces conference opponents Lebanon and Steeleville in the coming week.