WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The top two batters in the Abbotsford/Colby batting order set the tone as the Falcons defeated Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 8-2 in a nonconference baseball game Tuesday in the 2021 season opener for both teams.
Leadoff hitter Ross Elmhorst had a single and triple, and No. 2 batter Hunter Soyk had a single and double, both reached on errors as well and each scored three runs for Abbotsford/Colby.
The Falcons scored three times in the third before Assumption responded with a pair runs in the bottom of the inning as Ryan Shaw reached on an error and scored on a double by Nick Leberg. Leberg came around to score on a single by Alex Sullivan to cut the deficit to one.
That would be all the Royals would muster, however, and Abbotsford/Colby tacked on a pair of runs in the both the fifth and seventh innings around a single tally in the sixth.
Shaw finished with two hits for the Royals.
Assumption returns to action Thursday at Phillips.
Falcons 8, Royals 2
Abbotsford/Colby 003 021 2 - 8 6 1
Assumption 002 000 0 - 2 4 7
WP: Marco Olivera. LP: Aaron Livernash.
Top hitters: AC, Hunter Soyk 2x4, 2B, 3 runs; Ross Elmhorst 2x4, 3B, 3 runs; Cade Faber 3B. AS, Ryan Shaw 2x4, run; Nick Leberg 1x4, 2B.
Records: Abbotsford/Colby 1-0; Assumption 0-1.