Reedsburg’s up-and-down season ended on a down note this past week.
The Pirates couldn’t get enough players together to do any damage on Aug. 5 when they traveled to Ashton and fell 10-0 in a Home Talent League Northern Section quarterfinal game. The loss put an end to Reedsburg’s season, which saw a lot of positive outcomes when the Pirates showed up in full force but it was mostly clouded with a lack of commitment from the players.
“The bottom line was it was kind of the microcosm of the year. The way the year has gone for us, it was the same thing where we were shorthanded again. We lost a couple of guys to work; we had two guys cancel just hours before the game,” coach Tom Gavin said.
Reedsburg (9-8) held its own early as it trailed 2-0 through the first four innings, but that was when Ashton pulled away as the A’s scored eight runs in the bottom fifth. The Pirates were sluggish at the plate throughout, recording only three hits on the night as Ashton’s Derrick Rothwell ended the contest with eight strikeouts. Defensively, Matt Lennon struck out four and walked only one through five innings but allowed 13 hits.
“We didn’t hit the baseball, but you know it was a classic example of our season where we struggle all year to find consistency in our lineup and consistency on the pitching mound,” Gavin said. “We never got there all year long.”
Sauk Prairie 12, Reedsburg 1
A pitching duel broke out early at Nishan Park on Aug. 2.
Reedsburg’s Nick Ihde and Sauk Prairie’s Jacob Pape went head-to-head early on during Reedsburg’s final Thursday Night League game, but a struggling reliever led to a 10-run sixth and Sauk Prairie went on to win 12-1.
Both Ihde and Pape fell into a groove through the first two scoreless innings. The Twins were first to strike, with Pape drew a walk to lead off the third inning before a double from Chucky Schara and a sacrifice fly from Sorg made it 1-0. Ihde, who went 5 and 1/3 innings and struck out five, got a strikeout to end the inning and keep Reedsburg within one.
The Pirates had their biggest chance of the night in the bottom half, as Alex Baker cracked out a leadoff double to center field while Steve Gavin reached on a hit-by-pitch. After a fly out, Nathan Kruser walked to load the bases, but a strikeout and a groundout stranded three runners.
After a scoreless fourth, the Twins tacked on another run to start the fifth. A Schara hit-by-pitch and an RBI double from Sam Koenig made it 2-0.
The Pirates got one back in the bottom half, with Gavin recording a one-out single. He took third base on a blooper from Kruser, while Ihde drove him in with a blooper of his own. The run prompted a Sauk Prairie pitching change, as Leister come on and forced a groundout to end the frame.
Sauk Prairie started to pull away in the top of the sixth. Tyler Prime got it started with a walk, while Keith Kraemer doubled to right. Adam Ballweg hit a blooper to left to make it 3-1, while Pape followed with an RBI base hit of his own.
Gudenschwager took over on the mound from there, but struggled to find the zone as four straight walks gave Sauk Prairie a 7-1 advantage. Traven Huber relieved him, but he hit Leister in the back to make it 8-1. Prime kept things going with a bases-clearing double to make it 11-1. Kraemer added a single to put runners on the corners for Ballweg, who added an RBI single before a groundout ended the 10-run inning.
Sauk Prairie’s victory clinched a spot in the Thursday Night League playoffs while officially eliminating Reedsburg. The Twins will open the Night League playoffs with a trip to Wiota on Thursday.
Sauk Prairie tops Waunakee in quarterfinal
The Sauk Prairie Twins walked it off on Aug. 5.
The top-seeded Twins were taken to extra innings before Trent Sorg came through with a 10th-inning walk-off RBI double in Sunday’s 5-4 home win over eighth-seeded Waunakee in a Northern Section quarterfinal game at Chuck Hall Memorial Field in Sauk City.
Sorg’s one-out double down the right-field line drove in second baseman Dylan Slotty, who had drawn a walk to set the table for Sorg.
Taylor Koenig got the start on the mound for the Twins, throwing four innings before giving way to Sam Koenig. Koenig went the rest of the way, striking out seven batters and earning a win in six innings of relief.
The Twins started fast, scoring a run in the first inning to take an early lead. After giving up a pair of runs, Sauk Prairie scored again in the third to tie the game at 2-2.
The Twins carried that momentum into the bottom of the fourth inning. The rally started when Sorg reached base on an infield single and Connor Leister was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. They both advanced on a passed ball before Jeremy Meier drove in Sorg to give Sauk Prairie a 3-2 advantage. Elijah Jorgenson added an RBI groundout to score Leister, as Sauk Prairie took a 4-2 lead into the fifth.
Waunakee closed the gap late to set up Sorg’s walk-off double. Sorg went 2-for-4 with a double on the night, while Sam Koenig added a home run for the Twins.
Sorg got to Waunakee pitcher Blake Bieri after Bieri had thrown five straight scoreless innings. Bieri pitched the complete game for Waunakee, striking out five while giving up seven hits.
The Northern West Division champion Twins (15-2) extended their Sunday League winning streak to seven games, with their last loss coming to Middleton on July 6.
Sauk Prairie improved to 2-0 against Waunakee (6-11) this season, also notching a 6-1 road win on May 6.
Sauk Prairie will host Cross Plains (8-9) in a Northern Section semifinal on Aug. 12.
ASHTON 10, REEDSBURG 0
Reedsburg 000 000 000 — 0 3 2
Ashton 101 080 000 — 10 15 0
Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — R: Lennon (L; 5.2-13-9-1-4), Peterson (1.1-2-1-0-0). Ash: Rothwell (W; 7-3-0-3-8).
Leading hitters — R: none. Ash: Peternell 2x4, Prochaska 4x4, Adler 4x4, Meinholz 2x3. 2B — Peternell, Prochaska, Adler.