It didnât take long for the Ozaukee Warriors to get their baseball bats going last Friday.
Racing to an 8-0 lead by the third inning, the host Warriors rolled past Oostburg, 9-4, in their Central Lakeshore Conference opener.
âWe came out, hit the ball right away and stole some bases,â Ozaukee coach Bob Kiefer said.
âWhen you can put up runs like that early, it really helps set the tone.â
After Jake Wolff reached on a fielderâs choice and Zac Beck walked in the first inning, they scored on Jeremy Wichmannâs triple. Wichmann came home on an error to give Ozaukee a 3-0 lead.
In the second, Wolff made it 4-0 with an RBI single.
The Warriors doubled their advantage with a four-run third. Joe Schauerâs two-run double was the key blow.
Lee Wysocki pitched the first 5-1/3 innings for the win. He allowed six hits, struck out six and walked four.
Although Oostburg rallied to pull within 8-4 in the sixth, the Warriors ended the threat at that point.
After Schauer got the final two outs in the Oostburg sixth, Wichmann pitched a perfect seventh to seal the win.
Wichmann was also the Warriorsâ top hitter with a 2-for-4 effort that included two RBI and two runs scored.
âIt was a good win for us,â said Kiefer, whose team improved to 1-2 overall.
âOostburg was a little short-handed with one of their best players out, but we got the job done.
âWe were young last year, but our kids are older now and have a better idea of what they need to do to win.â
This week, the Warriors were scheduled to continue CLC action with a doubleheader against Random Lake on Monday, host Howards Grove at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, play a 5:30 p.m. game at Cedar Grove-Belgium on Friday and travel to Grafton on Saturday for an 11 a.m. nonconference contest.
On June 9, Ozaukee will host Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah at 5:30 p.m.
Image information: LEE WYSOCKI pitched the first 5-1/3 innings for the win when Ozaukee defeated Oostburg, 9-4, in a Central Lakeshore Conference game Friday. Photo by Sam Arendt