Cougars Stay Hot, Post Three Win WeekIssue Date: May 11, 2022
Win Over Manistique
Coleman moved to 17-0 on the year with a non-conference win over Manistique on Saturday.
The Cougars won 10-0 in six innings, as Noah Nosgovitz shut down the Manistique bats. He struck out 11 hitters in six frames, allowing five hits with no walks. Of his 91 pitches, 66 went for strikes.
At the plate, Coleman's bats were hot, with five different players recording multi-hit games.
Karson Casper went 3-4 with a double, three RBIs, and a run scored to lead the way. Ray Lemieux went 3-3 with two RBIs as well.
Trent Mongin was 2-3 with two runs scored, Logan Kurth went 2-3 with two runs and an RBI, and Will Bieber was 2-4 with two runs scored and one batted in.
The Cougars also ran wild on the basepaths, with 11 steals on the day.
"We had some good baserunning and we had good pitching again today by Noah, so that helped us keep them off. The plays we needed to make, we made," Coleman coach Kent Casper said.
It was Coleman's third game in three days, with 10 or more runs in all three games. On Friday and Saturday, they were held scoreless in the first two innings before the bats caught fire in the later frames.
"The last few weeks we've been playing Thursday, Friday, Saturday, coming back on Monday, and it's just a lot of games in a short amount of time," Casper said. "As boys are, it takes a while to get going. That's what happens."
The Cougars play three more next week before the season starts to wind down.
Bulldogs Drop a Pair in
Peshtigo was shut out in an 8-0 loss to Auburndale and beaten by a 6-5 score against Wittenberg-Birnamwood on Saturday.
Playing at the Wittenberg-Birnamwood Triangular, the Bulldogs couldn't wake up the bats against Auburndale.
The Bulldogs only had two hits in the game, a Trevor Walters single in the seventh and a Caleb Klimek single in the second. Neither runner got past first base.
Auburndale scored one run in the fourth, but they really exploded in the seventh, scoring seven in the frame, with three walks and a hit batter contributing to the Bulldogs' problems.
Jake Berth was fairly solid as the starter, but he took the loss. His only run was unearned in his four innings. He walked four and allowed just one hit.
Landon Lemke allowed seven runs (six earned) in 2.2 innings of relief. He walked four and allowed six hits.
The Wittenberg-Birnamwood game was much closer. W-B took a first-inning lead. Peshtigo took a 2-1 lead in the third when Marquardt and Caleb Proft each scored.
W-B tied it up in the bottom half of the inning and scored two runs in the fourth on three singles and two walks but it was Peshtigo taking the lead again in the fourth, with Landon Lemke singling and Trevor Walters reaching on an error to open up the inning. The pair would both score, with a Landon Beyer single helping the cause.
Wittenberg scored two in the fourth to take back the lead, then added one more in the sixth after Lemke brought Peshtigo back to a tie in the top half of the inning.
Three flyouts in the Bulldogs' half of the seventh ended the game at 6-5.
Lemke was 1-3 with two runs scored. Beyer went 2-3 and Marquardt was 1-4 with a run scored.
Beyer took the loss, throwing 4.2 innings and allowing four runs on five walks and seven hits. He struck out four batters.
Cougars Build Up
Steam to Overcome
Coleman didn't get off to a hot start against Gillett/Suring on Friday, but the bats came alive for the Cougars in the final five frames to win 10-2.
Gillett/Suring scored first on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first. Coleman was held scoreless until the third inning, when the Cougars got a two-RBI double from Karson Casper and a sacrifice fly by Noah Nosgovitz.
Coleman scored at least one run in each of the final five. innings. Brody Zahn singled home Joe Olsen in the fourth, Logan Kurth smoked a two-run home run to left in the fifth, and three singles brought across two in the sixth.
The Cougars slapped five singles in the seventh to make it 10-2 after G/S scored one in the bottom of the sixth. Coleman had 16 hits in the game. Five players had two apiece.
Kurth was 2-3 with the home run, Nosgovitz and Casper each went 2-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, and Trent Mongin was 2-2 with two runs scored and an RBI. Joe King went 2-3 as well.
King started on the mound and made it through 5.1 innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and four walks. He struck out three.
Ray Lemieux came in to get the final five outs, striking out two and allowing just one runner via walk.
Taron Haak had half of the four hits for G/S, going 2-3 with a triple, a run scored, and a walk.
At face value, the Hornets lost by eight, but the team is still working through a lot of inexperience. Coming into the season, many of the Hornets players hadn't played since little league. With that in mind, the Hornets can take a lot of positives from the game.
"We lost by eight to Coleman, but Coleman's a really good team, and the fact we were able to go the distance with them and limit the errors is a good boost of confidence that we can compete with teams if we're smart with the baseball," Gillett coach Mitch Woulf said.
Cougars Get 9-0
Win Over Wildcats
Coleman topped Lena 9-0 on Monday after scoring all nine runs in the opening two innings.
Coleman scored four in the first frame and five in the second to pull away early. They couldn't get one more run to end the game early, but they were still able to win comfortably, in part due to strong pitching.
