Kings drop opener of Langdorf title series to Sheboygan

August 6, 2014

The top-seeded Kings lost the opener of the best-of-3 championship series, 6-3, to the Sheboygan A's at Simmons Field on Tuesday.

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If the Kenosha Kings want to capture their eighth consecutive Langsdorf League title, they’ll have to come from behind.

The top-seeded Kings lost the opener of the best-of-3 championship series, 6-3, to the Sheboygan A’s at Simmons Field on Tuesday. They’ll try to stay alive in Game 2, slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Sheboygan’s Wildwood Park.

If necessary, Game 3 would be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Carthage’s Augie Schmidt Field.

Kenosha (31-15 overall) led 1-0 after five innings Tuesday in a pitcher’s duel between the Kings’ Randy Johnson and the A’s Taylor Schwarz. But Sheboygan came up with two runs in the sixth to take the lead, then plated three more in the eighth and one in the ninth.

Johnson went eight innings, allowing 11 hits and five earned runs while walking none and striking out six. The Kings, meanwhile, managed just six hits off Schwarz in 8â…“ innings.

Tyler Eickmeyer went 2-for-4 with two runs scored for Kenosha.

The Kings did score two runs and bring the tying run to the plate with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but the game ended on a call that Kings manager Tim Pulizzano said left him “heated.”

Joe Ferro hit into a game-ending double play, but Pulizzano felt that Ferro both beat the throw to first and that the A’s first baseman pulled his foot from the bag. Pulizzano asked for at least an appeal from the umpire but was not granted one.

Story by: The Kenosha News

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