Post-Season Baseball Begins Thursday
The Coleman Cougars defeated the invading Niagara Badgers Thursday evening 2-0.
Coleman squeaked by the Badgers thanks to one run in the fourth and another in the sixth.
Matt Osterberg fanned 12 during the game while Niagara's Jacob Bousley struck out one.
Donovan Salewski recored an RBI for the Cougars along with Zack Manning.
Late Game Push
The St. Thomas Aquinas/ Lena Cavaliers bided their time against the Gillett/Suring Hornets coming back from an early 2-0 deficit to win 5-2.
The Hornets stung early but lost their stinger over the later portions of the game. Tyler McDougal registered the first run of the game, reaching on a single.
Jaden Geneisse scored for the Hornets during the second. After that run crossed the Hornets went stagnant. The reason being Jack Farley's pitching. Over the next five innings Farley struck out 12.
The Cavalier hitters who were slow to start found their rhythm starting in the fifth inning.
Levi Potter reached off a walk while Riley Marquardt hit a single. Both scored to tie things up at 2-2.
During the seventh the Cavaliers capitalized, scoring three more runs. Tanner Chevalier scored the tie breaking run while Farley and Marquardt helped to build the three run buffer.
Farley took the mound win striking out 15 in his six and a third innings. Tyler Stuart closed with two strikeouts.
The Wrightstown Tigers handed the Coleman Cougar baseball team an 11-3 loss Friday evening.
Green Bay NEW
Lutheran Falls To Crivitz
The Crivitz Wolverines blasted their way to a 15-5 win over the visiting Green Bay NEW Lutheran Blazers Friday night.
After setting down the first three hitters in order the Wolverines went wild. Jaden Werner led off with a walk followed by Jakob Voss on a walk. Kershaw Stumbris slapped a single for an RBI while Tommy Sawinski followed with a single. Vinnie Jopek was up next and he didn't disappoint as he hit a single for two RBIs. Dawson Andrist displayed good plate awareness and walked and was followed by Charlie Johnsen on a single for the RBI. After repeating the beginning of the order the Wolverines found themselves ahead 6-0.
Sawinski crossed home during the second thanks to a Brandon LaRue RBI.
The third was more of the same, as the Wolverines improved their lead to 13-0. During the inning Johnsen singled, Aaron Tormey walked and Werner singled. Voss reached on an error for the RBI while Stumbris was hit by a pitch for another RBI. Sawinski crushed a two RBI single while LaRue reached on a fielder's choice for another RBI.
The Blazers finally answered in the fifth as they pushed across five runs. Those five runs were just a dent in the deficit the Wolverines had created for them.
Finishing strong the Wolverines added two runs over the sixth for the win.
At the plate Sawinski was three for three with three runs and two RBIs. Jopek was two for two with a run and two RBIs while Stumbris was one for four with two runs and two RBIs.
Johnsen took the mound win for the Wolverines with three strikeouts to his name. In his four innings he allowed no hits, no runs and only two walks.
NEW's Brandon Macklem struck out two while allowing nine hits, 13 runs (11 earned) and six walks.
Rangers Roll to Win
The Wausaukee Rangers were faced with a tough opponent last Friday as the Cardinals of Crandon came to town. After six and half innings the Rangers were victorious 5-3.
It was not until the third that the Rangers began to make their mark on this game, doing so with two runs. Tyler Gruszynski took a base to lead off the inning after being hit by a pitch and was brought in by Cody Renikow on a single. Renikow made his way home in the next at bat thanks to a Andrew Schroeder RBI double.
The Cardinals answered in the fourth with a Blake Fenwick run.
The biggest inning of the game for the Rangers was the fourth where three Ranger base runners found their way to the plate. Aiden Shaw led off with a base after being hit. He advanced on a wild pitch, went to third on a passed ball and scored when Hayden Renikow clubbed a two RBI single that also brought in Corbin Hultquist, who reached on a walk. Hayden Renikow made it to the plate in the next at bat thanks to a Cody Renikow single for the 5-1 lead.
The Cardinals scored two in the top of the seventh before the Rangers ended the inning for the win.
At the plate Cody Renikow was three of three with one run and two RBIs. Schroeder was two of four with an RBI while Hayden Renikow was one for one with one run and two RBIs.
