March 21, 2012 | 1:23 p.m.
By Jared Johnson, Sports Information Director
The baseball squad enjoyed an exciting day, as the Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins rookie team in a 7.5 inning exhibition contest. Chris Dent, a former Bethel player and member of the Bethel coaching staff, pitched the entire game in an effort to give the Royal's pitchers a day-off. Dent performed exceptionally well, recording five strikeouts and two pick-offs while holding the opponent to one run (unearned).
Ryan Hangartner (So., Watertown, Minn.) delivered a clutch two-out hit with the bases loaded that scored two runners in the fourth inning, securing the eventual 2-1 finish. Hangartner's single was just one of two Bethel hits the entire game.
While enjoying the afternoon game, Minnesota Twins General Manager Terry Ryan and Twins Hitting Coordinator Bill Springman both noted their excitement about the Bethel Royals potential with Head Coach Brian Raabe in the dugout. “Brian has an exceptional amount of passion for the game and I believe he is in his element coaching this team,” noted Ryan. “His tenacity and wisdom will have these players and this team heading in the right direction for years to come.” Springman also noted his excitement about Coach Raabe, pointing out his character, drive, and leadership in regards to managing this program.
Players and fans in attendance were invited to a post-game reception at the field, allowing many alumni, parents, and current students a chance to interact.
The baseball team will take on SUNY Oneonta Wednesday in a double header slated to begin at 10 a.m.