Sunday Roundup: Cavs, Orioles Get Sweeps

July 22, 2013

A roundup of Wisconsin State League action from Sunday July 21st.

Wisconsin State League

Playing from behind most of the weekend didn’t wear on the Eau Claire Cavaliers.

If anything, they preferred it.

Eau Claire gave up runs early in each of the team’s games but used the deficit as motivation, eventually rallying to sweep the Kenosha Kings 12-5 and 3-2 on Sunday to take three out of four games in a Wisconsin State League weekend series at Carson Park.

The Kings scored late in the nightcap to tie the game at two before shortstop Kyle Comer came up after Cavs designated hitter Brian Burman was intentionally walked to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh.

“He just threw four straight balls so I was going to make him throw me a pitch,” Comer said. “I knew he was coming fastball and I just tried to put it in play.”

Comer lifted a sacrifice fly to left field and Tyler Duex scored to win the game and give the Cavaliers (30-10, 12-7 WSL) a needed momentum boost.

“We know Kenosha is a very good club,” Cavaliers manager Mark McHorney said. “I’m just real happy that our guys, a lot of new guys, they still seem to know how to win. They don’t give up on themselves.”

Eau Claire fell behind in the opener before clawing its way to tie the game at three in the fifth inning.

Kenosha scored a pair in the sixth to take the lead again, but Eau Claire scored nine runs in the inning, capped by a three-run homer by Burman to give the Cavs the lead for good.

“We know that we’re playing good,” Comer said. “We’re playing good defense and one through nine can hit the ball, so it’s just a matter of going out there and executing.”

Brady Burzynski put on a show for the Cavaliers in both games.

The Memorial graduate went 4-for-4 with three runs, an RBI and three stolen bases in the opener. He then added another run and a stolen base in game two and made two full-extension diving catches in center field to help keep Eau Claire in the game.

“He’s got great speed, he can get on and steal a base and he provides clutch hits,” McHorney said of Burzynski. “In center field he’s been marvelous. He runs the ball down well, he gets great jumps on the ball as evidenced today with two laying-out catches. You’ve got to really appreciate a ballplayer like that.”

LaDarrius Cole also had a good day, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs in the opener and 2-for-4 with an RBI in the nightcap.

Nick Degen also had two hits, two RBIs and earned the win in relief in game one.

Jake Jenneman didn’t have his best stuff but kept the Cavaliers in the hunt through 5 2/3 innings in game one. Marcus Perleberg was solid through 6 1/3 innings in game two.

“You know they’re going to go after their hitters,” Comer said. “They’re going to get ground balls, you‘ve just got to make the plays behind them.”

Eau Claire will host the Menomonie Eagles on Wednesday before taking a four-game road trip over the weekend.

“You can build on something like this,” McHorney said. “You hope this can just take us into the final 14 games we have left.”

Cavaliers 12, Kings 5


AB-R-H-RBI: Tyler Eickmeyer, cf, 4-0-1-1; Paul Pulera, lf, 3-1-0-0; Joe Ferro, ss, 4-1-1-0; Jason Dennis, 1b, 4-1-2-1; Mark Cibrario, 3b, 3-0-2-1; Randy Johnson, ph, 1-0-0-0; J.T. Schneider, 2b, 4-1-1-1; Travis Vanderwall, dh, 3-0-0-0; Joe Balstreri, c, 3-0-1-1; Billy Hayes, pr/c, 0-1-0-0; Andrew Highland, rf, 2-0-1-0; Anthony Olson, p, 0-0-0-0; Brandon Jeffery, p, 0-0-0-0. Totals 31-5-9-5.


Brady Burzynski, cf, 4-3-4-1; Tyler Duex, 2b, 2-1-0-2; LaDarrius Cole, dh/lf, 4-1-3-4; Brian Burman, c, 4-1-1-3; Kyle Comer, ss, 4-0-1-0; Yuki Yasuda, 3b, 4-2-2-0; Hiroshi Senda, rf, 4-1-1-0; Nick Degen, 1b/p, 3-1-2-2; Yuuki Nishimoto, lf, 2-1-1-0; R.J. Page, 1b, 2-1-1-0; Jake Jenneman, p, 0-0-0-0. Totals 33-12-16-12.

Kenosha 201 002 0 — 5 9 1

Eau Claire 001 029 x — 12 16 1

E — Schneider; Comer. LOB — Kenosha 7, Eau Claire 6. 2B — Eickmeyer, Dennis; Comer, Yasuda. HR — Burman. SB — Dennis; Burzynski 3, Cole 2, Nishimoto. CS — Degen. SAC — Duex.

Kenosha IP H R ER BB SO

Olson 5 1/3 12 7 7 1 2

Jeffery, L 2/3 4 5 5 1 0

Eau Claire

Jenneman 5 2/3 7 5 5 2 1

Degen, W 1 1/3 2 0 0 0 2

Cavaliers 3, Kings 2


AB-R-H-RBI: Tyler Eickmeyer, 3b/ss, 4-0-1-0; Paul Pulera, cf, 3-0-3-1; Joe Ferro, ss/p, 3-0-1-1; Jason Dennis, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Joe Balstreri, c, 4-0-0-0; J.T. Schneider, 2b, 2-0-0-0; Travis Vanderwall, dh, 1-0-0-0; Mark Cibrario, 3b, 0-0-0-0; Andrew Highland, rf, 3-0-0-0; Billy Hayes, lf, 2-2-1-0; Kyle Cibrario, p, 0-0-0-0. Totals 25-2-6-2.


