Legion drops double header to Marshfield on controversial call|
The Antigo Typhoon made a tough trip Monday to face the Marshfield Blue Devils in Marshfield, a team comprised of the best players from Marshfield, Loyal, Pittsville, Abbotsford, Spencer, Stratford, and Greenwood high schools.
The first game saw Marshfield jump to an early 3-0 lead and never look back. By the top of the fourth, Marshfield led 6-0, and it was 8-0 by the top of the sixth.
Antigo finally broke through with its first hit in that inning, a one out single from Rob Bastle. Marshfield would put the Typhoon away in the bottom half, however, and finished with a 10-0 win.
Bastle had the only hit for the Typhoon. Randy Krebs started on the mound, allowing six earned runs on seven hits and three walks in three innings of work. Blake Below pitched the next two innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits and a walk. Dan Will finished, allowing two earned runs on a hit and a walk in 1/3 of an inning.
The nightcap started very differently for Antigo. Krebs hit a massive home run in the top of the first, giving starter Justen Wegter an early lead. In the top of the third, the Typhoon added to the lead, boosted by singles from Bastle and Blake Kirsch and doubles from Krebs and Wegter. The score stood at 4-0 when the inning was over.
Marshfield would pick up one in the bottom of the fourth, and two more in the bottom of the sixth, to make the score 4-3 going into the last frame.
A leadoff single was followed by a groundout to the pitcher, but slugger Tanner Varsho ripped a triple to right, tying the game and putting the winning run on third base.
Antigo intentionally walked the next two batters, loading the bases on closer Erik Schielke. Schielke showed grit by striking the next hitter out. On the next pitch, with Schielke in the windup, Varsho tried to steal home plate. Catcher Bryce Chrudimsky tagged him out, and the Typhoon came off the field thinking they had survived and earned extra innings.
Moments later, however, umpires discussed and incorrectly called a balk on Schielke, ending the game in controversy.
Krebs led the Typhoon at the plate with three hits including a home run and a double. Wegter added a double, and Bastle, Kirsch, Schielke, and Caleb Raddant each added singles.
Wegter pitched well for Antigo, going six innings without a single earned run on eight hits and no walks. Schielke got the loss, allowing two earned runs on two hits and two intentional walks.
Antigo looks to come back strong at Mosinee on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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