Josh Hale tosses no-hitter as Typhoon sweep double header|
The Antigo Typhoon American Legion Baseball team opened its season Friday with a double header sweep of Marquette, Mich.
In the first game, Antigo started the scoring in the bottom of the second, when a RBI ground out from starting pitcher Blake Below was followed by a double off the wall from Jake Maly.
Antigo led 2-0 until the next inning, when Randy Krebs hit a two-run home run to left. Marquette would answer in the fourth, taking a 5-4 lead on three hits and a walk.
In the bottom of the inning, though, Antigo responded with four runs, helped by a two-run shot from Riley Dahms. Not going away quietly, Marquette again responded with a two run inning, making the score 8-7 in the bottom of the fifth. A two RBI single from Bryce Chrudimsky made it 10-7, and the Typhoon never looked back. Antigo plated another five runs in sixth, helped by a double from Krebs, leaving the final at 15-8.
Justen Wegter led the Typhoon with three hits, while Krebs and Dahms each contributed a single and a home run. Rob Bastle, Chrudimsky, Blake Kirsch, Erik Schielke, and Below also added hits.
Below tossed a complete game for Antigo, giving up six earned runs on 10 hits and two walks, while striking out four Marquette batters.
Hale under control
Game 2 was a much more one-sided affair, as Antigo rode a dominating pitching performance from Josh Hale to a 10-0, five inning victory. Hale tossed a five inning no-hitter, made even more impressive by the fact that just one Marquette batter put the ball in play.
Antigo's scoring started in the first, when Kirsch hit a massive 2-run home run to right. That would be all Hale needed.
By the time Antigo scored again in the bottom of the third, he had retired the first nine Marquette batters by strikeout. The Antigo third saw two singles from Kirsch, and one each from Matt Wolter and Dahms helped by three walks and two Marquette errors.
When it was over, Antigo led 10-0.
Hale finally allowed a baserunner in the fourth, walking the leadoff batter. He then proceeded to strike out the next three hitters, giving him a perfect 12 K's in the first three innings.
In the bottom of the fifth, he walked two more, and struck out the first two batters. Determined to break the streak, substitute Ethan Wiese swung at the first pitch for Marquette, and lobbed a fly ball to left. Caleb Raddant made the catch for the final out.
Kirsch led the Typhoon at the plate in Game 2 with three hits including a home run. Wegter added a double, and Chrudimsky, Wolter, Dahms, and Trevor Seis each added singles.
Hale's performance was one to remember. He allowed no hits and three walks in five innings of work. He struck out 14. The dominance went even further, though, as Hale threw first pitch strikes to 13 of the 18 batters he faced, and finished his five inning gem with just 75 pitches.
Antigo will look to continue its success with a double header against Marshfield at Kretz Park tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
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