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Tuesday Roundup: Kings Win Langsdorf League Regular Season Title

July 24, 2013

The Kenosha Kings and Sheboygan A's tied for the Langsdorf League regular season title, but the Kings won the tie-breaker and advance to the Langsdorf League best-of-three championship next week.

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The Kenosha Kings moved one step closer to securing their seventh straight Langsdorf League championship Tuesday night.

John Snelten (5-1) pitched five strong innings and was backed by 12 hits as the Kings outlasted the Northern Illinois Legends, 11-3, in eight innings in a Langsdorf League game at McCarty Park in West Allis.

With the victory, the Kings (29-13, 15-3) captured the Langsdorf regular-season title and automatically advanced to next week’s best-of-3 championship series. Kenosha hosts Game 1 on Tuesday at Simmons Field against the winner of the Langsdorf play-in series.

“We took the approach this is a playoff game,” Kings manager Tim Pulizzano said. “We had a feeling we could wear (Northern Illinois) down.”

Snelten allowed five hits and two runs (one earned) with four walks and seven strikeouts. Reliever Jason Bunton gave up one run over the final three innings.

The game was called after the eighth inning due to time limit.

“Our bats came to life and (Northern Illinois) ran out of pitching late in the game,” Pulizzano said. “We drew a lot of walks and finished it off in the eighth inning.”

The Kings broke open the game with a five-run eighth inning capped off with an RBI single from Joe Balestreri.

Derek Idstein went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Tyler Eickmeyer went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Paul Pulera went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

The Kings entered Tuesday’s game tied with Sheboygan with a 14-3 mark in the Langsdorf. Based on the regular-season, head-to-head tiebreaker, Kenosha secured the title and automatic berth with the win.

The Kings and Sheboygan compete in the Langsdorf and Wisconsin State League. The teams meet for a WSL regular-season finale 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Simmons Field.

The teams could potentially meet in the Langsdorf championship series. The games will be held next Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

“There’s a good chance we could face Sheboygan or possibly West Allis,” Pulizzano said. “Either way, it will be a tight series.”

Story by: The Kenosha News

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Taylor Schwarz recorded his fifth victory of the season and his sixth complete game, pitching the Sheboygan A’s to an 8-4 victory over the West Allis Nationals at Wildwood Baseball Park Tuesday night.

The win gives the A’s a share of the 2013 Langsdorf League regular season championship, but a second seed in the playoffs as Kenosha beat Northern Illinois to win the first seed. While Kenosha and the A’s tied for the top spot, Kenosha won two of the three Langsdorf League games to win the first tiebreaker – head to head competition.

Unofficially, the playoffs look like this: July 25, Burlington at Northern Illinois; July 26, July 25 winner at West Allis; July 27, July 26 winner at Sheboygan. That winner begins a best of three series at Kenosha July 31 with the second and third (if necessary) games on Aug. 1 and Aug. 3.

Schwarz scattered seven hits and struck out six to go to 5-1 for the season.

The A’s took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never trailed.

Returning to the line-up after sitting out a week with a hand injury, Harry Steldt drove in three runs with three hits. Ryan Schilter, Cole Heili and Jeremy McCarty all added two hits.

Now 31-20 for the season, the A’s travel to Green Bay Wednesday and to Kenosha Thursday. They have a make-up doubleheader scheduled with Oshkosh Sunday. Appleton defeated Oshkosh 4-2 Tuesday night and needs to win only one of its three remaining games to clinch the second seed for home field advantage in the Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League playoffs. The A’s currently sit in third in the NEW.

Story and photo by: SheboyganBaseball.org

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At Oshkosh, the Appelton Legends rallied for four runs in the eighth to defeat the Oshkosh Giants 4-2.

Jordan Plamann drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.

WP: John Hendrick. LP: Ian Zahn. Leading hitters: Courtney Watkins A 2×5; Beau Burgert A 2B; Trent Whitcomb A 2×4; Jordan Plamann A 2×4; Mitch Busch A 2B; Jake Dostalek O 2×4; Zac Peterson O 2×4; Neil Herbert O 2×4.

Story by: The Appleton Post Crescent

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The Lombard Orioles and Addison Braves are taking part in the Chicago Suburban Baseball League Playoffs which began Tuesday night. The Orioles defeated the Westmont Red Sox 6-3 while Addison fell 7-0 to the Beecher Muskies. On Wednesday, Lombard will take on the Crestwood Panthers and the Braves will face the Homestead Ranchers.

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The Manitowoc Bandits defeated the Menasha Macs 11-9 in Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League play after scoring eight in the eighth inning Tuesday night at Municipal Field in Manitowoc.

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