WSL Sunday Recap: Dodgers, A’s Sweep Sunday Doubleheaders

June 27, 2016

The De Pere Dodgers finished off the weekend sweep of the Addison Braves, and the Sheboygan A's salvaged a weekend split by sweeping the Lombard Orioles on Sunday.

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De Pere Dodgers 9, 11, Addison Braves 8, 7

Fans were treated to a high-scoring affair Sunday as the De Pere Dodgers outscored the Addison Braves 9-8 in seven innings to take the first game of the doubleheader.

Hitters on both sides were strong at the plate as the teams combined for 18 hits, including four extra base hits.

Dodgers starter Jacob Watzka struggled, allowing six runs in five innings, and the bullpen gave up two runs, but the offense banged out 11 hits to pick up the slack and secure the win.

Addison was unable to overcome a eight-run third inning deficit.

The Braves scored on an RBI single by Brian Wiest in the third inning, an RBI single by Sam Colon and a fielder’s choice in the fourth inning, a sacrifice fly by Will Hollis and a sacrifice fly by Wiest in the sixth inning, and a two-run home run by Tyler Behrendt in the seventh inning. Despite their efforts, the Braves couldn’t finish the comeback.

Zach Abfall racked up four RBIs on two hits for De Pere. He doubled in the second inning and tripled in the third inning.

Sam Kohnle went 3-3 at the plate, helping the Dodgers win 11-7 and complete the weekend sweep of Addison.

Brian Wiest led the Addison Braves’ offensive threat, as he got on base two times in the game. He scored two runs and had one RBI. He doubled in the first inning.

Even though Joe Baier allowed seven runs over seven innings he still recorded the victory. Baier struck out seven, walked four and gave up five hits.

Mike Marren was charged with the loss. He allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings, walked one and struck out none.

The bottom of the first saw the Braves take an early lead, 3-0. A double by Wiest, scoring Dalvin Ramos started the inning off. The Braves pushed more runs across when Wiest scored on an RBI triple by Tanner Kiser and Kiser scored on a wild pitch.

The Dodgers scored one run in the second inning, and then followed it up with one more in the fifth. In the second, the Dodgers scored on an RBI single by Noah Robinson, plating Sam Kohnle.

De Pere never surrendered the lead after the third inning, scoring six runs on a two-run double by Nick Janssen, a three-run home run by Tyler Nehring, and a groundout by Michael Larsen.

Four runs in the bottom of the fifth helped Addison close their deficit to 8-7. An RBI single by Luke Lucchetti, a walk by Joe Holtz, and a two-run double by Mike Rostine sparked the Addison Braves’ rally. But, Baier got Marco D’Angelo to ground out to end the inning.

De Pere piled on three more runs in the top of the sixth. Sam Kohnle’s single got things going, scoring Tanner Umentum. That was followed up by Baier’s single, plating Nehring.

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Sheboygan A’s 6, 6, Lombard Orioles 3, 4

Following humiliating 9-0 and 10-0 loses Saturday, the Sheboygan A’s rebounded on Sunday to grind out 6-3 and 6-4 victories over the front-running and defending Wisconsin State League champion Lombard Orioles.

General Manager Denny Moyer called Sunday’s effort “As gutty a performance as I’ve ever seen from a Sheboygan A’s team.”

Short of pitching and playing in 90-degree heat, the club responded to Saturday’s embarrassment by handing Lombard its first two losses of the State League season.

On Saturday the A’s managed only six hits all day, three in each game. Taylor Grimm went 3-for-5 on the day.

Sunday was a different story. The A’s pounded out 10 hits in the first game and 12 in the second. But it was a determined pitching effort that decided it. In game one, Weston Nelson gave up only two runs in 5? innings. Connor Keating threw the last inning and ? and didn’t give up a hit.

In the second game, Dylan Detert started and pitched three innings before exiting the game with cramping. Ben Folger got the win in relief and Cole Heili the save.

While it was an all-out effort for all the pitchers it was a particularly courageous effort for injured outfielders Detert and Heili. Despite their injuries (cramps for Detert and a knee injury in a Saturday collision with the outfield fence for Heili), oppressive heat and the prospect of facing the tough Lombard line-up, they took the ball and took it to the Orioles.

Doubles by Harry Steldt, Mitch Sutton, and Detert got the A’s off to a 3-0 lead in the second inning of the first game. They never trailed after that. Steldt and Sutton both finished with a pair of doubles.

Detert led off game two with a home run and the A’s were never headed after that. He added a single for a two-hit game. Sutton, TD Walker, and Nelson all had a single and a double in the game, and Trevor Cho a double. Ben Folger got the win in relief.

The A’s now trail Lombard by two games in the loss column. The A’s, now 15-5 overall, 7-4 WSL, 7-1 (NEWBL) are home Tuesday against De Pere which swept Addison this weekend in WSL play. Tuesday is $1 hot dog night. The A’s will be home Thursday (Midwest Communications Night) and Friday (Fish FRYday Night) this week as well.

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