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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

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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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Marshfield Chaparrals baseball crushes Medford

Posted on 02 July 2017 by paul

Marshfield Chaparrals’ Sam Schwanebeck leads off first base during the team’s win over Medford on Sunday at Jack Hackman Field in Marshfield. (Photo by V. Pilz/


This story is sponsored by: The Marshfield Tiger Booster Club

By Steve Pilz

MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Chaparrals amateur baseball team broke open a close game Sunday afternoon at by scoring eight runs in their last at-bat to beat the visiting Medford Moondogs 12-3 at Jack Hackman Field.

As has been their modus operandi all season, the Chaps got above average pitching on Sunday. Starter Jack Donahue gave up just three runs on seven hits in his seven innings of work. Ryan Metz faced just seven batters in his two innings of relief to finish off the win.

Marshfield’s bats produced just eight hits until the decisive eighth inning and it stranded 14 runners in the game.

The Moondogs drew first blood in the second inning stringing together three singles, climaxed by an RBI single by Skylar Anderson.

The Chaps answered that in the bottom of the inning by taking advantage of some shoddy Medford pitching.

Sam Schwanebeck led off with a walk and moved to second on a Lucius Messerschmidt single. Alex Steines moved the runners with a sacrifice bunt and Bobby Pilz drove in Schwanebeck by beating out an infield single. Riley Erickson and Curtis Englebrecht both drove in runs by walking before Medford changed pitchers and ended the inning trailing 3-1.

From there the Chaps offense stagnated. In the fifth, Steins scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2.

The Moondogs got a single run in the fourth, and when they got another in the top of the seventh on a double by Brett Paul and a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Kole Karaba, to cut Marshfield’s lead to 4-3.

Metz took over in the eighth and overcame a walk and a single to coax an inning ending 6-4-3 double play to set the stage for the Chaps to tie their second-biggest inning of the season.
Brent Mueller had pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief but the eighth was cruel to him as Justin Rayburn, Erickson, Englebrecht and Luke Wirtz all singled, followed by a Schwanebeck walk (his fourth of the game), effectively chasing Mueller.

Reliever Taylor Reinhardt fared little better, throwing a couple of wild pitches. The Chaps sent 13 batters to the plate with Englebrecht getting another RBI single in the eighth and the Chaps went up 12-3.

Metz closed the door in the ninth and the Chaps had a blow-out win evening their record at 5-5.

“Today, we had the timely hitting that we’ve been missing at times, although it came late,” said Chaparrals manager Justin Rayburn. “Our pitching carried us again but we seem to be coming around offensively.”

Ryan Paul went 3-for-4 for the Moondogs and teammate Brett Paul was 2-for-4 with a double.

Messerschmidt went 3-for-4, Englebrecht was 3-fo- 5 with 3 RBIs, and Pilz went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

The Chaparralss will play a rescheduled game in Tomahawk next Sunday, July 9, at 3 p.m.

Chaparrals 12, Moon Dogs 3
Medford 010 100 100 – 3 8 2
Marshfield 030 010 08x – 12 13 2
Jack Donahue. LP: Ryan Paul.
SO: Donahue (7 inn.) 1, Ryan Metz (2 inn.) 1; Kole Karaba (3 inn.) 2. BB: Donahue 3, Metz 1; Paul (1 2/3 inn.) 5, Karaba 2, Brent Mueller (2 1/3 inn.) 3, Taylor Reinhardt (1 inn.) 2.
Records: Marshfield 5-5 overall, 3-4 Dairyland League.

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Chaparrals baseball shut out at Everest

Posted on 25 June 2017 by paul


This story is sponsored by: The Marshfield Tiger Booster Club

By Steve Pilz

SCHOFIELD- – For the third time this season, the Marshfield Chaparrals were held scoreless as they dropped a Dairyland League amateur baseball game to the Everest Merchants 3-0 on Saturday night at Simon Field.

After dropping games to Westboro 2-0 on June 4 and Eau Claire 8-0 on June 8, the Chaparrals were back to their scoring drought on Saturday, a fact not lost on manager Justin Rayburn.

“Again, our pitching was strong,” Rayburn said. “Bobby (Pilz), Drew (Spaeth) and Noah (Panzer) all pitched good enough to win. We just need timely hitting.”

