The Waupaca Lakemen improved to 3-0 in BABA South-Central Division play May 31 with a 6-1 win over Weymont.
“Weymont always seems to give us a tough game and Sunday proved to be no different,” manager Dave Peterson said. “The game was played with a strong wind blowing in from right and center field, so outfielders tended to play more shallow. This let them get to some softer-hit fly balls without hindering their chance to get to the deeper ones.”
Jeff Riddle led off the game for Waupaca with a swinging bunt base hit, advanced to second on an infield error and moved to third on David Yeska’s long fly ball to right field. Jake Reedy drove in the game’s first run on an infield hit after his grounder in the hole at short was knocked down, but no play could be made.
The Lakemen went down in order in the second and third innings.
Meanwhile, Riddle was keeping things in check on the mound. He allowed a harmless two-out single by Adam Krause in the first before cruising through the second. Weymont loaded the bases in the third on a walk, single by Eric Keenan and hit batter with one out. However, Krause bounced into a 6-4-3 double play that kept the Lakemen lead at 1-0.
Waupaca added an unearned run in the fourth, as courtesy runner Cody Weller scored from second base on a throwing error as the White Bass tried to complete a 6-4-3 double play of their own. The throw to first was wild and went to the fence as Weller scored without a play on him.
Nate Nelson’s bunt single had pushed Weller to second to set everything up. Weymont switched pitchers to start the fifth and the Lakemen scored their third run of the game without the benefit of a hit. Riddle, Luke Behm and Yeska walked and Rocky Mondello grounded out to first.
Riddle finished his pitching effort by getting through six innings and Cam Seidl started the seventh. Weymont also switched to a third pitcher in the seventh. Behm started the inning with a single off the lefty hurler, Ethan Dayton laid down a sacrifice bunt and pinch hitter Dean Nelson singled to short center with Behm being held at third. Kyle Douglas drove in Behm with a pinch-hit single to right and scored two batters later on Travis Holat’s single to the same area in right for a 6-0 lead.
Seidl got three quick outs, with the first being a long fly ball off the bat of Zach Alix that Eric Brehmer tracked down in left center. Weymont’s only run came in the eighth. Mitch Beilfuss had a swinging bunt that catcher Reedy scooped cleanly, but overthrew first base for an error.
The next batter reached when his groundball was bobbled. The following batter’s grounder resulted in a force out at second. With runners on the corners, yet another groundball looked like a possible double play, but was muffed in the exchange at second base with a run scoring. After a second out popup to third, the next batter was hit by a pitch that loaded the bases before the inning ended with a fly out to right.
Waupaca loaded the bases in the top of the ninth, but a groundball to short turned into a 6-2-3 double play. Another groundout ended the inning, but Seidl ended the game decisively with two strikeouts and a fly ball in the ninth.
The Lakemen outhit the White Bass 12-3. Reedy and Holat had two hits for Waupaca.
Waupaca has a break after the June 3 game at Appleton. Several team members are traveling to North Dakota for the wedding of former Lakemen Zac Peterson. The schedule had the team traveling to Rosholt Sunday, June 7, but Rosholt is on a leave of absence this year and Waupaca has the bye.
South-Central matchups that day set for 1:30 p.m. are Manawa at Scandinavia, Weymont at New London and Lanark at Plover.
The next Lakemen game is the rescheduled matchup with Manawa and will be played at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at Lakemen Field. Waupaca will also host the Marshfield Chaparrals Friday, June 12, before hosting Plover Sunday, June 14, for the third home game in five days.
• The Lakemen have scheduled their biannual Old Timers’ Game for Sunday July 19. All former Lakemen players are invited back to the field for a noon game. Former Lakemen whose addresses are known should have received information about that.
The team will also hold a golf outing the previous day. Golfers are asked to contact Dave Peterson, who will make the tee times. Those who have received the information are encouraged to share with a former player who may not have. Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact Peterson as well.