M-O Baseball Race Tightens Up
Things got a little tighter in the M-O Conference baseball race as only a half game separates the top three teams in the circuit. Despite being dealt their first conference loss, Wausaukee sits in the top spot at 7-1, while Coleman and Peshtigo are at 7-2 each.
The Rangers saw their unblemished mark take a hit Thursday afternoon as Coleman pulled out an 8-7 thriller. The final result was the same score in which the Rangers beat Coleman by just 6 days earlier and gets Coleman right back in the thick of the M-O race.
Right now we are back in the race, but it is going to come down to what Peshtigo does with Wausaukee next week, Coleman coach Kent Casper said.
The upsets didnt end there. After slipping past Niagara 1-0 Thursday, Peshtigo was upended by Crivitz Tuesday 5-4.
The league crown will be up for grabs as the top three teams square off in key games. Peshtigo heads to Wausaukee Thursday then plays Coleman twice next week...May 19 on the Cougars home field and May 22 in Peshtigo.
Coleman Slips Past
Wausaukee In Thriller
For the second straight week, the Coleman-Wausaukee final score was 8-7. But this time the Cougars prevailed behind a stellar relief performance from senior righthander Trevor Seewald, who was nicked for 3 runs on 6 hits over the final 6 innings.
Coleman jumped out to leads of 3-0 in the first frame, 3-2 heading into the second and extended the upper hand to 8-2. Unfortunately the Cougars couldnt enjoy the lead very long as some shoddy fielding in the bottom of the second inning enabled Wausaukee to push across 4 runs and get within 8-6 to make things interesting down the stretch.
Our defense let us down again, but this time we were able to hold on. Trevor Seewald threw well and was fantastic in relief. And what a finish it was, coach Casper said. It was just like last week when we had the tying run at third and winning run at second with our number three hitter Blake Margis at the plate. This time we were able to turn the tables and get the win.
Trying to protect that lead in the bottom of the 7th inning, Seewald and his mates ran into a bit of trouble. Zach Orlando opened the frame with a single and Conner Kempinski drew a one out walk. After leadoff hitter Eddy Self went down on strikes for the second out, Brennen Gabriel lofted a pop up to second baseman Dexter Karban. Unfortunately Karban dropped the ball, which allowed Orlando to score to make it 8-7 and Kempinski to reach third. Up stepped Beau DeLaet and it looked like the Cougars were in trouble. No problem. After Gabriel stole second base on the first pitch, Seewald needed two more pitches, including a game-ending strike three curveball to seal the win.
The Cougars tallied 3 runs on 3 hits in the opening frame as Seewald doubled, Karban lashed a RBI single ad Gunner Patz a run scoring hit.
Wausaukee trimmed the deficit to 3-2 in its half of the first as Self and Gabriel singled, DeLaet walked and starting pitcher Aaron Schlies singled.
Schlies had all kinds of trouble finding the plate in the second frame, issuing consecutive one out free passes to Seewald, Karban, Blake and Jackson Margis. Nick Sailer followed with a two-run single, Alex Stodola RBI single and Patz a sac fly for an 8-2 spread.
Down but not out, Wausaukee answered with 4 runs on 3 hits for an 8-6 deficit. Orlando singled, Zach Zeutzius walked, Kempinski singled, Self lashed a two-run single while errors on shortstop Sailer sent three more runs home. Schlies added a base loaded walk to plate the final Ranger run.
With the starting pitchers for both teams yanked in the second inning, relievers Seewald and DeLaet gave up just one run the rest of the way.
Both teams hit the ball well early. After pitching changes from both teams, the hitting slowed to a halt. Beau DeLaet pitched the last 5 innings and gave up one hit. Wausaukee had some chances to put up runs but could not get the clutch hit, Ranger coach Paul Moser said. Coleman pitched very well in pressure situation.
Bop Badgers 1-0
In a game dominated by pitching, the Bulldogs relied on the right arm of senior Jordan Berth to claim a 1-0 win over host Niagara. Berth pretty much did it all for Peshtigo, tossing a tight 3 hitter while fanning 12 and walking one. Oh yes, he also knocked in the only run of the game with a RBI single in the fourth inning.
Both pitchers threw well and Jordan was pretty much lights out. He got ahead of most hitters and threw 111 pitches over 7 innings, Peshtigo coach Pat Robbins said.
