One day after nightmare loss, Pirates bounce back for hard-hitting road win
One day after seeing his team give away a North Shore Conference win, Port Washington baseball coach Ryan Finnerty was eager for a rebound last Saturday.
The Pirates got exactly that, pounding out a 14-6 road win over Wauwatosa West.
“It was a huge win for us, especially after Friday’s loss (at Slinger),” Finnerty said.
“We needed to bounce back, and we made some changes to the lineup. Every person on our roster contributed to the victory.”
Port struggled early in the nonconference game and trailed, 6-4, after three innings. However, the Pirates wiped out the deficit with an eight-run fourth inning and cruised the rest of the way.
While sending 12 batters to the plate in the frame, Port got RBI singles from Ben Schueller and Matt Kirmse and took advantage of six walks and two hit batters.
Dylan Scharnweber led the Pirates’ eight-hit attack with a 2-for-4 effort. He had a triple and drove in five runs.
Aidan Wojciehowski pitched 4-2/3 innings in relief for the win. He allowed only one hit, struck out eight and walked three.
The win improved Port to 3-4 overall.
Slinger 17, Port 16
A nightmarish sixth inning turned what appeared to be a sure win into a frustrating loss for the Pirates.
Port scored in five of the first six innings and took a 16-6 lead into the bottom of the sixth.
But Slinger failed to cooperate. The Owls sent 15 batters to the plate, collecting eight hits and cashing in on an error and walk to score 10 runs and tie the game.
In the bottom of the seventh, Slinger got four more walks, including one that forced in the winning run.
“It was inexcusable,” Finnerty said.
“We talked about getting three more outs in the sixth and winning on the 10-run rule, and we end up losing.
“Any loss is tough, but that was really hard to take.”
Each team had 12 hits and four errors.
Prellwitz went 3-for-4 with a triple and five RBI. Huebner and Wojciehowski each were 2-for-3, and Huebner scored five runs.
The loss left Port at 1-2 in NSC play, one day after it rallied to defeat Grafton (see related story).
Homestead 13, Port 3
Late innings were no friend to the Pirates in a conference home loss May 28.
The game was tied at 1-1 when Homestead scored seven runs in the sixth and added five runs in the seventh.
Three Port errors gave the Highlanders seven unearned runs.
The Pirates got one run in the fourth when Sam Lepak doubled and scored on a Schueller’s single.
During Port’s two-run sixth, Matt Kirmse walked and came home on three wild pitches. Mitch Bartlein then singled, moved to second base on a fly out and scored on Wojciehowski’s base hit.
This week, the Pirates were scheduled to face Whitefish Bay on Monday, will play a conference road game against Nicolet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and travel to Brookfield Central on Saturday for an 11
a.m. nonconference contest.
Port will then host 5:30 p.m. games against Germantown on June 9 and West Bend West on June 10.
Image information: A SOLID PERFORMANCE by starting pitcher Kiley Prellwitz helped the Port Washington baseball team secure an 8-4 win over Grafton in a North Shore Conference game. Photo by Sam Arendt