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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 16:52

Grafton baseball team pummels St. Francis after struggling at plate in two NSC losses

A hard-hitting attack gave the Grafton High School baseball team some respite last Saturday.

After having its bats quieted in two North Shore Conference losses earlier in the week, the Black Hawks hammered St. Francis, 17-2, in a nonconference win.

Besides collecting 11 hits, host Grafton received nine walks from a trio of pitchers.

“Once we knocked their starter out, St. Francis wasn’t quite as deep,” Grafton coach Brian Durst said.

“We scored in every inning. I liked our approach at the plate.”

The Black Hawks raced to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, tacked on three runs in the second and two runs in the third, and finished with an eight-run fourth.

Leading the offensive surge were 2-for-2 efforts by Will Birch (with four RBI), Al Nennig (three RBI) and Tristan Meyer (two RBI).

 
Sweep gives Warriors a jump in CLC wars PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 16:49

Doubleheader success puts Ozaukee baseball team at 4-0 in conference games

Don’t look now, but the Ozaukee Warriors have suddenly become a serious title threat in Central Lakeshore Conference baseball.

After opening the season with a pair of nonconference losses, coach Bob Kiefer’s squad turned things around quickly in CLC play.

Last week, Ozaukee won its first four league games, including a 15-5, 15-5 doubleheader sweep of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah on Friday.

In each contest, the Warriors pounded out 15 hits and used a monster frame to take control. A seven-run fourth inning highlighted their first win, followed by a 10-run fourth in the nightcap.

“Elkhart Lake is a very young team this year, and we had some big innings against them,” said Kiefer, whose team improved to 4-2 overall. “We did a great job of staying disciplined at the plate.”

In the first game, Ozaukee held a 5-4 lead after three innings and won the game on the mercy rule in the sixth. Highlighting the Warriors’ big fourth was a three-run double by Lee Wysocki.

For the game, Zach Beck led Ozaukee with a 3-for-3 effort. Adding two hits apiece were Wysocki, Jake Wolff, Joe Nick and Joe Schauer.

 
Tale of the tape leaves Huertas smiling PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 16:37

Butterflies, state-meet hype can’t keep Grafton junior from racing to 400-dash crown in Division 1 state meet

You would have never known from the results, but Erick Huertas was feeling butterflies during last weekend’s WIAA state track and field meet at Memorial Stadium in La Crosse.

“To be honest, I was really nervous because it was my first time at a state meet in an individual event,” the Grafton junior said.


“I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I kept my focus and I was prepared.”


True enough.


Living up to his billing as the top seed in the Division 1 boys’ 400-meter dash, Huertas raced to first place in 47.76 seconds. Runner-up Daniel Freiberg of Madison LaFollette was clocked in 48.33.


Coming on the tail of a school-record 47.53, first-place time in the preliminaries, Huertas firmly established himself as the state’s best quarter-miler this season.


“This meet shows how good Erick Huertas really is,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said.


“He’s been hidden in relays the last two years, but this season he stepped up and demonstrated what kind of talent he has. And he’s only a junior.”


Huertas’ preliminary time broke the Grafton team mark of 48.4, set by Dan Murray in 2000. It also came within a whisker of the state-record of 47.12, established by Nicolet’s Bryan Jones in 1990.

 
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