Ozaukee takes care of Big East baseball business

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

After a second comeback bid fell one run short with at least one runner in scoring position, the Ozaukee High School baseball team bounced back with two blowout victories.

The Warriors lost to Mishicot, 7-6, on May 4. They allowed one run in the seventh and scored two, but couldn’t tie the game.

Ozaukee struggled against starter Nick Wagner but scored two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings against relievers.

“The kids felt the momentum that we were going to come back and take that thing,” coach Steve Kowalkowski said.

“They played us well. Our team played hard.”

Sawyer Kowalkowski allowed three runs on two hits, whiffing seven and walking eight in four innings. Connor Rennicke allowed four runs (two earned) in three innings, whiffing four and walking one.

Kowalkowski went 4-for-4 with a double. Matt Miller had two hits with a double, and Talan Dybul, Joe Grabowski and Rennicke each had a double.

Last Thursday, the Warriors pelted Manitowoc Lutheran, 15-1, in five innings.

Tyler D’Angelo allowed one run and two hits in 2-2/3 innings, whiffing one and walking three. Blake Cocanower walked four in two innings but didn’t allow a hit or a run.

The Warriors only had five hits — nobody had more than one — but they walked 13 times on a night when the strike zone was so small it was “ridiculous,” coach Kowalkowski said.

His team’s hitters, he said, “showed a lot of discipline.”

On Tuesday, the Warriors beat Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, 9-0, at home.

Rennicke allowed four hits, whiffed nine and walked one in going the distance. The coaches debated pulling him to save his arm for later and get other pitchers some work.

“He did great,” Kowalkowski said.

The bats got going early. Leadoff hitter Tayten Platner started with a double, and D’Angelo had one in the four-run first inning as well. Sawyer Kowalkowski, D’Angelo, Dybul and Rennicke each had two hits. Miller had a triple and D’Angelo had three RBI.

“They came out of the gate hard,” coach Kowalkowski said.

Ozaukee, 6-3 overall and 6-2 and in third place in the Big East, plays at Kohler/Sheboygan Christian (2-5 Big East) on Monday, May 16, and at Hilbert/Stockbridge (0-9) on Wednesday, May 18.

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