Bonduel’s season ends at hands of Clintonville

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel American Legion shortstop Travis Wollenberg, who led the Grizzlies with two RBIs in Friday’s 4-3 loss to Clintonville, fires a throw to first base. Back-to-back losses put an end to Bonduel’s season.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Clintonville American Legion relief pitcher Jaden Doornink entered the game with two runners on and a two-run lead in the seventh inning and kept Bonduel from completing its comeback effort.

For the second consecutive night, Bonduel built a comeback effort late in the game of the American Legion regional tournament.

Trailing by two runs entering the seventh inning Friday at Village Park in Bonduel, the Grizzlies got its only production from the bottom of the lineup in a 4-3 loss to Clintonville in the double-elimination tournament.

Jack Thiel walked and Josh Richter was hit by a pitch from Clintonville starter Nate Krueger, putting two runners on for leadoff hitter Jordan Boldt.

Working against Clintonville’s top hurler, Jaden Doornink, Boldt slapped a single into the hole at shortstop to load the bases. Travis Wollenberg grounded into a double play, scoring Riley Allen, who was pinch running for Thiel. With Richter at third base, Trevor Pedersen flew out to center field, ending Bonduel’s season.

“He’s our main gun,” Bonduel coach Jason Boldt said. “I thought for sure he’d come through for us there. Just got in on his hands a little bit.”


Learning to drive where others are not

Years ago when I attempted to race, a wise man said to me, “Learn to drive where they aren’t.”

Lately, I have seen the subject of a “one-groove racetrack” bandied about online. Now I have an interesting perspective in that I watch every race each week at the Shawano Speedway and, except for the few nights I have taken off in the past 13 years, I have done so every week since 2004.

Last week was a prime example of what some consider a one-groove racetrack. The preferred line to race in for much of the night was in the higher groove of the track, closer to the wall than to the infield. Some may call this a one-groove racetrack; others call this an opportunity to pass.

For example, feature winners Lucas Lamberies and Travis Van Straten each started his respective feature in 10th place. This means that each of them found a way to pass nine cars on his way to the front of the field. For these two, many of their passes utilized the inside of the track.


Grizzlies’ offense sputters in regional loss

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel American Legion right fielder Jordan Boldt lays down a bunt for a single, one of his two hits on the night. The Grizzlies fell to Oconto Falls 2-1.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel American Legion second baseman Austin Siolka attempts to turn a double play in Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Oconto Falls in the second round of regional play. Bonduel will try to stay alive in the tournament when it faces Clintonville at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Village Park.

Bonduel head coach Jason Boldt knew that if his team was going to pull out a win, his guys would have to score some early runs.

Three of the first four batters collected hits in the first inning as Bonduel took 1-0 lead on Oconto Falls. But that was the only run the Grizzlies could muster against Oconto Falls ace Evan Sigmund as Bonduel fell 2-1 in the second round of the American Legion regional playoffs Thursday night at Village Park in Bonduel.

“The way we started off, I’m thinking we were going to get to him a little early and maybe tack on a couple,” Boldt said. “I thought if we could get two, three runs early that might be enough for us. But we got that one and kind of stalled. We hit a lot of line drives tonight, but that’s how baseball goes.”


Legion Highlights

Kewaunee County 8

Shawano 2

Kien Moorman led Shawano at the plate with two hits and a run in the Patriots’ regional loss Thursday in Luxemburg.

Dylan Sumnicht threw five innings, giving up four earned runs for Shawano (5-13).

Bryce Gagnow also scored for the Patriots, who will face Ahnapee at 8 p.m. Friday to keep their season alive.


Time for baseball to zone in on balls and strikes

Technological advances have increased and will continue at such an exponential rate that years from now the baseball controversies involving freak-level success will no longer be whether someone is on steroids, but whether the player is really a person and not artificial intelligence.

For the time being, there is a different polemic afoot, with managers getting tossed at a steady rate for running their yap about balls and strikes.

Major League Baseball honcho Joe Torre issued an edict to managers, general managers and assistant general managers to lay off the video replay and stop bickering with the home plate umps, or else prepare to take a hit to the wallet.

His warning came in the wake of a spate of ejections of managers who got run after griping about calls that replay had shown to be mistaken.

