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Marshfield Chaparrals drops WBA playoff game at Haugen

Posted on 12 August 2017 by paul

The Marshfield Chaparrals gather following their season-ending loss to Haugen in a WBA playoff game Friday night. (Photo by V. Pilz/For


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By Steve Pilz

HAUGEN – The Marshfield Chaparrals amateur baseball season came to an end Friday night when they lost 7-4 to the Haugen Knights in the semifinals of the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs at Haugen Ballpark.

The Chaps picked up right where they left off the last two games and by hitting the ball well. They got two hits in the first inning and then four more in the third.

Nate MacDonald led off the third with a walk, Justin Rayburn reached on a fielder’s choice, and Curtis Englebrecht hit a major league pop-up into shallow left centerfield that was apparently lost in the lights and fell for a hit. Sam Schwanebeck loaded the bases with a single and Luke Wirtz followed with a two-run double. Bobby Pilz drove in Schwanebeck with a single up the middle, and Wirtz scored on an error to put the Chaps up 4-0.

That chased Knight starter Jordan Crotteau, which turned out to be a bad thing for the Chaps.

Travis Thompson took the hill for Haugen in the fourth. He walked a pair but also struck out two, a sign of things to come, to get out of the inning.

Chaparrals starter Jack Donahue pitched unscathed until the fourth when he surrendered three-straight singles. He got out of the inning with three runs scored, just two earned, and the Chaps still led 4-3.

Thompson got the Chaps out 1-2-3 in both the fifth and sixth innings with three more strikeouts.

Murphy’s Law, the adage that states “anything that can go wrong will go wrong,” took full effect in the bottom of the sixth for Marshfield.

The Knights scored two runs on no hits with the help of two Chaparrals errors that put them on top 5-4.

The inning had it all and it was all bad for the Chaps. A hit batter, a base on balls, a sacrifice fly, all wrapped around the two errors and another unearned run turned the once promising into the season’s conclusion.

The Chaps just couldn’t figure out Thompson. He coaxed a double play to start the seventh before back-to-back singles by Wirtz and Pilz. He wiggled off the hook with yet another strikeout to end the inning.

After a walk, a sacrifice bunt and yet another Chaparrals error, Ryan Metz replaced Donahue after 7 1/3 innings. The Knights got two more runs, just one earned, to lead 7-4 in what would be the final score.

Marshfield ends the season with an 11-10 record, while Haugen (24-4-1) moves on to play another playoff game Saturday.

“I was proud of our effort all year,” Chaparrals player/manager Justin Rayburn said. “There was never any quit in us this season and I think we got better as the season progressed.”

Knights 7, Chaparrals 4
Marshfield 004 000 000 – 4 8 4
Haugen 000 302 02x – 7 5 2
Travis Thompson. LP: Jack Donahue.
SO: Donahue (7 1/3 inn.) 5, Ryan Metz (2/3 inn.) Jordan Crotteau (3 inn.) 1; Thompson (6 inn.) 9. BB: Donahue 4, Metz 0; Crotteau 2, Thompson 2.
Top hitters: M, Luke Wirtz 2×4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Bobby Pilz 2×4, RBI; Curt Englebrecht 2×4; Sam Schwanebeck 2×4. H, Ryan Neil 2×2.
Records: Marshfield 11-10; Haugen 24-4-1.

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Marshfield Chaparrals drop final regular-season game to Eau Claire

Posted on 10 August 2017 by paul

Marshfield Chaparrals pitcher Sam Schwanebeck looks in toward home during the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game at Jack Hackman Field. The Chaps lost to the Eau Claire Cavaliers. (Photo by V. Pilz/For

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By Steve Pilz

MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Chaparrals amateur baseball team may have come up on the short end of a 10-7 loss to Eau Claire on Wednesday night, but the larger than usual crowd for the last home game of the season seemed to enjoy the fight the Chaps had in them on Wenzel’s Farm Sausage night at Jack Hackman Field.

“In the last two games we’ve had 24 hits and just one error,” said Chaparrals player/manager Justin Rayburn. “Although the outcome of those games may not be what we wanted, we’re continuing to play well going into the playoffs.”

The Chaps, who finish their regular-season schedule with an 11-9 record, will play at the Haugen Knights at 8 p.m. Friday to open the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs.

Although the Chaps lost their second straight game, they continue to hammer the ball near the end of the season. After 11 hits against Osseo on Tuesday, the Chaps had 13 against the Cavaliers.

