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Rhein Rockets start season on hot steak

Three wins over opening weekend
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Keanen Gynp of the Rhein Rockets at the plate Sunday in Ituna.

ITUNA - Action is under way for the Rhein Rockets. 

The Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League season started Friday with Rhein on the road to face the Rosebud Royals. 

Veteran pitcher Terry Peppler added another win to his extensive resume, while James Holowaty took the loss for the Royals.  

The Rocket bats were hot in the season opener with Evan Neibrandt, Adam Neibrandt, and Evan Markham all hitting home runs for Rhein as part of the 7-2 win. 

Scott Comfort hit a home run for Rosebud. 

The Rockets traveled to Ituna Sunday to play a doubleheader against the Wynyard Blues. 

In the first half of the doubleheader, an 8-1 Rockets win Brayden Stewart was the winning pitcher while adding an inside-the-park home run to help his own cause.  

Michael Jordan took the loss for the Blues. 

It was more of the same in game two as Brayden Stewart earned another win, this time by a 12-4 margin. 

Wynyard’s Colin McLeod was tagged with the loss.  

Evan Neibrandt helped the Rockets offence with a home run in the first inning and then launched a second round-tripper in the fourth. 

Dave Renkas added a homer of his own for Rhein, his coming in the third inning. 

Keanen Gynp and Terry Peppler both went 3-for-3 at the plate and scored two runs each for the Rockets. 

Rhein heads back to Ituna Saturday, June 11 for a doubleheader against the Rosebuds.