Berg’s big night lifts Bay Port over Ashwaubenon
Bay Port’s Bobby Tilot bats in the Pirates 14-4, five-inning victory over Ashwaubenon May 8 (Melinda Palzewic photo).
Bay Port’s Jake Berg
BY RICH PALZEWIC
SUAMICO – What a difference a night makes.
A day after the Bay Port baseball team scored only one run and managed just five hits in a 2-1 loss to Pulaski, the bats erupted in a 14-4 victory over Ashwaubenon May 8 at Bay Port High School.
Since the two teams had already played in conference action, the game was considered nonconference.
Bay Port’s Jake Berg was 2-for-2 with three runs scored and four RBI. The senior infielder had a two-run homer in the fourth inning.
The Pirates bashed out ten hits in the five-inning victory.
“Ashwaubenon was a little short on pitching like we were, but it was just nice to see the guys swinging the bats a little bit and having some fun,” said Bay Port head coach Mike Simoens, whose team improved to 7-2 overall. “After the (Pulaski) game everyone was down in the dumps, but it was good to bounce back and get a win.”
The Pirates put the game away early after scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the first off Ashwaubenon starter Drake Doxtater. Bay Port had just three hits in the opening frame, but Doxtater hit four batters, issued two walks and the Jaguars defense committed two errors. Just seven of the 10 runs were earned.
The Pirates also scored a pair of runs in each of the second and fourth innings.
Ashwaubenon had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first after Will Adair scored on a Michael Rottier single to left.
Rottier had another RBI in the third, while Logan Blazek batted in a run with a ground out a batter later. Ian MacLean also knocked in a run with a single in the inning.
Beside Berg’s big night, Brett Stanzel had a pair of hits, scored two runs and knocked in a pair. Brad Bernklau, Bobby Tilot, Jordan Bindas, Logan Donart, Carter Highline and Jake Hebert all had hits for Bay Port.
“Berg’s had some tough luck as of late,” added Simoens. “He’s hit the ball well the last couple of weeks. We’ve been confident that he was going to have a big game here soon – no issues there.”
Jett Thielke started on the mound for the Pirates, while Taylor Kurowski and Grant Maus also saw action.
Ashwaubenon: 103 00 – 4 8 2
Bay Port: 10 202 X – 14 10 1
ASH: Leading hitters – Adair 2X3, Siudzinski 2X3, Rottier 2X3; RBI: Rottier (2), Blazek (1), MacLean (1); Pitching – Doxtater (LP), 2.0 IP, 3 H, 10 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 2 SO; Wendorf – 3.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 1 SO.
BP: Leading hitters – Berg 2X2, Stanzel 2X3; RBI: Berg (4), Stanzel (2), Tilot (1), Bindas (1), Donart (1), Highline (1), Thielke (1); 2B: Donart; HR: Berg; Pitching – Thielke (WP), 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 SO; Kurowski – 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 3 SO; Maus – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.