Rhinelander Green’s Jacob Schoppe gets into third base on a double by Quinn Lamers during a Northwoods Babe Ruth Senior League game against Tomahawk Blue at Kahle Field in Tomahawk Monday, June 10. (Photos by Bob Mainhardt for the River News)
Rhinelander Black’s Cody Everson connects for a base hit during a Northwoods Babe Ruth Prep League game against Tomahawk at Kahle Field Monday, June 10.
6/13/2019 7:32:00 AM Rhinelander Green holds off Tomahawk Blue
A strong second inning was enough for Rhinelander Green, which tacked on some extra insurance late to get past Tomahawk Blue 5-3 Monday night in Northwoods Babe Ruth Senior League play at Kahle Field in Tomahawk.
The Green team plated three runs in the bottom of the second inning, cashing in with the bottom half of its order to build a lead it never relinquished.
Trailing 1-0 at the time, Kolby Ridderbusch started the rally, reaching on an error to lead off the inning. Following a walk by Sam Schneider, back-to-back RBI singles by Michael Schramke and Caleb Shefveland gave Rhinelander at 2-1 lead. Sam Schoppe tacked on an RBI on a fielder's choice two batters later to put Rhinelander ahead 3-0.
Joe Schneider made it 4-1 in the third as he singled and stole second and third before coming around when Quinn Lamers reached on an error. Rhinelander Green tacked on one more insurance run in the sixth as Sam Schneider singled in Jacksen Smith, who started the inning with a double.
Four Rhinelander Green pitchers combined to strike out 13 Tomahawk batters. Lamers started and fanned four over 2 1/3 innings. He allowed an earned run in the first and an unearned run in the second. Smith got the win in relief, pitching two innings on hitless ball. He struck out four and worked around three walks. Tomahawk closed to with in 5-3 as it lead off the sixth with three straight hits off Jacob Schoppe, but Schoppe shut them down from there and struck out three over 1 2/3 innings. Joe Schneider struck out two batters and worked around a walk in the seventh to earn the save.
The win moved Rhinelander Green to 3-2 in Senior League play.
Fifth inning costs Rhinelander Black
A five-run fifth inning proved costly for Rhinelander Black as it dropped a Prep League game at Tomahawk 10-4.
The Hatchets had six straight batters reach with two out in the inning, pushing across some needed insurance. Rhinelander was unable to answer back in the sixth inning and the game was called there after reaching the Prep League's two-hour time limit.
The Black team got on the board first, as Owen Ives singled in the first and came around on a Kaden Vanney base hit. Tomahawk answered with a run in the first and two in the second to take a 3-1 lead. Rhinelander got a run back in the third as Caleb Plaumann led off with a hit and moved to third on a Cody Everson single. Plaumann scored on Ives' ground out.
After Tomahawk scored twice more in the fourth to make it 5-2, Rhinelander got back to within a run in the top of the fifth, again producing with the top of the order. Everson singled in Alex Rappley and Ives followed with an RBI triple to cut the lead to 5-4.
Kaden Vanney, Ives and Oscar Hanson all pitched for Rhinelander in the game. Their pitching lines were not reported. Rhinelander Black dropped to 1-3 in the Prep League with the loss.
A passing thunderstorm delayed the start of Monday's game by nearly an hour.
Tuesday was supposed to feature a Prep/Senior League doubleheader at Stafford Field but, thanks to Mother Nature, only two-plus innings of baseball were played.
Thunderstorms pushed through the area Tuesday afternoon, prompting the postponement of a Prep League game between Rhinelander Green and Eagle River. A make-up date was not immediately announced.
Volunteers were able to get the field ready in time for the Senior League game between Laser Pros International and Crandon, but the teams were able to play barely into the third before rain came again and suspended play for the night.
Laser Pros had a commanding 14-0 lead when play was halted one pitch into the top of the third inning. Jesse Mahner had allowed only two hits to that point for Laser Pros, which batted around in each of its two innings. Laser Pros scored seven runs in each frame and had collected 13 hits at the time of the stoppage. Ian Miller had recorded a pair of doubles. Laser Pros had also gotten extra-base hits from Jordan Kuczmarski, Logan Schmoeger and Logan Cook.
A decision on when to resume the game had not been made as of press time.
A Senior League doubleheader is set to take place at Stafford Field this evening, with Crandon returning to face Rhinelander Green in the early game. The nightcap will be a battle between the two remaining undefeated teams in the Senior League as Laser Pros hosts Eagle River Blue.
In the Prep League, Rhinelander Black and Rhinelander Green played an intra-city doubleheader yesterday that concluded after deadline. Rhinelander Black next hosts Three Lakes Monday night at Stafford Field. Rhinelander Green is off until next Wednesday when it travels to Crandon.
Jeremy Mayo may be reached at email@example.com.
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