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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:31

Young Ozaukee baseball team tries to stay positive despite struggles against Random, other tough foes

Ozaukee High School players are glad to be playing baseball again this season, but last Friday was one game the Warriors wish they could forget.
After planning to field a team last season but ending up taking the year off due to a shortage of players, Ozaukee came back this year with 16 student athletes ready to partake in America’s pasttime.
KIEFER ON MOUND s2062317239 4CMost are underclassmen, and coach Bob Kiefer knew his squad would struggle to some extent, especially against stronger teams.
Against Big East Conference leader Random Lake on Friday, youth and inexperience showed. The Rams hammered the Warriors, 26-0, in a five-inning contest.

“We had six errors in the game and we walked five. Once you start doing that ...” Kiefer said.
“They totally took advantage of every situation we gave them.”
The Rams scored four runs in the first inning and five runs in the second, and the barrage continued.
“They are one of the better teams in the conference. Once they started hitting …” Kiefer said.
The Warriors managed two hits. Senior Garrett Hoffmann and freshman Logan Bell each had singles. Sophomore Mitch Weyker drew a walk for the team’s third base runner.
“The kid that they were throwing, he threw strikes and the defense made plays behind him, which is something we didn’t do,” Kiefer said.
Kiefer used three pitchers: Hoffmann, sophomore Jotham Higginbotham and freshman Danny Johnson.
The Warriors slipped to 3-7 in the conference and 3-13 overall. The Rams improved to 12-2 in the Big East and 14-8 overall.
This week, Ozaukee was scheduled to play at Sheboygan Lutheran (1-6 Big East, 1-14 overall) on Wednesday and host Oostburg (5-4, 5-12) on Thursday and Sheboygan Lutheran on Friday. All games start at 5:30 p.m.
The Warriors will then host nonconference opponent Plymouth (17-4) in a doubleheader Saturday starting at 4 p.m. and host Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah (1-7, 2-13) on July 10 at 5:30 p.m.
After last Friday, Kiefer said his team could use the rest.
“Using two, three, four pitchers per game stresses your pitching staff a little bit. It’s nice to have a stretch of days off to get everybody back healthy,” he said.
“We need everybody who can throw to throw.”

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