Weymont puts the hurt on Lakemen
The wind was blowing out toward the fences in left center field, which favored the hitters. Plus, after the top layer of dirt dried, dust also blew toward the infielders, making it a tough day to play. However, the forecasted severe storms never materialized and despite just a brief light shower, the game was played to a full conclusion.
The South-Central has incorporated a 10-run rule any time after seven innings if both teams agree. Weymont actually reached that magic number with two out in the bottom of the eighth, but the Lakemen requested to continue so they could get three more batters a chance to get into the game in the top of the ninth.
Both starting pitchers made it through two innings without any runs scoring. White Bass starter Eric Hart was helped by two quick double plays that ended each frame, while Waupaca's Braden Kaminske allowed only a walk in each of his first two innings.
Waupaca got their first two on in the third before Kyle Douglas lined out to center on a nice diving catch by center fielder Matt Brusewitz. They then picked the runner off at second and got the final out on a ground out.
Weymont scored four runs in the bottom of the third. Cole Bosquez led off with a walk and Kyle Bosquez doubled to right center. After a pop out and strike out, the Lakemen were in the process of intentionally walking clean up man Zach Alix, but the third pitch was extremely high and went to the backstop, with a run scoring. After the walk was completed, Brusewitz made the plan immaterial, as he launched a home run over the fence in left center to give Weymont a 4-0 lead.
The Lakemen quickly got two of those back in the fourth, as Luke Behm led off with a single. After a strikeout and fly out, David Yeska doubled him in. Yeska then trotted home as Andy Wanty grounded a single to left. An error and walk loaded the bases, but Ethan Dayton went down on strikes to end the threat.
In the fifth, Jason Wanty and Behm led off with walks and Kaminske was nicked by a pitch to load the bases. A wild pitch allowed Wanty to score and Weymont then brought Brusewitz in to pitch. He got an immediate strikeout, but Yeska hit a long sac fly to knot the score. The inning ended when Andy Wanty popped out to third and the Lakemen missed out on a great chance to possibly take a lead.
The fifth proved equally tough for Kaminske on the mound. After he struck out one, Curt Leider beat out an infield dribbler and Alix blasted a monstrous home run that cleared the pine trees in left center. Brusewitz reached on an infield single when Kaminske was late covering first base on a grounder to Behm. After a sac bunt and an error followed, another run scored. Eric Keenan singled and Cole Bosquez walked before Kyle Bosquez drove in two with a single off of Yeska. Yeska did strike out the next two, but the five-run burst gave Weymont a 9-4 lead.
The Lakemen made a bit of a challenge in the seventh, as Behm singled with one out. Kaminske walked and Tyler Goggins deposited a long fly ball over the center field fence to cut the margin to 9-7.
After another out, Andy Wanty was hit by a pitch and Wes Austin doubled into the left field corner to put the tying runs in scoring position. However, Douglas bounced out to new pitcher Kyle Bosquez on the first pitch he saw and that was the last of the Lakemen threats on the day.
Weymont put the game solidly away with three in the eighth. After Yeska walked the seventh and ninth men in the order, Kyle Bosquez rapped his third hit of the day, a three-run blast to right center.
Now leading 12-7, Weymont finished its work with five runs on four hits and three Lakemen errors in the eighth. Keenan and both Bosquezes had RBI singles.
There were some large totals in the stats after the game. Weymont scored 17 runs on 13 hits and were aided by eight walks and four Lakemen errors. The only negative for them was their strikeout total of 12. They did have 14 RBIs. Kyle Bosquez led the hit parade with a 3x6 day and six RBIs.
Waupaca's runs came on seven hits. They, too, were aided by wildness, as they had seven batters reach on walks and four more hit by pitches. Seven Lakemen struck out. Only Behm had more than one hit, as he finished with a 2x4 day and three runs scored. The Lakemen left 10 on base, while Weymont stranded seven.
This week, the Lakemen made up rainout game with Lanark May 23 and continue with South Central play Sunday, May 27, in Rosholt for a 1:30 p.m. contest with the Renegades.
Waupaca will open nonconference night games by traveling to Keshena to play Neopit at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30. Neopit battled Waupaca in the semifinal game of the playoffs last year. This will by their first meeting in a seven-inning nonleague affair.
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