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Defense, ‘small ball’ top priority list for Pirates baseball PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 14:46

Don’t expect the Port Washington High School baseball team to be giving away many games this season.

At least not if you’re coach Nicholas Wycklendt, who’s counting on the Pirates to sharpen their play in his second year at the varsity helm.


“I’m really excited. I think we will be strong defensively and be a lot better at the plate with our bat control and discipline at the plate,” Wycklendt said.


“The kids worked hard in the off-season and will be up to the challenge. We’re really looking forward to the season.”


Last year, Port showed potential on the way to a 10-19 season that included a 6-12 record in North Shore Conference play. However, the Pirates struggled at times with fundamentals and had five one-run losses.


“I think we’re going to be more savvy and smart. We should be able to keep ourselves in more games and win more one-run games,” Wycklendt said.


Port lost five of last year's players to graduation, including starters Taylor Devenport, Max Kaske and Zach Hauser, who provided much of the team’s run production.

 
Never-say-die effort saves Port PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 14:44

Down to their last out, Pirates rally for victory in regional softball opener

It was better late than never for the Port Washington softball team in a WIAA tournament opener last week.

Down to their last out in a battle against Kettle Moraine Lutheran, the host Pirates rallied to pull out a 4-3, nine-inning win in a Division 2 regional quarterfinal game May 16.


After tying the game with a run in the bottom of the seventh, Port secured the victory on an errant throw in the ninth.


With the score tied at 3-3, Sam Wagner reached second base on a error. Mikayla Hilton then hit a grounder to the shortstop, whose overthrow to first base allowed Wagner to race home with the decisive run.


The win gave the Pirates a measure of revenge against a team that beat them on a throwing error in a regional game two years ago.


“The last three times we’ve faced Kettle Moraine Lutheran in the regionals, it’s been the same thing. The games have gone right down to the wire,” Port coach Steve Schmidt said.


“We’ve come to expect that when we play each other.”


A defensive miscue also helped Port escape defeat in the seventh.


The Pirates trailed, 3-2, when Wagner drew a two-out walk. Hilton followed with a grounder, but an error on an attempted force play left two runners on.

 
Chier sparks CG-B boys in CLC final PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 15:55

Sophomore leads team with two wins; Ozaukee girls get four firsts from Dieringer

Aaron Chier won two sprint races and helped a relay win another in Cedar Grove-Belgium’s third-place finish at the Central Lakeshore Conference boys’ track and field meet Monday.

Host Cedar Grove-Belgium scored 97 points. Oostburg won the title easily with 173 points, well ahead of runner-up Howards Grove’s 128.


Ozaukee tied for sixth place with 50.5 points.


Chier, a sophomore, won the 100-meter dash (11.77 seconds) and 200 dash (24.04). On the first-place 400 relay team, he was joined by Alex Giles, Taylor Heiden and Logan Peterson (46.48).


The Rockets’ Logan Peterson won the triple jump (41 feet, 1 inch).


Placing second for Cedar Grove-Belgium were Giles in the 200 dash (24.71), Derek Arndt in the 300 hurdles (45.75), the 800 relay of Brent Brochtrup, Jarret Lathrop, Heiden and Giles (1:43.06) and the 1,600 relay of Arjun Sehgal, Alex Claerbaut, Heiden and Logan Peterson (3:41.5).


The Rockets’ Alex Claerbaut was fourth in the 800  run (2:14.82).


The Ozaukee boys were led by second-place finishes from Josh Werner in the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches) and the 400 relay of Mark Shininger, Collin Stageman, Elijah Mabry and Kaleb Mabry (47.96).


The 800 relay of Noah Peterson, Zach Vogt, Elijah Mabry and Kaleb Mabry was third (1:43.26), and Stageman was fourth in the 100 dash (12.65).


In the girls’ portion of the meet, Cedar Grove-Belgium placed fourth with 76 points.

 
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