The Chaps (4-5, 2-4 Dairyland League) had chances early in the game, getting three hits in each of the first two innings, but came away scoreless as they stranded five base runners, and nine overall in the game.

After that it was all Everest pitching as starter Heinrich Walder went seven innings and reliever Bryce Hines the final two. Hines didn’t allow any hits and Walder just two after the second inning.

Pilz, the Chaparrals starter, kept the Merchants scoreless until the fifth. He got bit by the base on balls surrendering an unearned run after an inning opening error and then three walks. The Merchants led 1-0.

Two more walks by Pilz and an infield error set the table for an RBI single by Matt Witter, chasing Pilz after 5 1/3 innings and trailing 3-0. Spaeth relieved Pilz and threw four pitches, the last one coaxing a double play groundball.

The Chaps went quietly after that going down 1-2-3 in both the seventh and eighth innings. Cale Cuddie walked in the ninth in between two pop ups to the first baseman and a game ending strikeout.

Panzer pitched two scoreless innings in relief and Sam Schwanebeck led the Chaps with a pair of singles.

The Chaparrals host the Waupaca Lakemen at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at n Jack Hackman Field.

Merchants 3, Chaparrals 0
Marshfield 000 000 000 – 0 8 2
Everest 000 012 00x – 3 5 1
Heinrich Walder. LP: Bobby Pilz.
SO: Pilz (5 1/3 inn.) 4, Drew Spaeth (2/3 inn.) 0, Noah Panzer (2 inn.) 2; Walder (7 inn.) 4, Bryce Hines (2 inn.) 2. BB: Pilz 7, Spaeth 0, Panzer 0; Walder 0, Hines 1.
Records: Marshfield 4-5 overall, 2-4 Dairyland League. Everest not provided.

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Marshfield Chaparrals baseball holds off Plover

Posted on 21 June 2017 by paul

Marshfield Chaparrals hitter Ryan Metz readies for a pitch during a game at Plover on Tuesday. Marshfield won 8-6. (Photo by V. Pilz/For


This story is sponsored by: The Marshfield Tiger Booster Club

By Steve Pilz

PLOVER – The Marshfield Chaparrals used some early offense, capitalized on some shaky defense and registered their first error-free game of the season in downing the Plover Pterodactyls 8-6 in amateur baseball action Tuesday at Memorial Park.

The Chaps got after Plover starting pitcher Steve Pettit early and often, chasing him after just 1 2/3 innings.

The Chaps did all their damage in the second. Pettit promptly plunked Noah Panzer. Alex Steines walked in front of a Cale Cuddie single, before Ryan Metz unwittingly drove in a run by getting drilled by Pettit as well, giving the Chaps their first run.

Nate MacDonald’s two-run single made it 3-0, Pilz was hit by a pitch, Riley Erickson drove in a run with a fielder’s choice, and Luke Wirtz had a sacrifice fly to push Marshfield’s lead to 6-0. Pettit left the game after another hit and a pair of wild pitches.

When the smoke cleared, the Chaps had eight runs on just four hits on one error, a couple wild pitches, and three hit batters. They wouldn’t score again, but it proved to be enough for Marshfield.

Bill Held, a grizzled vet, who pitched for Winona State at one time, gave the Chaps nothing. When he wasn’t throwing it by them with a fastball that seemed to get faster as the game went on, he was screwing them into the ground with myriad of off-speed pitches that left some Marshfield batters flailing at balls in the dirt. Held struck out 14 of the 27 Chaps he faced, walking no one and scattering six hits in 7 2/3 innings.

Plover’s Mitch Malek hit a three-run homer in the third inning to cut the lead to 8-3 and the Pterodactyls chased Marshfield starter Jack Donahue after a hit batter, a double, and consecutive run scoring singles that made it 8-5.

Noah Panzer took over for Donahue and pitched the final three innings allowing a run in the ninth on a single by Jason Jones, but he shut it down from there for the three inning save.

Co-managers Justin Rayburn and Sam Schwanebeck, and veteran Lucius Messerschmidt benched themselves so some of the younger Chapparrals (4-4) could get some at-bats as the summer schedule starts to heat up.

“Tonight we scored early and played good defense,” said Rayburn. “Anytime you do those two things, it puts pressure on the opposing teams.”