The Bulldogs snapped the scoreless affair in the fourth inning as number three hitter Marcus Sharkey ripped a one-out double and raced home on single by Berth.
Berth actually struck out 4 batters in the first inning only to see number two hitter Dillon Neuens got aboard as the ball got past catcher Sharkey. Losing pitcher Hunter Kaldor followed with a single before Berth fanned the final three batters of the inning. In the third inning Chase Champagne singled and was thrown out trying to steal second, Neuens walked but was erased on a double play lineout. Niagaras final threat came in the sixth, putting runners on second and third. Champagne singled and Jake Pedrotti reached on an error before Berth coaxed Patrick Moreau to ground out to short.
Off Gillett 8-2
A pair of three run outbursts was all that Crivitz needed to turn back visiting Gillett 8-2.
In the second inning Crivitz used a double by winning pitcher Spencer Schwartz along with singles by Tommy Sawinski, Karsten Olson and Ethan Littleton (2 RBIs) to go up 3-0.
Olson opened the fourth inning with a single and raced home as Littleton singled and Jake Sawinski added a two-run base knock.
Schwartz worked 5 innings and allowed one run on one hit with 5 strikeouts. Brock Kueber added two innings on the mound.
Bryce Cibulka went the distance for Gillett, fanning 4 and walking 4.
By Wolverines 5-4
In a diamond shocker Tuesday, the Bulldogs saw their title hopes dwindle following a 5-4 loss at the hands of host Crivitz. Socking out 9 hits off Crivitz starter Ethan Littleton and reliever Colton Lange, Peshtigo could only produce 4 runs.,
Meanwhile coach Jeff Dorschners troops made the most of 6 hits and 4 walks to tally 5 runs. Leading the way was leadoff hitter Littleton with 2 hits and 2 runs scored while also earning the mound win.
Littleton singled and scored on a two walks and a single by Jake Sawinski for a 1-0 first inning lead.
Peshtigo went up 3-1 in the third on 4 hits as Dakota Keller singled, stole second and scored on a sac fly off the bat of Brendon Thomas. Marcus Sharkey followed with a double, losing pitcher Jordan Berth tripled and scored on a single by Darius Dohl.
Crivitz got even in the fourth as three errors and a single by Littleton tied the score at 3-3.
The Wolverines made the most of two hits in the sixth to pry open a 5-3 spread. Designated hitter Brock Kueber singled and was replaced by runner Luke LaCroix. After Littleton went down on strikes, Kershaw Stumbris was hit by a pitch, Jake Sawinski reached on an error and Spencer Schwartz singled in two runs.
Peshtigo tried to rally in the 7th but could only score one run as Keller ripped a leadoff triple and scooted home on a wild pitch before Sharkey and Berth lashed singles.
Pair Of Victories
The Niagara Badgers chalked up two wins Tuesday afternoon topping Gillett 8-1 before finishing a game with Lena-STAA 12-0.
Jake Pedrotti got the complete game win against Gillett giving up 4 hits, 5 walks and striking out 7.
The Badgers struck first and never looked back as Chase Champagne led off with a single and stole second, Dillon Neuens singled and later stole second while Pedrotti ripped a two-run double.
The Badgers were back in the scoring mode again in the fourth as Hunter Kaldor hit by pitch, stole second and third before scoring on a Patrick Moreau single.
In the fifth inning, Champagne doubled and scored on a Neuens single.
Derek Zahn got the loss giving up 5 runs, 8 hits and 6 strikeouts over 4 innings. Bryce Cibulka came in to relieve yielding 2 hits and 2 walks.
Champagne led the Badgers going 3-4 with 2 doubles while Moreau was 2-2.
Against Lena-STAA, the Badgers kept their hot bats and opened the first inning with 4 runs as Blagec had a two-run single.
Niagara added 3 runs in the second inning on 2 walks and a hit by Moreau and 5 tallies in the third. In the second frame, Dominic Spigarelli led off with a single while in the third Champagne got on an error, Neuens and Kaldor singled and both scored. Moreau reached on a error and scored on a Blagec single.
Moreau got the win pitching 3 innings giving up 1 hit, 3 walks and striking out 4. Blagec came in for the final 2 innings striking out all 6 batters.
