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Doubling his cycle-hitting fun PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Friday, 04 August 2017 16:32

Ozaukee High alumnus accomplishes rare baseball feat twice in three days playing in summer collegiate league

Baseball has delivered countless unique statistics the past couple of centuries, and Owen Miller of the Lakeshore Chinooks has added to the rarity.
On July 3, the graduate of Ozaukee High School in Fredonia hit for the cycle — collecting a single, double, triple and home run in one game — a feat more rare than a no-hitter.
To prove it was no fluke, Miller hit for the cycle again two games later on July 5. After not hitting for the cycle his entire life, he sandwiched America’s birthday in between doing it twice in a summer collegiate league.
OWEN MILLER Chinooks s1072417103 4C“It was cool. For about two days, my phone was blowing up pretty good,” Miller said.
In his final at-bat in both games, he needed the most difficult hit, the triple.
The second of the “two special moments” came at home with family and friends in the Kapco Park stands at the Northwoods League game in Mequon.
“Just looking at everybody on their feet in the stands is something I’ll never forget,” Miller said.
Miller provided the crowd plenty of suspense in accomplishing the rarity the second time, though it hadn’t crossed his mind until he clocked a home run to left field.
“I didn’t really think much about it in the second game. Then I realized after I hit the home run, I only need a triple,” he said.
Miller came up in the eighth inning of a 21-6 beatdown of the Rockford Rivets with that elusive three-bagger to go.
He went to full count, hit a foul ball and then walked in a seven-pitch at-bat.
Miller figured the opportunity was lost.

Winners abound in Port Lions’ annual fish derby PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 04 August 2017 16:31

The weather led to lower participation than last year, but the annual Port Washington Lions Club Fish Derby last weekend still drew anglers from four states, including Florida.
Jesse Frank of Saukville took home the grand prize, drawn from the winners in each of five categories. Frank caught an 11.7-pound rainbow trout and took home $917, based on an 80% payout of the $25 entry ticket sales.
FISH DERBY WINNERS s1073017057 4CBesides Frank, first-place winners who each took home $229.25 were Larry Lorenz of Port Washington, 13.2-pound lake trout; Joe Dezoute of Oostburg, 21-pound chinook salmon; Scott Nothem of West Bend, 9.7-pound coho salmon; and Terry Placzek of West Bend, 7.4-pound brown trout.
A total of 131 anglers competed, down from 170 least year due to water temperature, high waves and winds. Northeast winds caused waves of more than six feet.
The fish total came to 171 for the two-day event, down from 274 last year and 444 in 2015. The breakdown was 54 rainbow trout, 44 coho salmon, 43 chinook salmon, 25 lake trout and three brown trout.
Chinooks were down but coho, rainbow and lake trout were up from last year.

Catching the eyes of NSC coaches PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Friday, 04 August 2017 16:27

Grafton junior’s work behind the plate tops list for local league honorees

The Grafton and Port Washington baseball teams didn’t have the seasons they were hoping for record-wise, but both had standouts receive postseason honors in a league that included an undefeated state champion in West Bend West.
Junior catcher Jack Pawlak led four Grafton selections by earning second-team honors in the North Shore Conference.
HADEN FISK s2062627006 4CPawlak led the Black Hawks in hitting with a .400 average, .492 on-base percentage .582 slugging percentage, two home runs and 10 RBI in league games.
He threw out seven of 19 runners trying to steal and only made one error and allowed one passed ball all season.
“He had a tremendous season all around, offensively and defensively,” Grafton coach Brian Durst said.
Baseball isn’t even his strength, Durst said.
“Jack is just an outstanding baseball player, but an even better kid,” he said.
Pawlak earned the Hawks’ Silver Slugger award and was named their most valuable player. He also received academic all-state honors.
“For us from a defensive standpoint, the way Jack handled our inexperienced pitching staff was outstanding,” Durst said. “That showed a lot of growth on his part to keep a number of pitchers with the pitch-count rule — with guys going shorter stints — to get a rotation of pitchers in the strike zone and throwing consistently.”
Durst said he is excited to have Pawlak back next season.

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