Karson Casper and Logan Kurth each threw two scoreless innings and Ray Lemieux threw an efficient four to end the game. Casper allowed two hits and struck out four, Kurth allowed one hit, three walks, and five strikeouts, and Lemieux struck out four and allowed one hits, needing just 33 pitches to get through three.
At the plate, Casper was 3-3 with two runs scored and two walks, Cole Klimek went 2-4 with two runs and an RBI, Eli Zablocki was 2-2 with three RBIs, and Will Bieber went 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Noah Nosgovitz was 1-3 with two walks, two runs, and an RBI.
Logan Shallow was 2-3 for Gillett. Lane Whiting took the loss, allowing nine runs (five earned) in two innings.
A big M&O Conference matchup with Crivitz on Thursday looms for Coleman. Coleman is undefeated in conference play, while Crivitz has just one loss, a 6-4 defeat at the hands of Crivitz on April 25.
Early Flood of Coleman
Runs Defeats STAA
Coleman came out hot to beat Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy on Thursday, 11-0.
The Cougars scored all 11 of their runs in the opening two innings, with four in the first and seven in the second.
After Trent Mongin held STAA scoreless in the top of the first, Coleman got the wheels turning in the bottom half. With one out, Karson Casper singled up the middle and scored on an error that put Noah Nogovitz on base. Nosgovitz stole second and reached third on an error by the catcher, and Logan Kurth singled him home. After Kurth stole second, Ray Lemieux reached and scored Kurth on an error by the shortstop. Cole Klimek added an RBI single to make it four, the first of his three hits in the game.
In the second, the first nine batters of the inning reached, with two errors, two walks, a hit batter, and four singles.
The game ended in five. Mongin threw all four for Coleman, striking out four and allowing just three hits.
Nosgovitz was 1-3 with two runs, Kurth was 1-1 with two runs and an RBI, Lemieux was 0-2 with two runs, and Klimek was 3-3 with a run and two RBIs.
Joe Olsen had an RBI single in the second inning.
For STAA, Dominic Tanguay took the loss. He threw 3.1 innings and allowed 11 runs, though six were unearned.
Dakota Yother, Henry Piasecki, and Esteban Carlson each went 1-2.
Stings STAA 12-1
For an inexperienced Gillett/Suring baseball team, wins like the Hornets' 12-1 win over Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy can be huge momentum builders.
Gillett/Suring coach Mitch Woulf said much of his team hasn't played organized baseball since little league, but their inexperience wasn't showing against the Cavaliers.
On the mound, Taron Haak started the game and Keegan Rattin finished it.
Haak threw four innings, allowing one run on two hits and three walks. He struck out five. Rattin pitched two innings, recording all six of his outs by strikeout.
At the plate, the Hornets had just four hits, but they walked seven times and made their runners count.
Mikey Pecanas scored two runs in the game after getting hit by a pitch and walking. Rattin scored twice on a single and a walk, and Alex Keshner had an RBI single.
Woulf is happy with what he's seen from his team, which has just one senior, Haak.
"Tremendous improvement. We have a lot of team that doesn't have a whole lot of baseball experience," Woulf said. "Many of these kids are playing for the first time since little league, but I was really happy to see them go out and hope to get better. It's been a learning experience all year. There's things that come up in games, there's games that have been ugly this year, but they've been learning experiences for our guys. They're understanding the rules of baseball. That's huge, and they've gotten a lot better."
Defensively, the Hornets were solid late in the game after one error in the second inning.
"They've been terrific, asking questions, learning. Our first few games, we had a ton of errors, and we've really cleaned up the defense," Woulf said. "We're going to keep getting better. We have a lot of underclassmen that are doing a lot of nice things for us."
Rangers Survive High
Scoring Contest With
Wausaukee slapped the ball around the yard in a 12-10 win over Gillett/Suring on Thursday.
The Rangers had 17 hits in the game, with six different multi-hit games. Nathan Shaw was 3-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored. Dillan Newburry was 3-4 with two RBIs, Christian Deschane was 2-4 with two RBIs, and Will Koester went 3-4 with three RBIs and a run scored.
Kamden Stumbris went 1-3 with a double, two runs scored, two walks and an RBI. Danny Suennen was 2-3 with two runs scored and a walk.
Prestin Brunette scored twice, as did Layne Rowley.
Kayden Suennen started the game and allowed five earned in three innings. After one inning from Connor Schroeder where he allowed three runs (none earned), Ryan Wojcik ended up getting the win for his four outs. He allowed one unearned run.
Koester closed out the game, getting five outs and allowing one run.
Taaron Haak started the game for the Hornets, allowing nine runs (six earned) on 11 hits in 4.1 innings, but he didn't end up with a loss, as the Hornets scored seven runs in the top of the fourth to take an 8-7 lead.
Carter Whisman got the loss, allowing three earned runs in 1.2 innings.
Wausaukee scored two in the fifth and three in the sixth to help push it across the line.
At the plate, the Hornets walked 10 times and had just three hits. Wausaukee also committed three errors and hit three batters.
Austin VandeCorput and Brady Kristof each had three RBIs. Mike Pecanas and Alex Kershner scored two runs apiece.