Torre’s memo read, in part, “This highly inappropriate conduct is detrimental to the game and must stop immediately.”


Rain cancels bracket play of youth tournament

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Brandon Bushy slides into third base after a three-RBI triple to give Shawano Red a commanding lead in the final inning of a 7-1 victory over Little Chute in the 12U division of the Shawano Youth League tournament Friday in Memorial Park.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel 12U first baseman Reece Stoltenow beats a runner to the bag during a victory over Shawano Black on Friday at the Shawano Youth League tournament in Memorial Park.

Rain early on Sunday morning put a damper on the Shawano Youth League 11U and 12U tournaments.

Tournament director Bob Hannes was out at the fields early, but with from 4-6 inches of standing water in places, it would have taken too long to get the fields ready for play, he said.

“It would have taken us two hours to get the first field going, and then we still would have had three more, and that would have pushed us back,” Hannes said.

And with teams from across the state, including Eau Claire, Cudahy/St. Francis and D.C. Everest, participating, coordinating a makeup date to finish the tournament would be too complicated.

For those reasons, the 11U and 12U tournaments will remain unfinished.

The Bonduel 12U and Shawano Red baseball teams were undefeated through the opening two days and were among the top four seeds before the rain stopped the games.

In the 11U tournament, Shawano compiled a 2-0 record over Friday and Saturday.


Van Straten continues his domination at speedway

Contributed Photo Mark Weisnicht captured his first IMCA Modifieds feature victory Saturday in Shawano.

Contributed Photo Robert Bunkleman picked up his first victory of the season in Saturday’s Late Models feature at the Shawano Speedway.

Travis Van Straten won his seventh IMCA Stock Car feature of the year Saturday on Reinhart Food Service night at the races Saturday at Shawano Speedway.

Lucas Lamberies brought home his fifth IMCA Sport Mod feature and Brad Wedde picked up win No. 2 in the Mighty Fours division.

Robby Bunkleman (Late Models) and Mark Weisnicht (IMCA Modifieds) each scored their first wins of the season.

IMCA Stock Cars

Joe White had the car to beat early on in the IMCA Stock Cars feature. White, who was pressured by BJ Giese for numerous laps, led the first eight laps of the race before 10th-place starting Van Straten made an inside pass for the lead on lap nine.

Giese followed Van Straten past White for the second spot as White coasted to the pit area with mechanical woes. As Van Straten began to pull away, Giese ran second, while Mike Schmidt and Dan Michonski battled for third.


BABA Roundup





WP — Parker Mindel; LP — Paul Murphy


Zischka slowly preparing for fall sports as AD

Luka Zischka already knows what it’s like to fill big shoes.

The Bonduel High School social studies teacher began his tenure in the district in 2011, taking over for Mark Welch, who had taught for 40 years.

Now, Zischka is taking over for retired athletic director Roger Toole, who worked in the district for the past 42 years, including the past 23 years as AD.

“I kind of envision myself as keeping on what Roger was doing,” Zischka said. “He built a lot of great programs within the school, and I think the community responded very well to Roger, and Roger kind of took the athletic programs we had and made them reflect the community as well. He built a good foundation, and I kind of hope to keep it sturdy.

Zischka, a 2011 graduate of St. Norbert College, reached out to Toole when he started, asking to help with any of the sporting events as he was already planning on attending.


Pedersen named to Legion all-star team

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel American Legion pitcher Trevor Pedersen was selected to play on the North team of the Legion all-star game at Miller Park on Aug. 14.

Bonduel American Legion head coach Jason Boldt hadn’t gotten a chance to get to know pitcher Trevor Pedersen too well prior to the summer season.

Now, after roughly one month of together, Pedersen has earned Boldt’s respect.

“I knew he was a good ball player. Now, being able to coach him, I see a whole different side to him,” Boldt said. “He’s a leader besides being a good ballplayer.”

Pedersen this week was named to the North team for the Legion all-star game Aug. 14 at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

Pedersen, who no-hit Wittenberg on June 28, also had two no-hitters during the spring high school season.

After a thumb injury sidelined him for the beginning of the Legion season, Pedersen has come back with a vengeance.

“The last couple of starts I’ve had I’ve been throwing harder than I have been in high school,” said Pedersen, who plans to walk-on at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee this fall.


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