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Sat
14
Jul

Local teams learn postseason regional opponents

After a summer season filled with practices and games, American Legion baseball teams around the state are making their final preparations for the start of regionals, which open July 20 for most teams.

When regional play begins, there will be just four area teams putting on their uniforms and lacing up their cleats. Despite the limited amount of local teams to cheer on, all four teams believe they are capable of winning state titles.

Shawano is the lone local team in Class AA. The Patriots were placed into the Rhinelander Regional, which also features Antigo, Northwoods and Rhinelander.

After a slow start to the summer, Shawano (9-8) has found its groove over the past couple weeks, with strong pitching and timely hitting leading the team’s turnaround. Joey Tadych, Casey Baumann and Steve Hoffman have anchored the pitching staff while Parker Pues, Jacob Lacy, Brad Bartz and Alex Hoffman have constantly been getting on base and driving in runs.

Sat
14
Jul

Legion Roundup

Shawano 13

New London 0

The Shawano Legion baseball team used a balanced attack at the plate and strong pitching outing from Joey Tadych to ease past New London on the road in five innings.

The Patriots scored six runs in the second inning, a single run in the third, two in the fourth and four more in the fifth to take down the Clippers.

Tadych and Casey Baumann each provided three hits for Shawano while Tadych and Marcus Welander each drove in two runs. Parker Pues, Jacob Lacy, Mason Dingeldein and Tadych each scored two runs.

Tadych worked the first four innings to earn the win, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out three batters. Isaac Buntrock pitched the final inning, working around a hit and a walk to post a scoreless frame.

Shawano is 8-3 in its last 11 contests.

Clintonville 9

Marion/Tigerton 2

Sat
14
Jul

Big-water perch fishing with co-worker fills freezer

“When are we going fishing? You want to go fishing after work?” Eric Shew, like so many kids in the Fox River Valley, is an addict. But unlike opiates or alcohol, his addiction is fishing.

The 17-year-old Oshkosh lad works with me at 4imprint in Oshkosh. He’s a “sanitation engineer apprentice,” which is another term for trash collector. With 920 employees, there’s always plenty of trash, and recyclables, too.

We struck a friendship one day when we got talking about fishing and duck hunting. Eric, his dad, Jon; and his grandfather, Dan Meisel, are all avid fishermen. Eric and his dad enjoy waterfowling, too.

I know fishermen like to brag, but it soon became apparent from Eric’s frequent fishing success stories on walleyes and perch that he was the real deal. He’d learned well from his dad and granddad.

Fri
13
Jul

Erb, Finger named to Legion All-Star Game


Leader file photo Kyle Finger has had a monster summer at the plate for the Clintonville Legion baseball team.

Leader file photo Wyatt Erb has been a strikeout machine from the mound for the Bonduel Legion baseball team this summer.

The Clintonville and Bonduel Legion baseball teams have each enjoyed strong summer seasons and each hold high aspirations for the postseason.

Bonduel’s Wyatt Erb and Clintonville’s Kyle Finger have played big roles in the success of their respective teams and were recently honored with roster spots for the 2018 Wisconsin American Legion All-Star Game. Erb and Finger will represent the Stripes team in the contest, which will be played at Miller Park on Aug. 5, following the completion of the Milwaukee Brewers game against the Colorado Rockies.

Bonduel head coach Jason Boldt was also named to the All-Star Game and will serve as one of three coaches for the Stripes team.

While making the Legion All-Star Game is a honor most players hope to earn, the feat seemed unlikely for Bonduel’s Erb following a devastating injury just one summer ago. Erb tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) while trying to gain exposure on the basketball court.

Fri
13
Jul

LEGION BASEBALL

The Clintonville Legion baseball team seems to be peaking at just the right time. The Diamond Cats picked up their third win since Sunday in a 7-3 victory over Wild Rose on Wednesday evening in Clintonville.

Clintonville got a strong start on the mound from Logan Liesenfelder, who did not allow a run across the first four innings. Matthew Morse worked the final three frames, surrendering just one earned run.

The Diamond Cats grabbed an early lead on a Colton Kluth RBI double in the bottom of the first inning before adding a run in the second and third innings to take a 3-0 lead.

After Wild Rose scored its first run in the fifth, Clintonville answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Nick Schoen tripled to open the frame before scoring on a Kyle Finger double. Keenan Doornink later drove in courtesy runner Chance Bork to give the Diamond Cats a 5-1 advantage.

Thu
12
Jul

Wittenberg surges past Marion/Tigerton after big inning


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Gavin Scheurer rips a two-run single to center in Wittenberg’s 11-run sixth inning.

The Wittenberg and Marion/Tigerton Legion baseball teams met for the second time this summer on Tuesday in Tigerton.

The second meeting between the teams was nothing like the first, a game in which Wittenberg used balanced hitting and a strong outing on the mound to cruise to a 9-0 win.

This time around, Wittenberg needed an 11-run sixth inning to pull away for a 14-2 win in six innings on Tuesday.

After Wittenberg loaded the bases in the top of the first inning, Marion/Tigerton starting pitcher Austin Hoffman escaped the jam by inducing an inning-ending groundout.

Marion/Tigerton, which entered the tilt with a 0-5 record, then made a statement in their half of the first. Hoffman walked to open the frame and later moved to second on a Conner Harris single. Mitchell Elandt then ripped a double to the right-center gap, plating both Hoffman and Harris.

Thu
12
Jul

LEGION BASEBALL

Casey Baumann has been in a groove on the mound over his past few starts. The trend continued on Tuesday, when Baumann twirled another gem, helping Shawano claim a 2-0 win over Kaukauna.

Baumann surrendered just three hits while working all seven innings. He struck out one batter, walked none and needed just 75 pitches to get through the game.

Baumann also drove in the game’s first run, bringing home Jacob Lacy on a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Cole Nelson, the next batter, followed with a RBI single that scored Joey Tadych for the Patriots second run.

Shawano managed just five hits of its own off Kaukauna starter Chase Stumpf, who needed 75 pitches to get through six innings.

The Patriots improved to 8-8 on the summer and are scheduled to travel to take on New London at 8 p.m. Thursday. New London edged Shawano 3-2 on June 30 in a Clintonville Tournament matchup.

Thu
12
Jul

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.

Wed
11
Jul

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.

Wed
11
Jul

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.

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