WSL Tuesday Round Up

July 27, 2010

Sheboygan A's host the USA Military All-Stars; Dave Johnson talks about the Eau Claire Cavaliers; Oshkosh Giants drop a non-league game to Menasha.

Wisconsin State League

The Sheboygan A’s played host to a group of highly esteemed guests on Monday night as they faced off against the USA Military All-Stars in a special exhibition at Wildwood Baseball Park.

The All-Stars, also known as the “Heroes of the Diamond,” are made up of active members of all branches of the military, as well as veterans.

The on-field ceremonies started with the presentation of the flag by several area color guards followed by a medley of armed forces fight songs performed by the Sheboygan Pops Band.

Former Army Technician Fifth Grade Harold Knuth, who served in World War II and was involved in battle in Northern France, the Rhineland and the battle of the Bulge, was honored for his service with a special flag passing ceremony. Harold then got to throw out the first pitch after taking his “Walk of Honor.”

Once the game was underway it was all USA as All-Stars pitcher Bruce Jazwinski held the A’s to just one hit in his four innings of work. Meanwhile, the Heroes were busy at the plate knocking out seven hits in the first five innings.

The A’s lone hit in the first four innings was a two-run double by Cody Marshall in the third, which cut the All-Stars’ lead to one.

That was as close as Sheboygan would get as the All-Stars would open the floodgates, scoring six runs in the seventh off of A’s reliever Eric King, who only lasted a third of an inning.

Sheboygan fought back in the eighth, scoring five runs of its own with the help of Doug Dekoning’s two-run double and a run-scoring single by Phil Kramsky.

The Heroes would get all five runs back in the top of the ninth, winning by a final score of 16-7.

“It was good to see all of the people out here,” A’s general manager Denny Moyer said. “I really hope the fans enjoyed it. I thought the opening ceremonies were first class, the veterans that came out did a great job and we really appreciate them.”

“I told the guys before the game that this is an experience that they will probably never have again in their lives,” said A’s manager Chad Gehr. “To play these guys, people who fought for our country, win lose or draw this was going be a special night for us.”

The A’s are home again tonight at 7:30 to face the Kenosha Kings in a Wisconsin State League game.

Story by: The Sheboygan Press
Feature Photo by: 106.5 The Buzz (Sheboygan)

Dave Johnson Talks About Cavaliers 40th Anniversary

The Eau Claire Cavaliers continue to celebrate their 40th anniversary season, that will culminate with a reunion banquet this Saturday, July 31st. All this week, WEAU 13 News will recognize some of the greatest players and coaches to put on a Cavaliers uniform. 2011 Eau Claire Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Dave Johnson shared his thoughts of being part of an Eau Claire tradition.

Dave Johnson/2011 Eau Claire Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee: “I really have to thank the Cavaliers for what they did, without them coming and organizing the team, who knows how much I would have to play ball or the thousands of kids who have gone through the program. So it’s a great honor to play with them and to be going into the Eau Claire Baseball Hall of Fame, it’s really exciting.”

Story by: WEAU 13 News

Non-League News: Oshkosh Giants Fall To Menasha

The Oshkosh Giants squandered plenty of run-scoring chances in a 7-1 loss on the road against the Menasha Macs Monday Night, leaving a total of 11 runners on base.

“You aren’t going to win many games doing that,” Giants coach Brad Demmin said. “We had plenty of opportunities.”

The Giants were also hurt by two errors that cost the team two runs.

Kyle Kannenberg tossed a complete game in the loss, striking out six, walking two and allowing nine hits.

Oshkosh 010 000 000 — 1 7 2
Menasha 021 021 10X — 7 9 1
Pitchers — OSH: Kyle Kannenberg (8 IP, 6 K, 2 BB, 9 H, 7 R, 5 ER). MEN: Frank Forseth (9 IP, 6 K, 3 BB, 7 H, R, ER). WP: Forseth. LP: Kannenberg.
Hitters — OSH: Mike Prado 2-2, RBI; Blake Berger 2-4; Travis Derocha 2-4. MEN: Nick Beaman 2-3.

Story by: The Oshkosh Northwestern

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