Luke Wirtz got the first of his four hits to lead off the second. He scored on Bobby Pilz’s liner down the right field line. The Chaps got two more in the inning and led 3-0. Wirtz hit five bullets Wednesday night, the last straight to the third baseman’s glove as he was 4-for-5.

Nate MacDonald led off the sixth with a triple to right center driving in Alex Steines, who had reached on an error. Rayburn drove MacDonald in with a single and it was 6-2 after the sixth.

The Cavs came back to tie the score in the seventh but the Chaps answered that in the eighth when Curt Englebrecht bashed a triple to left, followed by a Schwanebeck double that rattled off the left field fence scoring Englebrecht.

Leading 7-6 heading into the ninth, the Chaps were unable to keep their lead as Eau Claire scored four times in the final frame. Marshfield wrapped up a successful home season going 7-4 at Jack Hackman Field.

Cavaliers 10, Chaparrals 7
Eau Claire 001 100 404 – 10 15 2
Marshfield 030 003 010 – 7 13 0
Lukas Lanners. LP: Sam Schwanebeck.
SO: Adrian Bethel (6 inn.) 1, Lanners (3 inn.) 1; Cale Cuddie (4 inn.) 4, Ryan Metz (3 inn.) 1, Schwanebeck (2 inn.) 2. BB: Bethel 2, Lanners 0; Cuddie 4, Metz 1, Schwanebeck 1.
Top hitters: EC, Tom Mewhorter 3×5, RBI; Cole Tyman 2×5, 2B, RBI; Matt Miller 2×5, 2 RBIs. M, Luke Wirtz 4×5’ Schwanebeck 2×4, 2B, RBI; Justin Rayburn 2×4, RBI; Nate MacDonald 2×5, 3B, RBI.
Records: Marshfield 11-9; Eau Claire not provided.

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Osseo snaps Marshfield Chaparrals baseball team’s six-game win streak

Posted on 09 August 2017 by paul

Marshfield Chaparrals’ Justin Rayburn waits for a pitch during the team’s game at Osseo on Tuesday. Marshfield lost 9-4. (Photo by V. Pilz/For

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By Steve Pilz

OSSEO- The Marshfield Chaparrals amateur baseball team saw their six-game winning streak come to a halt Tuesday night when they dropped a 9-4 decision to the Osseo Merchants at Jon Soiney Field.

Both squads put their pitching staffs through their paces with the Merchants using four hurlers and the Chaps three, as they both prepare for this weekend’s opening Wisconsin Baseball Association playoff games.

The Chaps (11-8) play at the Haugen Knights at 8 p.m. Friday. They conclude their regular season schedule with a Wednesday night home game against Eau Claire.

Marshfield drew first blood when Justin Rayburn lashed a one-out single in the top of the first. Luke Wirtz followed with a single and Sam Schwanebeck plated Rayburn with a run-scoring double. With two outs, Bobby Pilz drilled a pitch into the hole at short and legged out the throw at first to score Wirtz. The Chaps led 2-0.

The Merchants pulled to within a run in the second on an RBI double by James Gilbertson.

Chap starter Jack Donahue almost got out of his three-inning stint without a crooked numbered inning, but after registering the first two outs in the third, he walked a batter and surrendered a single. After an error, Osseo’s Sam Waters had a two-run single followed by Nolan Matson’s RBI single and the Chaps trailed 5-2.

Pilz relieved Donahue in the fourth. He gave up three runs in the fifth on another Gilbertson double that scored two, preceded by Jesse Brockman’s run-scoring single.

Noah Panzer pitched the final three innings for the Chaps and gave the Merchants nothing.

“It was good to get three of our pitcher’s some work before playoffs start Friday,” said Rayburn, the Chaparrals player/manager.

The Chaps concluded their scoring in the ninth when Nate MacDonald led off with a walk. He came all the way around to score on a close play at the plate on a ringing double to right field by Rayburn. After a pair of fly balls to the right fielder, Josh Metz reached on an error scoring Rayburn but that was as close as the Chaps could get, making the final 9-4.

“We hit the ball well tonight,” concluded Rayburn, ”but we still got out-hit by a very good Osseo team.”

