Robins open up home appearance with double wins|
The grass may not have been the lush green one would expect this time of year, but the field at Kretz Brothers Park was definitely in shape as the Red Robin baseball team opened its 2013 campaign in a double header versus Northland Pines Tuesday sweeping the Eagles by scores of 8-1 and 7-3.
“In both games, I thought we played very well,” Antigo head coach Dan Bastle said. “We struggled a little at the plate but that is to be expected. I’m really excited about our defense and pitching.”
Antigo grabbed a 3-1 lead after two innings as Dan Will continued his hot streak with a triple. Blake Kirsch and Corey Stensberg reached on a single and a pair of errors to give the Robins its first three runs.
The Robins continued its offensive attack plated runs in the third off Bryce Chrudimsky’s two run shot. Caleb Raddant led off in the fourth, reaching on a single. But a stolen base and pass ball set him up in position for Brett Greening to bring him home allowing the Robins to lead 6-1.
Pines was unable to mount any sort of rally the remainder of the contest while the Robins added its final two in the sixth.
Randy Krebs started on the mound for Antigo but was pulled after giving up a run and four walks in the first inning. Justen Wegter was credited with the win for Antigo. Working five innings he struck out six and gave up four hits. Eric Schielke closed out game one with a pair of walks.
“Justen came in and did a great job keeping Pines off balance, throwing strikes and forcing them to put the ball in play,” Bastle added.
In the second game, Corey did an outstanding job keeping the ball down and changing speeds.
Coming out the visitor in game two, Antigo applied pressure to Northland Pines in scoring first.
“I like when this happens (taking the lead) because it puts a great deal of pressure on the opposing team,” the coach noted.
Wegter received a free pass to open up the night cap. Will and Kirsch reached on errors to load up the bases for Antigo. A single and two walks brought the score to 3-0 Antigo.
Working the mound for the Robins, Corey Stensberg was cruising until flashes of lighting were seen.
Once play resumed Stensberg appeared slightly rattled but stayed the course and made some great pitches when he had to.
“I’m really proud of him because he works so hard and truly earned his opportunity,” Bastle said.
Kirsch, Chrudimsky and Raddant rounded the bases for the Robins in the third while Pines fired back with a pair of runs in the bottom half to thwart the shutout.
Krebs added Antigo’s final run in the fifth, only to be matched by the Eagles in the 7-3 loss.
“Pines pitcher did a nice job keeping us off balance at the plate so I would say the second game was a great team win. We did the little things right—base running, good pitching, moving runners and playing small ball,” Bastle added.
Antigo travels to Schofield Thursday in facing D.C. Everest for the 4:30 p.m. start.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Kretz Brothers Park
Red Robins 8, Eagles 1
R H E NPHS 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 — 1 4 4
AHS 3 0 2 1 0 2 x — 8 9 3
Krebs 0-1; Wegter 0-2; Kirsch 1-3; Stensberg 1-3; Schielke 1-3 RBI; Greening 0-2 RBI; Will 3-4 tripple RBI; Raddant 2-3; Below 0-3; Chrudimsky 1-3 HR 2RBI; Cas Noskowiak 1-1.
Krebs 1IP, 0H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 2K
Wegter (win) 5IP, 4H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 6K
Schielke 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 2BB, 0K
Red Robins 7, Eagles 3
R H E NPHS 0 0 2 0 1 x x — 3 4 5
AHS 3 0 3 0 1 x x — 7 4 1
Krebs 0-1; Wegter 1-2; Kirsch 2-3; Schielke 0-2 RBI; Greening 0-2; Will 1-3; Raddant 1-1 RBI; Below 0-3; Chrudimsky 1-3 RBI.
Stensberg (win) 5IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 2BB, 9K
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