Medford falls in dramatic fashion versus Red Robins baseball squad|
Amazing was the only word Red Robin baseball coach Dan Bastle could come up with right after Tuesday’s home stand double header versus Medford.
“I’ve been in games like this before but I can’t remember coming out on top of both, let alone one,” Bastle commented regarding Antigo’s 15-14 and 9-8 victories. “The thing about this team is that they truly are a team, and never quits battling. It seems like we always have a chance to win.”
Medford jumped out on the Robins early, taking advantage of timely hitting and walks for a 4-0 lead versus Antigo starter Erik Schielke.
“This is something we have to minimize; that, and the big inning,” he added.
Antigo’s bats powered up in the fourth inning with hits from Blake Below, Blake Kirsch, and a double from Bryce Chrudimsky in gaining the 7-5 lead.
The Robins advantage would not last long as Medford put the ball in play in the fifth capitalizing on shaky defense combined with timely hits. A move that for Antigo was unfortunate, given the fact the first two Raider hitters made outs.
Medford batted through its order collecting seven runs off five hits as they faced Justen Wegter on the mound. Blake Below stepped in for the final out of the inning.
Once again Antigo continued to battle, and again Chrudimsky came up big with a two-run walk-off in the bottom of the seventh to win the game.
“Again, I’ve never seen anything like that,” Bastle noted. “Bryce had an incredible game defensively and offensively.”
Closing out duties on the mound, Kirsch stepped into providing what the coach described as “giving us a chance.”
Sweeping the night
Taking the roll of visitor in game two, things started off better for the Robins, with a 2-0 lead after two.
“Game two started better but I felt we had a little lapse once we took an earlier lead squandering many opportunities to score,” Bastle said. “Regardless, we battled and came out on-top of a very good team.”
Appearing to be in control, Antigo was sitting pretty heading into the third inning. But once more a big inning by its opponent turned the tables.
Making its way through its batting order, Medford forced the Robins to head to its bullpen as Wegter relieved Krebs in getting the third out.
Taking the 8-2 score into the fifth and sixth, Antigo managed to plate one in the fifth, three in the sixth making it an 8-6 contest going into the final frame.
With Brett Greening and Cassius Noskowiak batting first and second in the top of the seventh, Bastle anticipated getting to Krebs who was batting fourth in that inning.
“I thought we would have a chance because he was swinging the bat well all game,” he added referring to a solo homer in the fifth.
Noskowiak walked, Greening flew out and Wegter doubled sending Noskowiak home and setting up Krebs at bat.
Krebs singled and scored on a wild pitch to give Antigo the 9-8 lead.
“Corey Stensberg had taken the mound in the fourth and was incredible again. He didn’t allow a run and gave us a chance to win,” Bastle said.
Antigo, now 5-1 on this shortened season will host Rhinelander in a double header tonight At Kretz Brothers Park.
Red Robin Baseball
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Kretz Brothers Park
Red Robins 15, Raiders 14
R H E MHS 4 0 0 1 7 2 0 — 14 12 3
AHS 0 0 4 3 3 3 2 — 15 15 2
Bastle 1-1; Below 2-4, double, 4 RBIs; Wegter 2-4, double, 3 RBIs; Kirsch 2-5, RBI; Krebs 2-4, RBI; Will 1-4; Chrudimsky 2-3, double, HR, 4 RBIs; Raddant 0-3; Schielke 0-1; Stensberg 1-3, double; Greening 2-3.
Schielke 3.2IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 2K, 1B
Wegter 1IP, 4H. 7R, 6ER, 3BB, 1K
Below 0.1IP, 2H, 1R, 1HP
Kirsch (win) 2IP, 1R, 1BB, 3K, 1HP
Red Robins 9, Raiders 8
R H E AHS 2 0 0 0 1 3 3 — 9 9 6
MHS 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 — 8 6 1
Wegter 2-4, double, 2 RBIS; Krebs 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs; Kirsch 1-5, double, 2 RBIs; Chrudimsky 1-4, RBI; Below 2-3, double; Will 0-1; Stensberg 0-1; Schielke 0-4; Cas. Noskowiak1-1; Greening 0-2.
Below 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K
Krebs 0.2IP, 5R, 4BB, 1K
Wegter 0.1IP, 1H, 1R, 1K
Stensberg (win) 4IP, 1H, 7K
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