Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Crusader Baseball continues to roll

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


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Memorial second baseman David McLeod
makes an acrobatic catch in shallow right field during Tuesday’s
Classic 8 Conference game against Waukesha South at Waukesha West.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff 

Schulze guts out victory
Senior keeps CMH in game
By Jeff Hagenau, Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA — Matthew Schulze’s heavily iced right arm and shoulder helped tell the story of his gutsy effort.

Schulze, a senior, scattered eight hits with four strikeouts and three walks in going the distance as the Catholic Memorial High School baseball team defeated Waukesha South 7-5 in a Classic 8 Conference game at Waukesha West on Tuesday.

The Crusaders, who haven’t claimed a league title since 1998, improved to 12-4 in conference and 17-7 overall.

Facing a pressure-packed situation in the bottom of the seventh inning with runners on first and second with two outs, Schulze shook off the fatigue and induced a groundball down the third-base line that resulted in a game-ending force out.

For Schulze, the team’s top pitcher this season, there was never any doubt about staying in the game to finish the task.

“I was a little nervous at that point but just focused
and concentrated on throwing strikes,” said Schulze, who recorded his second complete-game victory of the season en route to improving to 6-2 overall. “I was able to locate my fastball a little better than usual and then combined it with the knuckle-curveball to help keep the hitters off balance.

“It was just a good team victory where everyone
stepped up and came through with a great effort to earn another big victory. Yes, we have the target on our backs right now but if we continue to play our game everything should take care of itself.”

Memorial coach Tim Gotzler was encouraged by the way his battle-tested squad remained focused, responded to the challenge and continued its crusade for a Classic 8 championship.

“With five games left on the conference schedule, it was great to see the guys respond to the pressure and walk away with a hard fought victory,” said Gotzler, a 2003 graduate of Catholic Memorial in his fifth year at the helm. “Even though we fell behind early, we showcased our mental toughness and continued to work through it.

“It was just a great team victory that will only help our confidence as we work toward a conference title.”

South collected its first two runs in the bottom of the first as junior shortstop Cannon Cooley and junior losing pitcher Brady Smith delivered back-to-back, two out RBI doubles.

Memorial responded with four runs on three hits in the top of the fourth, including a critical two-run triple by Schulze, an RBI double from senior first baseman Matthew Rechner and a run scoring groundout by junior third baseman Nick Stortz.

“After falling behind in the first inning, it was a good feeling to be able to come back with a few big runs in the fourth to regain the momentum,” Schulze said. “It was a fastball on the outside corner of the plate so I just went with the pitch and drove it into the opposite
field.” The Crusaders extended their lead to 6-3 in the fifth as the result of a clutch, two-run single by senior second baseman David McLeod and ensured a victory with a one-out RBI sacrifice fly by freshman right fielder Josh Karfonta in the seventh.

Smith added a two-out,
two-run single but South couldn’t get any closer.

Smith went 2 for 4 with three RBIs for South, which dropped to 8-8 in conference and 10-13 overall. Senior second baseman Logan Rehn and Cooley each added two hits for the Blackshirts.

“I was very proud of how
we battled back,” said South coach Marc Montez, whose team turned five double plays in the contest. “Even though it didn’t come out in our favor, it really showed our progression. We’ve been playing good ball so we’ll just use it as another good experience.”
Waukesha South third baseman Nolan Heck vaults
Catholic Memorial shortstop Kabe Stucker
after tagging Stucker out at third during Tuesday’s game.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff 

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