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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:26


The Ozaukee Warriors’ baseball game at Oostburg on Monday started 30 minutes late due to lightning and was called in the sixth inning due to darkness.
In between, the Warriors dominated the Flying Dutchmen for a 5-0 win that snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Garrett Hoffmann pitched 5-1/3 innings for the Big East Conference victory, allowing two hits and striking out five. He didn’t walk a batter.
“He was very efficient,” Ozaukee coach Bob Kiefer said.
GARRETT HOFFMANN s2060717224.jpg (CR) 4CWith his senior on the mound for a young team rebuilding its program after taking a year off last year due to a lack of players, Kiefer said his team has a chance to be competitive.
“I talked about it with my coaches and parents after the game. The game is so different when you have a pitcher throwing strikes,” Kiefer said.
“You’re avoiding walks and avoiding hitting batters.”
Ozaukee pulled away by scoring three runs in the second inning.
Ben Berweger led off with a double, and Sam Walter singled.
Blake West clocked a ball over the left-fielder’s head for a two-run double, and later scored on a passed ball.

 
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:25

Baseball team bounces back from first losses of the season with demolition of Big East Conference foe


After having its seven-game winning streak to start the season snapped last week, Cedar Grove-Belgium’s baseball team got back on the right side of the scoreboard in a big way Monday night.
The Rockets disposed of Sheboygan Lutheran, 14-4, in five innings.
Junior pitcher Jason von Heimburg went the distance, scattering five hits while striking out eight and walking one. Two of the four runs he allowed were earned, coach Tom Race said.
Jacob Kowalkowski starred on offense, going 2-for-2 with two walks, one stolen base and four runs.
Freshman Zak Zimpelman got his first varsity start at first base and made the most of it, going 2-for-3.
The Rockets scored 10 runs in the first inning to blow the game open and instantly set up the conclusion via the 10-run mercy rule after playing five innings. The Rockets accomplished the feat while being down six players due to injuries and other commitments.
The game was a welcome change for the Rockets after dropping a doubleheader at nonconference foe Plymouth last Friday.
The Panthers pummeled the Rockets in the first game, 11-0, and won another lopsided contest in the nightcap, 8-3.
“Plymouth is a good team,” Race said.
In the first game, Jake Steinhardt went six innings for the Panthers, allowing one hit while whiffing nine and walking none.
Tyler Krause went 4-1/3 innings for the Rockets. It was a 1-0 game at the end of four innings, but Krause got into trouble  — not all of it his fault — in the fifth.
A dropped foul ball behind home plate hurt. Then, on a ground ball to first, Krause didn’t get to the bag in time to get the throw and beat the runner. Plymouth ended up scoring two runs that inning.
“With Steinhardt pitching, 3 to nothing is a monster lead,” Race said.
Adding injury to insult, Krause was hurt on the play. Bradley Katte came in and allowed four walks and one hit. Matt Poull pitched one-third of an inning and Robbie Tharp finished up.
While the second game looked closer on the scoreboard, the Rockets didn’t register any runs until the seventh inning. By then, Plymouth had an eight-run lead.
Thin on pitchers, the Rockets went with freshman Katte for 2-2/3 innings, senior Josh Weiss for 2-1/3 and sophomore Wesley Katte for two.
Bradley Katte allowed five runs on four hits, walking and striking out three each. Weiss allowed one run on four hits, whiffing and walking one each. Wesley Kattee allowed two runs on three hits, walking two and striking out one.
Von Heimburg had a hit and two RBI, and Chris Mueller had a hit and one RBI.
“Too little, too late I guess,” Race said.
“We did not do a whole lot offensively in either of the games.”
But Race is optimistic. He’s already seeing improvement in Bryce Morgan, who’s filling in for injured all-conference player Matt Dirkse in center field.
“This team is getting better. By the end of the year we are going to be a much better team than we were at the beginning of the year,” Race said.
The Rockets were scheduled to play at New Holstein Wednesday, at Random Lake Friday and at Howards Grove on Monday, June 19.

 
Rockets’ rally not enough in season finale PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:15

CG-Belgium soccer team gives Tigers a fight before falling in sectional playoff


The Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ soccer team got off to a slow start that resulted in the end of its season last week.
ABBY NEITZKE s2060117431 4CThe No. 3-seeded Rockets fell behind by two goals early in a WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal game against second-seeded Howards Grove on June 1 before battling back to forge a tie.
However, the host Tigers answered with a late goal that gave them a 3-2 victory.
During the regular season, Howards Grove had mixed results against the Rockets with a 3-3 draw and a 2-0 victory.
In the latest rematch, Cedar Grove-Belgium found itself trailing, 2-0, after just 10 minutes.
Haven Lanser closed the Rockets’ deficit to 2-1 with a first-half goal assisted by Haleigh Bares. The comeback continued after intermission.
“We flipped the script and started quickly in the second half,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Elias Garza said.
Jessica Rose tied the game on an assist from Lanser.
“We squandered several opportunities throughout, but that is part the game of soccer, which can prove to be unjust and unlucky,” Garza said.
With 19 minutes left to play, the Tigers scored with a header off a loose ball.
“That held despite good pressure by our girls,” Garza said.
The Tigers moved on to a sectional title game. The Rockets went home.
“I’m incredibly proud of the girls for the way they fought to dig themselves out of the two-goal deficit to level before succumbing,” Garza said.
“It was an evenly fought game that could have gone either way.”
The Rockets finished the season 13-7-2.
“It was a great season, and we’re excited about the future of the program,” Garza said.
The Tigers, who improved to 17-5-1, went on to earn a trip to the state tournament by knock off top-seeded and previously undefeated Oostburg, 2-1, in a sectional final.
Oostburg, which was 18-0 in the Big East, finished the season 21-1. The Tigers had lost to Oostburg, 3-0 and 2-1, during the regular season.

 
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