Thursday Roundup: Cavs, Kings, Orioles and A’s get victories

July 12, 2013

In WSL action, the Lombard Orioles defeated the Addison Braves 11-0.

Wisconsin State League

The Sheboygan A’s took a commanding early lead, suffered through one bad inning, but had enough juice and enough arm from Frank Pietrantonio to secure a 12-6 win at Manitowoc Thursday night.

The win drives the club’s current win streak to 12 and puts them at 11-6 in the Northeastern Wisconsin League.

Next up is the Wisconsin State League Challenge at Wildwood Park this weekend. The A’s play Oshkosh in the Friday night opener at 7:30. Sheboygan Pine Club and the Strikers Softballers will be the special guests.

Six of the first seven A’s who stepped in the box hit safely and the A’s charged out to a 4-0 first inning lead. They added two more in the second and fourth and four more in the fifth to take an 11-0 lead after five innings.

Meanwhile A’s starter Trevor Nicholson was cruising, allowing only three hits through five innings. But an error cost him two runs and a bunch of extra pitches in the sixth and they took their toll as Manitowoc hitters came up with four runs in the seventh. Another critical error hurt in that inning. Of six total runs he gave up, only one was earned.

With a 12-6 lead with six outs to get, a worn out pitcher, and a staff with arms still recovering from the weekend and needed this coming weekend, skipper Tyler Martin gave the baseball to back-up outfielder Frank Pietrantonio. Pietrantonio delivered two scoreless innings (one hit batsman away from two perfect innings) and the A’s went home the 12-6 winner.

Sam Mattheis was the hitting star for the A’s this night, knocking in two runs with a 4-for-5 night. Greg Rhude drove in a run with two singles and a double, Ryan Schilter had a single and a double and scored four runs, Cole Heili chipped in with a single and a double for three RBI, Harry Steldt and Chad Langley had 2-run hits and Grant Evans a double.

After Friday night’s game against Oshkosh, the A’s play Addison at 7:30 Saturday night, and on Sunday play back-to-back games against Lombard and Kenosha starting at noon..

Saturday has games scheduled at Wildwood at 12, 2:30 and 5 before the A’s play Addison. There is also one tournament game at Field of Dreams (Hummitzsch) at 2:30. On Sunday games are scheduled at 12 and 2:30 at all three diamonds: Wildwood and Field of Dreams (Hummitzsch and Legion).

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Joe Ferro escaped a wicked jam in the ninth inning as the Kenosha Kings held on for a 2-1 victory over the Burlington Barons on Thursday night at Simmons Field.

With the Kings holding a 2-0 lead, the Barons loaded the bases with one out against reliever Logan Hartnell.

That’s when Kings manager Tim Pulizzano called on Ferro to make his first pitching appearance of the season.

“I don’t like to use him unless we’re in a pinch,” Pulizzano said. “That was the pinch of all pinches.”

Ferro induced a fly ball to the first batter, resulting in a sacrifice fly. He then struck out former Wilmot standout and current Northern Illinois player Landon Tenhagen to end the game.

The game was scoreless until the Kings (23-9, 13-3 Langsdorf) scored twice in the eighth inning. Billy Johnson came up with the big hit — a one-out triple to center — to score Ferro. Johnson then scored on a throwing error on the same play.

Kings starter Anthony Olson gave up seven hits in seven scoreless innings. He walked three and struck out nine. Hartnell picked up his first win.

“Anthony did a really good job for us,” Pulizzano said. “He went deeper than he has gone all year.”

On Wednesday, the Kings suffered a 4-3 Langsdorf League loss in 15 innings to the West Allis National at Zirkel Field.

Tremper graduate Nick Lingvay, who recently used up his eligibility at UW-Milwaukee, had a two-RBI single in the 15th in drive in the winning run.

The Kings tied it at 3-3 in the ninth when Ferro singled with two outs, scoring Andrew Highland. Ferro and Derek Idstein both went 3-for-7.

Brandon Jeffery (2-3) — the third Kings’ pitcher — was tagged with the loss. Starter Kyle Cibrario allowed three runs in five innings and Jason Bunton gave up only one hit and one walk in eight scoreless innings while striking out 10.

The Kings play four games this weekend in the inaugural Wisconsin State League Challenge in Sheboygan. All games will count in the WSL standings. On Saturday, the Kings play the Lombard Orioles at noon and the Eau Claire Cavaliers at 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, the Kings play the Addison Braves at noon and the Sheboygan A’s at 2:30 p.m.

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Brett Vavra drove in two runs and Kyle Comer had a pair of hits as the Eau Claire Cavaliers beat the Westmont Red Sox 5-3 in a nonleague game Thursday night at Carson Park.

Vavra drove in the final run in the Cavaliers’ three-run fifth inning. LaDarrius Cole and Brain Burman also had RBI singles in that inning.

Yuji Nakajima pitched one inning of relief to pick up the win, while Matt Flesher earned the save.

Story by: The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

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The Lombard Orioles defeated the Addison Braves by a final score of 11-0 Thursday night. The game counted in both the Wisconsin State League and the Chicago Suburban Baseball League standings.

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