Merchants 9, Chaparrals 4
Marshfield 200 000 002 – 4 11 1
Osseo 014 130 00x – 9 12 2
Preston Gamroth. LP: Jack Donahue
SO: Donahue (3 inn.) 1, Bobby Pilz (2 inn.) 3, Noah Panzer (3 inn.) 1; Aaron Hagberg (2 inn.) 1, Gamroth (2 inn.) 1, James Gilbertson (2 inn.) 1, Alex Meyers (3 inn.) 1. BB: Donahue 2, Pilz 1, Panzer 2; Hagberg 1, Gilbertson 2, Meyers 1.
Top hitters: M, Sam Schwanebeck 3×4, 2B, RBI; Justin Rayburn 2×5, 2B, RBI; Donahue 2×2; Pilz RBI. O, Gilbertson 2×4, 2 2Bs, 3 RBIs; Sam Waters 2×4, 2 RBIs.
Records: Marshfield 11-8; Osseo not provided.

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Marshfield Chaparrals baseball pummels Plover, wins sixth in a row

Posted on 03 August 2017 by paul

Marshfield Chaparrals pitcher Cale Cuddie winds up for a pitch during the first inning of the Chaps’ win over Plover on Wednesday at Jack Hackman Field. (Photo by V. Pilz/For


This story is sponsored by: The Marshfield Tiger Booster Club

By Steve Pilz

MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Chaparrals ran their winning streak to six games Wednesday night by downing the Plover Pteradactyls for the third time this season, winning 11-1 in eight innings at Jack Hackman Field in the non-league game.

The Chaps concluded their Dairyland League schedule Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 win over Spirit, giving them a 7-5 league record. They learned earlier in the week that that was enough to get them into the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs. They will travel to Haugen on Friday, Aug. 11, and play the Haugen Knights at 8 p.m. Before that however, they’ll wrap up their season with non-league games Tuesday at Osseo and Wednesday at home against Eau Claire.

“I think we’re focused knowing we had to win out and knowing the playoffs are around the corner,” Chaparrals player/manager Justin Rayburn said.

The Chaps struck early when Luke Wirtz drove in Rayburn, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, with a single to left to make it 1-0.

Marshfield added to that in the fourth. Alex Steines hit a one -out single and Bobby Pilz walked. Nate MacDonald drove them both in with a two-run triple, and Rayburn scored MacDonald with a single making it 4-0.

Cale Cuddie, making his second consecutive start, wasn’t his sharpest but he was very effective. He struck out seven in his five innings of work and scattered just three hits. He did walk six Pteradactyls and Plover left 16 runners on base.

The fifth inning proved Cuddie’s worth.

After an infield error opened the inning, Cuddie coaxed a ground ball for the first out. That was followed by two more uncharacteristic infield errors by the Chaps. Cuddie struck out the next batter and walked the one after that. Second baseman Curt Englebrecht laid full out in shallow center to snag a line drive before it hit the ground and the Chaps were out of the inning with just an unearned run.

“It’s good to see Cale back on the mound for us,” said Rayburn. “He worked hard to rehab after arm surgery and deserves to have success.”

The Chaps answered right back. Sam Schwanebeck was hit by a pitch and Wirtz moved him to second with a single. After a sacrifice bunt went awry making Schwanebeck the first out at third. Alex Steines got and RBI single, as did Pilz. It was almost déjà vu all over again as MacDonald drove Steines and Pilz in, just as he had in the fourth, this time with a double making it 8-1.

Ryan Metz relieved Cuddie going three innings and striking out four.

The Chaps came to the eighth with a chance to end it.

Englebrecht walked and Josh Metz singled. Wirtz walked and Lucius Messerschmidt lashed an RBI single. Steines reached on an error and Pilz drove in his third run of the game with line shot over the bag at third and the Chaps won 11-1 via the 10-run rule.

Pilz went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and scored twice. MacDonald went 2-for-5 with four RBIs, a double and triple. Wirtz and Steines were both 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Chaparrals 11, Pteradactyls 1
Plover 000 010 00 – 1 6 3
Marshfield 100 340 03 – 11 13 5
Cale Cuddie. LP: Kevin Jastromski. SV: Ryan Metz.
SO: Jastromski (6 inn.) 2, D.J. Drohner (2 inn.) 1; Cuddie (5 inn.) 7, Metz (3 inn.) 4. BB: Jastromski 1, Drohner 4; Cuddie 6, Metz 1.
Top hitters: P, Jason Jones 2×4; John Jazz 2×5, 2B. M, Bobby Pilz 3×4, 3 RBIs, 2 runs; Nate MacDonald 2×5, 4 RBIs, 2B, 3B; Luke Wirtz 2×4, RBI, 2 runs; Alex Steines 2×4, RBI, 2 runs.
Records: Marshfield 11-7; Plover- not provided.