Crandon's Brad Shepard was two of four with two RBIs.
Tanner Tiese took the mound loss with six strikeouts while allowing three walks, six hits and five earned runs.
Matthew Delfosse took the win allowing six hits, one earned run and two walks while striking out 11.
Badgers Dig Hole,
Bury Rebels in It
The Niagara Badgers were completely unstoppable Monday evening when they defeated the Laona/Wabeno Rebels 11-0 in five innings and 6-5 in game two of a double header.
Niagara got started during the first inning as Landon Kaldor opened his team's hitting sheets with a base off a bunt. He latered scored off a wild pitch. Ethan Blagec followed with a base off an error while Josh Weber hit a pop up for the RBI. Dylan Lantagne hit a single and was brought home by Charlie Schaeffer on a single to left giving the Badgers a 3-0 lead.
The fourth saw the Badgers increase that lead. Kalvin Jefford's singled and was brought in by Kaldor on a single. Kaldor scored on an error while Ethan Blagec reached first on that same error. Blagec added the sixth run of the night off a passed ball.
Niagara got all they needed to end the game early during the fifth. The inning's scoring was highlighted by a two RBI double by Blagec.
At the plate Kaldor was two of three with two runs and one RBI. Blagec was one of four with two runs and two RBIs.
Blagec took the mound win striking out five while allowing only three hits and no runs or walks.
Laona/Wabeno's Derek Moravec took the loss giving up three hits three runs and one walk while striking out one.
Game two was more of a match as they Rebels kept pace but still fell short in a 6-5 loss to the Badgers.
During the first for the Badgers Anthony Hansen hit a two RBI single that brought home Blagec and Weber for the 2-0 lead. That lead became 3-0 during the second when Weber swatted a single to bring home Tristin DeJardin.
Spencer Huettl scored for the Rebels during the fourth inning while the Badger's Alex Hagerty and Lantagne scored during the bottom of the inning to keep the lead firmly in their grasp 5-1.
The Rebels narrowed the lead over the fifth with three runs and toed things up with another run during the top of the sixth 5-5.
Niagara's Weber crossed home off a Schaeffer single during the sixth for the 6-5 lead which the Badger defense held onto to win.
Taking the mound loss in game two was Carson Kalata who gave up one hit, one earned run and two walks while striking out three.
Kaldor took the win for the Badgers with two strikeouts. He allowed two hits, one earned run and two walks.
At the plate the Rebels' Moravec was two of four with two runs. Spencer Huettl was one of three with a run and one RBI.
Niagara's Weber was two for two with a run and an RBI while Jacob Bousley was two for two with two RBIs. Hansen finished the evening two of three with two RBIs.
Crivitz in Shootout
The Crivitz Wolverines trailed to diamond of Xavier High School Monday evening for a non-conference match. The contest which started slow for the Wolverines ended up turning into a shootout with Xavier firing in couple extra runs 11-9.
Xavier got to work in the bottom of the first as Chase Hunter hit a single to bring home T.J. VanEperen. Then in the second a huge hit from Nate DeYoung increased the lead. DeYoung made contact with a pitch that he sent deep down the left foul line getting a double as well as bringing in three runners for the 4-0 lead.
Another run in the third and two more in the fourth put Xavier up 7-0. At this point one might say game over. But that wasn't the case. The never say quite Wolverines weren't ready to get on the bus just yet.
The Wolverine rally began in the fifth. Brandon LaRue singled followed by Dawson Andrist on a single. After a strikeout Aaron Tormey walked. LaRue went home on an error while Jakob Voss hit an RBI single. Kershaw Stumbris followed up with another RBI single.
Xavier answered with a single run in the bottom of the inning.
William Faulkner led off the sixth for Crivitz with a single. George Androkopoulos was hit by a pitch and Ethan Pelkin walked.
Then came the biggest hit of the game for the Wolverines. With bases loaded Jaden Werner slapped a double to bring home all three runners. Voss scored Werner on an RBI double. After Tommy Sawinski scored Voss on an RBI single Stumbris went home on a baulk for the 9-8 lead.
Xavier returned fire in the bottom of the inning getting three runs for the 11-9 lead and held Crivitz off in the seventh for the win.
