Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wow! How many runs scored?

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 


CMH 29
Waukesha North 9 (5 inn.) 

Stealing home sets tone for Crusaders
11-run second turns tide early

By Todd Hansen
 Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA – In a 20-run game, one play usually doesn’t determine the outcome.

However, it went a long way in opening the floodgates for the Catholic Memorial High School baseball team.

In a tie game with two outs in the second inning, Memorial senior left fielder Zach Fridl stole home with the bases loaded to give the Crusaders a one-run lead.

Memorial added 10 more runs in the frame and the Crusaders went on to defeat Waukesha North 29-9 in a Classic 8 Conference game at Frame Park on Tuesday.

The Crusaders added 12 runs in the third inning to improve to 9-3 overall and 71 in league.

“Momentum is a crazy thing, especially in baseball,” Memorial coach Tim Gotzler said. “A couple of plays here and there really turned it in a positive way for us and we just kept going.

“Momentum is crazy and it worked in our favor today. We just kept going and going today and capitalized on things. Conference win is a conference win. It doesn’t matter what the score is.”

Memorial senior catcher Jake Shomin doubled home two runs after Fridl’s steal
 and Memorial also benefited from five walks and a hit batter following Shomin’s hit before a three-run single by senior second baseman David McLeod and an RBI hit by Matt Rechner.

“One play can turn a game around,” North coach Daniel D’Amico said. “They attempt to steal home in the second inning. The ball beats the runner there and just one little mistake and we didn’t get the tag down in time. It was the right call,
 and we just didn’t get (the tag) down. That went from a 2-2 game with us hitting and turned into a 13-2 game.

“We’re focusing on grinding it out, and when things don’t go our way getting past it and moving on and getting the next guy. Had we done that we could have gone there at 3-2 instead of 13-2. We have to grow up and get out of those situations – and we will.”

Memorial sent 18 batters to the plate in its 12-run third inning. McLeod’s two-run
 double highlighted the outburst, Fridl had two run-scoring singles and the Crusaders also received eight walks in the frame. Overall, North’s four pitchers walked 19 batters and hit three others while also allowing 16 hits.

McLeod led Memorial with three hits and five RBIs. Fridl added three hits and four runs batted in while freshman Josh Karfonta also drove four runs. Every Memorial starter finished with at least one RBI and one run scored.

North (0-10, 0-6) did score seven runs over the final three innings, helped by an RBI double by left fielder Reggie Rappis and an RBI single by catcher Austin Weyer, who finished with three of the Northstars’ 11 hits. Centerfielder Parker Zitzke also had three hits for North and scored two runs.

“We’re young and we’re going to keep battling,” D’Amico said. “I think some positive
 things we can take from the game is that a game we were down 20-some runs our guys kept hitting and they were running out ground balls and popups. They didn’t quit.

“They’re staying together and that’s what we’re working on; staying together as a team and battling. We’re going to keep fighting and things are going to turn around and go our way.”

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