Red Robins claim doubleheader over Merrill Bluejays on memorable night|
Antigo varsity baseball had its first doubleheader experience of the season this past Friday at Kretz Brothers Park, stealing both games away from the Bluejays while battling in the first game to claim their closest victory yet this year.
On a day dedicated to Bill Kubeny and the park’s new scoreboard built in his honor, the Robin men did not disappoint the Robin faithful.
Coach Dan Bastle was especially delighted with the day’s outcome and opportunities. He later said, “From the first game to the Kubeny dedication, I feel very honored to be part of the whole night.”
Taking the first game 10-9, the Robins showed great resolve, an attribute the dominant Antigo team has not had employ greatly yet this season, after the Bluejays scored the first run of the game in the top of the first. With two more Merrill runs scored in the second, the Robins found themselves in an unfamiliar three-run hole.
In the bottom of the second, Antigo evened the score at 3 runs apiece with a run scored on a Randy Krebs’ walk and two-RBI single from Robby Bastle.
After a scoreless third inning, Merrill managed to take the lead once more in the top of the fourth. A Bluejays’ single and stolen base from Drew Hoff allowed him to reach second, while a Mason Reinhardt RBI triple and subsequent passed ball score gave the visitors a two-run advantage over Antigo.
The bottom of the fifth would see the Robins come alive and take their first lead of the game. Scoring five runs, including a three-run homer from Blake Kirsch driving in Luke Osborne and Krebs, Antigo entered the sixth on top of Merrill 8-5. It was Antigo’s first varsity home run of the season and could not have come at a more crucial time.
“Blake’s home run was clutch,” Bastle said. “I’ve seen him do this for the last 10 years.”
Merrill would not quit, however, and managed to score four more runs in the top of seventh to once again take a Bluejays lead. With bases loaded and only one out, pitcher Josh Hale walked in the first of Merrill’s four scores. After an Alex Zeitler fly out to Blake Kirsch in foul territory, Hale walked Hoff at the plate, scoring one for the Bluejays once again.
A Reinhardt two-RBI double was seemingly the dagger for Antigo, but Hale managed to escape the inning to give the Robins one last chance to pull it out.
With one out following a Krebs’s strikeout, Bastle doubled to left field. With Kirsch intentionally walked and Cam Noskowiak reaching on an error, bases were soon loaded for Antigo. With Hale managing to reach first on an error by Merrill catcher Alex Klug and Bastle scoring from third, the game was now tied.
A Blake Below RBI single to center field was enough for Max Nowinsky, pinch running for Kirsch, to score the games’ winning run.
Red Robin Baseball
Friday, May 2 2014
Kretz Brothers Park
Merrill at Antigo
Robins 10, Bluejays 9
R H E
MHS 1 20 200 4 — 9 11 4
AHS 030 050 2 — 10 9 2
Batting: Cas. Noskowiak 1-3; Chrudimsky 0-2; Krebs 2-4; Bastle 3-4; Below 2-5; Cam Noskowiak 0-5; Kirsch 1-3; Hale 0-5.
Krebs: 4.1IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K
Cam Noskowiak: 0.2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K
Hale: 2IP, 4H, 4R, 1ER, 2BB, 2K (W)
In the second game, a different tone from the first outing of the doubleheader was set early as Blake Below, who pitched a complete seven-inning game for the 5-1 Antigo win.
Coach Bastle commented on his pitcher’s command after the game, saying, “(He) was masterful. His location and change of speeds was major league material.”
Holding the Bluejays scoreless through five innings, Below finished the day with stellar numbers. Allowing Merrill’s lone, one earned run, Below allowed four hits and walked three batters while striking out six Bluejays.
Merrill pitcher David Pophal was credited with the Bluejays loss. He allowed two earned runs, including a Cam Noskowiak RBI single in the bottom of the third to bring in Robby Bastle and an RBI single from Bastle himself in the fourth to send Luke Osborne home.
Bastle would score on a Bluejays passed ball, ending the fourth inning with a 3-0 lead in Antigo’s favor.
The sixth inning saw the Robins put the game completely away, scoring two more runs off of an RBI single from Randy Krebs and his eventual passed ball score.
Krebs is now 16-27 on the season, batting .593 and an on-base percentage of .667, both leading the team.
“We swung the bats well and played great team baseball,” Coach Bastle said.
Red Robin Baseball
Robins 5, Bluejays 1
R H E
MHS 000 0010 — 1 4 1
AHS 001 202 x — 5 7 1
Batting: Nowinsky 0-3; Osborne 1-1; Chrudimsky 1-3; Krebs 2-4; Bastle 1-3; Below 0-3; Cam Noskowiak 1-2; Kirsch 0-3; Hale 1-3.
Below: 7IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K (W)
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