M&O BaseballIssue Date: April 26, 2017
Coleman Takes Sole Possession of First
Coleman Establishes League Dominance With Win Over Second Place Niagara
The Coleman Cougars are eliminating all the competition for the conference crown and took one step closer to the realization of that goal Monday night when they put away the hosting Niagara Badgers 10-1.
The normal high octane Badger hitting crew was silenced by some great pitching and solid defense by the guys in green.
Coleman came out of the first empty handed but found some good success at the plate over the second. After Anthony Hansen struck out Coleman's led off hitter, Gunnar Patz sprinted his way to first base off a short infield hit. He was followed by Jake Steeno on a single. Patz was brought in by Donovan Salewksi off a single to right and Steeno made it a 2-0 game after he crossed home off an error.
The third saw Coleman's Matt Osterberg walk before Jordan Blanchard slugged a two run homer over the right field fence. Steeno again reached on a single and Salewski sent a shot out to right for the RBI and the 5-0 lead.
Coleman added two more during the fifth. Steeno continued a great day of hitting with a double to right while Osterberg reached on a single. both scored for the 7-0 lead.
Niagara's only run of the night came in the bottom of the fifth when Landen Kaldor reached first while Ethan Blagec brought him in off a single.
The unstoppable bat of Steeno kept churning out hits as he blasted a two RBI double to cap off an excellent night at the plate.
Matt Osterberg took the mound win for the ougars striking out six over his 3.67 innings. He allowed only one hit and two walks.
Hansen took the loss for the Badgers allowing seven hits, six runs (five earned), one walk and one home run while striking out two.
At the plate Steeno was four of four with three runs and two RBIs. Blanchard was two of four with two runs and two RBIs while Salewski went tow of four with two RBIs. Cole Woulf was two of four with two runs and an RBI.
Niagara's two hits came off the bats of Blagec and Kalvin Jeffords. Blagec also had one RBI.
Peshtigo Takes Win At Fox Cities Stadium
The match was an old one. Crivitz versus Peshtigo for diamond bragging rights. The venue on the other hand, was not. Traveling down to Appleton Sunday afternoon the teams of Peshtigo and Crivitz took the field at the Timber Rattlers home for a conference match. After six and a half hard played innings the Bulldogs were displayed on the jumbo-tron as the evening's winners 8-4.
This one can be described as a lot of action all at once, then a lull. Peshtigo's Riley Reif was the first hitter reach base Saturday afternoon after he was struck on the elbow by a pitch. He was brought home in the following at bat by Justin Fischer who slugged a deep double to left field. The Fischer hit was expertly placed. It landed fair a few feet right of the left foul line before taking a wicked bounce outside the foul line.
The Wolverines sparked to life during the second inning. After a walk by lead off hitter Vinnie Jopek, an error that put Brandon Larue on base and a Charlie Johnsen base after being hit by a pitch, the bases were loaded with no outs.
Dawson Andrist score the first Wolverine run of the night after being hit while Werner followed up with a single to shallow center for the RBI. Jakob Voss posted the next RBI on a hit to right field before Kershaw Stumbris helped a run cross thanks to a fielders choice out. Sawinski walked on a bases loaded situation for the fourth run of the night.
Peshtigo Head Coach Pat Robbins went to his bullpen a pulled out Gavin Brissette to take the mound in relief. The decision proved to be a winning one as Brissette or as his compatriots call him "Breezy", breezed through the rest of the innings shutting out any chances of a Wolverine comeback.
"Its important for anybody to come into a game and throw strikes, but when Breezy came in we were down 4-1 and he started to shut them down, and kept it up the rest of the way," said Robbins. "He threw strikes, mixed it up with his curveball and finished strong."
Peshtigo answered in the bottom half of the inning as Ryley Demmith led off with a single. Tyler Hess followed with a single to third and Trevor Bloch knocked in Demmith with a single to right field. Nick Nielson brought the Bulldogs to the lead with a two RBI single to right while Fischer slugged a single to left for the 6-4 lead.
"We haven't been able to score runs lately," said Robins. "Today we got the hits we needed and ran the bases with a heads up attitude. We got ourselves into scoring positions and things started to fall into place."
Crivitz struggled to find the success they enjoyed over the second as the Bulldogs played conservative ball helping to lead them to two late game runs.
