Hot bats power victories over Ozaukee Warriors, West Bend East as team evens its season record
Opposing defenses are finding it tough to rest against the Port Washington High School baseball team.
After narrowly missing a comeback win with a seventh-inning rally early last week, the Pirates rode high-scoring innings to a pair of lopsided wins in their next two games, including a 17-5 victory over Ozaukee on Friday.
Host Port bolted to a 6-0 lead after two innings and exploded for 11 runs in the third on the way to the nonconference mercy-rule win.
“We’re confident, and we’re playing well,” said Pirates coach Ryan Finnerty, whose team evened its overall record at 7-7.
“We know we’re a good team. We just have to keep going out there and showing it.”
Port collected 12 hits and was aided by four Ozaukee errors.
Mitch Bartlein led the Pirates with a 3-for-3 effort, including a double, and drove in three runs. Sam Lepak was 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBI, and Brett Kirmse was 2-for-2 with an RBI.
Ozaukee did all its scoring in the fourth, when Jeremy Wichmann hit a three-run homer.
Ben Schueller pitched the first three innings for the win. He didn’t allow a hit struck out two and walked none.
Jered Bares took the loss. He worked two innings, striking out three and walking three.
Port Washington 12, West Bend East 2
The Pirates scored nine runs in the final three innings to break open a close North Shore Conference game at East June 12.
Port took a 3-1 lead in the second and added three runs in the fifth and six runs in the seventh.
The Pirates’ eight-hit attack was led by 2-for-4 efforts from Schueller and Lepak. Austin Thate was 1-for-3 with two RBI.
“It was a great win for us,” Finnerty said. “East has a tough squad, but our kids just came out ready to play.”
Sophomore Kale Knaub pitched the first four innings for the win. He struck out five and walked two. Aidan Wojciehowski worked the final three frames, striking out one and walking three.
“Kale was real solid, and Aidan came up and finished it off,” Finnerty said.
“Our pitching has been pretty solid, which has been one of the keys for us.”
The win improved Port to 4-4 in NSC play.
West Bend West 4, Port Washington 3
A last-ditch comeback fell short for the host Pirates in a league game June 10.
Trailing, 3-0, Port scored three runs in the seventh inning before pitcher Jake Lenz was able to close out his complete-game effort.
Thate and Lepak each had RBI hits and finished 2-for-4.
Blake Plier took the loss despite pitching well for 6-2/3 innings. He struck out one and walked two.
This week, the Pirates resumed NSC play with games against Cedarburg on Monday and Grafton on Tuesday and will host Slinger at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and travel to Random Lake on Saturday for a 7 p.m. nonconference contest.
Port will then play 5:30 p.m. road games against Whitefish Bay on June 23 and Homestead on June 24.
Image information: THE PORT WASHINGTON Pirates had their way Friday in a 17-5 victory over the Ozaukee Warriors. Port’s Mitch Bartlein stirred up a cloud of dust as he slid into second base, while Ozaukee’s Zac Beck looked on. Photo by Sam Arendt