15U Stallions do well at Greenville, host Astros Friday|
The 15 year old Stallions traveling baseball team opened its season with a trip to Greenville last weekend posting a 2-1 record.
The first game didnít go quite as planned, with the Appleton Patriots combining two hits, two walks and three wild pitches to take a four run lead after its half of the first.
Antigo answered back with two in the bottom of the inning and tied the game when Jed Weix and Elijah Wickersheim each scored in the second. The game remained tied until the sixth when Appleton pushed two runs across the plate and held on for the 6-4 win.
Max Nowinsky lead Antigo with two hits including a double in four chances, with Alex Nagel added a double to the seven hit attack. Cameron Noskowiak went the distance on the mound giving up seven hits and three walks to go along with his four strikeouts.
With the first game jitters out of their system, the Stallions opened things up the second game. Oshkosh North got the game started with three runs in the top of the first only to see Antigo answer back with four of its own in the bottom half of the inning with four hits, including a timely hit by Ben Jansen and two walks.
Each team would score a run in the second and go quietly in the third. The Spartans would take advantage of five walks in the fourth to score four runs and take an 8-5 lead.
Not to be outdone Antigo responded with a big round of its own scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the inning. Justin Koszarek led off the inning with a walk that opened up the flood gates. His walk was followed by four more, four hits and two errors to put the game away 15-8.
Arin Verhagen paced the Stallions going 3 for 3. Noskowiak was 2 for 2, while Zach Falk, Nagel and Jake Husnick all went 2 for 3.
Nagel went 3 2/3 innings with Nowinsky finishing up the final 1 1/3. The pair combined to give up five hits, six walks and strike out four.
The Stallions third game of the day was against host Greenville Astros and proved to be quiet entertaining. Antigo jumped out to a 9-1 lead after two innings. Greenville started its comeback in the third, scoring four runs on two walks and three hits.
The Astros continued to close the margin adding two in the fourth and one in the fifth to make the score 9-8, Antigo. The Stallions would get a big run in the top of the sixth as Nowinsky lead off with a triple and came home on a single by Zack Levis to increase its lead to two.
The Astros werenít done though, and scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to take their first lead 11-10. With their backs to the wall, the Stallions erupted for six runs in the top of the seventh.
Weix led off with a single, walks to Alex Kassler and Noskowiak loaded the bases. Falk was then hit by a pitch to force in a run. Nowinsky followed with a double to score two more.
Levis delivered the fourth run of the inning on a sac fly, followed by a single from Nagel to knock in the fifth. On the next pitch Nagel stole second base with the throw by the catcher bouncing off of his head into left center allowing him to score the final run of the inning.
Verhagen, who had relieved Nowinsky in the sixth struck out the side to close out the game and pick up the win. The pair gave up 11 hits, issued six walks, hit three batters, while striking out six.
Antigo banged out 16 hits with Nowinsky going 4 for 5 (double and triple), Nagel was 3 for 5 (double), Weix went 2 for 3, while Noskowiak and Levis were each 2 for 4. The team batting average was .412 for the tournament.
The Stallions will be home this weekend playing in the Antigo Dugout Club tournament. They will open the event with a 7 p.m. game against the Greenville Astros Friday.
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