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Tuesday Roundup: Kings one win from Langsdorf title

July 31, 2013

The Kenosha Kings are one win away from securing their seventh straight Langsdorf League title.

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The Kenosha Kings are one win away from securing their seventh straight Langsdorf League title.

Randy Johnson tossed a 98-pitch, complete game gem and his brother Billy Johnson belted a long home run as the Kings defeated the Sheboygan A’s, 6-1, in the opening game of the Best-of-3 Langsdorf Championship Series Tuesday at Simmons Field.

Game 2 is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Wildwood Park in Sheboygan. The final game, if necessary, is 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Simmons Field.

“Winning the first one is huge,” Kings’ manager Tim Pulizzano said. “We’re going into a raucous environment in Sheboygan. They play well up there and they have a big fan base.”

Randy Johnson (7-3) went all nine innings and allowed one earned run with no walks and four strikeouts. Playing under a steady drizzle, the Kings defense didn’t commit an error behind their ace.

“That was really the story,” Pulizzano said. “Randy was around the (strike) zone and we played defense behind him. No errors with a wet ball says a lot about our concentration. We did a good job of staying in the moment of the game.”

Billy Johnson fueled the Kings’ six-run fourth inning with a blast over the fence in left-center field. Jason Dennis followed with a double and scored on a fielder’s choice by Travis Vanderwall. Derek Idstein delivered a two-RBI single to score Joe Ferro and Vanderwall.

Sheboygan ace Taylor Schwarz also went the distance. The former UW-Parkside pitcher also lost to the Kings in last year’s Langsdorf Championship Series.

Kenosha right-hander Jon Olson will start on Thursday.

“We’re in good shape,” Pulizzano said. “Randy pitches a complete game and I still have five (pitchers) sitting on the bench.”

Story and photo by: The Kenosha News

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Kevin Biesinger worked out of a bases-loaded, no out situation in the eighth inning and the Oshkosh Giants turned a double play in the ninth to secure a 4-2 win over the Menasha Macs on Tuesday night.

The two teams will play again today at 7:30 p.m. in the Giants’ home finale.

Zach Peterson singled home Luke Gajewski and Robbie Kleman scored on an error in the first inning to stake Oshkosh to the lead before the Giants made it 3-0 in the third. Oshkosh also scored in the eighth.

Menasha, which leads the Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League standings, scored single runs in the third and ninth innings.

James Lacy fanned six in seven innings to get the win, while Biesinger picked up the save with two innings of relief.

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Oshkosh…210 000 01x — 4 8 4

WP: Jim Lacy (7 IP, 2 BBs, 6 Ks). LP: Tyler Robers (8 IP, 3 BBs, 4 Ks). Sv — Kevin Biesinger (2 IP, 3 BBs, 1 K).

Leading hitters: MEN — Matt Andrews 4×5; Ryan Hinske 2×5. OSH — Luke Gajewski 2×4; Zach Peterson 2×4, RBI; Robbie Kleman, RBI.

Story by: The Oshkosh Northwestern

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Jon Rupno hit a walk-off RBI single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning to lead the host Green Bay Storm past the Manitowoc Bandits 7-6 in a Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League matchup Tuesday night.

The Storm (13-18, 8-10 NEWBL) trailed 6-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth, but Chad Ljunggren scored the tying run on a fielder’s choice groundout to send it into extra innings.

Dante Wilnet picked up the win, tossing two innings.

Story by: Green Bay Press Gazette

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