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Ozaukee High School puts baseball on hold PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 17:22

Shortage of players forces Warriors to take a pass on summer sport a few weeks before start of season

A shortage of players has forced the Ozaukee High School to cancel its 2016 baseball season.

Head coach Bob Kiefer said the decision was made last week after the number of available players for summer competition had dwindled to 10.

“In January, we had 17 kids I thought were pretty committed to participate, but the number kept dropping,” Kiefer said.

“When it got down to 10, there was no way we could field a team.”

Kiefer, who has coached the Warriors since 2011, said the baseball program has usually had 15 or more players, enough to field a varsity team but not enough for a junior-varsity squad.

This year, a combination of factors took a insurmountable toll on the numbers. Kiefer said several players expected to return for baseball instead opted for AAU basketball, attend football camps and summer jobs.

At least two other players would have been sidelined for several weeks due to injuries, he added.

Kiefer said that as the numbers dwindled, he met with Athletic Director Lee Baldwin and School Principal Joe Hastreiter to discuss the program.

“We waited until April 1. Then we worked hard to get more kids to come out and waited until April 22,” Kiefer said.

“We talked to kids and made a list of the ones who might be able to play, but it just wasn’t in the cards.”

Ozaukee was scheduled to play its inaugural baseball season in the Big East Conference. Other league members include Cedar Grove-Belgium, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Kohler/Sheboygan Christian, Sheboygan Falls, Plymouth, Random Lake, New Holstein, Oostburg and Sheboygan Lutheran.

Ozaukee would have opened the season May 21 with a nonconference game against Grafton.

With the Warriors dropping the sport, their opponents will be scrambling to find replacements for game dates.

Kiefer said the idea of having Ozaukee players join other local teams such as Random Lake or Cedar Grove-Belgium was discussed but those programs have finalized their plans for the season. 

“It’s unfortunate. I wish it hadn’t come to this, but we don’t have any other alternatives,” Kiefer said.

As for the future of Ozaukee baseball, Kiefer said he’s hoping the numbers will be large enough next year to field a team. If not, forming a co-op team with another area school could be explored, he added.

This year marks the first time since 2010 that Ozaukee hasn’t had a baseball team. The school took a one-year hiatus from the sport after playing spring baseball for several seasons and then returned to summer play in 2011.

 
Twin-bill split caps Pirates’ busy week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 17:20

Win over Tosa West gives Port girls three victories in their last five softball games

A split of a nonconference doubleheader last Saturday capped a busy and productive week for the Port Washington High School softball team.Sports2

After pounding out a 12-5 win over Wauwatosa West in the first game of the twin bill, the host Pirates were edged, 14-13, in the second contest.

“We got our bats going quite a bit, which was good to see,” said Port coach Bob Snook, whose team collected 27 hits for the day.

“We played pretty well in the first game. In the second game, we fell behind early and came back but couldn’t quite pull it out.”

The Pirates used an 11-hit attack to score a come-from-behind win in the opener. They took a 4-0 lead in the first inning but faced a 5-4 deficit before rallying with a six-run fifth.

Kate Snook, Amanda Kaiser and Karley Lehtikangas each had two hits and drove in a run for Port.

Snook pitched a complete game for the win. She struck out nine and walked two.

In the second game, West built a 9-0 lead before the Pirates scored seven runs in the fourth. The Trojans stretched the margin to 14-7 before Port answered with a run in the sixth and five runs in the seventh.

Erin Jozwowski and Madalyn Smith each went 3-for-4 for the Pirates.

Shaky fielding hurt Port, which committed nine errors.

The doubleheader left the Pirates with an 8-6 overall record.

Port 12, Milwaukee Lutheran 1 (5 inn.)

The host Pirates did all their scoring in the first four innings of a North Shore Conference game April 28.

A four-run fourth allowed Port to secure the win on the mercy rule.

Snook pitched the first four innings for the victory. She struck out five and walked none.

The game left the Pirates with a 5-3 conference mark.

Germantown 22, Port 1 (5 inn.)

One rough inning sealed the Pirates’ fate in a conference home loss April 27.

After building a 5-0 lead, Germantown scored 11 runs in the fourth to turn the game into a rout.

The Warhawks finished with 19 hits and were aided by nine Port errors.

The Pirates’ lone hit was a single by Jozwowski in the fourth inning. 

Port 10, Nicolet 3

The Pirates used a late rally to pull out a league road win April 26.

With the game tied at 3-3, Port scored seven runs in the seventh inning.

The Pirates had 12 hits, including three apiece by Snook and Taylor Crook and two each by Kaiser and Lizzie Egan. Snook and Crook each had two RBI.

Snook also pitched a complete game for the victory.

This week, the Pirates were scheduled to continue league play with games against Whitefish Bay on Tuesday at Cedarburg at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

On May 10, Port will host Homestead at 4:30 p.m.


Photo Credit: JUNIOR KATE SNOOK pitched complete games in two of the Port Washington softball team’s wins last week. On Saturday, she struck out nine and walked two while going the distance in a 12-5 win over Wauwatosa West.    Photo by Sam Arendt

 
Elkhart doubles down on Rockets PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 17:15

Running into one of the Big East Conference top teams didn’t do the Cedar Grove-Belgium softball squad any good last week.Sports3

After winning their two previous games, the Rockets got swept on the road by Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, 11-5 and 8-2, on Friday.

“They played well. Their shortstop (Sonia Schubert) hit a couple of home runs,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Scott Soerens said.

For the Rockets, Morgan Green continues to tear the cover off the ball, whacking 13 hits in four games last week.

In the second game against the Resorters, Adrianna Thiele pitched six innings, allowing nine hits and three walks and striking out two.

Maria Dries allowed one hit in the final frame.

Dries had three hits, a double and an RBI. Green and Jenny Simmelink each had two hits as the Rockets scored single runs in the first and second inning.

In the opener, Thiele allowed 10 hits and five walks while striking out five.

The Resorters scored five runs in the fourth inning and two each in the first, second and sixth.

Green had three hits, including a double and two RBI. Allie DeRuyter and Simmelink each had two hits.

The Rockets scored two runs in the second and three in the seventh.

Cedar Grove-Belgium finished the week 5-6 in Big East play.

CG-Belgium 8, Hilbert/Stockbridge 5

Thiele had four hits, and Green had three hits and three RBI in the Rockets’ home win April 28.

DeRuyter walked four times.

The Rockets spread their scoring, with one run in the first inning, two in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Thiele gave up one run in the first inning and four in the fifth when the Rockets made two errors. She allowed nine hits and four walks, and struck out four.

CG-Belgium 9, Howards Grove 6

The teams traded big innings as the Rockets scored five runs in the fourth and the Tigers put up four in the third.

Green had five hits, including a double, and drove in four runs.

Collecting two hits apiece were Emily Poull, DeRuyter, Simmelink, Lauren Holzberger and Olivia Piatek.

The Rockets score two runs in the first inning, one in the second and one in the seventh.

Thiele went the distance, allowing eight hits and five walks, while striking out one.

This week, Cedar Grove-Belgium was scheduled to play Random Lake on Tuesday and host a 4:30 p.m. game Thursday against St. Mary Central and a 4 p.m. doubleheader Friday against Mishicot.


Photo Credit: MARIA DRIES delivered a pitch during the Cedar Grove-Belgium softball team’s recent game against Port Washington. Photo by Sam Arendt

 
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