Saturday Roundup: Wisconsin State League Challenge

July 14, 2013

Results from day two of the Wisconsin State League Challenge being held in Sheboygan this weekend.

Wisconsin State League

The Kenosha Kings salvaged a split in dramatic fashion in the inaugural Wisconsin State League Challenge on Saturday in Sheboygan

After suffering a 13-2 loss to the first-place Lombard Orioles in the opener, the Kings toppled the Eau Claire Cavaliers, 15-11, thanks to a walk-off grand slam by Jason Dennis in the bottom of the eighth inning.

“It was epic,” said Kings manager Tim Pulizzano, whose team is 11-5 in the State League (24-10 overall).

Prior to the game-winning blast by Dennis, Travis Vanderwall tied it at 11-11 with a solo homer in the seventh. Vanderwall also doubled and tripled to finish 3-for-5.

Joe Ferro recorded the final out in the top of the eighth and picked up the win.

Dennis, Joe Balestreri, Tyler Eickmeyer, Andrew Highland, Paul Pulera and JT Schneider all had two hits apiece as the Kings finished with 17 in the game. Eickmeyer also scored three runs.

In the loss to Lombard, Vanderwall went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI and Dennis also had two hits.

John Snelten (4-1) was tagged for four runs on seven hits in five innings and took the loss.

The Kings resume tournament play with games against the Addison Braves and host Sheboygan A’s at noon and 2:30 p.m. today.

Story by: The Kenosha News

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With a 14-game win streak at stake, the Sheboygan A’s take on the top two teams in the Wisconsin State League at Wildwood Park Sunday afternoon.

After beating Addison 8-3 Saturday night, the A’s (6-8 in the Wisconsin State League and 25-15 overall) meet the Lombard Orioles (13-2) at 12 noon and the Kenosha Kings (11-5) at approximately 2:30 p.m. Two games each will also be played Sunday afternoon on the Hummitzsch and Legion Fields by other State League teams.

The A’s got a route-going performance from Max Kramsky and set back the Addison Braves to go 2-0 for the weekend in the State League head-to-head competition.

In other Saturday games Lombard beat Kenosha, 13-2, and Oshkosh 7-0; Kenosha beat Eau Claire, 15-11 in 9 innings, and Eau Claire beat Addison, 7-1.

The A’s scored three runs in the second inning and held a lead the rest of the way.

Trevor Theissen and Dan Barwick both had two hits and Greg Rhude and Ryan Schilter both had doubles.

Kramsky took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but then Clem Holke smashed a liner to tight. A’s right fielder Ryan Schilter, realizing that a no-hitter was at stake, made a diving attempt at the catch, but it bounded past him for a triple. Kremsky finished with a 6-hitter, struck out six and walked one.

For the A’s, Harry Steldt had three hits and Trevor Theissen, Nick Maldonado and Dan Barwick two each.

After Sunday’s doubleheader, the A’s host Racine Monday night.

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Wisconsin State League Challenge Results

Sheboygan A’s 13, Oshkosh Giants 1

Lombard Orioles 13, Kenosha Kings 2
Lombard Orioles 7, Oshkosh Giants 0
Kenosha Kings 16, Eau Claire Cavaliers 11 (9 innings)
Eau Claire Cavaliers 7, Addison Braves 1
Sheboygan A’s 8, Addison Braves 3

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