After Sawinski struck out two, to start off the bottom of the fifth, Tyler Hess reached on an error. Bloch brought him in on a single to right. then in the sixth Reif got a base due to being hit by a pitch and scored on a wild pitch for the 8-4 lead.
Gavin Brissette got the mound win allowing three hits and four walks while striking out six.
Sawinski was saddled with the loss with five strikeouts over five innings. He allowed seven hits and seven runs (six earned) and three walks.
At the plate Peshtigo was led by Fischer with a two of four showing with two RBI. Nielson was one of four with one run and two RBIs.
Crivitz's Werner was two of three with one run and one RBI. Andrist was one of three with an RBI.
"It was a real treat playing here," said Robbins. "But more than playing here I think it was the way they played. They had a fun day, were able to goof around a bit before and there all of a sudden you have a ball game. I wasn't sure how these guys would react to that but I thought they did a great job."
Farley Fans 14 in Win Over Hornets
The Cavaliers of Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas Academy played host to the Gillett/Suring Hornets Monday night in an M&O battle. Cavalier ace Jack Farley was dialed in allowing just two runs on two hits while striking out a whopping 14 Hornet batters. Four Cav runs were plenty of run support for Farley as Lena/STAA ousted the Hornets, 4-2.
After a scoreless top of the first, Cavalier Levi Potter reached on an error and came around to score thanks to a passed ball. Two more Cavalier runs came in the third inning as Farley and Riley Marquardt were walked before Dakota Cops laced a two-run double to the gap. Lena/STAA went up 3-0.
One Hornets' run came in the fourth inning as Cody Smith singled, stole second and eventually scored on a wild pitch as they trimmed the lead to 3-1. Farley got that run back for himself as he singled in the fifth, stole second and was scored by Cops' two-out single, extending the lead back to 4-1.
Gillett/Suring was able to add a run in the top of the seventh, but it wasn't enough as Lena/STAA held on for a 4-2 victory.
Farley pitched a complete game allowing just the two runs (one earned) on two hits, two walks and 14 "K's" for the Cavs' win. Cody Smith was saddled with the Hornets' loss. In five innings of work, Smith gave up four runs (three earned) on three hits, three walks and eight strikeouts.
Cops led the Cavs offense with a 2-for-2 day including a double and three RBI while Farley added a 1-for-2 performance. For the Hornets, Smith and Lane Hischke each went 1-for-3.
Bulldogs Clobber Cavaliers
Friday night the Peshtigo Bulldogs played host to the Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Cavaliers in an M&O baseball matchup. The Bulldogs imposed their will on the Cavs and took a 23-0 victory in five innings.
A nine-run first inning sparked the Peshtigo offense to 23 runs on 11 hits and a victory. Bulldog starting pitcher Gavin Brissette shut down the Cavalier bats. In Brissette's three innings of work, he threw shutout ball allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out three hitters.
Lena/STAA's Logan Sobeck recorded the Cavaliers' lone hit on a second-inning single. Riley Reif paced the Peshtigo attack with a 3-for-4 day including five RBI and two runs scored. Eight other Bulldog batters also recorded a hit in the contest.
Girbralter Downs Crivitz
In a nonconference matchup Tuesday evening, the Crivitz Wolverines played host to the Gibralter Vikings. With a 2-1 lead heading into the seventh inning, the Vikings added three insurance runs to seal their victory 5-1 over the Wolverines.
Crivitz's lone run came in the sixth inning as Charlie Johnsen drew a walk and was plated on Jaden Werner's RBI double.
Werner took the mound loss for Crivitz as he pitched a complete game, allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits, two walks and four "K's". Werner and Tommy Sawinski were 1-for-3 on the day to lead the Wolverines.
Crivitz Falls In Five To Powerful Norway
The Crivitz Wolverines ran into a non-conference road block Friday afternoon, taking a seat to the Norway Vikings 13-3 over five innings.
Though they fell hard in this one the Wolverines were first to strike. Jaden Werner opened up the first with a double to center field while Kershaw Stumbris helped move him into position with a single.
Tommy Sawinski made contact with a Norway pitch for a single that brought in Werner.
Norway evened the score in the second when Bryce Bride slammed a double to left field. Teammate Ryan Memard brought him in during the next at bat with a sacrifice fly to right field.
