The BABA season is winding down and the Waupaca Lakemen are at the top of the South-Central Division.
The Lakemen defeated Lanark 9-2 Sunday, July 24, and split nonleague games with the Hortonville Stars and Appleton Legends.
Waupaca 9, Lanark 2
LANARK – The Lions had only nine players for the game, while Waupaca got 18 players into the game and each made at least one trip to the plate.
The Lakemen scored in each of the first six innings. Jeff Riddle led off the game by being hit by a pitch from starter Taylor Wanty, stole second and scored on Luke Behm’s single to left field.
Justin Christensen had a one-out hit off Lakemen starter Zac Peterson and was bunted to second. He scored on Steve Dake’s single to knot the game at 1-1 after one inning.
Waupaca added a pair of unearned runs in the second, as courtesy runners Nate Nelson and Ethan Dayton scored after Riddle’s grounder got through the legs of the third baseman.
Behm walked to lead off the third, moved to third on Rocky Mondello’s long double to the fence in center field and scored on Braden Kaminske’s bloop hit to right field. There would have been more scoring, but Dake chased down Peterson’s long fly ball and caught it with a diving catch in left center.
The Lakemen parade around the bases continued in the fourth, as Casey McDaniel walked and courtesy runner Dayton moved up on a wild pitch and scored as Riddle smashed a shot past the third baseman. Riddle would score a short time later on Behm’s sac fly to center field to make the score 6-1.
Two more runs scored in the fifth for the Lakemen as the first four batters of the inning had hits. Kaminske and David Yeska set the table and scored on Peterson’s hit and Riddle’s fielder’s choice.
Lanark scored in the fifth, as Clay Wanty singled, stole second and scored on Christensen’s two-out single. The final Lakemen run came in the sixth without benefit of a hit on two walks and a dropped fly ball.
Jeremy Christensen came on to pitch the sixth for Lanark and allowed only one walk and a single over the last three frames. Riddle came in for Peterson to begin the seventh and allowed only a two-out walk in the seventh and nothing else the rest of the game.
Peterson, Riddle and Christensen each struck out five, while Taylor Wanty had one. Only one Lanark batter reached via a walk, plus the Lakemen had no errors. Lanark pitchers combined to walk five and hit one, while the defense committed three errors.
Hortonville 9, Waupaca 4
WAUPACA – Hortonville plays in the Dairyland league and is undefeated in league play. The Lakemen gave the Stars a good battle for three innings, but let things slip away.
Mike Boushley pitched a complete game for the Stars, allowing only six hits. He struck out seven and walked five, but only one of those walks scored.
Riddle started for the Lakemen and gave up one run in four innings. Hortonville had him in trouble in each frame with five hits and two walks, but the only run came on Brian Foley’s line drive home run to dead center field in the third. The Lakemen tied the game in the bottom of the third, as Kyle Douglas singled, Nelson stole second as a courtesy runner and scored on Luke Behm’s fielder’s choice groundout.
Will Marringa relieved Riddle in the fourth. He struck out the first batter, but then got himself into deep trouble. The next man singled before two runs scored on four consecutive walks. The next batter lined a two-run single and the Stars had a quick 5-1 lead.
The Lakemen got one of those back, as Eric Brehmer walked in front of Josh Peterson’s single and scored on a hit by Douglas.
Hortonville added three runs on four hits and a Lakemen error in the fifth to bump the lead to 8-2. The Lakemen fought back again, as Andy Wanty led off with a single. A couple of batters later, Wes Austin lined an RBI double into the left field corner and later scored on Cam Nicewander’s single to make it a 8-4 game.
Neither team scored in the sixth, but the Stars got a solo home run from Nick Cordy in the seventh. Marringa was tagged with the loss, as he gave up 8 runs (seven earned) in his four innings of work.
Waupaca 2, Appleton 1
WAUPACA – The Lakemen and Legends met Friday, July 22, for the third time this season. Each team picked up a 2-1 win on their home field earlier in the season and that trend continued. Each game ended with the winning run scoring in walkoff fashion.
Kaminske and B.J. Chase hooked up in a great pitching duel. Besides their efforts, neither team committed an error in the game. At the end of the night, the Lakemen totaled six hits and the Legends had four. Kaminske went the distance for the win, while Chase lasted through one out in the sixth with the game tied at 1-1. Appleton did not get a hit until there were two outs in the fourth, Corey Richardson singled and Dominic Utrie followed with an RBI double to the left center gap.
Waupaca also had only two hits after four innings. Kaminske had doubled with one out in the second, but was stranded. Nicewander led off the fourth with a single and stole second, but three fly balls left him there.
The Lakemen finally tied the game with a run in the fifth. Zac Peterson walked and Brehmer singled. The ninth man in the order, Dean Nelson, drove in Peterson with a single to right.
Neither team scored in the sixth, but the Legends got a two-out hit in the seventh. The runner stole second, but Kaminske got his last man on strikes.
Waupaca’s winning run came as Casey McDaniel led off the seventh with a hit. Pinch runner Nate Nelson moved up on Zac Peterson’s sac bunt and Wanty bounced one to short. Nelson made what appeared to be a blunder, as he headed for third, but his speed allowed him to just slide in safely as the shortstop’s throw was just a bit high and Nelson got under the tag. With the infielders playing up, Dean Nelson took a strike. Nate Nelson broke from third on the next pitch on the suicide and Dean Nelson laid down a perfect play in which Nate easily scored and Appleton made no attempt to get Nelson, who was credited with a RBI single.
Dean Nelson was the only batter in the game with more than one hit, plus he drove in both of Waupaca’s runs. Kaminske walked three and struck out five. Appleton left five men on base and each one ended the inning stranded at second base in innings 2,3,4,5 and 7.
• The injury bug continues for the Lakemen, as Wanty returned for a couple of games, but reinjured his throwing shoulder in pregame warmups and had to be pulled from the starting lineup. He joins brother Jason, who is still recouping from an oblique injury. Nate Nelson also needs shoulder surgery at some time. He is able to run and swing, but not throw. It is not known when or if any will return to full-time status.
• The team held its annual Jackpot Raffle July 22. Twenty of 300 entries won, actually 21, as Mike Jungers won the honorary $20 bonus prize at the end of the drawing for being in attendance and having his number drawn after the primary winners were announced. Two other tickets were pulled first, but they were not in attendance before Jungers’ was drawn. The biggest winners on the night were $500 to Jason Wanty, $400 to Sheri Olson, $300 to Beam and Meg Brehmer, $200 to Doug E. Peterson and $100 to David Yeska. Winners of $50 each were Romie Jungers, Patti and Amanda Peteson, Amy Yeska, Kris Shambeau and David Yeska. The 10 $25 winners each were Tim Bartol, Barb Olson, Glen Hollatz, J.R. Simpson, Keith Snyder, Ryan Dayton, Louie Baumgartner, Adam Kramer, Pete Olson and Tyler Kienert.
• Last week’s County Post West incorrectly gave Emmitt Riske’s age as 84. Riske, a former Lakemen player that participated in the team’s Old-Timers Game July 17, actually turned 78 the day of the game.
Wednesday, July 27 – vs. Little Falls (Fan Appreciation Night). If the game was rained out, the prizes will be given away Friday, July 29.
Friday, July 29 – vs. Omro, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 31 – at Scandinavia, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 3 – at Hortonville, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 5 – vs. Elderon, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 7 – vs. Rosholt at Scandinavia Corn Roast, noon.
Sunday, Aug. 14 – BABA playoffs begin, 1:30 p.m.