Saukville starts fast in Lakes win that keeps it alone in division runner-up spot
A fast start helped the Saukville Saints score a key win and maintain the edge in a battle for runner-up honors in Land O’ Lakes baseball last Sunday.
Host Saukville used three walks and an error to score four runs in the first inning and rolled to a 10-3 win over Thiensville-Mequon in Northern Division play.
The win gave the Saints an 11-6 record, one game ahead of third-place Grafton (10-7) entering the final week of the regular season.
Driving in a run apiece for Saukville in the first inning were Josh Hein (sacrifice fly) and Mike Sherrick.
The Saints stretched their early 4-0 lead to 9-1 in the fifth.
Saukville finished with 15 hits, including three apiece by Sherrick and Brandon Slayton. For the Twins (7-10), Ryan Finnerty had three hits, including a solo homer.
Cedarburg (16-0) has clinched the regular-season division title.
Highlights of other local Northern Division games follow:
Grafton 5, West Bend 4
Max Pruefer’s one-out RBI double in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Express to a home win Sunday.
With the game tied at 4-4, Joey Thome started the final rally with a walk. He stole second base and raced home on Pruefer’s hit.
West Bend held a 4-1 lead after two innings, but Grafton scored single runs in the third, fifth and sixth to pull even.
Mickey Pruefer pitched a complete game for the win, blanking the Benders over the last seven innings.
Brian Durst, Mickey Pruefer and Mike Walter each had three hits for the Express. Brandt Anderson’s two hits led West Bend (5-12).
Cedarburg 6, Port Washington 1
The Lakers fell behind, 4-0, in the second inning and never recovered in a home loss Sunday.
Port managed just two hits off Zach Lauterbach, who pitched a complete game for the undefeated Mercs.
The Lakers’ lone run came on a RBI single by Aaron Brockman in the seventh.
Port fell to 8-9, good for a fourth-place tie with Plymouth.
Saukville 19, Plymouth 6 (7 inn.)
A 19-hit attack helped Saukville post an easy road win July 25 in a game called on the mercy rule.
Propelled by a six-run third inning, Saukville built a 12-0 lead before the Flames got on the scoreboard.
In addition to their hard hitting, the Saints were helped by six walks, two hit batters and nine Plymouth errors.
Hein led Saukville with three hits, including a homer and double, and drove in four runs. Steve Dickmann and Slayton also had three hits apiece.
The Saints’ Ian Tucker drove in four runs, three on a bases-loaded double in the seventh. Plymouth was led by Mike DuCharme, who had two doubles and two RBI.
Port Washington 5, West Bend 4
A two-run outburst with two outs in the eighth inning helped the Lakers secure a road win July 25.
After Port took a 3-2 lead into the eighth, Ed Kozlowski delivered an RBI single, and another run scored on a wild pitch.
West Bend closed the gap with a two-run rally in the ninth, but relief pitcher Kyle Kichura got a strikeout to end the game.
Max Kaske had four hits for Port, as did Joe Stubbe of the Benders.
Thiensville-Mequon 6, Grafton 5
The Express couldn’t hold an early lead in a road loss that cost them a share of second place July 25.
Grafton held a 5-2 lead in the second inning only to have the Twins score four unanswered runs. A three-run rally in the sixth put Thiensville-Mequon ahead to stay.
In the second, the Express scored three times when Joey Thome hit a two-run double and later scored on a groundout.
Corey McEwen and Colten Poellinger homered for the Twins.
Image Information: PORT WASHINGTON’S Ryan Romans sidestepped a sliding Nick Boehnlein during an attempted double play against Cedarburg in a Land O’ Lakes game last Sunday. Cedarburg won, 6-1, to remain undefeated. Photo by Sam Arendt