The Chaps will look to get their record over .500 as they take on Everest at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night at Simon Field in Schofield.

Chaparrals 8, Pterodactyls 6
Marshfield 080 000 000 – 8 11 0
Plover 003 002 001 – 6 10 1
Jack Donahue. LP: Steve Pettit. SV: Noah Panzer.
SO: Donahue (6 inn.) 8, Panzer (3 inn.) 1; Pettit (1 2/3 inn.) 0, Bill Held (7 1/3 inn.) 14. BB: Donahue 2, Pettit 3.
Top hitters: P, Matt Hartel 2B; Mitch Malek HR, 3 RBIs.
Records: Marshfield 4-4, 3-3 Dairyland League; Plover not provided.

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Marshfield Chaparrals baseball falls short at home to Merrill

Posted on 20 June 2017 by paul


This story is sponsored by: The University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County

By Steve Pilz

MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Chaparrals amateur baseball team saw their record fall to 3-4 after a 3-2 loss to the Merrill Rangers on Monday night at Jack Hackman Field.

After three consecutive postponements due to rain, the Chaparrals must have been chomping at the bit to get back on the diamond after a 10-day lay-off.

Chaps starter Drew Spaeth walked the first batter he faced. With one out, Spaeth gave up three consecutive singles that scored three runs before striking out the side. But the damage was done and the Rangers led 3-0 before Marshfield even batted.

Cale Cuddie drew a one out walk in the third and moved to third on a double by teammate Nate MacDonald, but the Chaps left them stranded with a strikeout and a groundout. That’s as close as anyone would come to scoring until late in the game.

Spaeth settled down to his normal self after the first, eating innings and mowing down Merrill. The big right-hander left after eight innings of work, giving up just five hits, with seven stikeouts and only the one walked surrendered to the leadoff hitter in the first. Ryan Metz pitched the ninth.

Spaeth’s counterpart, Chase Nelson, kept Marshfield off balance all night. He pitched a complete game seven-hitter, striking out four and walking just two.

The Chaparrals finally scored after one out in the eighth inning. Riley Erickson put a ball in play that the third baseman couldn’t handle and Sam Schwanebeck plated him with a ringing double over the centerfielder’s head. Luke Wirtz then reached first after another Merrill mishap that allowed Schwanebeck to score from second, but they could do no more damage.

Another Chaps’ scoring opportunity went awry in the ninth. After a strikeout, MacDonald was drilled in the back and awarded first base. He promptly stole second and got to third on a pitch that got away from the catcher. But he too was stranded and the Chaps saw their Dairyland League record fall to 2-3.

“We hit the ball better tonight, but didn’t have any timely hitting,” Chaparrals manager Justin Rayburn said. “We left a lot (11) of guys on. I was happy with the late rally. We did have some tough late-inning at-bats.”

The Chaparrals will look to even their record Tuesday night when they travel to Plover for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Pterodactyls.

Rangers 3, Chaparrals 2
Merrill 300 000 000 – 3 5 3
Marshfield 000 000 020 – 2 7 0
Chase Nelson. LP: Drew Spaeth
SO: Nelson 4; Spaeth 7 (8 inn.), Ryan Metz (1 inn.) 2. BB: Nelson 2; Spaeth 1, Metz 1.
Top hitters: M, Chris Gruenenwald 2 RBIs. M, Nate MacDonald 2B; Sam Schwanebeck 2B, RBI.
Records: Merrill not provided; Marshfield 3-4, 2-3 Dairyland League.

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Marshfield Chaparrals baseball shut out at Eau Claire

Posted on 08 June 2017 by paul

Marshfield Chaparrals pitcher Bobby Pilz eyes the plate during a game at the Eau Claire Cavaliers on Thursday. The Chaps lost 8-0. (Photo by V. Pilz/For

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By Steve Pilz

EAU CLAIRE – Just a day after hammering out 16 hits against Plover, the Marshfield Chaparrals offense sagged backward, accounting for just four hits, as they were shutout for the second time this season 8-0 against the Eau Claire Cavaliers in a non-leage game Thursday at Carson Park.

The Chaps hung tough for a while, giving up an unearned run in the second and trailing 1-0 after three innings.

Curtis Englebrecht led off the third with a double for Marshfeild, but was stranded there, killing their only real threat of the night.

