Legion squad has rough weekend, faces busy week|
The Antigo American Legion baseball team competed in the Chippewa Falls Post 77 Tournament, going 1-2 on the weekend. The Typhoon defeated Wisconsin Rapids 5-4 in eight innings, while dropping games to Chippewa Falls 12-2 and Rothschild-Schofield-Weston (RSW) 6-4.
In its first game of the weekend, the Typhoon took on an old Wisconsin Valley Conference foe in Wisconsin Rapids. Blake Below was the starting pitcher and threw six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) off of eight hits while walking two batters and striking out five. Josh Hale provided two innings of relief, allowing one hit and four walks, while striking out four and earning the win.
Rapids took the early lead in the top of the first when Jared Halbur scored on a Tyler Wittenberg single. Rapids put up another run in the third when Halbur reached on a throwing error and advanced to third base, eventually scoring on a Ben Cattanach groundout.
Antigo answered with a run in the bottom half of the third inning when Below scored on a base hit by Erik Schielke. Rapids went on to score on a run in the fourth when Colby Wolff scored on a single by Halbur. Rapids threatened to score once more until Schielke fielded a Matt White single in right field and fired a strike to home plate to throw out Halbur and end the inning.
Down 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth, the Typhoon rallied for three runs on RBI singles from Caleb Raddant and Jesse Homp and a sac-fly from Below to go up 4-3. With two outs in the top of the seventh, Rapids tied the game on a balk call, allowing Matt White to score from third.
With the game going into extra innings, the Typhoon was able to load the bases when Bryce Chrudimsky took one for the team and was hit by a pitch, allowing Homp to score the winning run.
Below and Raddant led with two hits, while Schielke, Chrudimsky, Homp, and Luke Osborne each contributed a hit each.
In its second game of the tournament, the Typhoon was overmatched by the host Chippewa Falls. Hale and Justen Wegter struggled against a hard hitting Chippewa Falls lineup.
Hale started on the mound and lasted three innings, allowing three runs off six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Wegter provided three innings of relief and was tagged for nine runs (six earned) off seven hits and four walks. He struck out two Falls’ batters.
Hale, Schielke, Chrudimsky, and Homp produced four Antigo hits.
On Sunday, Antigo took on another former Wisconsin Valley Conference opponent in RSW, a team comprised of the D.C. Everest school district.
Schielke started the game for Antigo. Despite five errors from his infield, he pitched five innings, allowing six runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks, while striking out five. Homp provided two innings of relief allowing only one batter to reach on a walk.
Down 6-0 in the third, Antigo attempted a comeback scoring four runs in the bottom half of the inning on RBI hits from Chrudimsky, Osborne, and Homp. The Typhoon unfortunately was unable to generate any more offense and fell to RSW 6-4.
After dropping two out of three over the weekend, The Antigo Legion team is 7-7 overall at the halfway point of the season. The Typhoon will have back to back league games, traveling to Menominee, Mich. today, and hosting White Lake on Wednesday at 7 p.m. before rounding out the week with a home game against Rhinelander on Thursday at 7 p.m.
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