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Marshfield Chaparrals grab pair of big Dairyland League wins

Posted on 29 July 2017 by paul

Marshfield Chaparrals pitcher Bobby Pilz earned the win Saturday at Jack Hackman Field against Spirit with four solid innings of relief. (Photo by V. Pilz/For


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By Steve Pilz

The Marshfield Chaparrals earned two must wins this weekend to keep its postseason hopes alive.

Marshfield pounded out 20 hits to beat Tomahawk 13-6 on the road on Friday, and came through with a 3-1 win over the Spirit Twins at home on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday’s Game
Marshfield 3, Spirit 1

MARSHFIELD – A night after bashing out 20 hits in Tomahawk, the Marshfield Chaparrals returned home to face Spirit and could only manage four.

One thing the two games had in common however, is that they both ended as Dairyland League ‘Ws’ for the Chaps as they downed the Twins 3-1.

It was the Chaps fifth-straight win as they raised their record to 10-7 and 7-5 in the Dairyland League.

Cale Cuddie made his first start of the season for the Chaps on the hill and did an admirable job pitching five innings, striking out five with a pair of walks, while scattering just four hits. He allowed just one run, that coming in the third when Spirit lead-off man Dayne Marenga singled and moved to second on Matt Mohr’s walk. After an out, Derek Petrucalek hit a ball to shallow center that turned into a fielder’s choice but Marenga scored and it was 1-0.

The Chaps got that run back in their half of the third when Nate MacDonald hit a one-out double. Bobby Pilz reached on an error. MacDonald scored an unearned run on the errant throw and the game was tied.

Meanwhile, Spirit starter Jake Borman was effectively baffling the Chaps holding them scoreless in innings four through seven.

Pilz replaced Cuddie in the sixth and struck out two of the four batters he faced. In the seventh it was 1-2-3 and the eighth saw three ground outs to second base wrapped around a single to right.

The Chaps finally made their move in the eighth. MacDonald led off with a single bringing Pilz to the plate. Pilz promptly lashed a pitch to right centerfield that got to the wall for a triple. Curt Englebrecht was hit by a pitch and Pilz scored on a suicide bunt by Sam Schwanebeck to put Marshfield up 3-1.

That momentum seemed to be enough for Pilz in the ninth, although the lead-off man reached on an infield handle shot. After an error and a fielder’s choice, Pilz got a strike out, hit a batter and coaxed a ground out for the Chaps’ 10th win of the season.

Marshfield hosts Plover on Wednesday.

Chaparrals 3, Twins 1
Spirit 001 000 000 – 1 6 4
Marshfield 001 000 02x – 3 4 1
Bobby Pilz. LP: Jake Borman.
SO: Borman (9 inn.) 2; Cale Cuddie (5 inn.) 5, Pilz (4 inn.) 3. BB: Borman 3; Cuddie 2, Pilz 1.
Top hitters: S, Dave Marenga 3×4, 2B; Tom Mohr 2×4. M, Nate MacDonald 2×4, 2B; Pilz 1×4, 3B, RBI; Jack Donahue 1×4, 2B.
Records: Marshfield 10-7, 7-5 Dairyland League; Spirit not provided.

Friday’s Game
Marshfield 13, Tomahawk 6

TOMAHAWK – The Marshfield Chaparrals traveled to Tomahawk on Friday night and scored early and often, bashing out 20 hits en route to a 13-6 Dairyland League win.

“We were able to jump out to an early lead by being patient at the plate,” Chaparrals manager Sam Schwanebeck said. “Their starter was a little wild but we didn’t swing at bad pitches.”

The Chaps scored in each of the first four innings and were up 7-0 in the third before the Titans got on the scoreboard. Tomahawk starter Trevor Roszcewski got through just three innings by walking six batters, twice with the bases loaded.

The Chaps went up 13-3 in the seventh when they scored four times on five hits. The big blows were an RBI double by Ryan Metz and a two-run single by Noah Panzer.

“We got great contributions from the bottom of the order,” said Schwanebeck. “Josh and Ryan Metz both hit doubles helping us score runs and keep the lead out of reach.”

Chap starter Jack Donahue surrendered a couple runs in the seventh, his last inning of work, but he struck out 11, while walking just two, surrendering nine hits. Ryan Metz allowed just an un-earned run in his two innings on the mound, striking out three.

“Our defense was fairly solid,” concluded Schwanebeck, “and Jack pitched really well which has been our strength.”

