Spring storm clouds loomed but never delivered any problems for the opening night crowd at Tiger Field, as the Redding Colt 45s downed Santa Rosa 7-6 in summer collegiate baseball.
First baseman Chris Brue, who played his home games at Simpson University on the same field, came up big in his first game with the Colt 45s, going 3-4 with a double and his team’s first home run of the 2019 season, a solo shot to deep center field in the 6th inning, capping the home squad’s scoring.
Starting pitcher Nick Schroedle pitched six solid innings, allowing five hits and two runs, striking out four and walking two. He left with a 7-2 lead.
An excellent opening night crowd also saw solid defense from the Colt 45s, who turned four double plays.
The Colt 45s host the Rosebuds in the second game of a three game series Saturday at Tiger Field, with the first pitch set for 7:15 p.m.