Written by Ozaukee Press
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 15:24
A big rally made it close but wasn’t enough to rescue the Northern Division team from a loss to the Southwestern Division in the Land O’ Lakes All-Star Baseball Game last Sunday.
Trailing, 10-0, after five innings, the North roared back with nine unanswered runs before falling, 11-9, at Genessee.
The Southwest grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning and made it 7-0 with a five-run second.
Waterford’s Tommy Behrens and Adam Brechtl each had two-run hits during the second inning.
The North bats finally came to life in the sixth.
After Saukville’s Cole Granrath and Grafton’s Mike Pruefer started the inning with singles, they both scored on a double by Tim Pauly of West Bend. Tom Lorenzen of Port Washington singled home Pauly to make it 10-3.
Cedarburg’s Parker Sear then walked, and Mike Walter of Grafton reached on an error that scored a run. After Grafton’s Dustin Kesner hit an RBI double, another run came in on a wild pitch.
In the seventh, the North pulled within 10-8. Granrath walked to start the inning, Pruefer reached on an infield single, and Pauly followed with a two-run double.
The North’s final run came in the eighth when Kesner reached on an error and raced home on Pruefer’s base hit.
The Southwest picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when Waterford’s Tony Chapman reached on an error and scored on a groundout.
In the ninth, the North loaded the bases but failed to score.
The win went to Jeff Smith of Rome. Jeff Daniels of Cedarburg took the loss.
The North, which outhit the Southwest, 13-10, was led by Pruefer with three hits.
Pauly and Lorenzen each had two hits for the North, which also a hit apiece from Sam Keller (West Bend), John Vandenberg (Cedarburg), Kyle Kichura (Port Washington), Sear, Granrath and Kesner.