In only its second day outside, the Randolph High School baseball team traveled to Blooming Prairie for a Gopher Conference match-up, and came home with an 11-11 tie.
Collin Splichal and Nick Bergstrom each had 2-out hits and RBI early to stake the Rockets to a 4-1 lead after three innings. Starting pitcher Mitch Kimmes, a freshman, cruised along until the 4th, when the first five batters reached base, leading to four runs and a 5-4 Blooming Prairie lead.
Splichal tied the game in the 5th with another RBI, but BP went ahead 7-5 in the 7th. Three straight RHS hits tied the game up at 7-7.
Randolph took a 9-7 lead in the 8th inning, only to see Blooming tie it in the bottom of the inning. The Rockets again went ahead by two in the 10th, but two errors led to two runs and an 11-11 score, when the game was called due to darkness.
Cody Pirkl was 2-3 with four runs scored, two doubles, and two RBI. He also pitched two innings, allowing no earned runs. Splichal was 4-6 with two doubles and three RBI, Bergstrom was 3-4 with two RBI and two diving catches in the outfield, and Austin Moorhouse had two hits and scored two runs.
"I was happy with Kimmes' first game on varsity," coach Chris Stanton said. "In the 4th he overthrew a bit and walked three batters, but he's a guy we can count on to give us good innings this year."
The Rockets were at Goodhue on Tuesday. They host Janesville on Thursday, then are at Kenyon-Wanamingo on Friday and at New Richland on Tuesday, May 7.