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WSL Tuesday Recap: Giants Outlast Dodgers in High-Scoring Affair, 13-8

June 22, 2016

The bats were busy in De Pere on Tuesday, and when the dust cleared the Oshkosh Giants had a 13-8 win over the De Pere Dodgers.

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Oshkosh Giants 13, De Pere Dodgers 8

The bats were busy in De Pere on Tuesday, and when the dust cleared the Oshkosh Giants had a 13-8 win over the De Pere Dodgers.

Hitters on both sides were strong at the plate as the teams combined for 28 hits, including 10 extra base hits.

Oshkosh starter Sam Long struggled, allowing eight in 5 1/3 innings, but the bullpen let up no runs and the offense banged out 15 to pick up the slack and secure the win for the Giants.

Alex Koch racked up three RBIs on four hits for Oshkosh. He singled in the first and second innings and tripled in the sixth and eighth innings.

Jacob Watzka couldn’t get it done on the rubber for the Dodgers, taking a loss. He lasted just one inning, walked none, struck out none, and allowed three runs.

Oshkosh Giants closer Luke Gajewski put away the final 11 outs to record the save.

The lead stayed with the Giants after the first, when they scored three runs on an error, a sacrifice fly by Hunter Messerschmidt, and an RBI single by Alex Koch.

The Giants increased their lead with six runs in the second. Craig Thompson kicked things off with a single, plating Gajewski. That was followed up by Josh Bartelt‘s single, plating Alex Koch and Jordan Mueller.

Five runs in the bottom of the fourth helped the Dodgers close their deficit to 10-5. A two-run double by Austen Dart, a two-run single by Michael Larsen, and a sacrifice fly by Zach Abfall set off the De Pere rally. Finally, Long got Sam Kohnle to fly out to end the threat.

After pushing across two runs in the bottom of the fifth, the Dodgers faced just a 10-7 deficit. A wild pitch and a groundout by Noah Robinson sparked the Dodgers’ rally. The Giants stopped the rally after Long got Larsen to ground out.

De Pere tacked on another run in the bottom half of the sixth on an RBI double by Kohnle, but, Gajewski got Dart to fly out to end the inning and end the Dodgers scoring for the night.

The Giants added two more runs in the top of the eighth. A double by Gajewski ignited the offense, bringing home Hunter Messerschmidt. That was followed up by Alex Koch’s triple, plating Gajewski.

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Green Bay Storm 4, Sheboygan A’s 3

GREEN BAY – The Sheboygan A’s got off to a bad start here Tuesday night, battled back furiously to tie, only to lose 4-3 in 11 innings to a gritty, determined, and vastly improved Green Bay Storm.

It will go down as one of the most memorable games the A’s 54 year history.

The A’s got off to a bad start but escaped a nightmare of an inning as they came out of it trailing only 2-0 as the deuce was all the Storm could muster despite sending eight men to the plate. Green Bay added another run in the seventh.

The A’s tied it with three runs in the eighth inning that would send the game into extra innings. The rally began when Trevor Cho led off with a base hit, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Wyatt Olson’s base hit. Unfortunately for the A’s, Olson was picked off of first base before Harry Steldt hit a double and scored on Nate Heili’s long, game-tying home run over the centerfield fence to make the score tied at three.

The A’s dodged a bullet in the bottom of the ninth when a base hit, error and an intentional walk loaded the bases with no outs. Connor Keating came on to get three outs and preserve the extra innings. The A’s had a chance to win it in the 11th when two walks and hit loaded the bases with only one out, but couldn’t come up with game-winning hit.

The game-winning hit honor fell upon Green Bay’s Spencer Larson who singled into the right-center with two out the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th.

The loss puts the A’s at 6-1 in the Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League; the win puts Green Bay at 5-1. The A’s play at Oshkosh tonight in a game that counts in both the Wisconsin State League and Northeastern Wisconsin League standings.

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