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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 15:46

Bares’ one-hitter helps CG-Belgium sweep twin bill, stretch win streak to seven

It couldn’t have gotten much better for pitcher Spencer Bares on Monday night.

Just a little bit, but not much.

With two outs in the seventh inning at Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler, a grounder got through the Cedar Grove-Belgium infield, ruining Bares’ shot at a no-hitter.

An infield error — the Rockets’ only blemish of the game — then wiped out a shutout, but this was still Bares’ night.

The Rockets won, 3-1, in the first game of a Central Lakeshore Conference doubleheader. In the second game, Justin Obbink allowed only two hits in leading Cedar Grove-Belgium to a 6-1 victory.

Rockets coach Mike Ruppel said he thought Bares could have gotten the no-hitter if the grounder had been fielded, but was still pleased with the one-hit performance of his ace. The junior struck out six, walked two and hit one batter.

“He pitched one heck of a game. I couldn’t have been much happier with what he did,” Ruppel said.

Offensively, the Rockets got a two-run triple from Brian Mueller in the second inning, and Bares was 1-for-3. That’s all the offense Bares needed.

Obbink barely needed any offense in the second game, striking out eight, walking one and hitting one batter.

Jim Simmelink went 3-for-3 with a walk, and Bares was 2-for-3 with a double.

 
Slugfest approach suits Hawks fine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 15:44

Offensive fireworks abound as Grafton baseball team puts hit on Homestead, Nicolet

No one can accuse the Grafton High School baseball team of lacking punch at the plate — especially after last week.

All the Black Hawks did in a pair of North Shore Conference wins was pound out 27 runs on 30 hits, including a 16-14 slugfest victory over Homestead at Rennicke Field on Friday.


Facing a 5-3 deficit, Grafton exploded for four runs in the fifth and nine runs in the sixth. The fireworks staked the Hawks to a 16-7 lead, just enough for them to escape after Homestead countered with a seven-run sixth.


“It was one of the most challenging games I’ve ever had to coach,” said Grafton coach Brian Durst, whose team evened its league record at 4-4.


“It was real wild. Both sides kept fighting back and deserve a lot of credit for being so resilient.”


Despite committing five errors, Grafton prevailed by unleashing a 14-hit attack. Five Hawks each had at least two hits, led by Choo Weisflog, who was 3-for-5 with four RBI and four runs scored.


Grafton’s other offensive leaders included Beau Benzschawel (3-for-4, three RBI), Nate Lukas (2-for-5, four RBI), Al Nennig (2-for-2, two RBI) and Brett Rasmussen (2-for-3).

 
Warriors will themselves to state PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 16:54

With gutsy win over rival CG-Belgium in sectional final, Ozaukee soccer team earns long-awaited trip to final four

The four-year goal of Ozaukee High School seniors Erika Karrels, Katie Bares and Micaela Burns has finally been realized.

The Warriors are going to state in girls’ soccer after a nail-biting, air-gasping, 1-0 win over rival Cedar Grove-Belgium in a WIAA Division 3 sectional title game last Saturday at
New Holstein.

“It feels awesome. Four years of hard work finally paid off,” said Karrels, a goalkeeper who made nine saves.

The Warriors mobbed each other after the game clock expired and were soon joined by parents, family and friends in hugs and high fives, often through tears of joy. Several players said the team’s camaraderie has been key this season.

“It’s indescribable,” said junior forward Natalie Clark, who scored the game’s only goal. “It’s the best feeling in the world, and we have the best bond in the world.”

“It’s unreal. I can’t even explain it,”  said freshman Emily Janke, who assisted on Clark’s score.

“We all have each other’s backs,” Karrels said. “I’m so proud of everyone.”

Across the field, Cedar Grove-Belgium players hugged each other as well, but with sobs of sorrow. They controlled the ball for most of the game and had numerous scoring opportunities but just couldn’t put a ball into the net.

 
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