Red Robin men impress crowd with Hodag blowout, carry 16-1 record|
Antigo continues its dominance of not only the Great Northern Conference but also its entire season. Improving to 16-1 (9-0 in conference) after a 10-0 blowout of the Rhinelander Hodags Tuesday evening, the beautiful weather and sheer talent of the Red Robins varsity baseball team delighted Antigo’s home fans.
“Another great night at the park,” Coach Dan Bastle noted. “Great weather and a great win against a good conference opponent.”
Josh Hale pitched another near-flawless performance, holding Rhinelander scoreless and giving up just three hits to the Hodags. Hale went the game’s full five innings, striking out six batters while walking two.
Rhinelander’s Luke Linsmeyer was credited with the loss after pitching just two innings. Linsmeyer allowed six earned runs on eight hits, while managing two Antigo batters walked and zero strikeouts.
The Robins began their rout quickly and early. With six runs in the bottom of the first inning, Antigo’s offense gave no quarter to the Hodags. After a lead-off single from Randy Krebs, consecutive scores from a passed ball and a Cam Noskowiak sacrifice fly to bring in Robby Bastle set the tone for the inning.
An RBI single from Blake Below was followed up by a monster three-run homer by Bryce Chrudimsky later in the first inning. After a solo shot from Blake Kirsch in the bottom of the second, the Robins were already on top 7-0.
Hale scored on an error in the third inning. Below scored also, reaching home on a sac fly from Krebs. Another Chrudimsky home run in the bottom of the fifth put the game out of the reach for the Hodags and put the Robins one step closer to GNC perfection.
Chrudimsky finished with a batter’s dream day, going 2-2 with one walk for two home runs, four RBIs and two runs scored. Hale impressed off the mound as well, who also batted a perfect 2-2 on the evening with two singles.
Five other Robin batters all finished 1-2 on the day, including Below, Kirsch, Max Nowinsky and Luke Osborne. Kirsch’s performance was highlighted by his second inning home run, one run batted in and two runs scored himself.
Coach Bastle later said, “Josh was spectacular again on the mound and at the plate. Our defense was solid and our offense was good. What’s great about this team is you never know who’s going to have a great day.”
In Great Northern Conference standings, Antigo is in first with a three game lead over second place Mosinee (6-3, and the Robins’ next opponent on Thursday at 5 p.m.).
Krebs and Bastle lead the conference in individual hitting with 14 and 13 hits respectively. Nick Clark of Mosinee leads the GNC in RBIs with 13 while Krebs is second at 12. Bastle, Kirsch and two other non-Robins are tied for third with eight each.
The conference’s two best team batting averages square off on Thursday, with Antigo averaging a solid .384 and Mosinee an equally impressive .339.
Red Robins Baseball
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Kretz Brothers Park
Rhinelander at Antigo
Robins 10, Hodags 0
Hitting: Chrudimsky 2-2; Hale 2-2; Krebs 1-2; Below 1-2; Kirsch 1-2, Nowinsky 1-2; Osborne 1-2
Hale: 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 6K, 2BB (W)
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