Lugnuts-Mudhens duke it out in Little League, Rockies win|
Antigo Little League saw a number of games this past week that ended in either one of two results for area youths and coaches – nail-biting victories for some and heartbreaking losses for others.
The Parsons Lugnuts barely edged the Waukesha Bearings Mudhens last Wednesday 5-4. The Mudhens led 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning until the Lugnuts managed three walk-off runs for the win. The winning run for Parsons’ prospects came with two outs and bases loaded.
The Lugnuts went with a three-man rotation of Henry Berger, Jake Peterson and Marvin Duchac. The victorious trifecta combined for seven strikeouts with each pitcher lasting two complete innings.
For the Mudhens, equal time on the mound was spent at two innings a piece between Dane Fredrickson, Trevin Walbeck and Justin Hockers. The pitching triumvirate combined for nine strikeouts in the loss.
Lugnut batter Roland Jenkins was a venerable 2-2 on the day, while teammate Kyle Wendt was 1-2 while reaching base with a walk.
Reed Kuenzli was 2-2 for the Mudhens despite the one-run setback. Garrett Husnick finished 2-3 from the plate with a run batted in while Justin Hockers had one hit and an RBI.
The Mudhens were triumphant two days earlier, however, defeating the Shoppers Scrappers 7-3. Mudhens pitcher Justin Hockers went two innings with four strikeouts, retiring all six Scrappers batters he faced.
Husnick and Kuenzli combined for three innings of work from the mound with eight strikeouts together. Walbeck closed out the sixth inning with three batters up-and-down, including two strikeouts.
Logan Wilhelm, Ben Robrecht, Cole Umland and Cordell Umland all shared time on the mound for the Scrappers in Monday’s loss.
Offensively, Ryan Zima was the most productive of the Mudhens in the game, going 2-3 with an impressive three RBIs. Walbeck, Husnick and John Slowick each recorded a hit and an RBI apiece in their decisive win. Devin Pool, Ty Kohler, Logan Wilhelm, Austin Schedlbauer and Cor. Umland each had one hit for the Scrappers.
Also playing Monday, the Aspirus Rockies dismantled the Absolute Realtors Orioles 14-8, including an epic nine-run Rockies’ second inning that all but put the Orioles away for good.
Caleb Kautza, Ethan Wesolowski and Isaac Wickersheim was the winning staff for the Rockies. Despite Kautza’s six runs allowed on six hits, the crew finished the day with eight strikeouts combined and nine hits given up.
Dane Cornelius was given the decision loss for the Orioles, allowing ten runs on nine hits in his two innings pitched. Reliever Thomas Verzal was stellar in his two innings of work despite the damage having already been done, allowing zero runs with no hits and striking out two Rockies batters.
Nick Roller and Wesolowski were both 2-4 from the plate for the victors. Roller was good for two doubles while Wesolowski managed a triple and a single. Rockies’ batter Wickersheim was 1-4 with a homerun.
Despite the loss, the Orioles did have production from their batters. Elliot Orgeman was a perfect 2-2 with two doubles and three runs scored while Lennon Ebel was 3-4 with three singles and scored two runs himself. Nevin Cornelius and Keegan Markusen were each 2-4 with two singles each.
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