Falcons bounce back with four victories

by Steve Ottman Falls News Correspondent

PEYTON LUECKE of Sheboygan Falls launches the ball to the plate, during a recent summer baseball contest. – Falls News photo by Steve Ottman PEYTON LUECKE of Sheboygan Falls launches the ball to the plate, during a recent summer baseball contest. – Falls News photo by Steve Ottman After losing five straight games, the Sheboygan Falls High School baseball team rallied to post four consecutive wins and move into second place in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference standings last week.

With the four victories, Falls improved to 10-6 in the EWC (11-9 overall).

The Falcons racked up a 5-4 win over Brown Deer in a non conference game on Saturday, June 23.

Falls took the lead in the third inning on a three-run triple from JT Petrie, scoring Noah Winter, Alex Friday and Jacoby Endreas. Petrie finished 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Brown Deer scored three runs in the fifth to tie the game 3-3.

In the sixth, Brandon Senglaub reached on an error and scored on a wild pitch. Ryan Schmitt walked and scored later on a sacrifice fly from Jonah Tenpas to give Falls a 5-3 lead.

Senglaub pitched two and two-thirds innings in relief to notch the win, after giving up a run in the seventh and finishing with four strikeouts.

The Falcons won their biggest game of the season in a 2-1 pitcher’s duel against New Holstein on Friday, June 22.

Peyton Luecke of Falls went the distance for the win, striking out a season-high 10 batters and walking one, while giving one run on three hits.

Justin Tenpas scored both runs for the Falcons. Tenpas scored on an RBI single from Endreas in the first and again on an error in the third. Tenpas was a pinch-runner for Friday, who singled both times.

Brad Schroeder of New Holstein took the loss, giving up two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

Falls topped Oostburg 6-2 on Wednesday, June 20.

The Falcons jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second when they loaded the bases and Jonah Tenpas drilled a three run double to score Petrie, Jon Bassuener and Senglaub.

Falls struck again in the fifth inning with some help from Oostburg. Winter and Jonah Tenpas scored on errors and Justin Tenpas stole home on a double steal to make the score 6-0.

Oostburg came up short with two runs in the seventh.

Endreas struck out seven batters for the win, giving up five hits, two runs and three walks.

Dutchmen took the loss for Dutchmen.

The Falcons split a doubleheader with Plymouth on Monday, June 19.

Plymouth won game one 10-0 in six innings.

Plymouth pitcher Reilly struck out 11 Falcons and held Falls to two hits. Steinhardt led the hitting attack with three hits, scoring three runs and one RBI. Gosse was 2-for-3 with five RBI.

Luecke took the loss for Falls, pitching three and one third innings and giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out three with a walk.

In game two, Falls charged back to win 6-2 after falling behind 2-1 in the fourth inning.

Reilly hit an RBI single to give the Panthers the 2-1 lead.

In the fifth inning, Friday drove in two runs on a single to score Winter and Senglaub to lift Falls to a 3-2 lead.

Then in the seventh, the Falcons loaded the bases. Schmitt scored on an error, Endreas came home on wild pitch and Senglaub singled to score Petrie.

Sean Aschenbach picked up the save, pitching three innings, allowing no hits and struck out two with a walk for the Falcons.

Petrie pitched four innings to start the game, giving up two runs, including one earned, on six hits with a strikeout.

Senglaub was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Friday went 1-for-4 with two RBI.

Plymouth’s Gosse took the loss in relief, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks.

“We’re back to playing better baseball,” said Falcons’ head coach Travis Christenson. “That was a huge win over Plymouth and a heck of a win by Luecke over New Holstein. This was a huge confidence builder for the team, going into the last two weeks of the regular season.”

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