Lakemen to get a home game
A nonconference game against Neopit had to be canceled because Neopit shares its diamond with Menominee in Keshena and lost out to a makeup game.
The team hosted the Omro RiverRats in a non league game June 1 and picked up a 9-4 win. Waupaca did not look sharp Sunday in a 11-1 South-Central Division loss at Plover that dropped the team to 3-2 in South Central play and 5-2 overall.
Waupaca 9, Omro 4
WAUPACA - The Omro game was a seven-inning affair which turned out to be fortunate because pitchers from both teams suffered from wildness.
There were 16 walks in the game that greatly slowed the pace and can usually lead to sloppy defense. That was not the case, however, as there was only one error.
The Lakemen took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as the first two batters walked and Luke Behm followed with an RBI single. Dave Yeska then drove in a run while the third run scored as Omro pulled off a double play.
Omro scored in the second as the leadoff man reached while striking out on a wild pitch. A couple of walks plus another wild pitch later, the score was 3-1.
Waupaca added to its lead in the second as Dean Nelson led off with a walk and Eric Brehmer and Rocky Mondello singled. Behm then drove in Brehmer on a fielder's choice and Waupaca would not score again until the sixth.
Omro added a run in the fourth on a hit, stolen base and two wild pitches. Lakemen starter Will Marringa finished his night with four complete innings. He allowed only one hit, but walked six while striking out four. Both runs were earned, but he was credited with the win.
Behm came on in relief to start the fifth. He got through two innings, allowing only a walk and a single.
The Lakemen had a huge sixth inning and sent 10 men to the plate and scored four times on three hits and four walks. Nelson had an infield hit, Brehmer walked with the bases loaded to drive in a run, Behm singled in another run and Yeska had an RBI fielder's choice.
Behm tired on the mound in the seventh as he gave up a leadoff hit and added three walks later in the inning.
Behm and Tyler Goggins led the Lakemen at the plate with two hits each. Behm had three RBIs and Yeska added two. The Lakemen outhit the RiverRats 9-3.
Plover 11, Waupaca 1
PLOVER - The game was reasonably close for six innings before the Pterodactlyls poured it on with the help of the Lakemen defense.
The first inning ended scoreless, but the Lakemen defense had to make a nice play to stop Plover. With a runner on third and one out, a groundball was hit to Andy Wanty at third. He faked a throw to first and the runner at third edged off so far that shortstop Tyler Goggins snuck in behind in time to take a throw from Wanty and make the tag.
Waupaca scored a run in the second on a leadoff double by Braden Kaminske and a two-out double from Goggins, but that turned out to be pretty much the only offense for the day off of Plover lefty Howard Heinrich, who allowed only a leadoff single to Yeska in the fifth. When Goggins bounced into a double play, that inning was short circuited. No other Lakemen reached, although the game was stopped in the bottom of the eighth due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Kaminske battled hard on the mound, but seemed to always be in some kind of trouble. The Lakemen never retired Plover in order. Plover scored in the third on a single, walk and double into the deep left center gap by John Jasonovsky that plated a pair of runs.
They got an RBI single in the third in front of a two-run home run by Jasonovsky that made it 5-1. Kaminske got through the fifth despite a double and walk and also made it through the sixth despite two Lakemen errors and a hit.
A full day of stressful pitching caught up to Kaminske in the seventh. He walked the leadoff man and tried to pick him off, but threw wildly past first. When the next man tried to sac bunt, Kaminske picked it up, but threw high to third for another error. Plover followed that with three hits.
Yeska was called into relieve in the middle of all that and finally got out of the frame after four runs had scored. Plover picked up three hits and two walks in the eighth to reach the 11-run total, which was enough for the game to end.
Plover had 15 hits, including four doubles and a home run, while Waupaca had only three hits. Heinrich did not walk a batter and struck out six. Lakemen pitchers combined to walk five and strike out an equal number. Waupaca did commit six errors and although they only led directly to one of the runs being unearned, they forced the pitchers to have to make too many pitches and did the damage that way.
The schedule does not get easier, but at least there are a couple of home games coming up.
The Lakemen visited Marion Wednesday, June 6, and will host the Appleton Legends at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 8. The South-Central returns to Lakemen Field Sunday, June 10, as the Manawa Spurs visit for a 1:30 p.m. start. The week ends Wednesday, June 13, with a road trip to Marshfield for a 7:30 p.m. game.
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