With the second- and third-place teams (New London and Rosholt) losing, the Waupaca Lakemen increased their lead in the BABA South-Central Division June 30 with a 10-3 win over Lanark.
Waupaca improved to 9-0 in division play and the next closest rival – New London – has three losses with five games remaining.
Waupaca also fell 10-0 June 26 to the Marshfield Chaparrals.
Waupaca 10, Lanark 3
LANARK – The game at Lanark seemed to drag along, as each team had several baserunners, but had trouble pushing them across the plate.
Waupaca did score in the first, as Rocky Mondello came up with a two-out single to plate Luke Behm, who had walked earlier. Lanark starter Eric Brost got through the second unscathed despite walking two more batters. Lanark also turned a 6-4-3 double play.
Meanwhile, Lakemen starter David Yeska sailed through the opening two frames without giving up a baserunner.
The Lakemen scored again in the third, as Wes Austin reached on an error and scored on another error. Lanark got on the board in its half of the third, as Jordan Wilkenson doubled down the right field line and scored on Jake Carriveau’s single.
The Lakemen tacked one on in the fourth, as Travis Holat walked with one out, stole second, moved to third on an Ethan Dayton single and scored on a wild pitch.
Lanark got one back in the fifth, as Andy Schultz singled, moved to second on an error and to third on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on Jeremy Christensen’s double over the head of Eric Brehmer in center field. Lanark tied the game in the sixth and probably should have taken the lead. A leadoff double was wasted when Yeska picked him off as he tried to get too big of a lead. The next man reached on an error and after a walk, scored on another Andy Schultz single. Jim Nighbor was called in to relieve Yeska and got the last out of the inning with a strikeout.
The floodgates opened in the top of the seventh, as Behm led off with a double. Tyler Goggins reached after being hit with a pitch and B.J. Mitchell relieved starter Eric Brost. Mondello laid down such a perfect bunt attempting to sacrifice that he beat it out for a hit and the bases were loaded. Behm and Holat scored on passed balls, Dayton drove in a run with a single, Kyle Douglas reached on an error, Austin blooped a hit to center and Nighbor’s sacrifice fly concluded the inning. After that barrage of hits, errors and wild pitches, the Lakemen had a 9-3 lead.
The final tally came in the eighth, Goggins reached on a walk and scored on pinch hitter Dean Nelson’s hit.
Nighbor finished the game allowing only a single to Chrisensen in the seventh and was credited with the win. He struck out six of the 11 batters he faced.
Dayton had three of Waupaca’s nine hits, while Mondello added two. Waupaca also drew seven walks and had four batters hit by a pitch. Lanark had eight hits, with Christensen and Schultz getting two each. The Lakemen stranded 11 runners, while Lanark left eight on base.
Marshfield 10, Waupaca 0 (8 inn.)
MARSHFIELD – The Lakemen fell behind early and never recovered.
Jeff Riddle started on the mound and got in an immediate jam, as an infield single, error and walk loaded the bases with nobody out. A single, hit batter, RBI groundout and wild pitch each accounted for a run as Marshfield was up 4-0 after an inning of play.
The Chaparrals added another run in the second.
Meanwhile, the Lakemen went down in order in the first three innings. Austin singled up the middle in the top of the fourth and Seth Deuman added a single later in the inning, but nothing more developed. Deuman relieved Riddle in the sixth and gave up an error an infield single that led to two more runs. Marshfield added another run in the seventh and closed out with two more in the eighth.
The Lakemen did get four more hits in the game, but only got one runner as far as third base. Yeska had two hits, while Nelson and Andy Wanty added one each. The loss dropped the team’s overall record to 10-3.
Lakemen on deck
The Lakemen hosted July 3 and will host Marshfield at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 5.
The team will return to South-Central play at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7. The game will be broadcast on WDUX-AM and can be streamed on the Internet.
Other upcoming games include road contests at Clintonville Wednesday, July 10, and Menasha Thursday, July 11.
All Lakemen players and the concession stand now have the popular Jackpot Raffle tickets for sale. The drawing is not until July 31, but only 300 tickets will be sold with a total of 25 cash prizes adding up to $2,000 being won in the drawing.
Fans are urged to purchase tickets early.