Donahue went 4-fo- 5 at the plate with 3 RBIs. Bobby Pilz was 3-for-6 with an RBI and Alex Steines was 3-for-5 with an RBI as the Chaps got their second highest hit total of the season.

Chaparrals 13, Titans 6
Marshfield 322 101 400 – 13 20 4
Tomahawk 002 100 210 – 6 12 3
Jack Donahue. LP: Trevor Roszcewski.
SO: Donahue (7 inn.) 11, Ryan Metz (2 inn.) 3; Roszcewski (3 inn.) 2, Jacob Jarvensivu (4 inn.) 0, Jared Jarvensivu (2 inn.) 2. BB: Donahue 2, Metz 1; Roszcewski 6, Jac, Jarvensivu 1.
Top hitters: T, Isaac Weber 3×5, 2B; Jared Jarvensivu 3×4, RBI. M, Donahue 4×5, 3 RBIs; Alex Steines 3×5, RBI; Bobby Pilz 3×6, RBI; Josh Metz 2×4, 2B; Sam Schwanebeck 2×4, 2B, RBI; Noah Panzer 2×5, 2 RBIs; Luke Wirtz 2×5; Ryan Metz 2×6, 2B, 3 RBIs.
Records: Marshfield 9-7, 6-5 Dairyland League; Tomahawk not reported.

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Marshfield Chaparrals baseball upends Osseo

Posted on 27 July 2017 by paul

Marshfield Chaparrals pitcher Westin Wuethrich eyes the plate during the Chaps game with Osseo on Wednesday at Jack Hackman Field. (Photo by V. Pilz/For

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By Steve Pilz

MARSHFIELD – The Osseo Merchants came to face the Marshfield Chaparrals on Wednesday night with a gaudy record of 20-1. When they left a few hours later, they were 20-2.

In what was arguably their best game of the season, but surely their most exciting, the Chaparrals came from behind late in the game, took a four-run lead and then held on for dear life, prevailing 6-5 in amateur baseball action at Jack Hackman Field.

Both teams had aces on the mound. Westin Wuethrich, a Greenwood High School graduate and former player at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, was making his 2017 Chaparrals debut. Osseo starter Luke Eide, a player at UW-Stout came out blazing.

The Merchants got single runs in the first and fourth of Wuethrich, the latter unearned. Wuethrich pitched a solid six innings, striking out four and walking three while surrendering six hits.

Eide struck out the first three hitters he faced and five in his three-inning stint. He gave up a hit and no walks and was replaced by Logan Boettcher in the fourth.

The Chaps got to Boettcher in his second and last inning of work when Alex Steines led off with an infield single. Jack Donahue moved him over with a single and when the Merchants botched a Ryan Metz bunt by throwing it around the diamond, Steines scored when the ball sailed into centerfield.

Osseo’s 2-1 lead lasted till the seventh.

Sam Schwanebeck replaced Wuethrich in the top of the seventh and struck out two of the four batters he faced.

Osseo’s Preston Gamroth pitched his second and final inning, plunking Donahue to start the bottom of seven. After an out, Cale Cuddie singled and pinch hitter Nate MacDonald drove in Donahue with a single. Bobby Pilz walked to load the bases. Curt Englebrecht then popped up a pitch that the first baseman called. The ball landed 10 feet in front of the plate but not in anyone’s glove. Cuddie scored and while some Merchants appeared to place blame, MacDonald scampered home amidst the confusion. Pilz scored a batter later on a Luke Wirtz single and the Chaps were up 5-2.

Schwanebeck struck out the side in the eighth.

Osseo’s final pitcher, Aaron Hagberg, walked Donahue and Ryan Metz to start the eighth. MacDonald singled to load the bases and Pilz got an RBI on another walk making it 6-2.

Schwanebeck surrendered an infield single to start the ninth. A base on balls and a single loaded the bases. A Nolan Matson single made it 6-4 before a sacrifice fly provided the first out but also made it 6-5. Schwanebeck struck out the next batter but drilled the one after that putting two runners on. A couple well placed curve balls sent the next hitter down swinging and the Chaps had their eighth win of the season.

“It’s always good to get a home win,” said Schwanebeck, who served as acting manager in Justin Rayburn’s absence, “especially with the large crowd. Simplicity Credit Union was an awesome sponsor tonight.

“We finally seem to be playing all three facets of the game at the same time. Earlier in the season, our hitting and/or our fielding was behind our pitching and we may have finally caught up. Hopefully we can keep it up here at season’s end.”

