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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:45

Solid pitching, steady defensive work pave way to league win over Nicolet


Last Friday’s game against Nicolet wasn’t a great matchup on paper for the Port Washington on paper baseball team.
Host Port came into the game 2-13 in the North Shore Conference and Nicolet was 7-8.
This time, however, the Pirates’ small ball, sharp pitching and solid defense was well executed.
Port honored its three seniors — Pat Knowski, Cody Sadler and Tanner Orten — with a 3-1 upset victory.
TANNER ORTEN s2060117170 4CNoah Prom pitched six innings and Knowski finished the seventh in an impressive win.
“He (Prom) was able to get out of some jams. The defense was making plays behind him,” Port coach C.J. Koehler said.
In the third inning, Prom worked out of a bases-loaded jam, and in the sixth he had the bases juiced with no outs.
Prom only allowed one run and got some defensive help behind him. At third base, Zach Uselding fielded a grounder and gunned a throw home to stop a run.

“He’s been doing a lot for us this year. Hopefully, he can keep going for a couple of weeks here,” Koehler said of Uselding.
Port got off to a hot start, scoring two runs in the first inning.
Uselding ignited the surge with a single and promptly stole second base. Sadler followed with an infield single and then stole second.
Michael Murphy shot a line-drive single to right center to score both of his teammates.
In the third, Uselding led off with a single and again stole second base. Sadler executed a sacrifice bunt that the Knights threw away, allowing Uselding to score.
Those are all the runs Port would need.
“We saw their top two pitchers. We put up eight hits on them and did what we needed to do, which was good,” Koehler said.
Nicolet had Isaiah Glidden pitch three innings and take the loss, followed by Jackson Mandella pitching the final three.
Uselding, Sadler and Murphy all ended up 2-for-3 on the day, with Murphy registering two RBI.
Despite Port’s record, Koehler reminded his team the second season is nearly upon the Pirates.
“It’s playoff time. Getting a win vs. Nicolet was big. We hope to keep rolling into the playoffs,” he said.
This week, Port was scheduled to play at Grafton on Monday before taking a break. WIAA regional playoff games are scheduled to start Tuesday, July 11.
Germantown 6, Port Washington 0
Last Thursday’s game was moved to Germantown due to wet field conditions at Port, and the Pirates played like they were stuck in mud.
The wind was blowing in and the infield grass was thick, Koehler said.
Ryan Umhoefer allowed three runs in the first three innings. Two consecutive errors helped the Warhawks plate three runs in the third. They added three runs in the seventh.
Nolan Large relieved and threw well, Koehler said.
Lefty Cade Bredent shut down Port’s offense. Marcus Schmit had the Pirates’ only hit.
Cedarburg 5, Port Washinton 2
The Pirates’ offense didn’t have enough punch on the road June 27, one day after scoring six runs against Homestead.
Cedarburg’s Johnny Gilette held Port to four hits, which Koehler said was disappointing given the offensive output a day earlier.
The Pirates scored one run in the first. Sadler singled and stole second, before a double from Murphy drove him home.
But the Bulldogs scored twice in their half of the first to take the lead for good.
Down 5-1, Port got one run back in the sixth. Uselding, Sadler and Schmit walked to load the bases with no outs. Nolan Mueller hit a sacrfice fly, but that’s all the Pirates could get.
Uselding pitched 4-1/3 innings and allowed three earned runs, struggling through control issues.
“He threw good enough. We didn’t have the offense on that day,” Koehler said.

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