Brady Burzynski, cf, 4-1-1-0; Tyler Duex, 2b, 2-2-0-0; LaDarrius Cole, lf, 4-0-2-1; Brian Burman, dh, 3-0-2-0; Kyle Comer, ss, 4-0-2-2; Yuki Yasuda, 3b, 3-0-1-0; Hiroshi Senda, rf, 2-0-0-0; Brett Vavra, ph/rf, 1-0-1-0; R.J. Page, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Cody Booker, c, 2-0-0-0; Marcus Perleberg, p, 0-0-0-0; Yuuki Nishimoto, p, 0-0-0-0. Totals 28-3-9-3.

Kenosha 001 000 1 — 2 6 0

Eau Claire 002 000 1 — 3 9 2

E — Yasuda, Perleberg. LOB — Kenosha 9, Eau Claire 10. 2B — Hayes. SB — Hayes; Burzynski. CS — Schneider. SAC — Ferro.

Kenosha IP H R ER BB SO

K. Cibrario 6 7 2 2 2 4

Ferro, L 3 2 1 1 2 0

Eau Claire

Perleberg 6 1/3 5 2 2 4 1

Nishimoto, W 2/3 1 0 0 1 0

WP — Ferro; Perleberg.

Story and Photo by: The Eau Cliare Leader-Telegram

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The Sheboygan A’s won four of their five games over the weekend to push their season record to 30-19 as they prepare to take on the first place Menasha MACs in Notheastern Wisconsin Baseball League action Monday night in Menasha.

On Friday night, the A’s beat the Burlington Barons in 11 innings. That win put the A’s in a first place tie with the Kenosha Kings in the Langsdorf League, both with 14-3 records. Tuesday night will decide that league. The A’s play their final league game at home against West Allis that night, while Kenosha is playing Northern Illinois. The A’s must win and Kenosha must lose if the A’s are to finish first. If the two teams tie, Kenosha has the regular season title and the top seed in the playoffs as they won the season series against the A’s 2-1.

In Wisconsin State League play on Saturday, the A’s swept the Addison Braves by 10-4 and 10-6 scores and then on Sunday the two teams split, the A’s winning 7-2 and then losing 11-1. The weekend results put the A’s at 9-12 in the WSL. They have three WSL games remaining, on Thurday in Kenosha and then a doubleheader Sunday against the Oshkosh Giants in Sheboygan. The A’s and Giants were rained out twice during the regular season and will be making up those games Sunday starting at 1 pm, or immediately following the Sheboygan Legion game if the Regional Tournament is backed up by weather.

The A’s next home game, Tuesday night, is Elks Night and Legend Larry’s Wings Night.

Weekend Summary

A’s 5, Burlington 4. Chad Langley delivered a bases-loaded walk-off single to give the A’s the win. With Mitch Gardner throwing a shutout the A’s took a 3-0 lead into the eighth inning, but Gardner ran out of gas and surrendered a loaded bases-clearing triple to Landon Tenhagen.

The A’s took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth, but Burlington tied it at four with an unearned run in the ninth. Jake Schaefer turned in a sparkling relief to maintain the tie until the 11th when Langley delivered the game deciding run.

Langley had a double and a pair of singles to lead the A’s at the plate. Greg Rhude, Ryan Schilter, Sam Mattheis and Grant Evans all had two hits with Langley and Trevor Theissen knocking in two runs.

A’s 10, 10; Addison 4, 6. The A’s racked up 21 hits and got complete game victories from Nolan Peterson and Max Kramsky to take the Saturday doubleheader from Addison. The A’s took early leads in both games and cruised to the wins.

Luke Maldonado drove in three runs with two hits, Evans and Aaron Thorn drove in two runs with two hits and Frank Pietrantonio had two in game one, and Rhude’s three hits led sticking in game two.

A’s 7, 1; Addison 2, 11. Cole Heili went 4-for-4 with a single, double and two home runs to lead the A’s victory. Bryce Taylor posted the A’s third complete game victory of the weekend.

Game two was a different story. Peter Sommerfeld was the only available A’s pitcher and took the ball despite just having pitched Thursday night.

It didn’t work. Thirteen Braves batted in the first inning as Addison raced out to a 9-0 lead after the first inning and went on to take 5-inning mercy rule shortened win. It marked Addison’s first Wisconsin State League win of the season.

Frank Pietrantonio had two hits for the A’s.

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The Oshkosh Giants lost their fourth straight game as Lombard rattled off six runs in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie. Oshkosh scored all three of its runs in the third inning and was held to three hits.

The second game of the planned doubleheader was cancelled due to rain.

Lombard…001 002 06 — 9 11 3

Oshkosh 003 000 00 — 3 3 0

WP: Craig Lipt (2 IP, x R, x ER, 0 H, 1 BBs, 3 Ks). LP: Nate Schmidt (1.2 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 0 Ks).

Leading hitters: LOM — Brian Wilhite 2×3, Armand Canden 2×4 (HR, 2 RBI), Dan Dispenza 1×5 (HR, 5 RBI).

Story by: The Oshkosh Northwestern

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