The Chaps play at Tomahawk at 7:30 p.m. Friday and their next home game is Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against Spirit. Both are Dairyland League games.

Chaparrals 6, Merchants 5
Osseo 100 001 003 – 5 9 3
Marshfield 000 010 41x – 6 10 2
Sam Schwanebeck. LP: Preston Gamroth.
SO: Luke Eide (3 inn.) 5, Logan Boettcher (2 inn.) 2, Gamroth (2 inn.) 3, Aaron Hagberg (1 inn.) 1; Westin Wuethrich (6 inn.) 4, Schwanebeck (3 inn.) 7. BB: Gamroth 1, Hagberg 3; Wuethrich 3, Schwanebeck 3.
Top hitters: O, Jesse Brockman 2B. M, Alex Steines 2×4, run; Jack Donahue 2 runs; Nate MacDonald 2×2, run, RBI; Cale Cuddie 2×4; Bobby Pilz run, RBI.
Records: Osseo 20-2; Marshfield 8-7.

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Marshfield Chaparrals blast four homers, rout Rock Falls

Posted on 23 July 2017 by paul

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By Steve Pilz

IRMA – The Marshfield Chaparrals amateur baseball team used the long ball to get their record back to even on Sunday afternoon, as they beat the Rock Falls Gunners 14-0.

The Chaparrals moved to 7-7 overall and they improved their playoff chances by evening their Dairyland League record to 5-5.

The Chaps hammered five extra-base hits, four of those home runs, to bolster another strong performance by starter Ryan Metz to keep their playoff hopes alive.

After a scoreless first inning, the Chaps took advantage of a wild Collin Grefe, the Gunners starter, who plunked three batters in the second. Noah Panzer drilled a two-out double to plate all three of them and the Chaps led 3-0 after two innings.

Riley Erickson started the home run barrage with a solo shot in the fifth to put the Chaps up 4-0.

Erickson struck again in the sixth with an RBI single scoring Cale Cuddie, who led the inning off with a single. The Chaps got three in the sixth to make it 7-0.

The Chaps made a short game of it in the seventh by erupting for seven runs. After Cuddie reached on an error, Bobby Pilz reached on a one-out single, putting runners on second and third. Erickson walked with two outs before Curt Englebrecht bashed a grand slam to make it 10-0.

Sam Schwanebeck walked, giving him a statistical baseball anomaly, as he went 0-for-0 with two runs scored, as he walked three times and was hit by a pitch twice.

Luke Wirtz hit a bomb to left and Jack Donahue did the same to center, giving the Chaps a seven-spot in the seventh for their seventh win f the season.

“We hit the ball really well tonight,” said Chaparrals player-manager Justin Rayburn. “Every one of our outs were hard-hit outs. (Ryan) Metz pitched another gem for us. We played well from start to finish in all aspects of the game.”

Metz was stellar, pitching six innings and yielding just six hits while striking out seven and walking one. He gave up just six hits. Donahue pitched the seventh, striking out two and walking one.

The Chaps play at home on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. against Osseo.

Chaparrals 14, Gunners 0
Marshfield 030 013 7 – 14 11 0
Rock Falls 000 000 0 – 0 6 2
Ryan Metz. LP: Collin Grefe.
SO: Metz (6 inn.) 7, Jack Donahue (1 inn.) 2; Grefe (6 inn.) 6. BB: Metz 1, Donahue 1; Grefe 4, Kenon Stellingworth (2/3 inn.) 2, Kyle Brooks (1/3 inn.) 0.
Top hitters: M, Riley Erickson 3×4, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 runs; Curt Englebrecht 2×3, HR, 4 RBIs, 2 runs; Donahue 2×5, HR, RBI; Luke Wirtz HR, 2 RBIs; Noah Panzer 2B, 3 RBIs; Sam Schwanebeck 2 runs; Cale Cuddie 3 runs.

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Five-run first propels Marshfield Chaparrals baseball past Abbotsford

Posted on 18 July 2017 by paul

Marshfield Chaparrals first baseman Lucius Messerschmidt readies for action during Monday’s game against Abbotsford. (Photo by V. Pilz/For


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By Steve Pilz

MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Chaparrals amateur baseball team got all the runs they would need in the first inning and a strong starting stint by Ryan Metz on the mound to take a Dairyland League game 9-1 against the Abbotsford Merchants on Monday night at Jack Hackman Field.

