Falcons reflect on final summer season

Falls baseball team caps 2018, looks ahead to next spring
by Steve Ottman
Falls News Correspondent


THE MEMBERS OF THE 2018 Sheboygan Falls High School summer baseball team are (front row, left to right) Colin O’Dwanny, Sawyer Specht, Alex Schmitt, Peyton Luecke, Garret Rau; (middle row) Seth Aschenbach, Brandon Senglaub, Jon Bassuener, Justin Tenpas, Jacoby Endreas, JT Petrie; (back row) Ryan Haag, coach Dustin Kovard, coach Nathan Woelfel, coach Travis Christenson, Jonah Tenpas. Missing Alex Friday, Noah Winter. – Network Photography photo THE MEMBERS OF THE 2018 Sheboygan Falls High School summer baseball team are (front row, left to right) Colin O’Dwanny, Sawyer Specht, Alex Schmitt, Peyton Luecke, Garret Rau; (middle row) Seth Aschenbach, Brandon Senglaub, Jon Bassuener, Justin Tenpas, Jacoby Endreas, JT Petrie; (back row) Ryan Haag, coach Dustin Kovard, coach Nathan Woelfel, coach Travis Christenson, Jonah Tenpas. Missing Alex Friday, Noah Winter. – Network Photography photo The 2018 Sheboygan Falls High School baseball team experienced a successful season under first-year head coach Travis Christenson.

Falls finished in second place in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference with a record of 15-7 and wound up 18-13 overall.

In the postseason, the Falcons defeated Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah in a first round WIAA summer baseball regional game.

However, Cedar Grove- Belguim edged Falls 3-2 in eight innings in a WIAA regional final contest.

“Overall, I felt that we had a successful season,” said Christenson. “We had some tough one-run walk-off losses, but that’s baseball.”

Christenson felt that this year’s Falcons’ squad could challenge anyone. He admitted that the two losses to Random Lake were probably the two roughest losses of the season.

Otherwise the five other conference losses were splits with all five top teams of both conferences.

The Big East Conference and EWC games counted together for their 15-win season.

“It was a tough conference overall,” Christenson explained.” “I think this was a very competitive year and with a break here or there and we could have had a better finish.”

Christenson liked how balanced his team was with a good blend of seniors, juniors and sophomores.

Falls will lose five seniors to graduation, including Alex Friday, Brandon Senglaub, JT Petrie, Peyton Luecke and Sawyer Specht.

Friday and Petrie were fouryear varsity players, while Senglaub, Luecke and Specht also provided a lot of leadership to the younger players.

“We will miss them, but I think our upcoming classes will keep this program strong,” remarked Christenson.

The Falcons will have juniors Jacoby Endreas, Seth Aschenbach, Alex Schmitt, Garret Rau, Justin Tenpas, Ryan Haag, Colin O’Dwanny sophomores Jon Bassuener, Jonah Tenpas and freshman Noah Winter returning.

Christenson believes a few of this year’s junior varsity players will move up to make strong contributions next year.

Endreas was selected to the All-EWC first team unit and led Falls in hitting with a .354 average (29-of-82), while scoring 25 runs and recording 22 RBI.

Petrie, Senglaub and Friday were named to the All-EWC second team.

Petrie was an All-EWC second team pitcher with a 6-3 record to go along with a 3.60 ERA and 26 strikeouts.

Senglaub batted .315 and had 13 RBI with 19 runs scored.

Friday batted .317 and had 18 RBI with 13 runs scored.

Christenson noted that Luecke deserved recognition, finishing 5-5 with a 1.47 ERA and 52 strikeouts.

With summer baseball ending in Wisconsin, the Falcons will compete in the spring starting next year.

As a result of this change, Christenson feels that the team will experience some transition.

“It will be two months earlier for us,” stated Christenson. “I expect that it will be tough for us to adapt, but we have a good group and we’ll be ready.’

The new spring baseball EWC will be made of its regular conference foes, including Brillion, Chilton, Kiel, Manitowoc Roncalli, New Holstein, Two Rivers and Valders.


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