Saturday Roundup: Kings Pitch Their Way to Split

June 8, 2014

The Kenosha Kings split a Saturday doubleheader with the Oshkosh Giants, while the Sheboygan A's swept a doubleheader from the Eau Claire Cavaliers.

Wisconsin State League

The Kenosha Kings split a well-pitched Wisconsin State League doubleheader with the Oshkosh Giants at Simmons Field Saturday.

The Kings dropped a 3-2, nine-inning affair in the first game (both games were scheduled for seven innings) before hanging on for a 3-2 victory in the second game.

Kenosha improved to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the WSL.

In Game 2, the Kings got a run in the first, then added two more in the second on a two-out, two-run single by J.T. Schneider. Joe Balestreri was 2-for-3 with a double, as Kenosha was limited to six hits.

That was enough for Kenosha starter Kyle Cibrario (1-0), who allowed two earned runs, walking two and striking out six in 52/3 innings. Brandon Jeffery went the rest of the way for his first save.

The Kings tallied just five hits in Game 1, with Mike Dickerson accounting for two. The Giants scored the winning run on an error in the top of the ninth.

“It was a tight pitching day,” Kings manager Tim Pulizzano said. “It was a weekend we were down on players. We had some guys out of position and other kids in the game, and they proved they can play. But we were missing some bats, and it showed up.”

The Kings finish a weekend four-game set with the Giants with another doubleheader today, scheduled for 1 p.m. at Oshkosh North High School.

Story by: Mike Johnson, The Kenosha News

A’s Get Twinbill Sweep in Eau Claire

The Sheboygan A’s scored a 2-1 win against the Eau Claire Cavaliers in Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday, and then rushed ahead early in Game 2 for a 5-2 win and the twinbill sweep.

Colin Willis hit an RBI single that brought home Dan Barwick in the top of the eighth inning of Game 1 to score the winning run. Sheboygan’s defense held on in the bottom of the extra frame (doubleheader games usually go only seven innings), turning in a double play to save the win.

The A’s led 5-0 after three innings of Game 2. Brandon Winfield was in command atop Sheboygan’s mound, striking out six batters and facing the fewest possible batters through the first three frames.

The Cavs crept back into the game, eventually scoring a pair of runs to cut into Sheboygan’s lead. But Eau Claire couldn’t mount a complete comeback.

The A’s are scheduled to play another doubleheader against the Cavaliers on Sunday. They return home Wednesday against the Oshkosh Giants.

Story by: The Sheboygan Press

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