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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:48

Failure to generate scoring attack leaves CG-Belgium with defeats that drop its overall record to near .500

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s lumber went into baseball slumber last week, capped by a shutout loss to one of the Rockets’ biggest rival.
Oostburg won, 6-0, on Friday despite a good outing from pitcher Bradley Katte.  The freshman went six innings and allowed three earned runs on five hits and walked four.
“He’s been a really nice pitcher for us. He’s looking really good,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Tom Race said.
Senior Josh Weiss pitched the seventh inning and allowed three earned runs on three hits and a hit batter. He struck out one.
At the plate, the Rockets couldn’t come through. Justin Theune went 3-for-3, and Jason von Heimburg had one hit.
Sheboygan Falls 5-1, CG-Belgium 4-0
The Rockets came up one run short in each game of a nonconference doubleheader on the road June 28.
“We didn’t play our best. They were good games. We just made too many mistakes,” Race said.
The Falcons earned a walk-off victory in the first game on a bases-loaded bunt. Von Heimburg came from the mound to field the ball but bobbled it as he flipped the ball home.
JOSH WEISS s2060917026 4C“We made a good play on it. It was a great bunt. We just couldn’t get him,” Race said.
Von Heimburg relieved Tyler Kraus, who went the first six-plus innings. After hitting a batter and walking the next in the seventh inning, Kraus was pulled.

“I put Jason in a tough spot,” Race said.
Kraus allowed five runs, four of which  were earned, along with four walks and hit four batters. He struck out one.
It was the Rockets’ decisions on the base paths that sealed their doom.
“We made four base-running errors that really took us out of it,” Race said. “It was a good game — back and forth, we had a chance to win. The base running cost us.”
Matt Dirkse shined on offense with two hits, two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base.
“He had a real nice game,” Race said. “Otherwise, I think we struggled a little bit.”
Bryce Morgan had a hit and two walks, Weiss had a double and walk and Von Heimburg a hit. Cameron Kirst had a walk and scored a run. Amani Anjum had an RBI.
Struggles at the plate continued in the second game.
The Rockets only managed three hits. Kirst had two of them, including a double, but he was stranded.
“Other than that, we really struggled to hit,” Race said.
Anjum went 1-for-3. Weiss, Morgan and Mason Noll each drew a walk.
Falcons Jared Petrie and Jacoby Endreas shut down the Rockets. Endreas tossed 50 pitches and Petrie 48.
Von Heimburg went six innings and allowed one earned run on six hits while walking two, hitting one and striking out three. He threw 77 pitches.
“He pitched really well,” Race said.
The Falcons scored the game’s only run in the fourth inning.
The loss to Oostburg left the Rockets in danger of slipping back to .500 at 10-9 overall and 10-3 in the Big East Conference.
This week, the Rockets were scheduled to play at nonconference opponent Whitefish Bay on Wednesday, at Big East foe Sheboygan Lutheran on Thursday and host New Holstein in a nonconference doubleheader on Friday starting at 3:30 p.m.

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