A combination of errors and a strong-hitting opponent led to a gloomy outcome for the Baraboo baseball squad on Thursday when the Thunderbirds hosted Reedsburg and fell 16-1 in five innings in a Badger North Conference game at Mary Rountree Evans Field.
It’s the second game this week Baraboo has struggled with errors, as the T-Birds were coming off a 10-6 loss to Portage on Tuesday in which they committed four errors. Whether it was bobbled balls or errant throws, Baraboo’s defense simply couldn’t find any answers as it committed six errors in its second loss of the season.
“To be honest, we’ve gotten our teeth kicked in defensively the last two games,” Baraboo coach Steve Considine said. “And there’s nothing to do; we can either kind of lay there or we can get back out and come back swinging so hopefully we get a game in (Friday) because I know we’ve got some fighters on the team and we want to come back.”
Four of Baraboo’s errors came in the first inning, while Reedsburg had no trouble connecting at the plate and hitting between the gaps which gave the Beavers a 6-0 lead to set the tone of the conference contest. Reedsburg senior Nathan Adelman, who ended the game with four RBI, led off the game with a base hit before Jahdiel Rivera-Guzman bombed out a single to left center field. Adelman scored the first run of the night on an error as Baraboo starter Dylan Barganz faked a pickoff attempt to third before overthrowing first base. Dakota Deitrich followed with an RBI single while a wild pitch made it 3-0. A walk, a wild pitch, an infield error and an RBI base hit from Hayden Hahn scored another. Mason McMillen eventually reached first on another error as an overthrown ball to first base scored another two unearned runs to make it 6-0. An ensuing groundout ended the frame.
“Four errors in the first inning got us off to the wrong spot, and we really couldn’t stop the bleeding the rest of the game,” Considine said.
Senior Jack Macdonald reached on a hit-by-pitch to start the bottom half of the inning, but a 4-3 double play ended the opportunity for Baraboo to get back any runs. Mason Peterson reached on a walk but was left stranded.
Rivera-Guzman singled to start the second and advanced on a wild pitch, a groundout before scoring on another wild pitch. Baraboo, meanwhile, had another couple of chances in the bottom half as Ethan Cummisford had a leadoff single to right field. From there, Trevor Adams and Brock Turkington both reached on a fielder’s choice as a couple of overthrown balls to first base eliminated the double play opportunities but a groundout ended the frame.
The Beavers scored three more runs in the top of the third to take a commanding 10-0 lead. Macdonald nearly caught a hard-hit double to deep center field from Wyatt Molitor, while an error, a sacrifice bunt and a two-RBI double from Adelman made it 9-0. A reach on a fielder’s choice and an overthrown ball to first scored another. Despite the score, Considine was pleased with Barganz’s efforts on the mound as he ended the first three innings with two strikeouts and only three walks.
“He threw well enough where it shouldn’t have been the way it was. Defensively, we just did not play up to the Baraboo standard.”
After another quiet inning at the plate from the T-Birds in the bottom of the third, Reedsburg upped its lead to 12-0 with Adelman and Rivera-Guzman each hitting RBI singles in the frame.
Baraboo finally got on the board in the top of the fourth. Peterson led off with a single but the Beavers executed a routine 6-4-3 double play. The Thunderbirds never surrendered however, with Cummisford earning a walk before stealing second and crossing the plate on a passed ball and an overthrown ball to third base. Adams added a walk but was left stranded.
Reedsburg put salt on the wound in the fifth, scoring another four runs on three hits and three walks.
Baraboo (3-2 overall, 0-2 Badger North) will look to bounce back today when it hosts Madison Edgewood.
“They’re a good team, they’re on top of the (Badger) South right now,” said Considine of the Crusaders. “It’s going to be a challenge but the best thing after we lay a night like this is just to get back after it right away.”
REEDSBURG 16, BARABOO 1
Reedsburg 613 24; — 16 11 2
Baraboo 000 10; — 1 4 6
REEDSBURG (ab-r-h-rbi) — Adelman 4-2-3-4, Rivera-Guzman 4-2-3-1, Deitrich 4-1-1-0, Gruber 0-0-0-0, Kruser 1-2-1-0, Steffen 4-2-0-0, Hahn 2-2-1-1, Molitor 2-2-1-0, Ely 2-1-0-0, Jones 1-1-0-0, McMillen 3-0-0-0, Reinecke 1-0-1-1.
BARABOO — Macdonald 1-0-0-0, Quinn 1-0-0-0, C. Peterson 3-0-0-0, M. Peterson 1-0-1-0, Barganz 3-0-1-0, Cummisford 2-1-1-0, Adams 1-0-0-0, Turkington 1-0-0-0, Blum 1-0-1-0, Kline 2-0-0-0, Gehin 1-0-0-0, Gust 1-0-0-0.
Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — R: Deitrich (W) 3-3-1-3-1, Gruber 1-1-0-1-3. B: Barganz (L) 3-8-4-3-2, Turkington 1-2-2-1-1, Gehin 1-1-2-3-0.