Typhoon hit well but see season end in regionals|
The Antigo Typhoon Legion Baseball team couldn't overcome a game one loss to Merrill in its double-elimination regional tournament last weekend, finally bowing out in the championship contest.
In its first game, Antigo started with a tough draw, playing the tournament host, Merrill, on Friday night. Merrill jumped to an early 3-0 lead and never looked back.
Antigo made it 3-1 in the top of the fourth when a Randy Krebs single and a Merrill error brought in a run. Merrill added one in the bottom half of the inning, but Antigo responded in the top of the sixth. In that frame, a lead-off single from Rob Bastle and a double from Blake Kirsch made the count 4-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, however, Merrill brought in four runs, making the final 8-2.
Saturday brought a tough task for the Typhoon, as they had to work through the losers' bracket to get another shot at the title.
Antigo trailed Minocqua 1-0 in the top of the third inning, but that was the point when the bats woke up. A lead-off double from Krebs and another from Blake Kirsch, helped by walks and errors, started the rally. When the dust settled, Antigo was ahead 10-1, helped by singles from Erik Schielke, Krebs, and Kirsch, and a home run from Rob Bastle.
Antigo added two more in the fourth, helped by singles from Cassius Noskowiak and Justen Wegter, and a double from Bastle. They put the final nails in the coffin with the score sitting at 12-3 in the top of the fifth.
Trevor Seis started the rally with a single, followed by a walk and a single from Dan Will. Erik Schielke then tripled, and Noskowiak and Krebs had back to back singles. Wegter and Kirsch added singles, and after two Minocqua errors, the score stood at 19-3. Minocqua added two runs in the bottom half, but that was all they could muster.
Antigo challenged Rhinelander in game three.
Although down 4-0 in the second inning, the Typhoon were not ready for the season to end as a single from Bastle, doubles from Wegter and Kirsch, a single from Schielke, and a sacrifice fly from Josh Hale tied the game at four.
Antigo added another in the top of the fourth when another lead-off single from Bastle set up an RBI single for Wegter. The score remained 5-4 until the top of the sixth when Wegter, Bryce Chrudimsky and Hale all contributed hits to make it 7-4. In the top of the seventh, two more hits from Bastle and Wegter set up a home run from Kirsch, giving Antigo the 10-4 win.
Antigo came into Sunday play knowing they had to defeat Merrill twice to continue on to state.
Down 1-0 in the top of the second, Blake Below came through with an RBI infield single to tie the game. Merrill took back the lead, 3-1, in the bottom of the third and Antigo responded with a run of its own, helped by a Below walk and a Merrill error.
The score remained 3-2 until the bottom of the fifth, when Merrill added three. The Merrill offense exploded with six runs in the bottom of the sixth, causing Antigo's season to be over with an 11-2 defeat.
“The Antigo bats were dangerous, but they just weren't consistent enough to take home the tournament,” coach Lukas Nowinsky said.
Rob Bastle was 8-for-16 with a double and a home run to lead the Typhoon. Justen Wegter was 6-for-13, adding a double of his own. Blake Kirsch was 6-for-12 with three doubles and a home run, recording an on base percentage of .647 for the tournament.
Randy Krebs added five hits including two doubles. Erik Schielke, Blake Below, Cassius Noskowiak, Dan Will, Josh Hale, Trevor Seis, Caleb Raddant, and Bryce Chrudimsky all added hits.
On the mound, Krebs, Wegter, Schielke, Hale, Below, Kirsch, and Chrudimsky combined for a 5.83 ERA, striking out 26 batters in 24 innings of work.
Krebs and Wegter got the wins for Antigo.
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