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Season ends but Rockets unbowed PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:26

Elusive clutch hit leaves feisty CG-Belgium short in regional championship game

Last year, Plymouth ended Cedar Grove-Belgium’s baseball season with a five-inning, 11-1 demolition shortened via the WIAA’s mercy rule.
That was last season.
Showing their program’s development, No. 7-seeded Rockets this year knocked out No. 2-seeded Plymouth’s starting pitcher early and nearly pulled off the upset in a regional title game July 11.
But Plymouth’s reliever shut down the Rockets’ offense, and the Panthers did just enough to advance with a 5-2 victory.
“We were right there with Plymouth. For us, that was a major accomplishment. We moved the program forward this year,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Tom Race said.
Trailing, 4-2, in the fourth inning, the Rockets loaded the bases with two outs. After a ground out and strikeout, Matt Dirkse walked, Josh Weiss singled and Jason von Heimburg got hit by a pitch. But a strikeout ended the threat.
In the seventh inning, Cedar Grove-Belgium faced a 5-2 deficit when it put runners on first and second but then hit into a double play and didn’t score.
Even when the Rockets scored, they could have plated more.
In the second inning, Mason Noll drew a one-out walk and Amani Anjum walked. After a ground out, Bryce Morgan got a hit to load the bases. Dirkse and Weiss both drew walks to score two runs.
“If either Matt or Josh hit the ball there, maybe we score two,” Race said.
After Weiss walked, the Panthers switched pitchers. Von Heimberg then smacked a liner.
“He hit the ball hard but right to the guy in right field,” Race said. “We’re a couple of pitches away from going to sectionals.”
Von Heimburg started on the mound and went five innings, allowing four earned runs and six hits, walking three and striking out four.
“He gave us a chance to win,” Race said.
Bradley Katte pitched one inning and allowed one earned run and two hits, walking two and whiffing one.
On defense, the Rockets made only one error for the second straight game, on a throwing error from the outfield.
“Those were the two best defense games we’ve had in four years,” Race said.
Aside from having a chance to win, Race said he liked his team’s approach, something they talked about all season long.
“In the past when we played bigger schools, our kids would get down a bit,” he said.
This time, the Rockets kept their heads up and battled.
“We fought for every single pitch. If you do that, you’re going to end up on the right end of the score most of the time,” Race said.
The Rockets ended the season 13-13 overall, the most wins in Race’s four years as coach.
“It was a great bunch of kids to coach,” he said. “We improved as a team. I wish we were still playing. It seemed like everyday we were getting better.”
Race looks forward to the program taking another step next year. All the Rockets’ top pitchers return.
“We’ll definitely have a higher baseball IQ. We lose a little athleticism and gain a ton of pitching,” he said.
Race said he continues to work with younger players to try to develop the program.
“It seems like people here are excited about baseball,” he said.
CG-Belgium, 8, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah 1
The Rockets knocked off their conference rivals July 11 in a regional semifinal that was a little closer than the score indicated.
Tyler Kraus went the distance, allowing one earned run and four “weak” hits, Race said. Kraus struck out four and walked one.
“That was his best pitching performance of the season,” Race said.
The Resorters used Brennen Cain, who Race said was also on his game.
Dirkse returned from a sprained shoulder to play the field again and, from the leadoff spot, went 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, stolen base and three runs scored.
Von Heimburg went 3-for-3 with a double, triple, one RBI and two runs scored.
“He just missed hitting for the cycle. His last time up he needed the home run and they pitched very carefully to him. He ended up walking,” Race said.
Weiss was 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Morgan was 1-for-2 with a walk, two steals and a run scored.
“With Bryce, I always tell him it’s his mission to go at least 1-for-3, steal a base and score,” Race said.
Leading, 3-1, after the third inning, the Rockets pulled away with three runs in the fourth and two in the sixth.

Fish Day run: PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:24

Ages 13 and younger to 70 and older compete

Sean Kutz of Oshkosh and Jenny Zwagerman of Shorewood raced to top honors in the 32nd annual Fish Day 8-kilometer run in Port Washington last Saturday.
In the 2-mile race, the top male runner was Zach Risse of Random Lake and the top female was Hannah Fischer of Port Washington.
FDR MALE WINNER s1071517116 4CThe 8K race and a 2-mile run/walk are held as a fundraiser that benefits Portal Industries, a not-for-profit human service agency serving adults with disabilities.
The first-place 8K team was TROP, whose top five finishers were Nicholas Michalowski, Nicholas Bath, Brian Schafer, Tom Knowski and Ben Claas.
The fastest 8K runner with a stroller was Tyler Zwagerman of Shorewood.
Race times were not available by presstime.
The top age-group finishers in the 8K race follow.

Warriors give Oostburg a playoff battle before bowing PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:21

Young Ozaukee team caps learning campaign with determined effort in 2-1 loss

After splitting the season series with Big East Conference rival Oostburg with vastly different results, Ozaukee baseball coach Bob Kiefer wasn’t exactly sure what to expect in last week’s WIAA playoff opener.
During the regular season, the Warriors beat Oostburg, 5-0, and lost, 15-2.
HOFFMANN PITCH s2071117260 4C“I really had no idea what was going to happen in this game,” Kiefer said.
On paper, the No. 8-seeded Flying Dutchmen (9-13 entering the game) were supposed to beat the ninth-seeded Warriors (4-17) on July 11.
“I think the pressure was on Oostburg because they were expected to win,” Kiefer said.
As it turned out, the Flying Dutchmen did just enough to eke out a 2-1 victory that ended Ozaukee’s season.
After taking a year off from baseball due to a lack of players, Ozaukee came into this season with a lineup full of freshmen and sophomores who would normally be playing junior varsity. However, the program doesn’t have the numbers to support a JV team.
As a result, the inexperienced Warriors lost several games by double digits, but Kiefer said his team maintained a positive attitude and kept working hard.

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