Mother Nature spoils weekend of baseball for Red Robins|
Red Robins baseball suffered its first loss of the season this past Friday to Racine-Horlick 9-7. Participating in the Woodside Sports Complex Spring High School Challenge in Mauston, the Robins were only able to play the first of its three scheduled games due to inclement weather.
Going down early in the game, the boys were able to rally in the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game at seven runs apiece. However, an unfortunate two-run ninth for the Rebels sealed Antigo’s fate.
“Tough loss given the fact we battled back from being down early,” said Coach Dan Bastle.
Randy Krebs started the day on the mound for the Robins, but was relieved after only 2/3 of the first inning by Arin VerHagen after giving up one hit, four walks and three earned runs. The early hole would not prove discouraging to the Antigo men, however.
VerHagen, getting his first mound time at the varsity level, got the Robins out of the three-run first and pitched a total of 1.2 innings, He finished his varsity debut with allowing two hits, one walk, and just one earned run.
Cameron Noskowiak played the 4.3 inning lion’s share of the game, helping Antigo stay tight with the Rebels in the middle stretch. Noskowiak his outing on the mound allowing four hits and walking three batters while allowing two earned runs
Blake Kirsch closed out the game for the Robins, and except for a third base error by his defense in the ninth inning that lead to Racine-Horlick’s game-winning two run, pitched an exceptional game despite Antigo’s loss.
“(Both) Cam and Blake threw great, and so did Arin VerHagen,” commented Bastle. “He was impressive.”
Bryce Chrudimsky led the Robins offense with three hits and two runs in five at-bats. Chrudimsky singled in each of the fourth, sixth and seventh innings.
Blake Below, Josh Hale and Kirsch all had two hits in the game. The Robins first run of the game came in the third inning from Krebs thanks to a Kirsch sacrifice fly. All three men had two singles on the day with Hale gaining two RBIs in four at-bats and Kirsch one RBI in five.
Antigo had 12 total hits in the game to the Racine-Horlick’s nine, and what appears a mild two errors compared to the Rebel’s five. The Robins had three other hitters on the evening with one hit each, including Cassius Noskowiak, Robby Bastle and Krebs. The furthest advance of the day was Bastle’s lone double in the third.
With Saturday’s games cancelled, Bastle was still proud of his now 2-1-0 Robins after the weekend. “We hit a ton of balls extremely hard but it just wasn’t meant to be. I’m proud of the guys for battling and never giving up.”
Red Robin Baseball
Friday, April 11, 2014
Spring High School Challenge
Rebels 9, Robins 7
R H E
AHS 0 0 1 0 0 5 1 0 0 — 7 12 2
R-H 3 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 — 9 9 5
Cas. Noskowiak 1-3; Osborn 0-4; Chrudimsky 3-5; Krebs 1-4; Bastle 1-4; VerHagen 0-1; Below 2-3; Cam. Noskowiak 0-3; Kirsch 2-4; Hale 2-4.
Krebs 0.2IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 2K
VerHagen 1.2IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 1K
Cam. Noskowiak 4.1IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 3BB, 2K
Kirsch 2.1IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, 5K
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