The win moves the Chaps a little closer to .500 at 6-7, and their Dairyland League record is now 4-5.

The Chaps jumped all over Abby starter Jay Soyk in the first inning. Justin Rayburn stroked a one-out single and Curt Englebrecht walked. A passed ball and a walk got Rayburn to third where he was driven in by a Sam Schwanebeck sacrifice fly to center.

Luke Wirtz was next with an RBI triple, followed by a Lucius Messerschmidt single to right, scoring Wirtz. Alex Steines reached on an error and Jack Donahue walked. They moved up a base on a wild pitch and Noah Panzer drove them both in to stake the Chaps to a 5-0 lead.

Metz was tough on the hill taking a no-hitter into the fourth. He left after seven scoreless innings, surrendering just three hits while striking out eight and walking one, a performance not overlooked by his manager.

“Metz pitched well for us,” said Rayburn. “When his curveball is on, he’s tough to beat. He hit his spots tonight.”

The Chaps added single runs in the second and third.

Curt Englebrecht hit a solo home run in the second and the Chaps got an unearned run in the sixth after Messerschmidt singled again and scored on back-to-back errors by the Merchants.

Bobby Pilz led off the Chaparrals eighth with a single and moved to second when Rayburn walked. Schwanebeck drove them both in with his third double of the season and the Chaps led 9-0.

Jack Donahue pitched the eighth and ninth for the Chaps.

Abby got their only run in the ninth when Andy Hodgen scored after a lead-off walk.

The Chaparrals’ next game is on the road against Rock Falls at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Chaparrals 9, Merchants 1
Abbotsford 000 000 001 – 1 4 4
Marshfield 511 000 02x – 9 11 3
Ryan Metz. LP: Jay Soyk.
SO: Soyk (4 inn.) 1, Tyler Robida (4 inn.) 0; Metz (7 inn.) 8, Jack Donahue (2 inn.) 1. BB: Soyk 3, Robida 2; Metz 1, Donahue 1.
Top hitters: M, Justin Rayburn 2×4; Curt Englebrecht 2×4, HR, RBI; Sam Schwanebeck 2×3, 2B, 3 RBIs; Lucius Messerschmidt 2×4, RBI; Luke Wirtz 3B; Noah Panzer 2 RBIs.
Records: Marshfield 6-7 overall, 4-5 Dairyland League; Abbotsford not provided.

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Rib Lake rallies to knock off Marshfield Chaparrals baseball

Posted on 16 July 2017 by paul

Marshfield Chaparrals catcher Luke Wirtz gets an at-bat during the Chaps’ game at Rib Lake on Friday. (Photo by V. Pilz/For

This story is sponsored by Victory Apparel

By Steve Pilz

RIB LAKE – The Marshfield Chaparrals amateur baseball team had things going their way for most of Friday night’s game at Rib Lake before the Osprey swooped in late and stole a 9-5 win.

The loss drops the Chaps to 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the Dairyland League.

Chaparrals manager Justin Rayburn succinctly summed up the game and what the Chaps need to do the rest of the season.

“We scored early, but then our bats went cold for a while,” Rayburn said. “Now we need to string together some wins to finish out the year if we want to make the playoffs. We are capable of that.”

And for most of Friday’s game the Chaps proved they were capable.

Jack Donahue bashed a home run to lead off the third as the Chaps drew first blood. Noah Panzer followed with a single and Bobby Pilz reached on an error. Rayburn’s bunt single loaded the bases for Luke Wirtz, who drilled a double scoring Panzer and Pilz. Sam Schwanebeck’s sacrifice fly scored Rayburn and the Chaps were up 4-0.

Meanwhile, Pilz took a no-hitter into the fourth on the hill before sacrificing a double and a single, but wiggled off the hook with a fly-out to left.

The Osprey got their first run in the fifth on a pair of singles to lead off the inning. After a strikeout, Pilz hit a batter before yielding a sacrifice fly. The inning ended with a pop-up to Wirtz behind the plate.

The Chaps got that run right back when Pilz led off the seventh by again reaching on an error. Rayburn’s single to right got past the fielder and Pilz raced around to score making it 5-1.

Pilz pitched into the seventh, but after a walk and a single – and 115 pitches – he traded positions with shortstop Schwanebeck.

Schwanebeck gave up three consecutive singles, turning a comfortable lead in a full-blown jam. Two fielder’s choice groundballs got the Chaps out of the inning, but not before the Osprey tied the game at 5-5.

