It took three days to complete one game, delayed by rain twice between the Bulldogs and Shawano Hawks. Monday night New London finally put closure to that game winning 8-0.
The game had been slated for last week Monday but was called off due to field conditions. Then, last Thursday, the Hawks came back to town and were able to get in three innings before the storm passed thru. After the third inning substantial rain covered the infield making it unplayable.
Shawano made its third trip to New London Monday to finish the last five innings of the game.
The Bulldogs got going right away in the first as Brooke Fitzgerald singled and was driven in on an Emily Gorges home run to take a 2-0 lead.
Shawano would go three up three down in the second inning.
The Bulldogs scored another run in the second as Kendra Krueger singled and was later driven in on an Emily Wilfuer double. Lexy Zaddack flew out to Left to end the inning.
As the third inning was set to begin the storm came the contest was suspended. Fast forward to Monday top of the third inning Emily Gorges was on fire striking out the side.
New London would go three up three down in the third as well but the fifth inning was the inning Emily Wilfuer hit a leadoff single. Brooke Fitzgerald reached on a fielder’s choice as Shawano attempted a double play which did not go through. Niki Euhardy drove in a run reaching on an error. Emily Gorges also batted in a run on an RBI single. Jamie Siewert had a sacrifice bunt to drive in the sixth run.
The Bulldogs added the final two runs in the sixth inning. McKenzie Dey reached on an error followed by two straight base hits from Zaddack and Fitzgerald. Euhardy reached on a fielder’s choice allowing two runs to come in. Emily Gorges would walk but two quick outs ended the inning.
The Bulldogs were sharp on Defense as they forced three up three down innings all 7 innings and turning 3 double plays. Emily Gorges was also lights out on the mound allowing only two hits, and striking out seven. Gorges struck out the side twice in the game.
McKenzie Dey pitched a perfect the final inning to end the game.
Emily Wilfuer and Emily Gorges went 2×3 at the plate. Gorges had 3 RBI’s on the afternoon. Brooke Fitzgerald also went 2×4. The Bulldogs are still in the race for the Bay Conference with a 10-2 conference record and 14-2 record overall.
The Bulldogs hosted Marinette Tuesday May 17 and will take on Luxemburg-Casco Thursday in Luxemburg and head to Shawano Saturday for a three game tournament. The Bulldogs will play the Hawks at 8:30 a.m. followed by a game against Pulaski and a third game against either Mosinee, Wisconsin Rapids, or Rosholt. Hortonville will come to New London to finish out the regular season before the WIAA tournament starts on May 23.
New London sweeps Seymour
Game one of Saturday’s double header was a tough battle for the Bulldogs but they were able to hang on for a 6-5 victory. The Bulldogs got one run in the third inning when Niki Euhardy drove in Lexy Zaddack on a single. Seymour came out in the fourth inning as Kaela Rettler reached base as the ball passed Euhardy and failed to secure the strikeout at first. Maggie Blohm would reach on an error and the most damage was done as Paige Leisgang hit a three run home run as the Thunder took a 3-1 lead. Jayme Holtz singled and was forced out on a fielder’s choice by Guerts. Sam Clark hit an RBI single to extend Seymour’s lead 4-1.
The Bulldogs were able to fight off the Thunder in the fifth inning when Emily Steffanus reached on an error, Zaddack singled and Brooke Fitzgerald reached on a fielder’s choice as the Thunder failed to get the runner out at third. Niki Euhardy cracked out a 2 RBI single to close the gap up 4-3. Brooke Fitzgerald scored when The Thunder made a mistake on the field and failed to throw her out. With the game tied at 4-4, Emily Gorges cranked a two run home run over the fence to take a 6-4 lead.
The game would stay put until the top of the seventh when Seymour threatened to tie the game. Brooke Brown hit a leadoff single, Karissa Rettler walked but was taken out on a Kaela Rettler fielder’s choice, Rettler was taken out for the second out on a Maggie Blohm fielder’s choice. Next, Paige Leisgang walked and Jayme Holtz singled but the ball hit Leisgang while she was on the move to second and she was called out to end the game.
Emily Gorges earned the win despite the rough outing allowing 5 hits, 5 runs only 2 earned, she walked 4 and struck out 8. Leading hitters were Niki Euhardy 2×3 3 RBI and Lexy Zaddack 2×4.
Unlike game one the Bulldogs got on top of the Thunder and never looked back for a 14-0 shutout win in five innings. The Bulldogs scored five runs in the first inning when Emily Gorges hit a 2 RBI Triple. Jamie Siewert singled in Natalie Kurth who pinch ran for Gorges. The Bulldogs didn’t score until the third inning when McKenzie Dey hit an RBI single, Dey later scored on a throwing error. The Bulldogs also scored four runs in the fourth inning. Emily Gorges doubled in Niki Euhardy, Fitzgerald scored on a Siewert sacrifice fly, Kendra Krueger singled and while McKenzie Dey was at bat Kruger left as the pitch went and passed the catcher allowing Gorges to score. Dey singled and Krueger scored on another wild pitch. The icing was put on the cake in the fifth inning when Fitzgerald singled and Niki Euhardy blasted a two run home run over the fence. Jamie Siewert doubled and scored on a short to first ground out.
The Bulldogs only allowed six Seymour base runners and none made it past second base. McKenzie Dey earned the win in game two pitching all 5 innings walking 1 striking out 1 and giving up 4 hits.
Offensively the Bulldogs got 14 hits off Maggie Blohm, Seymour’s only pitcher who pitched thru both games. Jamie Siewert went a perfect 3×3, Emily Gorges went 3×4 and was one hit short of the cycle and had 3 RBI’s. Brooke Fitzgerald and Niki Euhardy went 2×4.
The Bulldogs wore special jerseys Saturday, dedicated to with to Faye Jorgenson the mother of Senior catcher Niki Euhardy. Faye is currently undergoing breast cancer treatment and the Bulldogs are dedicating this fine season to her. Faye also received a signed pink and green ball from the team and money raised from the 50/50 raffle will be donated to the Breast Cancer Awareness fund.
New London shuts out DePere
The Bulldogs cranked the defense up which led to a 6-0 shutout win over the Phantoms Tuesday May 10. The Bulldogs put base runners on early but didn’t get on the board until the fourth inning when Kendra Krueger and McKenzie Dey each hit a RBI Single. Lexy Zaddack was walked, next Brooke Fitzgerald hit an 2 RBI single. The Bulldogs added two runs in the fifth inning as Jamie Siewert and Kelsey Fassbender each singled and Krueger was credited for driving Siewert in on on a second to first ground out. Then, Fassbender scored on a wild pitch.
The Bulldogs kept the phantoms at zero as three base runners made it to second base. Emily Gorges only allowed three hits and struck out five in the win. McKenzie Dey worked the final inning striking out two and allowing one hit. Jamie Siewert was the hot hitter on the afternoon going 4×4 and scoring two runs. Brooke Fitzgerald had 2 RBI’s for the Bulldogs.