Evergreens bring final ending to a stellar Red Robins baseball season|
The Red Robins baseball season ended in a manner that was unexpected. Concluding its immaculate season with a 5-2 loss to D.C. Everest in its first round of the WIAA Sectional Playoffs, Antigo has nothing but bright spots to look forward to in both retrospect and the future.
“It was a tough loss,” said Coach Dan Bastle. “It’s not the way we thought the year would have ended. Regardless, it was a great season.”
Josh Hale started on the mound in the final game of the season for the Robins. After a difficult second inning, Hale was relieved in favor of Randy Krebs. The characteristically dominant Hale finished his outing having pitched just 2 1/3 innings giving up four earned runs on six hits.
Coach Bastle later said, “Josh was good, he just had one rough inning. Randy was great again. He’s a true player.”
In his 4 2/3 innings, Krebs allowed one unearned run on four hits while striking out four Evergreen batters. Both pitchers had one walk.
Runs came late, sporadic, and without plenty as Antigo managed to score once in each of the sixth and seventh innings. With Blake Kirsch scoring off of a passed ball in the seventh and Max Nowinsky crossing the plate from an RBI groundout to second, the Robins’ typically explosive offense was shut down.
Antigo was averaging nearly 16 hits per game that prompted their run average of 11 scores per game. With just four hits to Everest’s 10, the Robins found themselves in unfamiliar territory at the worst possible moment of the season.
D.C. Everest’s Ryan Kell was awarded the save, allowing one hit without a run while striking out one Robins batter.
The Red Robins usually prolific bats were silenced by the Evergreens pitching staff. Krebs finished 1-1 on the evening with two walks while hitting for a double.
Bryce Chrudimsky, Blake Below and Nowinsky each went 1-3 to add to Antigo’s four hit loss. Kirsch finished 0-3 but reached base on one walk while recording an RBI on a sacrifice.
Antigo ended its season with total record of 18-2 (18-1 regular season, 0-1 postseason) with production numbers that could stagger the imagination. With the immense talent prevalent in the Robins junior varsity and youth baseball programs, the future of Antigo baseball is shaping into an even-more dynamic team.
“DC Everest was just the better team (this evening). I am thankful to everyone who made it possible for us this season,” said Bastle.
Red Robins Baseball
Thursday, June 5, 2014
WIAA Sectional Round 2
Kretz Brothers Park
Everest at Antigo
Evergreens 5, Robins 2
Hitting: Krebs 1-1; Chrudimsky 1-3; Below 1-3; Nowinsky 1-3
Hale (L): 2.1IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 3K, BB
Krebs: 4.2IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 4K, BB
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