Tough teams top young Ozaukee squad

But Warriors see signs of encouragement as they finish the regular season

DANNY JOHNSON pitched a handful of innings for Ozaukee’s baseball team last week while registering a triple at the plate. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Ozaukee High School’s rebuilding baseball team ran into a few challenging squads to finish off the season, and the results were about what one could expect.

 But the Warriors on Saturday hung with New Holstein on the road before losing both games of a make-up doubleheader, 11-6 and 16-5.

Ozaukee took an early 3-1 lead in the first game before the Huskies plated four runs in the sixth inning to pull away.

Brent Hoffmann had two hits including a triple, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk. Mitch Weyker walked three times and scored after each one. Simon Bares walked twice and scored a run, and Logan Bell had an RBI.

“We actually played them really well until the end,” coach Steve Kowalkowski said.

Weyker pitched four innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks. Danny Johnson pitched one inning and allowed a run, and Jacob Eibs allowed four runs in one inning, hurt by four walks.

“We had a lead and actually had momentum, and it slipped away from us,” Kowalkoski said.

In the second game, the Huskies took a 6-5 lead by scoring five runs in the third inning and ended the game with nine in the fifth.

“We were in a tight battle all the way through. That one inning put us to the run-rule mark,” Kowalkowski said.

Eibs and Bell each had two hits, and Bell scored two runs.

Hoffmann pitched 2-1/3 innings and allowed four runs on two hits while walking one.

“He pitched really well,” Kowalkowski said.

Jotham Higginbotham pitched well in one inning before getting in trouble in the next, allowing 11 runs on nine hits and four walks.

The Warriors didn’t want to show their entire hand since they were to return to New Holstein on Tuesday for a first-round playoff game.

“We played them really well. In both of those games, we had plenty of opportunities,” Kowalkowski said.

“I feel pretty good about them.”

On July 3, the Warriors lost, 11-4, to Howards Grove, which took second in the Big East with a 15-5 record.

Ozaukee scored three runs in the sixth inning to pull to within 8-4, but the Tigers added three in the seventh for the final tally.

Hoffmann racked up four hits on the day, including a triple, and scored two runs. Johnson had a triple and Bares a single.

Kowalkowski used several pitchers knowing the doubleheader was scheduled a few days later. Eibs went 2-2/3 innings and allowed five runs on four hits and a walk. Johnson went 2-1/3 innings and allowed two runs on two hits while walking four. Hoffmann went 1-1/3 innings and allowed three runs on three hits with three walks. Weyker went 2/3 of an inning.

“Errors continue to be our woes,” Kowalkowski said.

The Warriors on July 2 lost, 16-5, to Random Lake, which won the Big East with an 18-4 record.

Down, 14-1, through four innings, the Warriors came back to score four in the fifth inning.

Hoffmann had two hits with a double, an RBI, two runs scored and a walk.

“They did keep battling, though,” Kowalkowski said.

Ozaukee, which doesn’t have a senior on its roster and is rebuilding its program after not fielding a team two years ago due to a lack of players, finished the regular season 3-19 and in sixth place in the Big East.

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