Dustin Schowalter makes contact with the ball against Lizzy T’s on Monday, Aug. 26 at Snowshoe Park. (Brett LaBore/Lakeland Times)
8/31/2019 7:31:00 AM Snowhawks win snowshoe baseball finale against Lizzy T's
By Brett LaBore of the Lakeland Times
It was a high-scoring affair Monday evening as the Lake Tomahawk Snowhawks played Lizzy T's in the final snowshoe baseball game of the season. The Snowhawks won 22-12 in seven innings.
The Snowhawks wasted no time in the bottom of the first. Jeff Smith, Derek Young and Dustin Schowalter all singled to start the inning.
Then, Todd Niemuth doubled home a couple of runs to give the Snowhawks their first lead of the game before Dave Nance singled home the fifth run. The maximum amount of runs scored and they led 5-0.
"Everyone was loose and when that happens the hits fly," player/coach Jeff Smith said. "It was a lot of fun."
Lizzy T's was up next in the top of the second. Mike Rohloff singled and scored a run. Later it was Nicki Schultz who also singled and scored.
Liz Taylor and Bob McDonald both hit RBI singles and the game was tied at five apiece.
The Snowhawks were relentless in the bottom of the second. Cole Punches reached on a fielder's choice and later scored. Then Nick Merckx singled and drove home a run. He scored and it was 6-5.
Billy Kuckkahn singled and scored home a run to make it 7-5. Three runs scored and it was 8-5 Snowhawks.
In the top of the third, Michelle Lau singled and scored to make it 8-6. The game was tied as Josh Chowinski drove home a run.
"On a whole, we had a pretty good year. I would have liked to have seen a couple more runs come across the plate when the Chicago guys were here," Smith said.
The bottom of the third was a crazy one. The Snowhawks batted around, hit eight straight singles and scored five runs. The score was 12-7.
Chowinski was back at it again in the fourth when he singled in Rohloff to make it a 12-8 game.
The Snowhawks kept the hits coming in the fourth and scored five more runs. The highlights of the inning came when Nance doubled home a run and scored. Snowhawks led 17-8.
In the top of the fifth, Phil Pospyhalla hit an RBI single. Schultz scored the fourth run of the inning, after reaching on a fielder's choice. Snowhawks still led 17-12.
Five more runs scored in the bottom of the fifth for the Snowhawks. The scoring got started with a hit by Schowalter and ended with an RBI single by Punches.
The last inning of the night for Lizzy T's started with a single by Kenzie Hilmer. But no runs came to score in that inning and the Snowhawks won 22-12.
The game was played in a drizzle all night, but there were still fans in their seats, cheering on both teams through every hit and fall.
"The interest was there and they were having a lot of fun along with the players," Smith said. "If you know everyone is having fun, then it's easier coming back and doing the same thing next year."
The volunteers are what make it happen every single Monday. From concessions to donations, the volunteers made the magic happen.
"The volunteers show up every Monday night to help with the announcing, shirt sales, helping with seating, pie making, butterfly nets, 50/50 raffles, field prep and all around help with week to week operations ensuring a great experience every Monday night," Smith said.
They make sure snowshoe baseball in Lake Tomahawk is a tradition unlike any other.
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