The West De Pere Phantoms won both games of a doubleheader against the New London Bulldogs May 13.
The sting of the losses was magnified by a scary moment in game one when center fielder Joe Schuster caught a fly ball and then crumbled to the turf in pain while trying to throw the ball back to the infield. After receiving medical attention for a knee injury, Schuster’s teammates and coaches helped him back to the dugout.
New London didn’t do well after the break, losing game one by a score of 5-0 and then losing game two by a score of 10-0 after five innings.
New London also suffered a 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Freedom Irish May 16.
West De Pere 5, New London 0
NEW LONDON – Lane Hanadel pitched six innings, allowing five runs on nine hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Jake Pinch pitched one inning of relieve, allowing no hits, no runs, and no walks while striking out one. New London’s defense committed three errors in the game, leading to one unearned run for the Phantoms.
New London’s offense mustered just two hits as West De Pere’s pitching racked up 10 strikeouts. Schuster had one of New London’s hits, while Aaron Yorkson had the other.
West De Pere 10, New London 0
NEW LONDON – The Phantoms led 3-0 after two innings, 5-0 after four innings, and 10-0 after five innings, ending the game by the 10-run rule.
Tyler Jagiello pitched and took the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing five runs on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Yorkson pitched 2/3 of an inning of relief, allowing one hit and five runs.
The Phantoms earned only one of their 10 runs, as the Bulldog defense committed 11 errors in the game.
West De Pere’s Jacob Buboltz threw a no-hitter, walking four Bulldogs and striking out one.
Freedom 7, New London 1
Freedom led 6-0 after five innings, while the Bulldogs didn’t get on the board until the top of the sixth inning with one run. Freedom matched that run in the bottom of the sixth inning, and then held the Bulldogs scoreless in the top of the seventh inning to earn a 7-1 win.
Jake Pinch took the loss after pitching four innings, allowing six hits and three runs with one walk and one strikeout. Yorkson pitched two innings of relief, allowing four runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
New London’s defense committed three errors in the game, leading to two unearned runs.
Yorkson, Ryan Wolf, Zach Duenas, Michael Kerscher and Tommy Thurber all had one hit for New London. Yorkson score the team’s only run, and was batted in by Duenas.