Rangers Take Slugfest
Win Over Lena
Wausaukee won its second straight high-scoring close baseball game on Friday, beating Lena 13-12.
After beating Gillett/Suring 12-10 on Thursday, the Rangers followed it up with another hard-fought win.
Lena took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, with all three runs scoring on errors.
Wausaukee got one back in the top of the third on a Connor Schroeder sacrifice fly, then the Rangers exploded for five in the fourth, with the big play coming on a Dillan Newberry triple that scored C Deschane and Layne Rowley.
Lena re-took the lead 9-6 in the bottom half of the inning, with Logan Shallow doubling in two runs to cut the lead to 6-5 and an error bringing in the tying and go-ahead runs. Anthoney Seefeldt doubled and Luke Misco tripled to bring in insurance runs.
The seesaw game continued in the fifth, when a run scored on a dropped third strike and a Danny Suennen single to cut the Lena lead back to one, 9-8.
Will Koester singled to right to score Shaw and tie the game in the top of the sixth, but again Lena had an answer, with Sam Marquardt singling through the gap to right field to take a 10-9 lead in the bottom of the sixth.
Down to their last ups, Wausaukee started the seventh with an error and a walk. A hit-by-pitch loaded the bases and Wausaukee struck for the lead with Kamden Strumbris singling home a pair. After another walk re-loaded the bases, a batter was hit by a pitch and Suennen hit a sac fly to make it 13-10.
Lane Whiting had a two-RBI single in the half to cut the lead to one with two outs. The tying run was stranded at third and the winning run was left at second in the bottom of the seventh, with a flyout to center ending it at 13-12 with the bases loaded.
The two teams combined for 29 hits in the game. The leading hitter on either side was Whiting, who went 4-5 with three runs and four RBIs for Lena.
The Wildcats also got a three-hit day from Logan Graef. He was 3-4 with two runs. Ty Shallow was 2-4 with two runs scored and Logan Shallow went 1-4 with two runs scored and two batted in.
Wausaukee's Koester was 4-4 with a run, an RBI, and a walk. Stumbris, Suenne, and Christian Deschane each had two hits. Rowley and Newberry each scored twice and Newberry had two RBIs.
On the mound, Prestin Brunette was the winning pitcher. He allowed three runs in three innings of work. Graef took the loss for one inning where he allowed three runs.
Wolverines Post Solid
Win Over Rangers
Crivitz took care of business in five innings against Wausaukee on Monday, 13-2.
Both teams scored two runs in the first inning, but it was the Wolverine offense that kept it going beyond that. They added one in the third and five each in the fourth and fifth innings.
Dillan Gehm went 2-3 with four runs scored and two RBIs. One of his two hits was a double.
Eli Gruszynski was 2-3 with three runs scored and one batted in and Sean Christiansen went 2-3 with three RBIs and a triple.
Seth Sellen also tripled on a 1-4, three-RBI day.
Christiansen started on the hill, allowing two runs (one earned) over 3.1 innings. He struck out seven, walked two, and allowed three hits. Jacob Behrendt got the final five outs of the day without allowing a run.
Chad Schroeder took the loss. He allowed eight runs (four earned) over 3.2 innings before hitting his pitch count. Nathan Shaw and Ryan Wojcik each got two outs.
Wausaukee was held to four hits as a team. Prestin Brunette was 1-2 with two RBIs and a walk. Kamden Stumbris and Connor Schroeder each scored runs
Blue Devils Get
with 5th Inning Rally
Oconto narrowly edged Peshtigo 4-2 behind a four-hit, three-run fifth inning.
Peshtigo took a 1-0 lead in the first. Trevor Marquardt singled to lead off the inning. Koby Cuyler walked, and after Marquardt swiped third, Landon Lemke brought him home on a sacrifice.
Peshtigo put a runner at third base in the third, loaded the bases in the fourth, and brought a runner to third in the fifth, but they couldn't find a way to bring them home.
In fifth, Oconto made Peshtigo pay for missed opportunities. Trailing 1-0, Braeden Shallow, Luke Krueger, and Riley all singled, and Conner Christiansen smoked a double in the inning, with three runs coming home. Anderson singled and scored on a Christiansen single in the seventh to extend the lead.
Marquardt singled in the seventh and came around to score, and the go-ahead run reached base, with the Bulldogs loading the bags, but a strikeout ended the game.
Will Boettcher took the loss. In five innings, he allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and one walk. Jake Berth got five outs while allowing one run, and Landon Lemke got one out in the final inning.
Marquardt was 2-4 with two runs scored. The Bulldogs had just three hits in the game.
Christiansen started on the mound for Oconto. At the plate, he was 2-4. Anderson also had two hits, scoring twice.
Blue Devils Bounce
Bears in Non-
Oconto beat Bonduel 5-3 in a non-conference affair on Wednesday.
Conner Christenson picked up his fourth win, striking out six batters and allowing just one earned run on one hit and three walks.
Kyle Krueger broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning with an RBI double. He also walked and stole two bases.
Oconto took an early lead with an RBI double by Bryton Fuller.
Bonduel's Charlie Tauschen took the loss.
With the win, Oconto moved to 7-4 on the year.
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