Strength from all around gives Stallions 15U team top title|
Great hitting and pitching helped the Antigo Stallions 15-year-old team claim the championship at the recently held Antigo Dugout Club Youth Baseball Tournament.
The oldest of the Stallions teams started off the weekend event with an 11-5 win over Greenville.
Alex Nagel, Ben Jansen and Jake Husnick all went 3-for-3 with Arin Verhagen going 2-for-2. Cameron Noskowiak, Zack Levis, Nagel and Jansen all doubled.
Noskowiak and Jansen split the mound duties, giving up 10 hits while striking out seven. The pair didnít allow a walk.
Antigo came out swinging in their second game against Kaukauna, scoring 10 runs on eight hits in the bottom of the first. Two hits by Verhagen and a triple by Nagel highlighted the big inning with Noskowiak and Nagel each scoring twice. The 10 runs proved to be more than enough for the pitching duel of Verhagen and Alex Kassler as they combined to allow seven runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks, striking out five.
Jed Weix went 3-for-3 (double), with Nagel (triple), Levis and Elijah Wickersheim joining Verhagen with two hits each. Husnick added a double to the 16 hit attack.
Game three saw the Antigo squad continue its hitting clinic, pounding out another 16 hits on their way to a convincing 14-4 rout over Plover. Aided by two errors, the Stallions added seven hits including two (triple) by Nagel and a double by Husnick to take an early 8-1 lead after one.
Nagel and Noskowiak allowed four runs on six hits and a walk, striking out five along the way. Nagel lead the way at the plate going 3-4. Verhagen, Jansen, Weix (two doubles), Husnick and Wickersheim each collected two hits apiece.
The championship game was much closer with Antigo coming from behind for the hard fought 6-4 victory over the Patriots from Appleton. The Pitching combo of Nagel and Noskowiak turned in their second masterful outing of the day, giving up six hits and three walks.
Antigo out-hit Appleton (who had given the Stallions its only loss of the season the week before) with eight safeties. Nagel and Noskowiak helped themselves with two hits including a double for each. Levis, Weix, Husnick and Wickersheim collected the remaining hits.
Falling behind 4-1 after four innings, the Stallions put together a walk and four hits to push three runs across the plate in the top of the fifth to tie the game. After a scoreless sixth, Wickersheim lead off the top of the seventh with a walk and went to third on a hit by Noskowiak. A sac fly by Zach Falk gave Antigo the lead. Nagel followed with a single to score Noskowiak and give the hometown boys a two run cushion.
In the bottom of the frame Noskowiak retired the first two hitters on ground balls to second. A seeing eye single made things a little uncomfortable, but a line drive back Noskowiak ended the game with the Appleton leadoff hitter on deck.
Antigo moved to 6-1 on the season and will now take a few weeks off before hosting their Stallions tournament July 26 through the 28.
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