Crivitz Ends Coleman's Winning Streak
The Crivitz Wolverines turned some heads during opening action of M-O Conference baseball Thursday, knocking off three-time defending league champion Coleman 14-7. The win not only gives Crivitz a game up on the rest of the league, but put an end to the Cougars 30-game conference winning streak.
The winning streak was nice, but this is a totally different group of players this year. I never addressed the issue with the boys,Coleman coach Kent Casper said.
Neither team was in mid-season form in the marathon outing which took nearly three hours to play.
The Crivitz-Coleman clash was the only conference outing played as wet fields and a Monday snowstorm wiped out the rest of the slate. Games slated for Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm, weather permitting, find new entrant Niagara visiting Peshtigo, Wausaukee heading to Coleman and Crivitz at Gillett.
Early Uprising Sends
Crivitz Past Coleman
Erupting for 8 runs in the first inning, Crivitz handed Coleman its first conference loss in three years with a 14-7 victory. The game saw the teams combine for 22 walks, 19 strikeouts and 19 hits.
The Wolverines jumped out to an 8-0 first inning lead, survived an shoulder injury to starting pitcher Jake Sawinski before ending Colemans 30-game league winning streak.
We had a terrible start and when you walk as many batters as we did, that is what happens. You have no chance of winning that way, Kent Casper said.
The Wolverines sent 14 batters to the plate in the first inning, socking out 6 hits while taking advantage of 5 walks against Coleman starter Trevor Seewald and reliever Alex Stodola. Leadoff swinger Ethan Littleton walked and singled in two runs while scoring twice. Spencer Schwartz belted a two-run double, Jake Sawinski RBI single while Brock Kueber and Schwartz drew bases loaded walks.
I was pleased to see our young guys start fast against a traditional power like Coleman. We were able to take advantage of some walks and we had plenty of run production to back our freshman on the mound who was put in a tough spot after Jake Sawinski pulled himself with arm issues in the first inning, Crivitz coach Jeff Dorschner said.
The marathon first frame continued as Coleman answered with 5 runs of its own on just two hits and 3 walks. The big blow was a bases clearing double by Gunnar Patz, who was thrown out at third base trying to stretch his hit into a triple. Patz drove home Alex Stodola, Jackson Margis and Hunter Stodola with the safety.
Coleman pushed across two more runs in the second inning as Seewald singled and Dexter Karban followed with a fielders choice. Blake Margis drove in Seewald before Karban scooted home on the front end of a double steal for an 8-7 deficit.
Once we battled back within 8-7, I thought the boys are going to get rolling. Unfortunately they decided not to swing and we didnt do anything the rest of the game, Casper added.
Littleton cracked a leadoff double in the third and scored on a wild pitch while Kershaw Stumbris walked and raced home on a groundout by winning pitcher Tommy Sawinski.
Leading 10-7, Crivitz added a trio of insurance runs in the fifth on three walks and singles off the bats of Jake Sawinski and Schwartz along with a double by Colton Lange.
The Sawinski brothers took care of the final Crivitz run in the sixth...Jake walked, moved to third on a wild pitch and stolen base before scoring on a single by Tommy.
Just a freshman, Tommy Sawinski earned the mound win with 7 innings of 7 strikeout, 7 walk and 8 hit ball. He took over the mound chores from Jake, who suffered a shoulder injury in the opening inning.
Every pitching coach in the country would cringe if they knew how many pitches Tommy Sawinski threw in a season opener, but I was impressed with his poise he showed on the mound and he's a guy that likes to compete. Once he settled in he challenged hitters and he got stronger as the game went on, Dorschner added. We have a long way to go yet---this is not a sprint by any means----this is a very good conference so hopefully our guys will use this opener as a confidence booster and can avoid getting complacent.
Seewald, the first of 7 Coleman hurlers, took the loss and was followed to the mound by Alex Stodola, Jackson Margis, Nick Sailer, Hunter Stodola, Donovan Salewski and Brandon Patz.
Bottom-line is we didnt play very well at all...defense was shaky, pitching not good and our hitting went into the tank. I really didnt expect that to happen, Casper said.
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