At the plate for the Wolverines Voss was two of three with one run and two RBIs. Sawinski was two of four with an RBI while Werner went one of four for one run and three RBIs.
Xavier's DeYoung was two of three with four RBIs while Dylan Natrop was one of two with two runs and two RBIs.
Cougar Wagner took the loss in relief for the Wolverines giving up four hits, four earned runs and three walks while striking out two. Opener Jaden Werner allowed three hits, four runs (three earned) and three walks while striking out two.
Jordan Lang took the win for Xavier giving up one hit while Jesse Sell earned the save allowing only one walk. Opener David Popelka allowed one hit and two walks while striking out five.
Cougars Luck Runs
Out Against Irish
In a final tune-up before Thursday's WIAA playoffs begin, the Coleman Cougars hosted the Freedom Irish Monday evening. Two runs in the bottom of the first looked to be enough with Matt Osterberg humming on the mound, however four runs in the sixth inning for Freedom gave them the edge. The Irish went on to win 5-2 in Coleman.
Osterberg struck out 11 in six innings of work for the Cougars. This is just the second loss of the season for the Cougars, both of which were to North Eastern Conference teams (Wrightstown and Freedom).
The Peshtigo Bulldogs took to the road Friday night to take on the Oconto Falls Panthers, a matchup possible in regional action off the WIAA Division 2 playoffs. Two runs in the top of the first inning for Oconto Falls were the difference as they held on for a 2-0 win over Peshtigo.
Oconto Falls plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to three walks and a hit-by-pitch. One hit was recorded in the inning and the Panthers grabbed a quick 2-0 lead. Falls' pitcher Mason Sefcik shut down the Peshtigo bats and earned the complete game shutout win. In seven innings, Sefcik scattered five hits and struck out five batters. Cole Tackmier took the loss for Peshtigo, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits, six walks and three strikeouts in five innings.
Trevor Bloch led the Bulldogs at the plate with a 2-for-3 game. Yuma paced the Panthers with a 1-for-1 game.
Blue Devils Bump
Bulldogs Before Playoffs
On a rainy Tuesday evening, the Peshtigo Bulldogs traveled to Oconto to take on the Blue Devils in a final tune up before the WIAA playoffs. The game was scheduled to be played in Peshtigo but Mother Nature made the Bulldogs travel to Oconto to get the game in. Oconto used a six-run second inning to win 9-2.
Cole Tackmier laced a one-out base hit up the middle to start the Bulldogs in the top of the first. Nick Nielson followed with a walk. After a flyout, Cam Noffke's single drove in two runs and the Bulldogs went ahead 2-0. From there, it was all Oconto.
The Blue Devils cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first, before pouring on six runs in the second inning to take a 7-2 lead. A run in each of the fourth and fifth innings were enough to put down the Bulldogs 9-2 in the non-conference matchup.
Brock Bero suffered the loss for Peshtigo as he gave up seven runs (six earned) in an inning and a third on three hits, five walks and a strikeout. Justin Fischer was 1-for-1 in the game for Peshtigo and Cam Noffke and Cole Tackmier were each 1-for-2.
Eagles Enter Rangers'
In a non-conference matchup, the Wausaukee Rangers played host to the Stephenson Eagles Tuesday evening. A five run fifth inning for Wausaukee helped break a 3-3 tie, and pushed them to an 8-4 victory.
Kyle Struve's single started the five-run rally for the Rangers. Dustin Westphal laced an RBI double. Hayden Renikow drew a bases loaded walk and errors by Stephenson helped Wausaukee score two more runs. After the rally, Wausaukee led 8-3. A run in the top of the seventh was not enough for Stephenson as the Rangers won, 8-4.
Cody Renikow earned the win for Wausaukee, in two and a third innings, he gave up three runs (zero earned) on two hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Tyler Gruszynski led the Rangers with a 1-for-2 game including two runs
Two runs in each of the first, fifth and seventh innings for the Peshtigo Bulldogs helped them take the 7-0 win in Crivitz over the Wolverines.
Cole Tackmier reached on an infield hit, advanced to second on a passed ball, and eventually scored on a passed ball to give Peshtigo a 1-0 lead. In the same inning, Riley Reif drew a walk, stole second base, and scored on an error to push the lead to 2-0. The Bulldogs scored two more in the fifth. Trevor Bloch reached on an error, stole second and scored on a passed ball. Tyler Hess singled and later scored on a passed ball.
