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Two Rivers short-circuits Rockets’ stellar season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 12:45

Opportunistic foe pulls away for regional win that dashes playoff hopes of CG-Belgium baseball team

A rough ending didn’t dampen another stellar year for the Cedar Grove-Belgium’s baseball team.

The Rockets lost to Two Rivers, 6-1, in a WIAA regional final last Friday, closing out a season in which they posted a 14-6 record and won their third straight Central Lakeshore Conference title.


“Not a disappointing season,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Mike Ruppel said.


“This was the best group of kids I’ve ever worked with. It was a pleasure to go to practice every day.”


Even so, Two Rivers (the No. 11 seed) gave Cedar Grove-Belgium (No. 3) a 2013 finale to forget.


The Purple Raiders steadily pulled from a 1-1 tie, built a 4-1 lead by the third inning and added two insurance runs in the sixth.


Defensive miscues hurt the host Rockets, who committed four errors in the game, including three in the sixth inning.


Cedar Grove-Belgium starting pitcher Drew Emperley wasn’t sharp from the start and lasted 2-2/3 innings. He gave up  four runs on five hits, struck out two and walked two.

 
No Sprayberry solution for Hawks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 12:41

Slinger pitcher maintains his mastery over Grafton with shutout win in regional

Slinger pitcher John Sprayberry has played his final season of high school baseball, and the Grafton Black Hawks are quite happy to see him
graduate.


The senior continued his mastery of Grafton hitters in a WIAA regional semifinal game July 9, helping hand the Hawks a season-ending 2-0
loss.


“Sprayberry did a nice job of staying on the attack and making the right pitches when he needed to,” said Grafton coach Brian Durst, whose
team went 0-3 against Slinger this year, each time against the same starter.


“That’s a credit to him. He’s a senior and a very good pitcher in our conference.


“But we also had our chances. We stranded 10 runners.”


In a complete-game performance, Sprayberry scattered eight hits, struck out seven and walked two.


Grafton put two runners on base in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings but couldn’t get a clutch hit. The frustrations continued a pattern
against Sprayberry, who allowed only one run in 19 innings against the Hawks this year, including a pair of North Shore Conference games.


Making things tougher for Grafton was a rough first inning in which Slinger scored two unearned runs.

 
Shaky week aside, Rockets rule again PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:39

Losing two of final three league games doesn’t keep CG-Belgium from winning 3rd straight CLC baseball title

A shaky end to the regular season didn’t prevent the Cedar Grove-Belgium baseball team from winning its third straight Central Lakeshore Conference title last week.

Although the Rockets lost two of three games, they secured at least a share of the league crown by defeating Oostburg on July 3.

Sandwiched around the victory were losses to Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler on July 1 and Ozaukee last Friday.

The week left Cedar Grove-Belgium with a 13-5 conference record, just ahead of runner-up Lutheran/Kohler (12-5). However, Lutheran/Kohler still had a chance to grab a share of the CLC title by winning a makeup game against Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah on July 8.

A 9-8 loss at Ozaukee prevented the Rockets from clinching an outright championship.

Cedar Grove-Belgium trailed, 9-1, after six innings but made things interesting by scoring seven runs — all with two outs — in the seventh.

In the final inning, Cedar Grove-Belgium sent 12 batters to the plate against Ozaukee starter Jeremy Wichmann and reliever Lee Wysocki. Four hits, three walks and an error pulled the Rockets within a run before Wysocki was able to get the final out (see related story).

Ozaukee won the season series against the Rockets, 2-1. Each game was a nail-biter, with Cedar Grove-Belgium losing the first meeting, 6-5, and winning the second, 7-5.

CG-Belgium 4, Oostburg 1

 
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