Crivitz Falls To Sevastopol in Season Home Opener
The Crivitz Wolverines started their 2017 baseball season Tuesday evening, falling to a tough Sevastopol Pioneer crew 6-3.
Sevastopol's Ethan Kroll got things started for the Pioneers reaching base off an error at short stop. He scored in the next at bat thanks to a single hit to right field by Zach Christiansen. Crivitz mound man Jaden Werner recovered to end the inning with three consecutive strike outs.
Though the Crivitz defense stayed tough and fought its way out of some sticky situations, the bats were just too cold.
Sevastopol increased their lead in the top of the fifth inning. Lucas Stenzel and Kevin Henschel reached off walks to start the inning while Brett Harberli loaded the bases off a walk.
Nathan Stenzel walked next to score a run while Josh Pfliger added an RBI off a fielders choice.
Jacob Pfizer grounded out to the pitcher but scored a run in the process to make it a 4-0 game.
Those cold Wolverine bats warmed up in the bottom half of the inning.
Werner scored the first Wolverine run of the evening thanks to a Kershaw Stumbris single to left field. Jakob Voss scored off an overthrow along with Stumbris to give Crivitz a 4-3 deficit.
But two more runs by Sevastopol would help spell defeat for the Wolverines.
Werner was saddled with the loss. He was hit three times, allowed one run while walking three and striking out five. Brandon Larue who took the mound after three inning allowed one hit, four runs (two earned), five walks while striking out two. Closer Vinnie Jopek gave up one hit, one run, two walks and struck out three.
Sevastopol's Lucas Stenzel took the win with a three hit, one walk and two strike out performance.
Though the bats of the Wolverines were pretty much silent, Stumbris' wasn't. He swatted three hits in four at bats while getting one RBI and one run.
Lean On Pitching
The Gillett Suring co-op baseball team will look to improve upon a dismal season last year that saw them in the cellar of the conference with a 2-16 overall record and a 0-12 conference readout.
This year's squad will have a small contingent of seniors which include Lane Hischke (1B) and Dante Carlson (OF). Juniors are Sean Krueger (SS, P), Cody Smith (C, P), Jeremy Missall (OF, P), Tyler McDougal (2B, C), Ethan Hill (3B, P). Reid Winkler (OF) and Jerid Herning (OF).
Sophomores include Josh Reed (C, IF) and Baldwin Frames (OF). While freshmen are Duncan Breed (OF), Ethan Hischke (P, OF) and Elija Frames (OF).
Last year's squad saw the graduation of Eli School, Scott Juckem and Mickey Shauger.
Five year veteran Coach Pat Nelson mentioned that his team's experience in the infield and on the mound should help turn things around along with the fact that last year he had only a nine player pool from which to draw players.
Up The Cleats
The Wausaukee Rangers are looking forward to another season of baseball. At the helm of the Ranger diamond machine will be five year head Coach Paul Moser. Last season the Rangers ended with a final readout of 13-8 overall and 9-3 in conference play.
This year's seniors are Cody Renikow (IF), Wesley Schaal (IF) and Dustin Westphal (OF). Juniors are Matthew Delfosse (P, IF), Aiden Shaw (IF, OF), Corbin Hultquist (IF) and Jordan Thompson (IF).
Sophomores include Kyle Struve (IF) and Tyler Grusynski (OF) while the lone freshman is Andrew Schroeder (P, IF).
This season the Rangers will be without graduates Russell Smith, a first team all conference infielder and second team pitcher, Bailey Brix first team outfielder, Brett Zeutzius a second team infielder and Conner Kempinski also a second team infielder.
Moser has mentioned that he will look to his program's depth especially in the realm of catching and infield defense which he regards as a definite strength of his team. He also mentioned that his team will have good speed.
Wolverines look to
Improve on .500 record
The Crivitz Wolverines who carried into the post season a 6-6 conference readout will look to establish themselves as one of the true powers of the circuit. Their overall readout last year was 10-14.
There certainly is a wealth of senior talent returning to this year's squad. They include Kershaw Stumbris (C), Tommy Sawinski (P, IF), Brandon LaRue (P, IF). Cameron Devore (P, OF), William Faulkner (OF) and Karsten Olson (P).
Juniors are Jakob Voss (OF, C), Vinnie Jopek (Ut., P), Charlie Johnsen (Ut., P) and George Andrekopoulos (IF).
Sophomores are Ethan Pelkin (OF) and Aaron Tormey (IF, P) while freshmen include Jaden Werner (P), Dawson Andrist (IF), Cougar Wagner (IF), Jacob Harper (OF), Quinten Chilcote (OF) and Samuel Ferguson (OF).
Eight year veteran Coach Jeff Dorschner mentioned that he feels the strengths of his team will be their experience in both pitching and defense.
Looks To Repeat
After a perfect conference season and one heck of a push into the post season the Coleman Cougars will look to repeat their conference championship success as well as make a deeper cut into the postseason
This year's squad is loaded with talented and experienced seniors which include Jordan Blanchard, Austin Tachick, Gunnar Patz, Cade Klimek, Taylor Hansier, Matt Osterberg, Donovan Salewski and Tyler Huberty. Juniors are Austin Marquardt, Cole Woulf, Jacob Steeno, Zack Manning and Taylor Kwiecinski.
The sophomores on this year's Cougar squad are Cody Vandenack, Kasey Casper, Mason Risner, Blake Former and Jacob Hoffman. Freshman are Tyler Olsen, Trevor Risner, Nick Teteak, Sam Kuchta, Seth Seefeldt, Brandon Engels, Sam King, Hunter Woulf and Payton Nelson.
Talent, Inexperience to
Highlight Bulldogs Season
Peshtigo's baseball team is geared up and ready to go for the 2017 campaign. The Bulldogs, although led by coach Pat Robbins in his 24th year as head coach, will rely on a talented, but inexperienced group. There will, however, be eight players returning from last year's squad: senior infielders Josh Biegler, Ryley Demmith, and Tyler Hess, senior outfielders Justin Fischer, Cole Tackmier and Trevor Bloch, along with junior catcher and leading hitter Riley Reif.
Robbins will look to juniors such as Gavin Brissette, Brock Bero and Mitch Ahrens to help lead the team. The young talent that will be featured for the Bulldogs includes Darren Dionne, Travis Plym, Mitchell Flett and Cam Noffke, all sophomores. Peshtigo will also feature a freshman in Nick Nielson helping in the outfield.
Coach Robbins says although a bit inexperienced, the team has a great work ethic and they have been working hard to improve already so far. Peshtigo has to try to replace the twin towers of Tyler and Austin Marquardt, both first-team all-conference players last season. The Bulldogs are scheduled to open their season at home, Thursday against Crandon.
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