Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Crusader Baseball outshine Stars

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Newcomer gives CMH boost
Jayvee standout comes through in varsity debut
CMH 12
Waukesha North 2 (6 inn.)
By Evan Frank,
Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Tim Gotzler isn’t afraid to take a chance.

The Catholic Memorial High School baseball coach called on a freshman to take the mound Monday.

It paid off in a big way.

Ben Bosch, in his first game on varsity after a successful run on the junior varsity, struck out seven and led Memorial over Waukesha North 12-2 in a Classic 8 Conference matchup at Infinity Fields that ended after six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

North gave Bosch a little trouble early, scoring two runs in the second inning, but the new kid on the mound fought through the early jitters with the help of his teammates.

“The guys are just great, making jokes, lifting me up,” said Bosch, who pitched a complete six-inning game. “Everyone was there to pick me up.”

Memorial will play six games
in the next five days, which is a reason Gotzler needed a fresh arm.

“(Bosch) is doing everything he can for us,” Gotzler said. “We have a long week ahead of us. He gave us six great innings. You couldn’t ask any more than that.”

The timing to bring Bosch up felt right for Gotzler.

“He’s been doing very well with the JV,” Gotzler said. “We were looking for an opportunity for him to come up and help us. This was a perfect week. We brought him to practice for the first time on Saturday. Even as we went through our routine, he just seemed to fit in.”

The Crusaders got going offensively in the bottom of the second when they trailed 2-1.

North’s Reggie Rappis struck out Matthew Schulze, and Eric Brown popped up for the second out, but Vince Dombrowski singled to start the rally.

Zach Fridl and Jake Shomin both had RBI singles to push Memorial into the lead.

Justin Dentici drove both Fridl and Shomin home on a single over second base that gave Memorial a 5-2 lead.

“I know that our offense can randomly break out at times,” Dentici said. “We did that tonight. We got on them early
and we just kept it going.”

Gotzler was proud of how Dentici, the team’s catcher, helped Bosch along during the the game.

“To have a four-year senior catcher mentor a freshman on his first (start), that just speaks volumes,” Gotzler said. “That’s things you can’t see on a scorecard.”

North put together a solid second inning when Javier Jimenez drove a shot to left center that scored Ryan Cottrell.

The Northstars took a 2-1 lead when Parker Zitzke cracked a single past the shortstop to score Drake Bertnick.

North was coming off a 10-8 victory over Arrowhead, a team that beat Memorial the day before, but hasn’t found much consistency so far.

“I’m pleased with the work ethic,” North coach Tim Conkey said. “It’s just a matter of believing in yourself.

Thursday’s victory over Arrowhead was encouraging to Conkey, but having the weekend off didn’t help.

“Arrowhead gave us confidence,” Conkey said. “Then we sit for four days. We come out here and now we’ve had time to sit around and think about it. Worst thing in baseball is to sit around and think about it.”

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