Ashwaubenon and Appleton split legion baseball doubleheader
By Murray Gleffe
ASHWAUBENON-The Appleton DoubleDays captured Game 1 by a final of 8-0, but the Ashwaubenon A’s battled back and won Game 2 by a score of 10-0 (June 16).
(Game 1) Unfortunately for the A’s, the DoubleDays came out firing on all cylinders at Ashwaubomay Park.
After a lead off walk, Sam Herbeck hit a double to center scoring Owen VanDerhorst.
Parker Fisher was next up, and he fired a missile to right field that was misplayed and VanDerhorst came around to score to give the road team a 2-0 lead after the opening half inning.
Will Adair got walked to lead the inning off for the A’s.
A stolen base and sacrifice fly put Adair at third.
With two outs, however, the A’s couldn’t advance him to home plate.
The DoubleDays really opened the floodgates in the top of the second.
Chase Wittman was hit by the opening pitch.
After a successful steal, Mitch West hit a single to left field that scored Wittman.
Appleton was just getting started.
Samuel Steffens walked.
Herbeck then sent a rip through the thick grass that scored West to give the DoubleDays a 4-0 lead.
With the bases loaded, and the A’s in serious trouble early, Head Coach Ben Perry pulled starting pitcher Riley Siudzinski after just one and one third innings.
New A’s pitcher Luke Hansford struck out his first batter, but Billy Dorow collected three RBI’s by hitting the center field fence and sent home three runs to give the DoubleDays an overwhelming 7-0 lead just an inning and a half into the contest.
Hansford settled down and gave up just one run the last five innings.
The damage was done early, however, as the DoubleDays tacked on one more in the fifth to blank the A’s in the first of two.
Carson Cook pitched six innings giving up no runs in garnering the win for the visitors.
Ashwaubenon 0,0,0 0,0,0 0 0
Appleton 2,5,0 0,1,0 0 8
The A’s were not about to drop both games in a weekend home series.
The second game provided a complete contrast of the first in that the A’s tuned their bats to 16 hits.
After Logan Blazek retired the DoubleDays to lead off the festivities in the night capper, Adair and Ian MacLean pounded out singles to immediately give Ashwaubenon base runners.
Michael Rottier blasted a double that gave the A’s a 2-0 lead.
They weren’t finished there.
After Siudzinski found the gap, Jeremy Cox walked, and Nick Brauer grounded a base himself, two more runs had scored giving the A’s a 4-0 lead after one inning.
After a scoreless second, the A’s for all intent purposes put the game away in the bottom of the third.
Cox, Ashton Steinike, Alex Hager, Hansford, and Adair all crossed home plate as the A’s went through the entire line-up in the inning.
When it was all said and down the A’s had a nine-run lead.
Brady Wittig added a late run to provide the final margin.
Blazek continued his mastery on the mound by not giving up a single run all game in capturing the win.
He had a complete game going until the DoubleDays connected on a single in the top of the fifth.
The A’s will be back in action June 18 when they travel to Pulaski.
Ashwaubenon 4,0,5 1,0,0 – 10
Appleton 0,0,0 0,0,0 0 0