The second round of the three-game Southeast Conference series this week between the Bradford and Tremper baseball teams came right down to the wire.
This one went to the Trojans.
Tremper overcame a 2-1 deficit with two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings and held off a Bradford rally to earn a hard-fought 5-3 victory. The teams have now split two games with the 4:30 p.m. rubber match today at Tremper.
“The performances by players on both teams represented Kenosha baseball at its finest,” Tremper coach John Matera said. “The game was well-played and highly competitive. We grew as a team tonight because of it.”
A single through a drawn-in infield by Tremper’s Ryan McGonegle drove in pinch runner Tim Krohn and courtesy runner Eric Juarez to give the Trojans a 3-2 lead.
In the seventh, Tremper’s Jared Heinzen doubled home Ben Loyd, who had singled, and Reese Dutton, who walked.
But the Red Devils weren’t finished.
Bradford scored a single run in the bottom of the seventh and had runners on second and third when the game ended.
“We played our most incomplete game of the season and couldn’t hold the two leads that we fought hard to earn,” Bradford coach Matt LaBuda said. “When you play a quality team like Tremper, you can’t make mistakes to beat yourself.
“I give credit to the (Trojans) pitchers, who limited the damage when we had runners on base and in scoring position. We’ll need to put this game behind us, execute better and be prepared for a new day of baseball tomorrow.”
Leaders for Tremper (5-3, 5-3) were Jordan Kehl (two hits, run), Dutton (two hits, run, RBI), Heinzen (hit, two RBI) and McGonegle (hit, two RBI).
Kaileb Lyon earned the win for the Trojans, as he allowed seven hits, two earned runs, three walks and struck out three in 51/3 innings.
“Kaileb has worked so hard over the off-season, and he took a huge step forward on the mound tonight,” Matera said. “He was outstanding.”
Reese Dutton worked the seventh inning to pick up the save, as he allowed a hit and struck out three.
Spencer Lehman had two hits and a run scored for Bradford (8-1, 7-1). Kyle McKinnon (hit, run) and Jack Seefeldt (hit) accounted for the Red Devils’ other RBI with one apiece.
Matera couldn’t have been more pleased with his team’s effort.
“I’m so proud of the resolve and grit that our kids showed tonight,” he said. “We’ve talked about how the game is 21 outs, there isn’t a time limit, and you have to play until the end.
“They did that tonight by grinding out a couple runs in the sixth and seventh and holding off a very talented, experienced Bradford team.”
Racine Case 3,
Indian Trail 0
The Hawks were limited to one hit in a Southeast Conference road loss to the Eagles.
While Indian Trail fell to 8-2 overall and 6-2 in conference, Case (1-7, 1-9) picked up its first win of the season.
“Give (pitcher Nolan) Hodgins and Case credit,” Indian Trail coach Mike Schmidt said. “He changed speeds nicely and kept our hitters off balance. We didn’t hit much into play very aggressively.”
After starter Noah Reeves allowed three runs and eight hits over the first 31/3 innings, relievers Michael Neu and Jacob Shippee combined to hold Case scoreless.
“Our bullpen did a nice job tonight of stopping the damage and keeping the game within reach,” Schmidt said. “Unfortunately for us, the bats never got going.”
St. Joseph 1,
The Lancers’ Patrick Connolly drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift St. Joseph to the Metro Classic Conference victory at Simmons Field.
St. Joseph stayed unbeaten at 7-0 and improved to 5-0 in the MCC.
Connolly doubled to drive in Tim Berry, who scored from first.
Starting pitcher Jake Reigel went the distance to earn the win, as he allowed just two hits, one walk and struck out four.
“This was a great team win, and I am extremely proud of the guys that stepped up tonight,” St. Joseph coach Joe Gricar said.
Waukesha West 10,
The Wolverines (4-2) erupted for eight runs in the seventh inning to rally for the non-conference win in Paddock Lake.
Central erased a 2-0 deficit with a three-run fourth and added a run in the sixth for a 4-2 lead before West’s big seventh.
Reliever Alex Salerno took the loss for Central (4-5) after allowing two runs and five hits over 22/3 innings.
Samy Greco went 3-for-3, knocked in a run and scored twice to lead the Falcons’ 10-hit attack. Salerno (2-for-4, run, RBI) and Kyle Mitchell (2-for-3, two RBI) also turned in impressive performances at the plate.
The visiting Panthers improved to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the Southern Lakes Conference with a doubleheader sweep Tuesday afternoon.
Wilmot broke open a close game in the opener with seven runs in its last three at-bats. Tanner Peterson and Leo Falletti highlighted the offense with solo home runs in the first and fifth innings.
Zack Watson led the way with two hits, two runs scored and three RBI, followed by Falletti with two hits, a run scored and three RBI. Conner Louma added two hits and a run scored.
Peterson earned the win, as he allowed eight hits, one earned run, one walk and struck out eight in six innings on the mound.
A six-run fourth inning and a five-run outburst in the sixth were more than enough offense for Wilmot in the nightcap.
Louma had a hit, a run scored and three RBI, followed by Bodie Stickles (hit, run, two RBI) and Cal Jenkins (two RBI).
Josh VanKampen pitched the first 51/3 innings to pick up the win, as he allowed four hits, an earned run, two walks and struck out five.
and Scott Koker