Antigo boys split with Tomahawk, home Saturday|
Thursday’s Red Robin baseball team’s road trip to Tomahawk proved to be a classic game of two great pitchers dueling it out. Unfortunately it was the Hatchets who prevailed in the first game with the 5-1 win. But Antigo would make a comeback in the second, taking the night cap 4-3.
Antigo could only muster one hit in the seventh inning Great Northern Conference battle, that being a home run by Blake Kirsch in the first inning.
Kyle Bolder for Tomahawk, was sensational on the mound in throwing three pitches for strikes and hurling with great velocity.
“He pitched a great game and I give him a great deal of credit,” Antigo coach Dan Bastle said. “We haven’t seen a pitcher like that all year.”
Tomahawk stayed the course and scored most of its runs in the fifth inning.
Bastle noted that the team played well but that there was nothing that could have been done differently when a pitcher throws that well.
Justen Wegter was tagged with the loss for Antigo. Within the seventh inning, Wegter gave up 10 hits, walked two and struck out six.
Playing the home team
Tomahawk struck first in the second half of the night by scoring in the first. The Robins came back to tie the game in second. A hit by Danny Will, a passed ball, and a single by Cassius Noskowiak knotted things at 1-all.
The Hatchets struck again in the fifth with two runs by hitter three and four in its lineup.
Trailing 3-1 in the sixth, Kirsch started that inning again with a bang, driving the ball to the score board pulling the score to 3-2 still in Tomahawk’s favor.
After two quick outs it looked like Antigo was going to go down quickly but that wasn’t the case.
Brett Greening doubled and was plated by Caleb Raddant’s single. Danny Will hit a laser to right and when Tomahawk’s Joe Heiner miss played the ball, he allowed the go-ahead run to score.
Things got dicey for the Robins in the seventh inning. An error and two walks load the bases for Tomahawk with two outs, providing a dramatic finish.
Kirsch was summoned from the bull pen and struck out the last batter for the win.
“Again, Kirsch had another huge day,” Bastle added. “He’s done a great job all year.”
The win kept the Robins conference lead intact with an overall 13-2 record. Saturday will mark the end of Antigo’s regular season as it hosts Mosinee at 11 a.m. In addition to honoring the senior members, parents will also be introduced.
Red Robin Baseball
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Hatchets 5, Robins 1
R H E AHS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 1 1 1
THS 0 2 0 0 3 1 x — 5 9 0
Wegter 0-3; Kirsch 1-3, HR; Stensberg 0-1; Schielke 0-2; Greening 0-2; Below 0-3; Chrudimsky 0-3; Maly 0-2.
Wegter (loss) 7IP, 10H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 6K
Red Robins 4, Hatchets 3
R H E THS 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 — 3 6 2
AHS 0 1 0 0 0 3 x — 4 8 2
Wegter 1-3; Kirsch 2-3, HR, RBI; Schielke 0-3; Greening 1-3, Double; Will 1-3, RBI; Raddant 1-3, RBI; Below 0-2; Chrudimsky 1-3; Noskowiak 1-2, RBI.
Below (win) 6.2IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K
Kirsch .1IP, H, R, ER, 1BB, 1K
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