Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Baseball: Crusaders clean the Shirts

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Waukesha South 2

Crusaders discover sense of urgency

Four-run sixth decides issueBy Logan Macomber, Freeman correspondent

WAUKESHA — Shaky Waukesha South defense opened the door for a Catholic Memorial comeback.

With the threat of a rainout looming, the Crusaders scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning to secure a 5-2 Classic 8 Conference high school baseball victory over Waukesha South at Waukesha West High School on Monday.

Catholic Memorial coach Tim Gotzler credited his team’s comeback to the impending thunderstorm.

“We lacked a sense of urgency early on,” he said, “but Mother Nature gave us a sense. She might be responsible for this one.”

In what was a low-scoring pitchers’
duel for most of the game, Waukesha South took a 2-1 lead into the top of the sixth. Three errors and four Catholic Memorial hits later, the score was 5-2 in favor of the Crusaders.

With one out in the top of the sixth, Catholic Memorial junior Cameron Krausert hit a high blooper to left field that fell between three Waukesha South defenders for a double, then scored on a line-drive single down the third-base line by fellow junior David McLeod.

With the score tied 2-2, Waukesha South starting pitcher Cannon Cooley, a sophomore, struck out his sixth batter of the game for the second out, but a crucial defensive error prevented him from getting out of the inning with no further damage.

After an infield single by sophomore Eric Brown, McLeod scored on a misplayed groundball off the bat of junior Zach Fridl to give
Catholic Memorial its first lead of the game.

Catholic Memorial junior Jake Shomin knocked in Brown with a line-drive single to left-center field, and during the ensuing at-bat, another defensive lapse allowed the Crusaders to take a three-run lead.

Fridl scored the game’s final run when Cooley’s throw to second base during a first-and-third walkoff play sailed into center field.

In the bottom of the sixth, Catholic Memorial starting pitcher Sergio Rodriguez, a senior, set the Blackshirts down in order, and in the bottom of the seventh, he got some help from his defense to close out the victory.

A diving stop by third baseman Matthew Rechner highlighted the inning.

“I’m just thinking about throwing strikes, because I know my defense behind me is going to make some plays out there like
they did tonight,” Rodriguez said.

Catholic Memorial suffered from an error of its own in the top of the first inning. With one out and no runners on, Rodriguez fielded a soft groundball and delivered a high throw to first base, allowing junior Tanner Hill to reach safely. Hill scored on a double by Cooley to give Waukesha South a 1-0 lead.

The following three innings were scoreless and contained only one hit from each team. Catholic Memorial tied the game in the top of the fifth on the first of four total errors by Waukesha South. Brown scored the run on a misplayed groundball to second base.

The Blackshirts regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI grounder by Cooley that scored junior Logan Rehn, but it was all Rodriguez from there.

“(Rodriguez) was really efficient on the mound,” Gotzler said.
“He attacked hitters, and I was just proud of the way he carried himself tonight as a senior for us.”

Rodriguez struck out two batters and gave up just five hits in seven innings pitched.

Gotzler was also impressed with Cooley’s complete-game performance.

“You’ve got to give that Cannon Cooley credit,” he said. “For a sophomore, he’s about as good as they get in this conference.”

Cooley was the only Waukesha South player with multiple hits.

“We should have scored more,” Waukesha South coach Marc Montez said. “Our goal is five to seven (runs) each game. It’s tough to win on two (runs).

“Credit to them. When we hit the ball hard, they made plays.”

Fridl and Shomin led Catholic Memorial 10-8 overall and 7-7 in conference, with two hits apiece.

Waukesha South fell to 5-16 overall and 4-12 in conference.

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