Kewaskum’s late outburst ousts Flames in Pokel Tourney


RYAN WACHTER of the Plymouth Flames uncorks a pitch to a Kewaskum batter during Friday’s Pokel Baseball Tournament semifinals. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley RYAN WACHTER of the Plymouth Flames uncorks a pitch to a Kewaskum batter during Friday’s Pokel Baseball Tournament semifinals. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The defending champion Kewaskum A’s erupted for seven runs in the final two innings combined to key a 9-1 romp over the Plymouth Flames in the semifinals of the Jim Pokel Memorial Baseball Tournament Friday night at Loebe Field.

Kewaskum advances to the championship game versus the Brownsville 49ers who routed the Forest ACs, 11-0, in the other semifinal game Friday night. The A’s improved to 17-2 while the Flames dropped to 8-4.

The semifinal games were rained out Wednesday night. The finals, originally scheduled for this past Friday, have been rescheduled for a date and time to be determined.

The A’s led only 2-1 after five innings. Kewaskum tallied two runs in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Kurt Zagzebski and a bases-loaded walk by Adam Sarauer to make it 4-1.

Kewaskum broke the game open with a five-run outburst in the seventh, highlighted by Jason Strobel’s grand slam. The A’s scored all of the runs in the frame after the first two batters were retired.

The A’s banged out 13 hits. Five players had two hits each to lead the way – Garrick Day, Strobel, Dan Shea, Tim Wittig and Ty Schill. Austin Sarauer belted a solo home run in the third.

Strobel had a team-high four RBIs and Zagzebski, two.

The Flames mustered only four hits. Ryan Wachter, Dusty Medved, Devin Christenson and Joel Fabian had one single each.

Plymouth scored its run in the fourth. Wachter singled with one out and later came home on an infield error.

Brad Boegel, a former baseball standout at Kewaskum High School, was the winning pitcher. Boegel surrendered one unearned run on only three hits with no walks, a hit batter and five strikeouts in six frames.

Wachter was the starting and losing hurler. He gave up four runs (all earned) on nine hits with seven walks and five strikeouts in six innings.

“We lost to a pretty good team. Kewaskum is solid throughout its lineup,” said Flame player-manager Rick Meyer.

“I was disappointed in our hitting. Ryan pitched pretty well. Boegel is a good pitcher.”

KEWASKUM 9

FLAMES 1

Score by Innings
Kewaskum.............101 002 5 – 9 13 3
Flames...................000 100 0 – 1 4 1
Brad Boegel and Alex Nuelk; Ryan
Wachter, Dave Stecker (7) and Dusty
Medved. W – Boegel. L – Wachter. HRs
– Kewaskum, Austin Sarauer, Jason
Strobel.


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