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August 23, 2019

Rhinelander Black catcher Cody Everson looks to tag Rhinelander Green’s Adrian Patrone in a play at home plate during a Northwoods Babe Ruth Prep League tournament game at Stafford Field Wednesday, July 10. (Photos by Bob Mainhardt for the River News)
Rhinelander Black catcher Cody Everson looks to tag Rhinelander Green’s Adrian Patrone in a play at home plate during a Northwoods Babe Ruth Prep League tournament game at Stafford Field Wednesday, July 10. (Photos by Bob Mainhardt for the River News)
Ryan Jamison hits the go-ahead double for Rhinelander Green in the sixth inning of a Northwoods Babe Ruth Senior League tournament game against Eagle River Red at Northland Pines High School in Eagle River Thursday, July 11.
Ryan Jamison hits the go-ahead double for Rhinelander Green in the sixth inning of a Northwoods Babe Ruth Senior League tournament game against Eagle River Red at Northland Pines High School in Eagle River Thursday, July 11.
7/13/2019 7:30:00 AM
Babe Ruth Roundup
Rhinelander Black takes down Rhinelander Green in Prep League tourney opener

Jeremy Mayo
Sports Editor

After splitting their regular season series, Rhinelander Black and Rhinelander Green met one more time Wednesday night in the Northwoods Babe Ruth Prep League tournament opener. This time around Rhinelander Black got the better of the battle, scoring four times in the first inning en route to a 12-8 victory.

The middle of the Black order came through to establish the lead as Pierce French drew a bases-loaded walk for the game's first run. Back-to-back two-out singles by Owen Ives and Oscar Hanson plated three more runs and give the Black team an early 4-0 lead.

The Green team got two of those runs back in the bottom of the inning. An Adrian Patrone double drove in James Heck. Patrone later scored on a Owen Kurtz grounder.

That was it for both sides until the fourth as Richard Threlkeld walked, got to second and scored on a John Curry base hit. The Black team then blew the game open with more runs in the fifth. Will Gretzinger doubled and walks drawn by French, Ives, Hanson and Threlkeld all helped the cause as Rhinelander Black pushed the lead to 9-3.

The Green team got a run back in the bottom of the inning as Patrone singled and scored two batters later on a Kurtz base knock, but the Black team put it away with two more in the sixth and one run in the seventh.

Down nine, the Green team tried to rally in the seventh. The first four batters of the inning walked, and Kurtz delivered a double that cleared the bases to cut the lead to 12-7. Kurtz later scored following a grounder by Kaeden Piller, but the Green team did no further damage.

Gretzinger allowed a run on four hits in three innings of relief to earn the win for Rhinelander Black. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. Mason Baker allowed two runs on a hit with three strikeouts over the first two innings and Cody Everson closed it out for Rhinelander Black, with a strikeout and five walks over the final two innings.

Heck started for Rhinelander Green, and allowed four runs on seven hits over three innings with three strikeouts. Kurtz allowed seven runs on four hits with seven strikeouts in three innings of relief. Connor Augustine finished up on the mound for Rhinelander Green, giving up a run on two hits with a strikeout.

Rhinelander Black, the No. 4 seed in the Prep League tournament brackets, advances to take on top- seeded Crandon Monday night in Crandon.

Laser Pros pulls away from Tomahawk Blue

It was close for a couple of innings, but top-seeded Laser Pros International found its stride Thursday night and vanquished eighth-seeded Tomahawk Blue via the 10-run rule for the third time this season to open the Senior League tournament.

A four-run third inning broke the game open and the death knell came with six runs in the sixth as Laser Pros beat Tomahawk Blue 15-2 at Kahle Field in Tomahawk.

Ahead 3-2 in the top the third, Ben Sinclair hit a two-out bases-clearing double to extend the lead to four and Logan Schmoeger, who went 4-for-4 on the night, laced a single to right to push the lead to 7-2.

It was all Laser Pros from there.

Following a scoreless fourth, Sinclair and Schmoeger were at it again with back-to-back RBI singles to extend the lead to 9-2 in the fifth. Errors helped Laser Pros to a big inning in the sixth. Three errors coupled with a pair of hits allowed the first five batters of the inning to reach base. Ian Miller hit a two-run single. Jesse Mahner followed with a grounder to third that plated Devyn Orth. Miller scored when Tomahawk's throw to first went wide. Mahner ended up at third on the play and took home on a delayed steal. Later Sinclair walked and scored on a wild pitch.

Laser Pros scored a run in the first and two in the second, but Tomahawk rallied for two in the bottom half of the inning to make things interesting.

Isaac Bixby got the win in relief for Rhinelander, striking out eight over three innings of scoreless baseball. Miller started and allowed two runs on three hits over two innings. Tim Fox closed it out with four strikeouts over the final two innings. He worked around a trio of hits that loaded the bases in the Tomahawk sixth.

Laser Pros pounded out 12 hits in the contest, with most of the damage coming from Sinclair and Schmoeger - the Nos. 7 and 8 hitters in the lineup. Sinclair was 3-for-3 with four RBIs while Schmoeger drove in three in his four-hit night. Miller was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Fox, Orth and Mahner had the other hits for Laser Pros, which will host Tomahawk Gold Monday in the tournament semifinals at Stafford Field. Tomahawk Gold snuck past Three Lakes 8-7 in the second game Thursday night in Tomahawk.

Rhinelander Green rallies past Eagle River Red

Down a player, and down a run, third-seeded Rhinelander Green needed a little a rally in its tournament opener Thursday night at Eagle River Red.

The Hodags got it in the form of a five-run sixth inning as they won 8-3.

Forced to play with eight due to an injury, Rhinelander rallied in the sixth. After loading the bases with nobody out, things began to look bleak as Sam Schoppe was picked off third base and Cole Lehman struck out to give the Hodags two on with two out, but Ryan Jamison hit a go-ahead two-run double and Rhinelander kept going from there. Jamison eventually scored on a passed ball. Joe Schneider reached on an error, stole two bases and scored. Jacob Schoppe walked, stole second and came around on Sam Schneider's single to make it 7-3.

Rhinelander added one more in the seventh as Ridderbusch doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly.

Eagle River Red took the lead in the first as Devin Kevilus walked and scored on a passed ball. Joe Schneider settled in from there, striking out seven straight at one point and eight overall in three innings of work.

Rhinelander tied it in the third as Lehman singled, stole second and eventually came around. Ridderbusch gave Rhinelander the lead in the fourth as his two-out single plated Sam Schoppe. Eagle River rebounded with two in the bottom of the fourth. Matt Szafranski hit a two out triple and eventually scored the go-ahead run.

Those were the only two runs Jacob Schoppe allowed on the hill as he picked up the win, striking out four over three innings of relief. Jamison pitched a perfect seventh to close out the win.

Rhinelander Green had only six hits on the night, including two from Ridderbusch. Jamison, Joe Schneider, Sam Schneider and Sam Schoppe had the other hits.

With the win, Rhinelander Green heads back to Eagle River Monday night to face second-seeded Eagle River Blue, which edged Crandon 10-8 Thursday.

Jeremy Mayo may be reached at

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