Waukesha North 2 (5 innings)
Catholic Memorial bats get going in third
Crusaders score 16 in big inning
By Tom Badger, Freeman Correspondent
WAUKESHA — Sweet 16.
That’s what the third inning was to the Catholic Memorial High School baseball team Thursday in a 20-2 victory over host Waukesha North in a five-inning Classic 8 Conference victory at Frame Park.
Memorial scored 16 runs on 16 hits in the third inning to turn a tense 4-2 game into a runaway. CMH senior Matthew Rechner went 3 for 3 in the third inning alone, while senior David McLeod collected seven RBIs over the first three innings.
Memorial improved to 11-4 in the conference and 15-6 overall. The victory also marked the third time this season that the Crusaders upended the Northstars.
“Crooked numbers are always a goal of ours offensively,” Memorial coach Tim Gotzler said. “It really does a lot to the demeanor of the other side. Vice versa when someone hangs one on us, it’s hard to bounce back from.”
Ahead 1-0 on an RBI groundout by McLeod in the first inning, Memorial took it to 4-0 after a three-run double by McLeod in the second. McLeod’s double scored senior Cameron Krausert, junior Eric Cyskiewicz and freshman Josh Karfonta, who all walked to load the bases.
North cut the lead in half with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Junior Austin Weyer scored on a balk, and senior Cal Zimborski delivered a sacrifice fly that scored junior Zach Reiter.
That’s when the came changed.
Memorial came up with eight straight hits, starting with a single to left field by Rechner. After a North pitching change, the Crusaders poured it on by collecting nine hits over the next 11 batters, including another threerun double by McLeod and two more hits by Rechner.
In all, 20 batters came to the plate in the inning.
“There’s nothing more fun in athletics than hitting a baseball,” Gotzler said. “Going on a streak of 10 of 11 hits to start the inning is unheard of. That shows me that we had to earn it. They weren’t walking guys or making errors. We really hit the ball hard tonight.”
McLeod’s seven RBIs were a surprise — especially considering he batted second in the lineup.
“It’s just that a lot of kids got on base tonight, which really helped me out with the RBIs,” McLeod said. “Batting second, it was the bottom of our order that really stepped up. Our bats were contagious. If we can keep our bats up like this, I think we’ll be at the top of the conference at the end.”
Senior Alex Dodd replaced Krausert on the mound and Dodd induced a pair of inning-ending double plays in the bottom of the third and fourth innings.
Memorial finished with 20 hits with Rechner, senior Jake Shomin, senior Zach Fridl and Karfonta each banging out three apiece. Senior Chandler North, McLeod and Cyskiewicz added two hits each.
It made North coach Dan D’Amico’s head spin.
“Some of them (Memorial’s hits) were hit real hard, and some of them found some gaps,” D’Amico said. “You almost have to pitch a perfect game in order to keep yourself in the ball game. We started out OK, but as the game went on we didn’t pitch like we needed to and they took advantage of it. We didn’t give them too many. They just outmatched us.”
North dropped to 0-14 in Classic 8 play and 2-14 overall.
Photo credits: Top - Waukesha North third basemen Jacob Pryor tags Catholic Memorial senior David McLeod during a Classic 8 Conference game Thursday. Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman
Bottom Catholic Memorial first baseman Matt Rechner tags out Waukesha North’s Parker Zitzke during Thursday’s game at Frame Park. Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman