CG-Belgium is on both ends of blowouts

Rockets hand it to Big East Conference opponent before shorthanded team can’t hold up in next game
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

It took a little while for the bats to get going, but when they did the Cedar Grove-Belgium High School baseball team put a Big East Conference opponent away quickly last Friday.

The Rockets topped Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, 14-3, on the road in five innings. The game was shortened by the 10-run mercy rule.

Bradley Katte started and threw 88 pitches in four innings. He allowed three runs on three hits and one walk.

Zach Zimpelman pitched the final inning and whiffed three batters while hitting one.

Coach Tom Race praised both of his pitchers for their performances.

The game was 2-2 until the Rockets put up 10 runs in the third inning.

“Elkhart Lake is much better than they were last year. The first two innings, they came to play. We were able to get on them a little bit in the third inning,” Race said.

Leadoff hitter Jeffrey Emplerley went 2-for-3 with an RBI, stolen base, walk and two runs scored.

Jacob Bohlman, batting second, went 2-for-3 with a walk, stolen base and three runs scored.

Mason Noll went 2-for-2 with two RBI, a walk and two runs scored. Both of his hits were doubles.

Sophomore Cayden Fischer got his first hit to left field and nearly touched them all.

“Had it been warmer, maybe it gets out,” Race said.

Matt Poull executed two sacrifice bunts that led to runs.

After a victory in the first conference game of the season, the Rockets lost a few players for Saturday’s game against Kiel.

Katte and Justin Rose each got confirmed, and Wesley Katte was working the weekend in the Air Force Reserve.

With only eight varsity players, Race was forced to bring up younger players to fill the roster.

That ultimately led to a 16-2 loss.

Zimpelman started and kept the Rockets in the game through three innings, allowing one run on one hit, striking out two and walking two. He threw 54 pitches.

The score was 1-1 heading into the fourth inning.

Race brought in Poull, who hasn’t done much pitching yet, and the Raiders were rude visitors. He gave up three hits and walked four, and the defense made an error that led to eight runs.

“That’s valuable experience for Matt,” Race said. “That’s how you learn.”

Emperley then pitched for the second time this season and allowed seven runs on five hits and one walk.

Race said he is needed to get some inexperienced pitchers some time on the mound in order to develop them.

“It hurts a little in the beginning, but it will pay off later in the year,” he said.

The Rockets’ bats were quiet for the most part, aside from Noll, who clocked a triple to right-center field.

The 2-1 Rockets were scheduled to host Kohler/Sheboygan Christian on Tuesday and Ozaukee on Friday. They play at Howards Grove on Monday. All games are at 4:30 p.m.

Ozaukee is still waiting to start its season. The Warriors’ April 4 game at Manitowoc Lutheran was moved to April 23, and their home opener against Sheboygan Lutheran was postponed. After

Friday’s game, they host Reedsville on Monday.

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