Falls baseball squad posts 2-3 record

by Steve Ottman Falls News Correspondent

The Sheboygan Falls High School baseball team posted a 2-3 record, during a busy schedule of games last week.

Falls dropped a doubleheader to Port Washington by the scores of 12-9 and 8-7 on Saturday, June 27.

The Falcons opened game one with five runs in the first inning. However, the offense stalled after that. The lack of depth in pitching and defensive errors allowed Port Washington to comeback for the win.

Leading the Falls offense was Ryan Schmitt, Ross Krist Kyle Peterson and Jared Petrie, who each went 2-for-4.

The Falcons rallied in the sixth inning with four runs to make it 10-9, but couldn’t finish the comeback.

In game two, Falls head coach Lance Smith resorted to using juniors Kyle Peterson and Connor O’Dwanny to help out pitching.

“Both juniors haven’t pitched since they were in eighth grade and pitched two innings each,” said Smith. “They did better than we could ask for. Also, freshman Peyton Luecke from the JV team came up to pitch two innings. O’Dwanny allowed zero runs in his two innings.”

ROSS KRIST of Sheboygan Falls launches a pitch, during an Eastern Wisconsin Conference summer baseball game last week in Sheboygan Falls. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman ROSS KRIST of Sheboygan Falls launches a pitch, during an Eastern Wisconsin Conference summer baseball game last week in Sheboygan Falls. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman Leading the way for the Falcons was John VanderPloeg, who went 4-for-5, while Schmitt and Brek Simonich each batted 2-for-4.

“We had opportunities to win as we left the bases loaded in the fourth, runners on second and third in the sixth, and we had the game tying and game winning runners on base in the final inning, but were unable to get either one home to score,” remarked Smith.

Falls pitchers Petrie and Krist combined for seven innings to defeat Grafton 11-6, as Falls scored five runs in the seventh inning for the win Friday, June 26.

Petrie started the game and Krist pitched three innings in relief to pick up the win.

VanderPloeg was 5-for-5 with four runs batted in, Krist went 3-for-4 at the plate and Peterson batted 2-for-4 to lead Falls in hitting.

“We made a lot of errors on defense, but our offense led us and we fought through adversity to lead a come-from-behind victory,” commented Smith.

Campbellsport pitcher Jordan Dreikosen tossed a two-hitter and struck out 13 batters to shutout the Falcons 2-0 Thursday, June 25.

VanderPloeg pitched six innings, striking out nine batters and allowing only four hits. Only one of Campbellsport’s two runs was earned.

It was a pitcher’s duel between Dreikosen and VanderPloeg. Campbellsport scored both runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to break up the scoreless game.

Falls scored seven runs in the first two innings to outlast Two Rivers 8-4 Tuesday, June 23.

The Falcons hit four consecutive doubles by Schmitt, Krist, VanderPloeg and Peterson in the first inning to score five runs.

In the third inning Krist singled and VanderPloeg drilled his second double and second RBI of the game. Sean Mattek then hit a RBI single to make the score 7-0.

VanderPloeg hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to total three RBI for the game and bat 2-for-3.

Krist pitched four innings for the win with four strikeouts, allowing no runs on three hits. Trevor Fischer gave up four runs in relief, allowing Petrie to pick up the save while pitching three innings in relief, getting two strikeouts and giving up a walk.

The Falcons are now 4-6 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference (9- 10 overall).

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