The Wolverines looked like they were going to keep pace as Jakob Voss crushed a double to center to lead off the third followed by Stumbris on another double to center, bringing Voss home. Stumbris scored shortly after, going to the plate off a wild pitch for the 3-1 lead. Both that was about it for the Wolverines.
Norway capitalized on a few errors and overthrows to pile in six third inning runs. The biggest of which was a three RBI triple off the bat of Brodeu.
They continued to the onslaught over the fourth with four more runs and closed the game early with two runs over the fifth.
Werner was saddled with the loss giving up five hits, 11 runs (three earned) and three walks while striking out three.
Norway's Trey Doda took the win with six "K's" to his name. He allowed five hits, three earned runs and two walks.
At the plate Stumbris did all he could to keep his Wolverines afloat, going two of three with one run and one RBI. Sawinski chipped into the effort with a one of three plate showing with one RBI to boot.
Norway's Bride had the best plate showing of the evening, going two of three with two runs and three RBIs. Memard was 0 for two with two RBIs.
Rangers for Close Win
The Niagara Badgers hosted the Wausaukee Rangers Tuesday night for a close competing that saw the Badgers on top after seven innings 2-1. Were it not for a few costly errors by the Rangers the Badgers may not have come out with the "W".
Wausaukee's Cody Renikow opened the game with a well placed single to shallow center. Kyle Struve brought him in for the 1-0 lead. It was the only time the Rangers crossed the plate.
Niagara had to be patient over the next six innings. Their patience was rewarded when a Ranger error allowed Landen Kaldor to reach first base. Dylan Lantagne capitalized on the mistake slugging a sacrifice fly to deep right field to score Kaldor, tying the match at 1-1.
The bottom of the seventh saw the inning run cross home. Dylan Neuens led of that inning with a single and spirited home off an error for the 2-1 win.
Matthew Delfosse took the loss for the Rangers allowing five hits and two runs while striking out five.
Ethan Blagec took the mound win for the Badgers as he allowed five hits, one earned run and walk while striking out nine.
Hornets Sting Rebels
The Gillett/Suring Hornets played host to theLaona/Wabeno Rebels Tuesday night in a nonconference matchup. After falling behind 2-0, the Hornets scored four runs in the third to grab a lead they never gave up. The Hornets went on to win 8-5.
Five consecutive hits by Lane Hischke, Tyler McDougal, Cody Smith, Sean Krueger, and Josh Read led to four runs scored in the third for the Hornets to grab a 4-2 lead. Gillett/Suring would add two runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings before shutting down the Rebels in the seventh to secure the victory.
Ethan Hischke took the win for the Hornets with five innings pitched allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Lane Hischke went 3-for-4 for the Hornets including two singles and a double leading to two runs scored. Sean Krueger and Josh Reed each went 2-for-4 on the day as well.
Peshtigo Escapes Southern Door with Win
Tuesday evening the Peshtigo Bulldogs took the trip to Southern Door to take on the Eagles in a nonconference showdown. After Peshtigo held a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of seventh, Southern Door scored two runs but the Bulldogs held them off to win 4-3.
Travis Plym began the third inning by reaching on an error for Peshtigo. Nick Nielson followed with a one-out hit that advanced Plym to third. Plym scored on a wild pitch and Nielson went from first to third on the wild pitch. Nielson scored on a failed throw to second to catch a stealing running and Peshtigo took a 2-0 lead.
Southern Door answered with one run in the bottom half of the third inning, but Peshtigo's rebuttal came quickly in the fourth. Ryley Demmith led off with a walk and Tyler Hess laced a single to left field. Trevor Bloch hit into a fielder's choice followed by a single from Darren Dionne to load the bases. Cole Tackmier drew a walk to score Hess and Reif drew a second bases loaded walk to score Dionne. Peshtigo led 4-1.
Eagle Derek LeCaptain led off the bottom of the seventh reaching base via an error. After a flyout, Zack Marchant singled. Beau Schartner was hit by a pitch with two outs to load the bases. Leadoff batter Nick LeCaptain drew an RBI walk and River Pawalski drew a second consecutive walk to bring the score to 4-3. Peshtigo's Dionne settled in and struck out Southern Door's three-hitter with the bases loaded to end the game and Peshtigo held on 4-3.
Dionne led the offense for Peshtigo with a 2-for-2 day. Cole Tackmier took the mound win for the Bulldogs with three innings pitched, allowing one earned run on two hits, one walk, and three strikeouts.
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