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CMH’s top hitters do damage against South
1-2-3 batters collect seven of 14 Crusader hits
By Tom Badger, Freeman Correspondent
WAUKESHA – Don’t change a thing.
That’s the message the Catholic Memorial High School boys baseball team sent their coach Tuesday night following a 13-5 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha South.
CMH turned 14 hits into 13 runs to pull away at the end.
With the win, Memorial improved to 2-0 in Classic 8 play, 2-1 overall.
Prior to the game, CMH coach Tim Gotzler said he’s been fiddling around with the batting order.
“Tonight we wanted to mix it up a bit and put some of our hotter guys in the front of the order so they get more at bats,” Gotzler said. “In a high school season that’s so short, you have to play the hot hand.”
The hot hand belonged to CMH seniors Cameron Krausert, Jake Shomin and Matt Rechner, who were 1-2-3 in the line up and collected seven of the team’s 14 hits. A double by Krausert and single by Shomin sparked a four-run first inning against South junior Cannon Cooley.
“Our guys got on a really good pitcher today,” CMH senior catcher Jake Shomin said. “I’m guessing that we’re going to stick with it. It starts in (batting practice). Our goal was to jump on him early, get him down and hopefully get a lead.”
South battled back and eventually tied the game at four in the bottom of the second. Senior Tanner Hill delivered a two-out, two-run single down the left field line scoring junior Eric Ehrhardt and sophomore Charlie Ho with the tying run.
From there, Memorial starter Eric Brown settled down and kept South from scoring until the bottom of the sixth. A key unassisted double play by sophomore shortstop Kabe Stucker got the Crusaders out of a jam in the fourth.
“You can’t let early mistakes get you rattled so I just had to bear down and focus in,” said Brown, who was starting for the first time on varsity. “I just tried to mix things up and keep them guessing. I knew my team had my back and they were going to come up big for me later on.”
Brown was right.
After Krausert, senior Teddy Sibilsky – Shomin’s courtesy runner – and Rechner scored runs in the fourth, Memorial added two more in the fifth and four more in the sixth. A triple by Shomin and a two-run single by senior Chandler North put the game away.
“When we put up a big number on offense, we always talk about putting up a zero on defense,” Shomin said. “Making big plays like that double play is always a key toward reaching that goal.”
“Hitting is contagious,” Gotzler said. “We continued to have good at bats throughout the night. Baseball is such a game of momentum, especially at the high school level.”
CMH senior Matthew Schulze finished up on the mound in the seventh.
With the loss, South dropped to 1-2 in league action, 1-3 overall.
“This was the first rough outing that I can remember Cannon having in three years,” South coach Marc Montez said. “As a pitcher, you are just going to have those days. You have to look past it and move on.”
South collected nine hits and battled right to the final out.
“Our mental toughness in playing a full seven inning game is showing up right now,” Montez said. “On offense, we the ball real hard and had line drives right at people – even up to our last out.”
With the bases loaded and two outs, Ho sent a long fly ball to deep left center that Krausert hauled in just in front of the fence.