Despite solid pitching efforts, Lakers fall to Patriots, 13-1|
Giving up early runs is always a difficult situation for a baseball team, causing the club to play from behind and disrupting the players’ rhythm—just ask the Milwaukee Brewers. The White Lake Lakers fell to the Goodman-Pembine Patriots 13-1 in a similar scenario on the road Tuesday in Dunbar.
The Lakers dug an early 8-0 hole in the first inning and were unable to climb out of it. Despite a seemingly prolific offense, all of the Patriots runs were unearned against the Lakers.
“In order for us to compete, we need to make our opponents earn their runs. Tonight, our pitchers did a nice job for us, but our defense was nowhere near where we need it to be,” Coach Dave Graves said afterwards.
Starting pitcher Jake Wegner got the nod from Coach Graves on the mound, who combined with reliever Angelo Barron allowed just five hits.
Wegner also had a respectable night’s work at the plate, finishing 2-2. Barron and Gary Doemal also added base hits for the Lakers.
“We will keep working hard to improve and I am confident that we will be playing much better ball soon,” Graves added.
The White Lake club, now 0-3 in the 2015 season, will travel to Ph
In face of a shutout, Lady Robins battle hard vs Hodags
The Lady Robins soccer club battled both a talented Rhinelander team and the intermittent snow/rain conditions on Tuesday evening, being shutout 10-0 by the Hodags at Listle Field.
“The girls did an outstanding job going up against a team with a great passing game,” Coach Bethany Bauknecht said, noting some positives.
The Hodags went up 1-0 on the scoreboard by the second minute of the game, followed by a pair of quick scores to give Rhinelander a three-goal advantage entering just the seventh minute.
“The (Antigo girls) communicated well and had their heads in the game,” Bauknecht noted. “The midfield was able to move the ball up the field but was quickly shut down by the Hodags’ defense.”
Despite a snubbing on the board, the Robins were able to generate a few shots on goal. Captain Marissa Hartman, Molly Brown, and Ariane Zimmerman all came away with shots.
The Lady Robins held their foreheads high despite the early deficit, staving off the Hodag attack until Rhinelander scored its fourth goal of the day at the 21st minute mark.
“Emily Wald, Rebecca Stockhaus, Anna Reineke, and Hartman played a powerhouse defense against some very a
Lady Robins throttle Pines with 24-1 defeat
The Antigo Lady Robins softball team easily dismissed the Northland Pines Eagles at home on Thursday, piling on run after run in a 24-1 gouging of their Great Northern Conference visitor.
After both teams went without a run in the first inning, Antigo pressed the throttle down in the second with eight runs. Morgana Smith began her 4-4 evening with a lead-off triple to help the Lady Robins begin its total dominance of the Eagles.
Nine more runs in the third inning solidified Antigo’s crushing defeat of Pines. A single from Taylor Pomasl began the seemingly endless barrage of offense in the third, an inning that Eagles pitcher Kali Ebert would like to forget.
The Robins managed 14 hits, but also received 15 batters walked thanks to Ebert. Of Antigo’s 14 registered hits on Thursday, five went for extra bases.
Kara Wilhelm went 2-3, including a second inning grand slam and an awe-inspiring seven RBIs on the day.
Alison Kondzela was 2-3 with a triple and a stolen base, putting together two runs batted in as well against the Eagles.
Kondzela also received the pitching win for the Lady Robins, striking out 10 batters while walking just two.
Season off to a slow start for White Lake baseball team
After a rough go at it against Elcho to open the season, the White Lake Lakers baseball team played a stronger game despite a 20-5 loss to Laona-Wabeno on Thursday.
The Lakers were trailing just 6-5 in the fifth inning before the game eventually got away from them.
Finding themselves down by eight in the seventh inning, the Lakers used the opportunity to develop their young pitching staff. The experience-gaining result created a score that was more lopsided than the game actually was.
Angelo Barron had three hits against Laona-Wabeno as Micah Strong had two. Matt Bowman made it on base three times on Thursday.
“I was really proud of the way that we played toe to toe with a solid Laona-Wabeno team into the fifth inning,” Lakers coach Dave Graves noted. “We made some real strides over our first game. We can't wait to get back out on the field tomorrow at Gillett.”
Along with the girls softball team, the Lakers will visit the Tigers this evening with the games to begin at 4:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Schultz picks up win as Lady Lakers trounce Elcho 26-9
Although the White Lake Lakers baseball team fell to the Elcho Hornets on Tuesday night, the Lady Lakers more than made up for it against the Lady Hornets softball team in 26-9 blowout in Elcho.
“We started the season out with a great confidence-boosting win,” White Lake coach Ellie Kanke stated. “We have a young, inexperienced team and our performance was far from perfect, however it was definitely a step in the right direction.”
The Lady Lakers were off to a fast start, scoring 10 runs in the first while senior pitcher Elizabeth Schultz held the Hornets scoreless in the bottom of inning.
A comeback could have been possible as Elcho scored four runs in the second, but another two scores from White Lake earlier in the inning nearly put the game away before it had truly begun.
The Hornets, despite their abundance of runs, surprisingly did not record a hit until the third inning.
“We have a young pitching staff and our mechanics were off,” Elcho coach Jamie Robrecht said later. “We didn’t allow a hit in the first three innings but between errors and mental mistakes we just gave up too many runs. Our offense looked better than it has, but our pi
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