Falcons suffer tough loss in sectional semis

PLYMOUTH – A lack of timely hitting hurt the Sheboygan Falls Falcons as they lost a tough battle to Kiel, 3-2, in a sectional baseball semifinal Monday afternoon at Carl Loebe Field.

The Falcons left a whopping 15 runners on base. Falls, a No. 4 seed, ended its season with an 18-12 record. Kiel, a No. 1 seed, upped its record to 19-9.

Falls left the bases loaded in each of the last three innings. The Falcons trailed 3-1 going into the top of the seventh. Conor O’Dwanny led off the frame with a walk and J.T. Petrie followed with a single which advanced Dustin Setzer, who was pinch running for O’Dwanny, to second.

Austin Elsing batted next and laid down a sacrifice bunt which moved the runners to second and third. Lucas Kaland then walked which loaded the bases with only one out. Luke Burgard followed and was hit by a pitch which forced in a run.

Raider junior pitcher Jonathan Meyer escaped further trouble by retiring the next two batters – Ross Krist on a foul pop fly and then Kyle Peterson on a strikeout – which ended the game.

Krist and Petrie led Falls in hits with two each. Ryan Schmitt had the Falcon’s other RBI.

Carter Voelker sparked the Raiders’ attack with three hits and Nickel cracked two. Nickel, Nick Walsh and Eric Weber had one RBI each.

Kiel starting pitcher Alex Winkel notched the victory, with Meyer earning a save. Winkel threw six innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits with six walks, two hit batters and six strikeouts.

John VanderPloeg went the distance for Falls and took the loss. He surrendered three runs (one earned) on seven hits with four walks, one hit batter and seven strikeouts.

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