Getting All-Star shaft a matter of perspective

Die-hard Milwaukee Brewers fans could be justified in feeling their team got fleeced.

Best record in the National League but no starters in the All-Star Game?

The Brewers must have one of the most complete groups of role-players ever assembled, or there’s some kind of fiendish plot to keep them out of the Midsummer Classic. Right?

Nope. In reality, it’s only the sort of collateral damage endured by small-market teams. Fewer fans in the base equals fewer votes.

Outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain will be suited up for baseball’s 89th All-Star Game on July 17 in Washington, D.C., as will relief pitcher Josh Hader. Those three are the only players representing the Brewers — who have led the NL Central for 74 days so far — although that’s only as disappointing of a thing as one wants to make it.


Clintonville doubles up Bonduel in pitcher’s duel

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Clintonville’s Colton Kluth fires a pitch during a 4-2 win over Bonduel on Sunday.

The first time the Clintonville and Bonduel Legion baseball teams met this summer, Bonduel’s Wyatt Erb pitched a gem to outduel Clintonville’s Colton Kluth and help the Grizzlies to a 4-0 win.

The teams met for the second time this summer on Sunday in Clintonville. A similar game took place, with Bonduel’s Erb and Clintonville’s Kluth each toeing the rubber again. This time around, though, it was the Diamond Cats that earned a 4-2 win as Kluth outdueled Erb.

Bonduel got runners to first and second with just one out in the top of the first inning, but Kluth got a strikeout and then induced a popup to end the Grizzlies scoring threat.

After not scoring in the team’s first tilt, Clintonville put up a two-spot in its half of the first after a costly Bonduel error. Nick Schoen doubled with one out before moving to third on a Kyle Finger single. Courtesy runner Chance Bork then stole second.


Legion Roundup

Clintonville 13

Marion/Tigerton 0

Clintonville pounded out 16 hits while Nathan Krueger pitched a no-hitter as the Diamond Cats eased to a 13-0 win in five innings over Marion/Tigerton on Monday night.

Krueger allowed just one baserunner to reach, a batter he hit with a pitch, in the entire game and needed just 56 pitches to get through the game.

The Diamond Cats jumped out to an early lead when Kyle Finger singled home Logan Liesenfelder in the first. Clintonville (11-6) added six runs in the second inning, with seven of the first eight batters reaching base.

The Diamond Cats managed to score once in the third and five more times in the fifth. Krueger and Jacob Viergutz each delivered two-RBI singles in the fifth. Viergutz finished the night with three hits and three RBIs while Krueger reached base four times and drove in two runs. Finger posted three hits while Matthew Morse had two hits. Liesenfelder and Nick Schoen each reached base twice.


Stueck pulls off last lap pass to reach victory lane

Jason Stueck saved the best for last as he utilized a daring high side pass to go from third to first in the final turn of the final lap for his second Mighty Four win of the season.

Trent Nolan made it three first-place finishes in a row in the IMCA Stock Car class. Lucas Lamberies won his fourth IMCA Sport Mod feature while Brett Swedberg (Late Model) and Kevin Feck (IMCA Modified) each notched their second wins of the season. Kyle Raddant won the IMCA Sport Mod Dual on the Dirt.

Luke Postl took the lead on the opening lap of the Late Model feature as Swedberg followed him in second. Swedberg got underneath Postl on lap five and did not relinquish the lead as he went on to lead the final 15 laps for the win. Postl went on to finish second. Derek Janke, Joe Reuter and Joel Bennett completed the top-five.


Several BABA races still left to be determined as season winds down

Contributed photo John Dunlavy and the Clintonville A’s are chasing Gresham in the East Division.

Through nine weeks of the Badger Amateur Baseball Association (BABA) season, a number of teams have enjoyed strong seasons. Yet with just a few weeks remaining in the season, the league’s division races are still up for grabs.

The final games of the regular season will be played on Aug. 5, with the divisional semifinals taking place on Aug. 12. The top four teams in each division will take part in the division semifinals.

