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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 12:46

Clutch hits elude upset-minded Port baseball team in season-ending regional battle with West Bend East

Two nights removed from their biggest win of the season, the Port Washington Pirates were eager to continue a Cinderella baseball story last Friday night.

West Bend East had different plans.


After struggling to shake an upstart foe early, host East pulled away for a 7-3 victory in a WIAA regional final at Regner Park.


“We thought we had a good chance to win it,” said Port coach Nicholas Wycklendt, whose team was coming off a 6-5 upset win over Homestead in a regional semifinal.


“We had a lot of good opportunities, but we couldn’t get the big hit this time.”


The Pirates went into the title game with only six wins this season but had split two close North Shore Conference games against East, including a 6-4 victory July 2.


East took a 2-0 lead by scoring runs in the first and second innings off starting pitcher Mitch Bartlein, thanks in part to a two-out error in the second.

 
Two Rivers short-circuits Rockets’ stellar season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 12:45

Opportunistic foe pulls away for regional win that dashes playoff hopes of CG-Belgium baseball team

A rough ending didn’t dampen another stellar year for the Cedar Grove-Belgium’s baseball team.

The Rockets lost to Two Rivers, 6-1, in a WIAA regional final last Friday, closing out a season in which they posted a 14-6 record and won their third straight Central Lakeshore Conference title.


“Not a disappointing season,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Mike Ruppel said.


“This was the best group of kids I’ve ever worked with. It was a pleasure to go to practice every day.”


Even so, Two Rivers (the No. 11 seed) gave Cedar Grove-Belgium (No. 3) a 2013 finale to forget.


The Purple Raiders steadily pulled from a 1-1 tie, built a 4-1 lead by the third inning and added two insurance runs in the sixth.


Defensive miscues hurt the host Rockets, who committed four errors in the game, including three in the sixth inning.


Cedar Grove-Belgium starting pitcher Drew Emperley wasn’t sharp from the start and lasted 2-2/3 innings. He gave up  four runs on five hits, struck out two and walked two.

 
No Sprayberry solution for Hawks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 12:41

Slinger pitcher maintains his mastery over Grafton with shutout win in regional

Slinger pitcher John Sprayberry has played his final season of high school baseball, and the Grafton Black Hawks are quite happy to see him
graduate.


The senior continued his mastery of Grafton hitters in a WIAA regional semifinal game July 9, helping hand the Hawks a season-ending 2-0
loss.


“Sprayberry did a nice job of staying on the attack and making the right pitches when he needed to,” said Grafton coach Brian Durst, whose
team went 0-3 against Slinger this year, each time against the same starter.


“That’s a credit to him. He’s a senior and a very good pitcher in our conference.


“But we also had our chances. We stranded 10 runners.”


In a complete-game performance, Sprayberry scattered eight hits, struck out seven and walked two.


Grafton put two runners on base in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings but couldn’t get a clutch hit. The frustrations continued a pattern
against Sprayberry, who allowed only one run in 19 innings against the Hawks this year, including a pair of North Shore Conference games.


Making things tougher for Grafton was a rough first inning in which Slinger scored two unearned runs.

 
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