In the sixth, Mitch Ahrens laced a single for the Bulldogs to start off the inning. Cam Noffke pinch ran for Ahrens, stole second and scored on a base hit from Justin Fischer. Peshtigo added two insurance runs in the seventh as Reif singled and Nick Nielson doubled, both runners would later scored to extend the lead to the eventual final, 7-0.
Nick Nielson earned the mound win for Peshtigo. He pitched six innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits while piling up 10 "K's". Crivitz's Tommy Sawinski took the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits, three walks, and five strikeouts in six innings of work.
Sawinski and Dawson Andrist were each 2-for-3 in the game to lead the Wolverines. Peshtigo's Trevor Bloch was 2-for-2 and Mitchell Ahrens was 2-for-4.
Non-conference action took place Saturday morning as the Peshtigo Bulldogs hosted the Little Chute Mustangs. After Little Chute took a commanding 3-0 lead in the top of the first, the Bulldogs chipped away. A clutch, three-run double off the bat of Trevor Bloch to give Peshtigo a 5-4 lead. Peshtigo won by the same score over Little Chute.
The Mustangs brought eight runners to the plate in the top of the first inning and cranked out four hits to score three quick runs and take the early 3-0 lead. Peshtigo responded in the bottom of the second. Bloch reached on a two-out error, took second and eventually scored on an error by the catcher, trimming the lead to 3-1.
Little Chute added a run in the third Leighton Myers led off with a single. Myers stole second, reached third, and eventually scored on a groundout pushing the lead to 4-1. The Bulldogs rallied in their half of the third inning. Tyler Hess laced a single and Cam Noffke reached on an error. After a strikeout, Riley Reif was walked to load the bases. Darren Dionne drew a two-out walk to score Hess and trim the lead to 4-2. Bloch stepped into the batter's box and drilled a double down the left field line to unload the bases and record three-RBI. Peshtigo went ahead 5-4 and eventually went on to win the game by the same score.
Dionne took the win for the Bulldogs with five and two-thirds innings pitched, giving up four earned runs on six hits, four walks and four "K's". Hess paced the Peshtigo offense with a 3-for-4 day including a run scored. Bloch finished 1-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored.
Pedersen Ball Park was the site of the NEC matchup between the Marinette Marines and the Wrightstown Tigers Thursday night. After a choppy start by James Jagielski, Kevin Charlesworth stepped up and pitched a lights-out game. The Marinette bats came alive and they went on to win, 8-4.
Wrightstown secured a 3-0 lead after a three-run second inning. Marinette answered back in the third inning with three runs of their own to tie the game at 3-3. Matt Eldredge doubled to center field, Tanner Cole reached on an infield hit, and Jagielski's walk loaded the bases. Adam Wahl drilled a two-RBI single to left and later Jagielski was plated on an errant throw.
Another three-run inning for the Marines occurred in the fourth. Kyler Kruse connected for a single, followed by an Eldredge base knock. Cole had a bunt single that loaded the bases. Jagielski recorded an RBI ground out and Eldredge and Cole were plated on wild pitches.
The Marines added an insurance run in each of the fifth and sixth innings. Spencer Hipke and Jacob Perkins drew back-to-back walks. After an error, Hipke was plated by Eldredge's fielder's choice. In the sixth, Nick Daye walked and scored on Trey Bretl's single. Marinette went on to win 8-4 over Wrightstown.
Charlesworth pitched five and two-thirds innings giving up just one earned run on three hits, no walks and two strikeouts. Eldredge's 2-for-3 game, including a double and an RBI led the team at the plate. Cole also recorded a 2-for-3 day.
Beats Marines in Esky
Marinette traveled up to Escanaba Monday as the Marines were set to take on the Eskimos in a non-conference matchup. The Marines took a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth where the Eskimos responded with a five-run inning. Due to the rain, the game was called in a 5-5 tie in the fourth.
The Marines pitched James Jagielski three and two-thirds of an inning, in which he allowed three earned runs while fanning three and walking nine. Spencer Hipke highlighted the Marines at the plate with a two-run double, while Adam Wahl also recorded an RBI.
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