All-Star team drops two games at state|
The Antigo 11-12 year old Little League All Star team fell on tough times over the weekend, losing its first two games in state tournament action at Doepke Park in Wausau.
Play for the District 5 champions will resume at 4:30 p.m. versus Appleton Einstein. Antigo will then take on Whitefish Bay at 7 p.m. Tuesday before challenging Rice Lake for a 4:30 p.m. matchup on Wednesday.
Burlington and Madison East currently sit at 2-0 in tourney play followed by Whitefish Bay and Rice Lake at 1-1. Antigo and Einstein both remain winless.
The top four teams will advance to the semifinal on Thursday.
Antigo fell victim to the long ball on Saturday, losing to Burlington 12-0. The opponents had five home runs on the day.
“Our bats went quiet and we struggled to get anything going offensively,” Coach Lon Ebel said.
Combining for only four hits, Alex Fritsch went 3-3 with singles while Nevin Cornelius was 1-2.
Antigo’s four pitchers, Fritsch, Elliot Orgeman, Cornelius andTyler Schroepfer, allowed the 12 runs (all earned) on 11 hits, five walks and an error while striking out six.
Sunday brought a meeting with Madison East and featured a finale which Coach Ebel said “still stings.”
Fritsch started off the game with a home run and in the second, Antigo kept its bats going with a lead-off single by Tyler Schroepfer. Chris Breitenfeldt drew a walk and Dane Cornelius dropped down a bunt single to load the bases. After a few walks and a two-run double by Eli Fleischman, Antigo had amassed a 5-0 advantage.
“Eli Fleischman held Madison scoreless through 2 1/3 innings on the mound with some great defensive plays behind him,” Ebel said.
Problems soon however surfaced with a defensive miscue giving Madison life in the fourth and the lead in the fifth. Antigo attempted a comeback in the sixth with the tying runs on base, but were held back.
“We put some runners on throughout the game, but were unable to convert the rest of the way,” Ebel said.
Fleischman was Antigo’s leading hitter, going 3-4 including a double. He also had two RBIs.
Fritsch added a single to his home run to go 2-4. Daniel Ison had a double while Schroepfer, Jaren Meinert and Dane Cornelius all had singles.
Fleischman, Schroepfer and Cornelius combined talents on the mound allowing Madison’s seven runs (five earned) on eight hits, zero walks and two errors. There were five strikeouts.
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