Wegter, Kirsch home runs dominate Robins' play at Lakeland, sweep night|
Tuesday’s trip to Minocqua was a positive one for Red Robin baseball as Antigo swept the Thunderbirds in a double header.
Taking Game 1 by a definitive 17-3 score, Antigo tallied 15 hits in the contest with Blake Kirsch and Justen Wegter leading the troops with home runs. Down by a pair of runs going into the fourth inning, Wegter started that inning off with a shot to left center that cleared the wall giving Antigo its first run. Kirsch, Blake Below (double) and Jake Maly provided additional hits in the inning to give the Robins the 3-2 lead.
Lakeland responded in the bottom half to tying the score at 3-all.
“I have to give Lakeland a great deal of credit because they came to play,” Antigo coach Dan Bastle said. ”Our conference standings are so close I feel we have a bulls eye on our back. Once again, our players prevailed and didn’t panic.”
The fifth inning was quiet for both teams but Bastle could see his players starting to get good looks at the plate and was thinking they were going to snap.
In the sixth inning, the hitting started early. Shots by Below, Caleb Raddant, Brett Greening and Corey Stensberg set the stage for Kirsch. With bases load, Kirsch worked the count to full and hit a curve ball down the right field line that hugged the pole but stayed fair for a grand slam—his second grand slam of the year.
“He’s been coming up big all year,” Bastle added.
From there Antigo was riding the tide in plating eight runs in the seventh for the win.
Erik Schielke lasted the full game to take the win for the Robins.
“He has been so reliable,” the coach said. “He’s worked hard and it’s showing.”
Antigo got into the flow of game two early and played even better smallball.
“I’ve said this all year though, we need to minimize mistakes on the basic fundamentals of this game—catching pop-ups, making good throws and not walking hitters,” Bastle explained. “These were costly again tonight. With good teams, we won’t get away with this. Regardless, we battled all night and came out swinging again, something we’ve done all year.”
Knotted 3-all going into the sixth inning, the Robins put the contest out of reach for the TBirds as it plated five runs off as many hits. Lakeland was unable to produce a mark in the seventh to give Antigo the 8-4 victory.
Stensberg and Kirsch did a nice job on the mound in the night cap for the Robins. Splitting duties with four and three innings respectively, the pair gave up nine hots, walked four and struck out seven.
“We had good hitting again from everyone and played team ball. A win is a win and we’ll take them anyway we can,” Bastle added.
Antigo continues its GNC schedule Thursday as it heads to Tomahawk.
Red Robin Baseball
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Red Robins 17, TBirds 3
R H E AHS 0 0 0 3 0 6 8 — 17 15 1
LUHS 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 — 3 7 7
Krebs 1-1; Wegter 1-4, HR, 2RBI; Kirsch 3-4, HR, 5RBI; Stensberg 2-4, 2RBI; Greening 1-4; Will 1-4, 2RBI; Raddant 1-3, 2RBI; Below 2-4, Double, 2RBI; Chrudimsky 0-4, RBI; Maly 3-5, RBI..
Schielke (win) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 8K, 1 HB
Red Robins 8, TBirds 4
R H E LUHS 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 — 4 8 1
AHS 0 2 0 1 0 5 x — 8 12 1
Bastle 1-1, Double, RBI; Wegter 2-3, RBI; Kirsch 1-3, Double; Schielke 0-4; Greening 3-4, RBI; Will 2-4, Double, RBI; Below 1-3; Chrudimsky 1-4, 2RBI; Noskowiak 1-2, RBI; Maly 0-1.
Stensberg 4IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 5K
Kirsch (win) 3IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 2K
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