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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 15:26

Kiley Prellwitz’s run-scoring single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Port Washington High School baseball team a win — and a much-needed boost — Monday.

The freshman drove in Jeff Ross from third base as the host Pirates edged Oostburg, 5-4, in a nonconference game.

The victory snapped an eight-game losing streak for Port, which is trying to regroup for the WIAA tournament that opens next week.

“We played a pretty good game with decent pitching, hitting and defense,” Port coach Jeff Dornburg said.

“Hopefully this is something we can build on heading into the tournament.”

The Pirates, who improved to 5-19, led much of the game after scoring three runs in the second inning.

With one out, Nick Godersky tripled and Jeff Ross walked. A balk brought in Godersky and moved Ross to second base.

Aaron Brockman and Kevin Schmidt followed with back-to-back RBI doubles to give Port a 3-1 lead.

The Pirates took a 4-2 lead in the fourth on a RBI groundout by Brockman.

Oostburg (2-20) rallied to force extra innings by scoring single runs in the sixth and seventh. Port committed an error in each frame.

In the 10th, Ross started the final rally with a single and stole second base. Oostburg failed to retire anyone on Andrew Bortolotti’s sacrifice bunt, putting runners on first and third.

After Brockman was walked intentionally to load the bases, Prellwitz delivered the game winner.

Brockman pitched the final inning for the win, striking out the side.

Derek Haley worked the first six innings for the Pirates, followed by three innings from Prellwitz.

Ross and Prellwitz each had two hits. 

In Central Lakeshore Conference games Monday, Cedar Grove-Belgium lost to Howards Grove, 8-6, and Ozaukee was edged by Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler, 2-1.

Cedar Grove-Belgium fell behind early and trailed the whole game. The Rockets pulled within 6-5 in the fifth inning but gave up two runs that helped seal the outcome.

Despite the loss, Cedar Grove-Belgium remained in first place in the CLC standings with a 14-3 record, two games ahead of runner-up Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler (11-4). Howards Grove improved to 12-5.

Darren Koopman pitched a complete game for Cedar Grove-Belgium, allowing six hits, walking four and striking out six. The Rockets committed three errors behind him.

Josh Ruppel led Cedar Grove-Belgium with two doubles and three RBI. Zach Feind had an RBI double, and Koopman and Kyle Kirst each had one hit.

Cole Reinemann got the win, striking out seven and walking three.

Ozaukee (9-7) fell in a pitchers’ duel in which each team had just four hits.

The Warriors trailed, 2-0, after Lutheran/Kohler scored in the fourth and fifth. In the bottom of the fifth, Ozaukee pushed across its run when Hunter Hess doubled home Zach Beck.

Sean Job took the loss in a complete-game effort. He struck out four and walked three.

“It was a classic ball game,” Ozaukee coach Bob Kiefer said. “I felt bad that we lost, but I can’t fault the effort our kids put in.”

Missed scoring chances hurt the Warriors, who stranded several runners in scoring position, including the tying run in the seventh inning.

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