Failures to deliver at the plate, on the field add up to doubleheader defeat at hands of Howards Grove.
Cedar Grove-Belgium’s baseball team took a doubleheader loss at home Monday on what Coach Mike Ruppel described as a “tough night.”
The Rockets lost to Howards Grove, 11-4 and 8-3, dropping their record to 3-5 overall and 3-4 in Central Lakeshore Conference play.
The Tigers, known for bunting, were able to keep rallies alive as the Rockets had trouble fielding, throwing and catching. They made five errors in the first game and four in the second.
“We just kicked the ball around,” Ruppel said.
The Rockets’ pitchers weren’t sharp as they only allowed five hits, but hit three batters and walked eight in the opener. Justin Obbink and Jim Simmelink pitched.
In the second game, the Tigers racked up nine hits with two hit batters and six walks off of Spencer Bares and David Niebauer.
At the plate in the first game, Brian Mueller went 2-for-4. Bares, Brett Michaels, Ryan Post, Niebauer and Simmelink each had one hit. In the second game, the team hit a combined .100.
“We’re struggling right now. We’re not playing with a lot of energy,” Ruppel said. “Hopefully, we can make some adjustments here and put some games together.”
Last Friday, the Rockets got up early and knocked off Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah at home, 11-6. They scored six in the first and three in the second.
Michaels was 2-for-4 with two doubles, Simmelink 2-for-3, and Post and Niebauer each were 2-for-4.
Obbink went three innings, Simmelink one and Tyler Falk two innings. Obbink whiffed five.
“He pitched fairly well, kept the guys off balance,” Ruppel said.
The Rockets were scheduled to play a makeup game against Sheboygan Lutheran at home on Wednesday and to host rival Oostburg on Friday. They play at Ozaukee on Monday.
Image information: CEDAR GROVE OUTFIELDER Christian O’Donnell came up just short while diving for a ball in Friday’s win over Elkhart Lake. Photo by Sam Arendt