Blagec led the Badgers going 2-3 with 3 RBI's.
Ben Keller took the loss combining with Nash Haney to give up 6 hits, 7 walks and striking out 4.
-Non League Results-
Blue Devils 8-3
Punching out 12 hits, the Rangers turned some heads Friday afternoon with an 8-3 home win over the defending Division 3 state champion Oconto Blue Devils.
Wausaukee was paced at the plate by Beau DeLaet with 3 hits, 2 runs scored and 4 RBIs; Bailey Brix added a triple and two singles while Eddy Self and Aaron Schlies lashed two safeties each.
The Rangers scored one run in the third inning, 3 in the fifth and 4 in the seventh to pull away.
Connor Kempinski singled to open the third and scored on a two-out hit by DeLaet. In the fifth frame Self singled, Gabriel got aboard on an error while DeLaet and Schlies followed with run scoring singles.
Holding a 4-1 lead, Wausaukee tacked on 4 more runs in the sixth on 4 hits. Brix singled, Zeutzius bunted him to second, Kempinski walked, Gabriel sent a RBI single up the middle before DeLaet unloaded a booming triple to right center for two more runs.
Jordan Westphal singled and scored on a double by Gabe Hintz in the fourth for Ocontos first run. In the seventh Hintz was hit by a pitch, Branden Bahde walked while a balk and RBI single by Grant Frazer capped the inning.
By Gibraltar 5-2
Managing 5 hits and not scoring until the 7th inning, Coleman suffered a 5-2 road loss to Gibraltar Saturday. The Coleman bats were silenced by Austin Bauldry, who gave up 4 hits over 7 innings to earn the win. Bauldry was also a force at the plate with a single, double in the 4th and RBI triple in the 5th to go along with 2 runs scored.
Down 5-0 heading into the 7th, Coleman pushed across a pair of runs. Nick Sailer slapped a one out single and scored on a double by Blake Margis. Gunnar Patz sent Margis home with a sac fly.
Jackson Margis absorbed the loss yielding 5 runs (4 earned) on 11 hits with 7 strikeouts and 2 walks.
Blake Margis topped Coleman with 2 hits while Trevor Seewald, Dexter Karban and Sailer added safeties.
Crivitz Goes 1-1
At Home Invite
Competing in a 3-team home invitational Saturday, the Wolverines posted a 1-1 readout, Shiocton went 2-0 and Crandon 0-2. In the opening game, Crivitz was no-hit and fell to Shiocton 5-0, Crandon lost 15-0 to Shiocton while Crivitz cleaned up on Crandon 14-0.
Hits were nowhere to be found in the opener as Shiocton southpaw Gavin Braun twirled a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts. Jake Sawinski suffered the loss giving up 8 hits and 3 earned runs, fanning 2 and walking 3.
Shiocton scored 3 runs in the third frame to take control at 4-0.
The results were a lot better in the finale with a 14-0 rout of Crandon. Coach Jeff Dorschner saw his troops bang out 15 hits, including 3 safeties and 5 RBIs off the bat of Jake Sawinski.
Crivitz jammed the plate for 8 runs in the first inning then added 3 in the third and fifth frames.
Spencer Schwartz added 3 hits, 2 runs scored and 4 RBIs while winning pitcher Tommy Sawinski and Karsten Olson chipped in with 2 hits each.
Tommy Sawinski was nicked for a pair of runs and fanned 6 during his 5-inning mound stint.
Rangers Rough Up
Combining 8 hits with 9 walks, the Rangers had no trouble disposing of Stephenson Tuesday 14-0. Wausaukee scored 3 runs in the first inning and added 8 in the fifth to win via the run rule.
Zach Orlando punched out 2 hits, scored twice and drove in 3 runs while Beau DeLaet added 3 runs and 3 RBIs, including a two-run single in the 5th. Brennen Gabriel chipped in with 3 runs scored.
Aaron Schlies worked 4 innings for the win allowing one hit and fanning 5. Brett Zeutzius set down a trio of batters on strikes in his lone inning on the hill.
Trevor Christopherson had the lone hit for Stephenson, a first inning single.
Matt Hanson (4 innings) and Eddie Becerra shared mound chores for Stephenson.
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