A’s drop four straight to Lombard Orioles

June 17, 2013

The Lombard Orioles swept two doubleheaders against the Sheboygan A's this weekend.

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The Lombard Orioles swept two doubleheaders against the Sheboygan A’s this weekend to drop the local semi-pro club to 7-9 on the season.

The defending Wisconsin State Baseball League champions beat the A’s 5-0 and 1-0 on Saturday, before winning 3-2 and 4-3 on Sunday. Saturday’s second game got pushed to an extra eighth inning, and Sunday’s first match went to 10 frames.

“Our kids gave it all they had, and I couldn’t be more proud of them,” A’s general manager Denny Moyer said in a statement released by the team on Sunday night. “Every one of them left it all on the field. But we made a couple mental mistakes, and you just can’t do that against a team of Lombard’s caliber. We’ll come back.”

On Saturday night, Lombard leapt to a 4-0 lead after two innings in Game 1. Taylor Schwarz settled in on the mound after that, but took the loss after Sheboygan’s batters couldn’t zero in on Lombard’s pitching.

Lucas Wilsing shut down the Orioles for seven innings in Game 2 on Saturday before running out of gas and turning the ball over to first-year Bryce Taylor, who yielded the game’s only run in the extra eighth inning, according to a game summary provided by the A’s. Luke Maldonado started off the game with a base hit, the only one for Sheboygan all game.

On Sunday, Sheboygan took a 2-1 lead in the doubleheader opener after a walk and consecutive doubles by Cole Heili and Chad Langley. Lombard swooped back into the game after that, though, keeping Sheboygan scoreless the rest of the way. The A’s forced the game into 10 innings.

Sheboygan held a lead again in the weekend’s fourth game, this time creeping out to a 3-0 advantage. Heili and Jeremy McCarty delivered run-scoring hits, but Sheboygan couldn’t hold on against the Orioles’ advance.

The losses came after a big 13-5 A’s win over Genoa City on Friday. Sheboygan catapulted to that win after two six-run innings.

The A’s host the Appleton Legends Tuesday night at Wildwood Baseball Park.

Story by: The Sheboygan Press

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