Fritsch, Ison belt homers as All Stars score 11-8 victory|
Alex Fritsch exploded for two home runs while Daniel Ison cracked another Monday as the Antigo 11-12 year old All Star team bounced back from two weekend losses to defeat Appleton Einstein 11-8 for its first win in the state Little League tournament series.
“It was nice to put one in the win column tonight,” Coach Lon Ebel said. “Although we made it harder than we needed to and didn't play our best game defensively, we are excited for the ‘W’ and it still puts us in contention to make the finals. It was a well deserved and much needed win tonight.”
Tagged as the visiting team, Antigo got out to a good start. Reaching on a single, Nevin Cornelius later scored following back-to-back singles by Brady Renfro and Ison with two outs on the board. Chris Krueger later drove in another run with a single.
Appleton Einstein matched Antigo with two runs in the bottom of the first and then took the lead after two innings, 5-3.
“The boys showed some toughness tonight and fought back with a run in the third,” Ebel said, noting the effort which began after Ison drew a walk. Elliot Orgeman singled to put the runner in scoring position and Chris Breitenfeldt del
All-Star team drops two games at state
The Antigo 11-12 year old Little League All Star team fell on tough times over the weekend, losing its first two games in state tournament action at Doepke Park in Wausau.
Play for the District 5 champions will resume at 4:30 p.m. versus Appleton Einstein. Antigo will then take on Whitefish Bay at 7 p.m. Tuesday before challenging Rice Lake for a 4:30 p.m. matchup on Wednesday.
Burlington and Madison East currently sit at 2-0 in tourney play followed by Whitefish Bay and Rice Lake at 1-1. Antigo and Einstein both remain winless.
The top four teams will advance to the semifinal on Thursday.
Antigo fell victim to the long ball on Saturday, losing to Burlington 12-0. The opponents had five home runs on the day.
“Our bats went quiet and we struggled to get anything going offensively,” Coach Lon Ebel said.
Combining for only four hits, Alex Fritsch went 3-3 with singles while Nevin Cornelius was 1-2.
Antigo’s four pitchers, Fritsch, Elliot Orgeman, Cornelius andTyler Schroepfer, allowed the 12 runs (all earned) on 11 hits, five walks and an error while striking out six.
Sunday brought a meeting with Madison East and feat
Bandits to battle Comets for City League 12U title
The stage has been set for an Antigo City League 12U softball battle as the Bandits will square off against the Pride in Monday’s championship game beginning at 5 p.m. at the Saratoga South ballpark.
The Bandits finished the regular season with a record of 7-1-1. The Antigo Comets took second at 6-3. The Antigo Pride was third at 4-4-1 followed by the Pickerel Reds at 0-9.
The Bandits earned its spot in the title round by defeating the Reds 8-2 while the Pride upset the Comets 13-2. Details on the latter game were published earlier this week.
Emily Brettingen got the win for the Bandits, allowing two runs off one hit and two walks while striking out seven in three innings on the mound. Alicia Turunen finished the game in relief, allowing zero runs on a hit and seven walks while striking out four.
Led by Turunen, Lily Nicholson and Emma Jaje, all 2-3, and Gabby Held at 2-2 at the plate, the Bandits scored two runs in the first inning, one in the second, two in the third and three in the fourth, the Bandits took a quick 8-0 lead.
The Reds scored its only two runs in the fifth off a walk, a triple by Autumn Schallock and a throwing error by the
Antigo’s 12U Fillies take title at Oconto Falls
Antigo's 12U Fillies traveling softball team won the Oconto Falls tournament held earlier this month by scoring a 5-3 hard fought victory over Lakeshore Rise in the championship game. It was the team’s first tournament championship.
Making up the squad are Allison Peters, Lizzy Burkhart, Abbey Robrecht, Chloe Decker, Alayna Weix, Taylor Arrowood, Emma Brown, Hannah Husnick, Brinna Mauk, Emily Brettingen.
The 12U Fillies are coached by Amy Jay Weix, Jason Brettingen, Tom Burkhart and Tim Husnick.
10U All Stars’ season ends with 5-3 loss
The season came to a disappointing end for the Antigo 10-year-old Little League All Star team Wednesday.
Needing a win to continue its run in the District 5 tournament, Antigo fell to Wausau National 5-3 at Rhinelander’s Hodag Park.
Wausau struck early, scoring four times off Antigo’s Malik Brisby in the second before the starter settled in to pitch a scoreless third inning.
Taking over the mound in relief, Jake Peterson gave up just one run in the top of the fifth inning.
Trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the frame, Antigo’s Trevin Walbeck delivered an RBI single to centerfield, scoring Connor Kolz. Antigo then plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth, coming on bases loaded walks to Casey Smith and Marvin Duchac.
Switching pitchers, Wausau struck out Walbeck with bases loaded to end the game.
Austin Schedlbauer led Antigo at the plate with two hits.
Wausau National advances to a semifinal matchup later today in Rhinelander.
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