Bulldogs Come From Behind to Beat Blue Devils 6-5Issue Date: April 4, 2019
Just a day after getting onto the baseball field to practice for the first time, the Peshtigo Bulldogs are 1-0.
Peshtigo's first outdoor practice of the season was Monday. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs defeated their Packerland rivals, the Oconto Blue Devils, by a 6-5 score.
Peshtigo started off ahead with runs from Travis Plym and Zack Wallin in the second inning, knocked home by a Brandon Eick single. The lead didn't last long, however.
Oconto scored five runs in the third inning, batting around in the inning, which started with an error and two stolen bases by Logan Allan.
In the inning, Oconto stole five bases and had two players advance on a wild pitch. Despite some problems containing base-stealers, the Bulldogs' defense was pretty good considering its limited practice time.
"I actually thought our defense played really well today," Peshtigo coach Neal Henrigillis said. "We made the plays we were supposed to make, we've got some new guys playing, some young guys on the field. Our seniors, I think, picked up the slack."
After Peshtigo ace Darren Dionne left the game after 2 2/3 innings in, Peshtigo's bullpen shut the door. Dionne allowed four runs (three earned). Jake Gordon came and finished off 2 1/3, allowing no runs on two hits. Nick Nielson closed things out and got the win with two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out four.
Peshtigo's pitching was key to the comeback, but the offense needed to make up some ground as well. In the fifth with two outs, Nolan Lemke singled and Travis Plym walked causing the pitch count to chase Oconto's starter Bennett Frazer. Both came around to score on wild pitches from reliever Devin Reinhardt to cut the Oconto lead to one. Zach Sherman and Hayden Honish finished the game, but they couldn't match the stuff that Frazer was bringing, especially on a cold night in northeast Wisconsin.
In the sixth Peshtigo scored twice to take the lead. Dionne reached home on a wild pitch, Nielsen was cut down at the plate trying to score behind him. After two more Bulldogs were hit by pitches, Lemke plated Eick on a fielders choice to give Peshtigo the lead 6-5.
"It's tough. It's tough to come out of the bullpen like it is today," Oconto coach Joe Stark said. "Bringing kids in cold out of center field and third base, it's a challenge."
For Peshtigo, getting Frazer to his pitch count limit was important, as Oconto's relievers hit three batters and walked two more in the sixth inning alone.
"If we can get to pitcher two and pitcher three, especially early in the year, you don't know what pitcher two and pitcher three are going to be, so I knew once they went to the well, we might have a chance and that's what our guys did," Henrigillis said. "Granted, they gave us a couple, they hit some guys, but I still think our guys were ready to hit."
At the end of the day, all that matters is what appears in the win column.
"We won, that's what matters first and foremost," Henrigillis said. "We just had to win that game. We just had to scratch it out, somehow, some way."
Coleman Boys Open Season With Blow Out Win
The Coleman Cougars certianly looked excited for the 2019 baseball season to begin and the Goodman-Pembine Patriots learned it the hard way as the fast hin Cougars blasted their way to a 21-4 victory over the visiting Patriots.
Coleman's Nick Teteak had a great day at the plate as he swatted out four RBIs for the Cougars. Seefeldt added three RBIs while getting three hits while Woulf posted three RBIs and three hits.
Marinette Starts Season With Solid Effort
The Marinette boys were the victors Tuesday evening when they took the field in Luxemburg-Casco for a 7-1 victory.
The Marines found the going a bit tough over the first two innings as they left the second looking at the scoreboard which sat at 0-0. But beginning during the third inning the Marines found their stride and ended up breaking into a full on sprint to take the win.
After the fifth inning things were still close 2-1. But a huge top of the seventh saw the Marines blow the game wide open with five runs.
Trey Bretl took the mound win for the Marines with eight strikeouts. He allowed a mere one hit and one run over his six innings. It was the only hit of the night from the Spartans.
Marinette's Nelson also took the mound, where he allowed no hits, runs or walks over one inning.
The Spartans Deprez took the loss allowing four runs off of one hit.
At the plate Marinette was led by Bezio with a one of two showing with two runs.
Crivitz Steps All Over Stephenson
The Crivitzx Wolverines were not to be touched Tuesday night as they quickly launched themselves way out ahead of the visiting Stephenson Eagles who they defeated in five innings 10-0.
After a scoreless first the Wolverines blasted out six runs.
Another one in fourth and three more during the fifth and final inning gave the Wolverines what they needed for the early ending.
On the mound Jaden Werner gathered up the win for the Wolverines with a whopping 13 strikeouts. He allowed two walks while letting only one Eagles hit a pitch.
Preston Kuntze received the loss for the Eagles allowing one hit, six runs (one earned) and four walks while striking out two.
At the plate the Wolverines were led by Werner with a two of three plate appeaance. He had two runs and three RBIs.
Coleman Defeats Laona/Wabeno
The Coleman Cougar boys got another win over the past week as they set down the Laoana/Wabeno Rebels Tuesday night 9-2.
Coleman's would posted one hit and one RBI during the match while Seefeldt got no base off of two walks.
Cayden Bintz took the mound win over four innings pitched. He struck out nine hitters.
Bretl Pitches Marinette Past Lux-Casco 7-1
The Marinette Marines rode the arm of senior Trey Bretl to a 7-1 win over Luxemburg-Casco on Tuesday.
Bretl struck out eight in six innings of work, allowing just one unearned runs on one hit and two walks. Rylie Nelson pitched a scoreless seventh inning in relief.
Marinette tallied just four hits in the game, but walks, steals, errors and bunts helped them make the most of them to finish with seven runs.
Joe Bezio went one for two at the plate and Tyler Fayta collected a hit in three at bats for the Marines.
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