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New, improving Rockets find a way PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:39

Slow starts fail to keep CG-Belgium from zeroing in another CLC baseball crown

The Cedar Grove-Belgium baseball team won its 10th straight game Monday and sat alone atop the Central Lakeshore Conference standings.

But Rockets coach Mike Ruppel didn’t want to talk about that.

Despite losing six of last year’s players to graduation, most of them all-conference players, Cedar Grove-Belgium improved its record to 11-2 and remained in the driver’s seat to win its third consecutive league title.

Ruppel didn’t want to talk about that, either.

He’s more worried about just getting better.

“We’re a young team, so it’s all about improvement,” he said.

The Rockets’ improvement plans stayed on course Monday when they rallied for a 12-7 road win over Random Lake.

After falling behind, 7-1, Cedar Grove-Belgium scored three runs in the sixth inning and six runs in the seventh to secure the victory.

Shaky defense cost the Rockets, whose three errors in the first inning gave Random Lake five runs. But the Rockets’ bats came alive as the game wore on.

Junior achievement puts Hunt on top PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:30

Pitching, hitting talent earns Grafton standout NSC Player of Year award

Most area softball fans probably expected Grafton’s Amanda Hunt to be one of the top pitchers in the North Shore Conference this spring.

How many were sure the junior would win Player of the Year honors in a league traditionally dominated by senior talent is another question.

Hunt eliminated all doubt, though, by excelling with her arm and bat on the way to the NSC’s top individual award in a vote of coaches.

Coming off all-league second-team honors last year, Hunt became a first-team pitcher this season. She posted a 7-3 record with a microscopic 0.64 earned-run average in NSC play.

In 66 innings, Hunt struck out 73 and walked 16.

At the plate, Hunt was nearly as impressive. She batted .419 with a .605 slugging average, had a homer, triple and three doubles and led Grafton with 15 runs batted in.

“Amanda had a solid season,” Grafton coach Ken Hunt said of his daughter.

“As a pitcher, she really improved her control. She was always around the dish with her pitches.”

Amanda Hunt’s leadership was crucial to the Black Hawks, whose 10-4 league record was good for second place.

Champion Germantown (14-0) grabbed the lion’s share of the postseason honors by having three players named to the All-NSC first team and two selected for the second team.

Germantown’s big first inning throttles Pirates PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:26

The hot bats of a first-place foe were too much for the Port Washington baseball team in a North Shore Conference game Monday.

Host Germantown scored seven runs in the first inning and rolled to a 12-4 win over the Pirates.

Port held a brief 2-0 lead before the Warhawks batted.

Germantown, which improved to 7-2 in NSC play, outhit Port, 11-8. Jordan Kuczynski led the Warhawks with a 3-for-4 effort and three RBI.

Sam Lepak was 2-for-3 with a double for the Pirates (0-12).

In another NSC game Monday, Grafton was blanked by Slinger, 4-0.

John Sprayberry limited the host Black Hawks to four hits, striking out six and walking four.

Slinger (7-6) scored two runs in the first inning and two runs in the fifth. Jake Bjorklund had a triple and two RBI for the Owls.

Brad Parsons was 2-for-3 for Grafton (4-8).

In a Central Lakeshore Conference game Monday, Ozaukee edged Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, 2-1.

The game was scoreless through four innings. After host Ozaukee took a 1-0 lead in the fifth, both teams scored once in the sixth.

Lee Wysocki pitched the final two innings in relief for the win.

Jeremy Wichmann was 2-for-3 to lead Ozaukee, which improved its league mark to 7-3.

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