Cold weather has been the name of the game in April for Wisconsin’s high school baseball teams.
Weyauwega-Fremont squared off against the Shiocton Chiefs Monday, April 18, with temperatures in the low 40s. The Indians once again got off to a slow start, but were able to claw their way back to pick up a 7-5 Central Wisconsin 8 Conference win.
The Indians also picked up recent come-from-behind wins over Amherst and Bonduel.
W-F 7, Shiocton 5
WEYAUWEGA – After Shiocton scored a run in top of the first, pitcher Wes Alix helped his own cause by depositing a 2-1 Talon Heinemeyer pitch over the left field fence, tying the score at 1-1.
The Chiefs added three runs in the third. After back-to-back walks, Charlie Van Straten laid down a perfect bunt to advance runners, drive in a run and beat out the bunt himself. The Shiocton catcher later plated another run, making the score 4-1 after three.
The Indians responded with two runs in the fourth. Alix reached base on an error by the center fielder. Cody Chase, running for Alix, reached second on a Mitch Beilfuss walk and Trevor Potratz, Bobby Johnson and Eric Keenan all walked to make the score 4-3 after four innings.
The Indians added four more runs in the fifth. Tommy Meehan led off by getting hit by a pitch. He advanced to second on a Cody Derozier walk. Treg DeSantis loaded the bases on another walk and Alix picked up his second RBI of the game on a groundout to the shortstop, tying the score at 4-4.
After Beilfuss struck out, Potratz hit a two-run single, making the score 6-4. Johnson singled, putting runners on first and second, and Keenan plated Potratz, making the score 7-4 after five innings. The Indians got five solid innings from Alix and two good innings from Derozier, who picked up the save,
With the win, the Indians improved their conference record to 3-0 and season record to 6-1.
W-F 10, Amherst 7
AMHERST – With temperatures in the low 40s and a wind blowing out to right, the Indians were in for another test in the very balanced CWC-8 Thursday, April 14.
Alix took the mound for the Indians and pitched five innings to get the win.
The Indians got hot in the first. With one out, Cole Bosquez walked and advanced to second on a walk to Meehan. Derozier drove home Bosquez on a fielder’s choice, making it 1-0 after one-half inning. Amherst picked up a run in the bottom of the first to tie the score. In the third, Amherst’s Willie Doll hit a two-out home run to dead center, putting the Falcons up 3-1.
The Indians answered in the top of the fourth. With one out, Beilfuss walked and stole second base. Potratz flew out to center and Johnson walked, putting runners on first and second. Keenan then delivered a RBI single to left to score Beilfuss, making the score 3-2 Amherst after four innings.
The Indians exploded for eight runs in the fifth. Bosquez walked, Meehan reached on an error and both runners moved up one pitch later on a passed ball.
Derozier gave the Indians the lead for good with a two-run single to make it 4-3, but the Indians weren’t done yet. DeSantis singled to bring home Derozier, Alix and Beilfuss each reached on a walk and base hit, respectively, and Johnson singled to bring home another run.
Keenan followed suit with a walk of his own and the Indians would score their last two runs of the inning on a sacrifice fly to center by Bosquez and a two-run double by Meehan.
“We had good pitching from Wes Alix and Tommy Meehan and solid defensive plays by Eric Keenan and Trevor Potratz,” coach Jeff Fahser said.
W-F 7, Bonduel 6 (8 inn.)
WEYAUWEGA – After the rains hit central Wisconsin, the Indians had to push back their game with Bonduel one day to Tuesday, April 12, and also move the game to Weyauwega.
“It turned out to be a beautiful day for baseball,” Fahser said. “With temperatures in the 60s and a calm wind, it seemed like a perfect day to play a game.”
The Indians got down early as the Bears scored solo runs in the third and fourth innings. However, the Indians responded with two runs of their own in the fifth.
Casey Lenz led off the inning with a base on balls and Keenan followed suit. With runners on first and second, Bosquez hit into a force play, putting Keenan on second and Bosquez on first. Meehan stepped up and drilled a single to center making the score 2-1. Bosquez would later score on an error by the Bonduel shortstop to tie the game at 2-2.
The Bears picked up four runs in the sixth on two hits and three costly Indian errors, making the score 6-2 after 5 1/2 innings. After the Indians failed to score in the sixth, the Indians responded with four in the bottom of the 7th.
Meehan led off with a base on balls. After Derozier flew out to center, Alix walked and Beilfuss reached on an error by the third baseman to load the bases.
The Indians scored their first run of the inning after Potratz was hit by a pitch. Johnson then brought two home on an error making the score 6-5. Zach Costello pinch hit for Lenz and drove in the tying run with a groundout. After seven complete, the score was tied at 6-6.
The Indians’ first three hitters reached base in the eighth. Bosquez drew a five-pitch walk, Meehan was hit by a pitch and Derozier singled to right center loading the bases.
With nobody out and a 2-1 count, Alix drilled a deep fly ball to left center to bring home Bosquez with the game-winning run.
Beilfuss went the distance and scattered eight hits while striking out six.
“It was a masterful pitching performance by Mitch,” Fahser said.