The Waupaca Lakemen were scheduled to play four games over the last week, but only played three. A game at Clintonville was cancelled because the A’s had to make up a rained-out BABA game that night.
However, the Lakemen gave up only one run in the three other games and came out with a pair of wins over Rosholt and one over Omro.
Waupaca 5, Omro 0 (7 inn.)
OMRO – A Friday night nonconference game at Omro started the weekend.
Nonroster pitcher Cam Seidl threw a complete game four-hitter. He walked only three while striking out 12 in the seven-inning affair.
The Lakemen managed only five hits, but because of Omro’s shaky defense, scored five times as the hosts committed four errors that led to all runs being unearned.
Andy Wanty doubled in the second inning and Tyler Dayton singled to short left. Wanty scored on an error and Dayton trotted home on a passed ball.
Waupaca’s three other runs came in the fourth. Two errors on groundballs and a walk loaded the bases. Seidl blooped a single just over the first baseman for a run and Ethan Dayton lined a two-run single to left-center to give the Lakemen the insurance runs that put the game out of reach.
Waupaca 12, Rosholt 0
WAUPACA – The Lakemen hosted Rosholt June 29 in a partial doubleheader, as the teams completed a game that was suspended in the bottom of the fourth at Rosholt back in early June, with the Lakemen ahead 5-0.
Jeff Riddle had pitched the first portion of that game, but David Yeska took over Sunday and scattered four hits and no runs. He was helped by some great defensive plays led by Eric Brehmer and Travis Holat, who took hits away with diving catches.
Waupaca added to its lead in the fifth inning, as Yeska drove in Riddle, who had reached on a fielder’s choice.
Three more runs scored in the seventh. A walk to Jason Wanty, a single by Yeska and a walk to Wes Austin loaded the bases with one out. After a strikeout, Jake Reedy singled in two and Austin scored on a wild pitch.
The Lakemen tacked on three more in the top of the ninth, as Jim Nighbor singled and Luke Behm was hit by a pitch. Kyle Douglas drove in a run with a double, while Holat’s single drove in the final runs.
Reedy had three of Waupaca’s 15 hits, while Yeska, Austin, Holat and Josh Peterson added two each. Behm had an early three-run home run and Yeska was credited with the win on the mound.
Waupaca 3, Rosholt 1
Game 2 went very fast, as the nine innings were completed by in about two hours. Both pitchers (Riddle for the Lakemen and Aaron Dobbe for Rosholt) worked quickly and efficiently. Riddle allowed the game’s only walk, but also gave up only two singles.
Rosholt did get a run in the third, as Scott Bembenek led off with a single, was bunted to second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a groundout. Because of the passed ball, the run became unearned on Riddle’s record, as the final out was a pop out to short.
Riddle helped himself with a diving catch off of the mound of a bunt attempt in the fourth and a similar play in the seventh on a play toward first that he knocked down and tossed the runner out from short range. Yeska made another diving catch in left field to help keep the Lakemen close in the game.
Meanwhile, Dobbe gave up solo hits in the second through fourth innings, but no runs scored. The Lakemen came up with a mini rally in the fifth after two were out. Andy Wanty and Riddle singled to put runners at the corners. Jason Wanty then bounced slowly toward third. He had the throw to first beat for an RBI infield single, but the throw got past the first baseman and went out of play.
The umpires ruled that by the time the ball was thrown, Riddle had already rounded second base. Therefore, he was awarded home as he gets two bases on the errant throw. That extra run gave the Lakemen a 2-1 lead after five innings.
Waupaca had a chance to add to its lead in the sixth, as Austin and Behm led off with hits and were bunted into scoring position by Dayton. However, a botched squeeze play led to Austin getting caught in a rundown. A groundball ended the inning.
The Lakemen finally added a big insurance run in the eighth almost out of nowhere. With two harmless outs, Behm came up with a triple to the gap in left-center.
Pinch hitter Ben Selsing then drove Behm in with a two-strike single to left. That run proved helpful, as Rosholt got its leadoff man on in the ninth, but a line drive shot was right at Andy Wanty at third, who snagged it and doubled the runner off first. A weak groundball later and the game was over.
Behm had four of Waupaca’s 11 hits, including two triples. Riddle and Andy Wanty added two hits each.
With the win, the Lakemen remain in second place in the division at 7-2 league. They will host league-leading Plover at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at Lakemen Field.