The division semifinal winners will square off in the division finals on Aug. 19, with the winning team from each division reaching the BABA semifinals. The two semifinals will be played on Aug. 26, with the winners advancing to the BABA Grand Championship on Sept. 2.

The Gresham Gophers lead the East Division with a 7-0 record, one of just two undefeated BABA teams remaining. Despite its perfect mark, Gresham holds just a one-game lead over the Clintonville A’s (6-1).


Shawano splits doubleheader with Waupaca

The Shawano Legion baseball team settled for a split with Waupaca on Thursday night at Memorial Park.

In game one, the Patriots used a four-run fifth inning to rally from an early 2-0 deficit. Waupaca tied the game in the top of the seventh before Shawano’s Alex Hoffman came through with a clutch single, scoring Mason Dingeldein for the walk-off victory.

In the Patriots four-run frame, Brad Bartz delivered a two-run single while Jacob Lacy and Hoffman drew bases-loaded walks. Bartz finished with three of the Patriots seven hits while five different players scored. Casey Baumann pitched all seven innings, allowing just one earned run, to pick up the win.


8th annual BABA Alumni game scheduled for July 21

The eighth and final BABA East-West alumni game will be played at 1:30 p.m. July 21 in Shawano.

The East team will be looking to tie up the series at four after falling 4-1 last year. The East’s most recent win was in 2015.

The alumni game is the last of an eight-game series because Shawano is the last destination that wanted to host the game. There is a possibility of restarting the series in the future if there is enough interest, or if there are sites that wish to host the event again.

For information, contact Craig Brei at 715-853-1769 or


BABA Roundup

June 29, July 1 and 4

East-West Division

Clintonville 17

Marion 1

Clintonville eased to a win over Marion in seven innings to improve to 6-1 overall. Marion fell to 3-5.

Park Mindel, Hunter Vollmer and Jeremy Schoeinike each posted two hits for Clintonville in the win. Jake Madson was the winning pitcher for the A’s.

Maverick Gehrman suffered the loss for Marion. Jake Westphal and Ryan Mortensen each had one hit for the Meisters.

Little Falls 4

Caroline 1

Little Falls remained atop the division with a tight win over Caroline. Little Falls improved to 6-2 while Caroline fell to 4-3.

Chris Dunn struck out 13 batters in a complete game effort on the hill for Little Falls. Drew Radies posted three hits for the Loggers while Kal Fischer had two hits and and Nate Korb doubled.


Raiders of the turtle nests remain a mystery

My daughter, Kalispell, was overjoyed Thursday night because she had helped solve the puzzles that ultimately allowed us to escape a room at Escape Oshkosh.

If you aren’t familiar with the latest entertainment craze, escape rooms give families or groups a set time limit (ours was an hour and we made it with 2 minutes to spare) to figure out a series of puzzles, unlock several boxes and gather enough clues to get out of the room.

My wife and I had tried unsuccessfully to escape the Mafia Room during a previous Escape Oshkosh adventure, but this time, the three of us tackled the Carnival Room. The entire room resembled a carnival with a variety of games like ring toss, balloon popping and magnetic fishing, some concessions and so on. A staffer watches progress through a camera and relays occasional clues through a TV monitor.


Brei, Hoffman enjoy final high school softball experience

Contributed photo Gresham’s Mackenzie Hoffman swings during a WFSCA All-Star Game.

Bowler’s Maranda Brei and Gresham’s Mackenzie Hoffman were both four-year starters for their respective schools softball teams.

Hoffman made an all-conference team during each year of her high school career. In the Central Wisconsin Conference-10, she was named to the honorable mention team as a freshman, the second team as a sophomore and the first team as a junior. In the new CWC-North Division this year, Hoffman also made the first team.

This spring, Hoffman helped Gresham to a 7-3 conference record, good enough for second place. The Wildcats were a No. 4 seed in Division 5 for the playoffs.

Brei was an honorable mention selection in the CWC-10 as a sophomore and junior. Competing in the CWC-North as a senior, Brei made the first team.

This spring, Bowler earned two conference wins and rallied to a playoff win over Oneida Nation.


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