Drew Spaeth pitched the eighth and promptly got a strike out and a groundout to first. After a pair of singles and a walk, Spaeth was almost out of the inning but a miscue in the infield allowed a run to score. A walk, a hit batter, and a single signaled the end for the Chaps as they surrendered eight runs in the last two innings and lost 9-5.

The Chaparrals’ next game is at home Monday at 7:30 p.m. against Abbotsford.

Osprey 9, Chaparrals 5
Marshfield 004 000 100 – 5 9 3
Rib Lake 000 010 44x – 9 12 5
Jeff Ziembo. LP: Drew Spaeth.
SO: Bobby Pilz (6 inn.) 4, Sam Schwanebeck (1 inn.) 0, Drew Spaeth (1 inn.) 1; Ziembo (9 inn.) 3. BB: Pilz 6, Spaeth 2; Ziembo 1
Top hitters: M, Luke Wirtz 2B; Jack Donahue HR. RL, Austin Ewan 2B.
Records: Marshfield 5-7 overall, 3-5 Dairyland League. Rib Lake not provided.

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Marshfield Chaparrals baseball falls short vs. Everest

Posted on 13 July 2017 by paul


This story is sponsored by: The Marshfield Tiger Booster Club

By Steve Pilz

MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Chaparrals amateur baseball team fell behind early and although they kept chipping away, they eventually dropped a non-league contest 8-6 to the Everest Merchants, on Wednesday night at Jack Hackman Field.

The loss dropped the Chaps to 5-6 on the season. Their Dairyland League record stays at 3-4.

Everest got on the board in the second inning. Chaparrals starter Jack Donahue struck out the first hitter but walked the second. Lucas Mathson then singled and Tom Froom walked to load the bases. Heinrich Walder then stroked an RBI single. The uncharacteristically-wild Donahue issued another base on balls with the bases loaded before Ryan Hubacek drove in two more with a single to put the Merchants up 4-0.

The Chaps got one of those back in the third when Cale Cuddie drilled a lead-off double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Justin Rayburn.

The Merchants answered right back when Hubacek launched a solo home run off reliever Ryan Metz to make it 5-1.

Everest made it 6-1 in the fifth with an unearned run and held that lead until the bottom of the sixth.

Rayburn and Curtis Engelbreach each walked and moved up on a wild pitch. Luke Wirtz drove them both in with a double. After a strikeout and ground out, Alex Steines drove in Wirtz with a double of his own as the Chaps scrapped back to 6-4 after six innings.

Again, the Merchants answered back. Koleman Schilling led off the seventh with a double off the Chaps third pitcher of the night, Noah Panzer. Panzer walked the next batter and two batters later Schilling scored on a single by Landen Williamson. Everest made it 8-4 by innings end on another Chap miscue.

After not scoring in the seventh or eighth the Chaps still trailed by four entering the ninth.

Lucius Messerschmidt led off and reached on an error, Steines walked, and Bobby Pilz reached first on a fielder’s choice groundball making Messerschmidt the first out. Steines scored easily and Pilz raced all the way from first on Cuddie’s second double of the game. Rayburn added an infield single two batters later, but that’s as close as the Chaps would get dropping their second to the Merchants this season 8-6.

“We were out-hit tonight,” said Rayburn, the Chaparrals player-manager. “Give Everest credit. They hit the ball well. We have two big (Dairyland) League games coming up. Friday at Rib Lake and home against Abby on Monday. We should have some rested arms by then but we’ll have to keep hitting.”

Hubacek went 4-for-5 for the Merchants with three RBIs. Wirtz went 3-for-4 and Cuddie was 2-for-3, both with 2 RBIs for Marshfield.

The Chaps will play at Rib Lake on Friday and return home on Monday against Abbotsford. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.

Merchants 8, Chaparrals 6
Everest 040 110 200 – 8 11 2
Marshfield 001 003 002 – 6 9 2
Tom Fish. LP: Jack Donahue.
SO: Fish (8 inn.) 6, Heinrich Walder (1 inn.) 2; Donahue (3 inn.) 4, Ryan Metz (3 inn.) 1, Noah Panzer (3 inn.) 1. BB: Fish 3, Walder 1; Donahue 4, Panzer 3.
Top hitters: E, Ryan Hubacek 4×5, HR, 3 RBIs; Koleman Schilling 2B. M, Luke Wirtz 3×4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Cale Cuddie 2×3, 2 2Bs, 2 RBIs; Alex Steines 2B.
Records: Everest not provided; Marshfield 5-6.

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