Resorters drop regional opener to Falcons

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


KEEGAN KOSSMAN of Elkhart Lake slides under the tag of Sheboygan Falls catcher Jonah Tenpas to score on Patrick Ward’s single in Tuesday’s regional baseball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley KEEGAN KOSSMAN of Elkhart Lake slides under the tag of Sheboygan Falls catcher Jonah Tenpas to score on Patrick Ward’s single in Tuesday’s regional baseball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley SHEBOYGAN FALLS – The Sheboygan Falls Falcons scored early and often en route to a 14-1 drubbing of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah in a regional baseball firstround game here Tuesday night.

The No. 5-seeded Falcons upped their record to 18-12. The No. 12-seeded Resorters ended their season at 1-22. The game ended after 4½ innings due to the 10-run rule.

Falls was scheduled to play No. 4-seeded Cedar Grove-Belgium Wednesday, July 11 at Cedar Grove in the finals.

The Falcons only outhit Elkhart 7-4 but took advantage of eight walks and four hit batters. Falls jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Jared Petrie’s two-run double over the center fielder made it 2-0.

After a walk, Jon Bassuener ripped a two-run double and went to third base when the relay throw got past the catcher. Seth Aschenbach followed with a single which gave Falls a 5-0 lead.

The Falcons exploded for seven runs in the second to mount a 12-0 advantage. Falls sent 12 batters to the plate in the frame. The Falcons had just two hits but drew three walks and had three hit batters.

One of the hits in the second was an RBI single by Noah Winter. Two runs scored on an infield error and three were tallied on bases-loaded walks.

The Resorters scored their run in the top of the fifth. With two outs Deegan Kossman reached first on an infield error. After Greg Berres walked, freshman Patrick Ward delivered a single which drove in Kossman.

“We did what we needed to do – attack the baseball and attack the first-pitch strike. We’re a lot better team when we get up right away,” said Falcon head coach Travis Christenson.

“We hit the ball, fielded the ball and had good pitching. It was a team effort and it starts with pitching. Overall as a team, I’m really happy with how they played.”

The winning pitcher was starter Jacoby Endreas who threw two innings. Endreas allowed no runs on two hits with zero walks and five strikeouts.

Ward was Elkhart’s starting hurler. He gave up 12 runs (10 earned) on five hits with six walks, two hit batters and one strikeout in 1-1/3 innings.

Bassuener led Falls in RBIs with three, followed by Petrie and Aschenbach with two each. Bassuener and Sawyer Specht scored a team-high three runs each. The Falcons had seven batters with one hit each.

Ward led Elkhart in hits with two.

Resorter head coach Davin Hill pointed to two close plays which could’ve swung some momentum to his team if the plays went Elkhart’s way. The Resorters almost picked off a runner at second in the first inning which would’ve meant two outs and no runners on at the start of the frame.

The second play was on an infield single at the start of Falls’ second inning in which the runner barely beat out the grounder. An infield error followed which put runners at first and second.

“You have to give Falls credit for throwing strikes,” said Hill.

“Patrick pitched a good game regardless of the number of runs. He got two hits in the leadoff spot. It was fun to see our three freshmen [Kossman, Berres and Ward] get up and produce that run. That’s something to build on for next season.”


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