Hortonville endures five losses
Legion team drops games against New London, Kimberly, Sheboygan
By Scott Bellile
The Hortonville Legion baseball team was cursed with five losses last week.
Sheboygan 3, Hortonville 2
Hortonville lost both games in a doubleheader against Sheboygan Legion at Commercial Club Park on July 14.
In the first game, Hortonville established a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Sheboygan tied the game in the top of the fourth.
Sheboygan drove in a third runner in the top of the ninth inning and won the game 3-2.
Ty Dreier batted in Mitch Mocadlo and Mike Gross batted in Dreier. Dreier went three for five.
Jon Van Liere pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts, four walks and two errors.
Sheboygan 18, Hortonville 8
Hortonville brought more runners home in the second game of the double header but experienced a tougher loss.
After the third inning Hortonville led 8-2. Things fell apart in the top of the fourth when Sheboygan scored nine runs. They added another seven in the fifth to end the game early 18-8.
Mocadlo led in RBIs with two. Max Wilke and Reece Frederick each added two runs.
Kimberly 5, Hortonville 0
A third loss entered the books when Hortonville failed to score against the Kimberly Cougars at home on Friday, July 17.
Dylan Loveland went two for three. Cam Regan, Adam Buchinger and Frederick each had a hit. Buchinger was losing pitcher.
Appleton Legion 2, Hortonville 1
A solo home run for Hortonville failed to compete with the two runs Appleton Post 38 scored at a Saturday evening away game on July 18.
Tyler Hafeman smashed his first homer of the season in the bottom of the third inning. But a run by Appleton in the bottom of the first and another in the fourth gave the game to the host team.
Brock Young went two for three and Hafeman went two for four. Van Liere pitched a complete game with 10 strikeouts, five walks and an error.
New London 6, Hortonville 5
In a 12-inning pitching duel between Drier and the New London Clippers’ Lane Hanadel, Hortonville clenched a tie for eight innings before giving it up at the bottom of the fifth extra inning.
Hortonville held a 2-0 lead from the top of the second inning until New London produced three runs at the bottom of the fourth.
Hortonville brought a runner home at the top of the fifth, beginning a long night at New London’s Hatten Stadium.
Hortonville pulled ahead at the top of the 10th but New London tied the game again. New London finally landed the win with a run at the bottom of the 12th.
Frederick went three for six with a triple and two runs. Hafeman went four for six with two RBIs. Gross went two for five.
Hortonville was scheduled to play New London again in Waupaca on Wednesday, July 22, after this publication went to press. Check the July 30 edition for Hortonville regional coverage.