One could tell the Reedsburg High School varsity baseball team was eager to bounce back.
Early last week, the Beavers suffered an 11-1 home loss to Waunakee, which must have put a bad taste in their mouths. Reedsburg went right back to business on April 12, when the Beavers traveled to Baraboo and dominated their rivals 16-1 in a Badger North Conference game.
Reedsburg set fire to the plate and never extinguished it, amassing 12 hits while capitalizing on six Baraboo errors which gave the Beavers the edge throughout the contest.
“Really solid team win for us against Baraboo,” Reedsburg coach Sam Abbott said. “We had to turn the page and adjust our energy level and focus, and the boys responded well. As a team, we were much improved defensively.”
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 night. 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.
“(One through nine), and our bench had outstanding approaches throughout the entire game at the plate,” Abbott said. “We made Barganz work incredibly hard in the first inning, and I think that really set the tone for the whole game. That was something we didn’t have in our first conference game. Anytime you tally 12 hits, you like your chances, and I loved Adelman and Jahdiel at the top of the order. They set the tone nicely for us and barreled a lot of baseballs.”
Baraboo senior Jack Macdonald reached on a hit-by-pitch to start the bottom half, but a 4-3 double play from the Beavers ended the frame. It was the first of a couple double plays cleanly executed by Reedsburg.
Rivera-Guzman singled to start the second and advanced on a wild pitch and a groundout before scoring on a 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 omitted the double play opportunities but a groundout ended the inning.
The Beavers scored three more runs in the top 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 from McMillen 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.
After another quiet inning at the plate from the T-Birds in the bottom third, Reedsburg upped its lead to 12-0 with Adelman and Rivera-Guzman each hitting RBI singles in the top fourth.
Baraboo got on the board in the top fourth. Mason Peterson led off with a single but the Beavers executed a routine 6-4-3 double play. Cummisford followed with 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 took advantage of a few walks in the top fifth, as Kruser, Gavin Gurgel, and Kaleb Mueller all reached on walks while Spencer Reinecke and Trevor Steffen added singles to give the Beavers four more runs.
On the mound, Deitrich recorded one strikeout and three walks over the first three innings while Tarren Gruber closed things out in the final frame with three strikeouts and one walk.
“I thought Deitrich and Gruber both pitched well,” Abbott said. “They pounded the zone early, Deitrich’s walks came toward the end as he fatigued, (and they) kept hitters off balance, and got a lot of ground balls.”
After four postponed games due to late winter weather, Reedsburg will finally be back in action on April 20 when the team hosts Wisconsin Dells for a non-conference game.
REEDSBURG 16, BARABOO 1
Reedsburg 613 24; — 16 12 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.