Friday, June 28, 2013

Crusader Top Indians

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Mukwonago 4  

Freshman delivers for Crusaders Bosch earns second varsity victory
Freeman Correspondent

MUKWONAGO – Ben Bosch was sharp on the mound.

Bosch, a freshman lefthander, pitched a seven-hitter through six complete innings as the Catholic Memorial High School baseball team outlasted Mukwonago 5-4 in a rain-delayed Classic 8 Conference game Thursday.

It was the second consecutive victory for the Crusaders, who improved to 8-7 in conference and 11-8 overall.

The start of the game was delayed for an hour as the result of muddy field conditions caused by storms in the late afternoon.

Thanks in part to the steady movement of a nasty curveball, Bosch yielded only one run on three hits over the course of the first five innings.

“It was nice having a little time to chill out before the game,” said Bosch, who had four strikeouts with three walks and a hit batsman to earn his second victory at the varsity level. “Throughout the night, I adjusted the speed of my pitches and
forced them to put the ball in play. That’s when my teammates did a nice job of backing me up and made the defensive plays. It was just a matter of pitching with confidence, making the most of each situation and having some fun out there.

“The guys cheered me on from start to finish, so it was great to get some good run support and come away with a one-run victory.”

Senior right-hander Sergio Rodriguez pitched the seventh inning, retiring the side to earn a save for the Crusaders.

Rodriguez remained cool under pressure, promptly recording a strikeout followed by back-to-back flyouts to end the game.

“I was excited to get the opportunity to close the door,” said Rodriguez, who also went 3 for 3 with two RBIs to propel Memorial’s eight-hit attack. “At that point in the game, my main goal was just to throw strikes and let the defense make the plays.

“It was exciting to be called upon in that situation, come into the last inning of a one-run ball game and
walk away with a victory.”

Memorial collected four runs on three hits in the top of the first inning as Rodriguez delivered a two run single, junior third baseman Chandler North had an RBI single and junior right fielder Zach Fridl scored on an error.

The Crusaders added what proved to the game-winner in the second, as sophomore shortstop Eric Brown scored on an error.

Mukwonago trimmed the lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the third on a run-scoring ground out by senior second baseman Matt McCartan.

The Indians followed with three runs on four hits in the sixth, including a run-scoring single by senior first baseman Mitch West and RBI sacrifice flyouts by senior catcher Jason Strickler and junior third baseman Brandon Parr.

Memorial coach Tim Gotzler was excited about the way his team fought through the monotonous delay and remained mentally
sharp. “It was a great battle between two very similar teams,” said Gotzler, whose team swept the regular-season series with Mukwonago. “Heading into the playoff seeding meetings, it was a very important victory and should help to give us some good momentum.

“It was tough with the one hour rain delay, but the boys remained mentally sharp and were ready to go when game time arrived. I was just very proud of the

Senior shortstop A.J. Bricco went 2 for 4 to pace Mukwonago, which dropped to 68 in league and 8-11 overall.

Mukwonago assistant coach Steve Frank was filling in for head coach Jay Christiansen, who missed the game with an illness.

“I was very proud of how
we battled back,” said Frank, whose squad stranded five runners on base. “We’ve been on the losing end of a lot of one-run games, so now we just have to bounce back from it and start to build some momentum. If we can do that, we should be ready to go come playoff time.”

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