Ozaukee stays in game with Falls

Progress continues as Warriors cut down on errors in rebuilding year

OZAUKEE’S BRENT HOFFMANN has been one of the bright spots on the mound and at the plate for the Warriors this season. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Ozaukee High School’s baseball team hung tough with a superior opponent last week before dropping both games of a doubleheader.

The Warriors lost, 10-5 and 11-2, at Sheboygan Falls.

In the first game, the Falcons broke away by scoring six runs in the fifth inning.

Brent Hoffmann started and pitched four innings, allowing seven runs, five hits, walking eight and striking out two.

Danny Johnson pitched the final two, allowing three runs on two hits, walking three and striking out one.

Jacob Eibs and Simon Bares each had two his. Hoffmann had a double, and he and Logan Bell each scored two runs

The Warriors had six hits to the Falcons’ seven.

“It was a very good game, actually. We battled them very well,” coach Steve Kowalkowski said.

The young Warriors — the team has no seniors — cut down on the errors but still made a few too many for the coach’s liking.

“We’re getting there,” he said.

In the second game, the Falcons scored two runs in each the first, second and fifth innings,  and four in the third.

Eibs pitched three innings and allowed eight runs on three hits, striking out two and walking six.

Nick Mueller pitched two innings and allowed three runs on three hits, whiffing three and walking two. Bares allowed a hit and a walk and whiffed one in a scoreless sixth.

It was Mueller’s first time pitching.

“He actually did very good,” Kowalkowski said.

At the plate, Hoffmann had two doubles and Bares had two hits.

Mitch Weyker had a double, and Mueller had an RBI.

The Warriors went to 21-5 Plymouth on Friday missing four starters — “not the team you want to do that against,” Kowalkowski said — and the final scored showed it. Plymouth won, 25-0.

On the mound, Jotham Higginbotham and Danny Johnson didn’t get help from their defense as errors in both the infield and outfield contributed to runs.

Ozaukee (3-15 in the Big East Conference) was scheduled to host Random Lake on Monday and Howards Grove on Thursday, with both games starting at 5:30 p.m.. The Warriors were to make up a doubleheader at New Holstein on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.

“Our goal is to keep our heads down and keep playing,” Kowalkowski said.

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