After solid performance in season-opening victory, Port ends first baseball week with three ragged defeats
After opening the season with a solid road win May 23, the Port Washington High School baseball team ran into a learning curve and lost their next three games last weekend.
Most recently, the Pirates had a tough time on a long road trip, dropping both ends of an error-filled doubleheader against Pewaukee at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. After losing the opener, 7-2, Port fell, 17-6.
“It was a lot of fun getting to play in the Metrodome, but we didn’t play sharp baseball,” Pirates coach Nicholas Wycklendt said.
“We had way too many errors and walks. We learned about what we have to work on to become a better team.”
In the first game, Port trailed by only 3-1 after three innings but gave up four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Although both teams had five hits, the Pirates committed six errors, including four in the fourth. Only one Pewaukee run in the game was earned.
Aaron Brockman pitched the first three innings in the loss.
Alec Huebner was 1-for-3 for the Pirates, who also got an RBI apiece from Brockman and Mitch Bartlein.
Port stayed close in the second game and trailed, 6-5, after three innings. After Pewaukee took a 10-6 lead into the seventh, it sealed the outcome with a seven-run outburst.
“We outhit Pewaukee, 11-10, but we had six errors and gave up 13 walks,” Wycklendt said. “You can’t win games doing that.”
Derek Haley started on the mound for Port and worked two innings. Reliever Kyle Engels took the loss.
Port was led at the plate by Sam Lepak’s 3-for-4 efforts. Brockman was 2-for-4 with two RBI, and Engels was 2-for-3 with a triple.
“Our two, three and four hitters combined to go 7-for-11, which was great,” Wycklendt said.
The doubleheader left Port with a 1-3 season record.
Greendale 12, Port Washington 4
Pitching woes doomed the Pirates in a nonconference home loss last Friday.
Haley pitched the first four innings and was followed by four relievers. Together, the five allowed 13 walks.
Port led, 2-1, in the second inning but saw Greendale score seven unanswered runs. After the Pirates pulled within 8-4 with a two-run sixth, Greendale added four insurance runs in the seventh.
Brockman was 1-for-3 with a double and one RBI.
Thomas Schuerman went 3-for-4 for Greendale with a double and seven RBI.
Port Washington 8, Plymouth 4
The Pirates overcame an early deficit to take control in a nonconference season opener May 23.
Plymouth held a 2-0 lead before Port scored four runs in the third inning and one run in the fourth. After Plymouth got a run in the fifth, the Pirates responded with three runs in the final two innings.
“We played real solid defense in this game,” Wycklendt said, noting his team was errorless in the field.
Huebner led Port’s offense with a 3-for-3 effort and two doubles and two RBI. Adding two hits apiece were Brockman and Lepak.
“We learned a lot in our first week of the season. There are a lot of mistakes to correct, and we will do that,” said Wycklendt, who noted his team committed 14 errors and allowed 28 walks in three games after the season opener.
This week, the Pirates were scheduled to open North Shore Conference play Tuesday against Whitefish Bay and will play 5:30 p.m. games Thursday at home against West Bend West and at Cedarburg on Friday.
Port will then host Arrowhead in an 11 a.m. nonconference game Saturday and resume NSC play with a 5:30 p.m. home contest againstSlinger on June 3.
Image Information: DEREK HALEY pitched the first four innings in Port Washington’s loss to Greendale last Friday. Photo by Sam Arendt