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Wins vault Saukville into 2nd place in division race PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:27

With defending champion Cedarburg having wrapped up another Northern Division title, it’s up to other Land O’ Lakes baseball teams to fight for runner-up honors.

Saukville took over sole possession of second place by winning a pair of games last week, most recently a 19-3 thumping of Port Washington on Sunday.

The Saints, who improved to 8-5, scored in each of the first five frames on the way to a mercy-rule victory in seven innings.

With the game tied at 3-3, Saukville erupted for eight runs in the second inning. Sam Matthies sparked the rally with a three-run homer.

The Saints outhit Port, 19-7. Leading the assault were Ian Tucker with four hits and six RBI and Matthies and Cole Granrath with three hits each.

Pirates hang tough but take final bow PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:24

Strong start not enough for Port baseball team in season-ending loss to Erfourth-led Highlanders

The Port Washington Pirates had every intention of advancing past the first round of the WIAA baseball playoffs last week.

Homestead’s Jake Erfourth had another idea.

The junior used his arm, bat and glove to help hand Port a season-ending, 5-2 loss in a regional semifinal game July 10 at Rennicke Field in Mequon.

Besides tossing a five-hitter for a complete-game victory, Erfourth had an RBI single during a four-run rally in the third inning that wiped out a 1-0 Port lead. He also made a key defensive play by turning a sacrifice bunt into a force-out that ended a Port scoring threat in the second.

Rockets stand alone in league title quest PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 15:27

One year after having to share crown, CG-Belgium emerges as undisputed king

Last year, the Cedar Grove-Belgium  Rockets stumbled down the stretch and had to share their first Central Lakeshore Conference baseball title in decades.

This season, the Rockets took the next step, roaring to an outright CLC crown by winning seven of their last eight games and finishing with a 13-5 record, two games ahead of runner-up Oostburg (11-7).

Cedar Grove-Belgium capped the regular season Monday with a 2-0 road victory over Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, completing a game that was suspended last week.

The Rockets took the lead in the third inning when Kyle Kirst’s RBI single scored Justin Keller.

In the seventh, Kirst doubled in Luke Kaat.

Kaat pitched the first four innings for the win, with Spencer Bares working the final three frames for a save. They combined to allow only four hits.

Josh Ruppel led the Rockets’ offense by going 2-for-3, and Kirst, Keller and Zach Feind were each 2-for-4.

Taylor Kaboord had three hits for Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, which finished 7-11 in CLC play.

The win didn’t impact the title since Cedar Grove-Belgium had already clinched first place by sweeping a doubleheader against Ozaukee last week. However, the victory did punctuate the Rockets’ impressive late-season run, which included three wins by the 10-run rule in their last four games.

Cedar Grove-Belgium took a 13-8 overall record in a WIAA regional semifinal game Tuesday against Ozaukee (see related story).

Rockets coach Mike Ruppel said sweeping Random Lake in a doubleheader June 25 was the key for his team.

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