Chaps starter Bobby Pilz eventually ran into some trouble in the fourth. After a lead-off single, Pilz struck out two batters, but after a walk and a hit batter, Eau Claire’s Jordan Wilson drilled a two-run single to right center for a 4-0 Cavaliers’ lead.

Meanwhile, the Chaps never did figure out Cavs starter Zach Johnson. The Eau Claire starter pitched a stellar seven innings, striking out three, walking one and scattering just three hits.

“Eau Claire has always been one of the best teams we see all year,” said Chaparral manager Justin Rayburn. “They outplayed us tonight, but I was proud of our effort.”

Pilz ran out of gas after 5 1/3 innings and was replaced by Alex Steines. Steines battled for an inning and a third, giving up just two more runs before watching Luke Wirtz pitch the final inning for the Chaps.

Starting shortstop Tyler Herman relieved Johnson and was equally effective for Eau Claire, allowing just a single while striking out three and walking one in his two innings of work.

Cole Tyman went 4-for-5 for the Cavaliers with two doubles.

Englebrecht was 2-for-3 for the Chaps and Rayburn had the other two hits, both singles, in four trips to the plate.

The Chaparrals’ next game is against Merrill on Monday at Jack Hackman Field in Marshfield. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m.

Cavaliers 8, Chaparrals 0
Marshfield 000 000 000 – 0 4 4
Eau Claire 010 302 20x – 8 15 1
Zach Johnson. LP: Bobby Pilz
SO: Pilz 7; Johnson 3, Tyler Herman 3. BB: Pilz 2, Alex Steines 2; Johnson 2, Herman 1.
Top hitters: M, Curtis Englebrecht 2×3, 2B; Justin Rayburn 2×4. EC, Cole Tyman 3×4, 2 2Bs; Tom Mewhorter 2B; Herman 2B.
Records: Marshfield 3-3; Eau Claire not reported.

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Marshfield Chaparrals baseball rips Plover

Posted on 08 June 2017 by paul

Marshfield Chaparrals pitfcher Jack Donahue delivers to home plate during a game Wednesday at Jack Hackman Field against Plover. Donahue threw a complete-game shutout as the Chaps rolled 14-0. (Photo by V. Pilz/For

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By Steve Pilz

MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Chaparral amateur baseball team seemingly took out some recent frustrations on a clearly overwhelmed Plover team as they hammered the visiting Pterodactyls 14-0 Wednesday night at Jack Hackman Field.

In their previous game, the Chaparrals were stuck in neutral offensively getting just three hits and not scoring at all in a 2-0 loss on June 4 in Westboro.

That was not the case Wednesday.

Bobby Pilz had a two-run single to score Lucius Messerschmidt and Cale Cuddie with the game’s first runs in the second inning for the Chaparrals, who are now 3-2 this season.

That was just the beginning.

Nate MacDonald’s triple scored Pilz, Justin Rayburn beat out an infield hit that scored MacDonald before Riley Erickson walked. Sam Schwanebeck singled home Rayburn and Erickson later scored on a wild pitch, and Luke Wirtz drove in Schwaneback with a single to make it 7-0. All the runs scored with two outs.

“I thought we took much better at-bats tonight,” Chaparrals player/manager Justin Rayburn said. “Our hitting is going to come around and tonight we took a step forward offensively.”

With the damage done, the Chaps coasted from there getting three more runs in the third inning on another wild pitch, an error and a bases loaded walk by Schwanebeck.

Marshfield tacked on four more runs in the fourth including, an RBI single by Curtis Engelbrecht, who came on as a late-inning replacement for Schwanebeck.

With all the offensive fireworks, starting pitcher Jack Donahue threw zeroes at the Pterodactyls, completing a seven-inning shutout victory with six strikeouts and no walks, while scattering five hits.

“Jack (Donahue) really hit his spots tonight,” concluded Rayburn. “He pitched a heck of a game for us.”

The Chaparrals will head right back to action Thursday night as they travel to Eau Claire’s Carson Park to take on the Eau Claire Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m.

Chaparrals 14, Pterodactyls 0
Plover 000 000 0 – 0 5 4
Marshfield 073 400 x – 14 16 1
Jack Donahue. LP: Greg Trudell.
SO: Trudell (1 2/3 inn.) 1, Jake Schwark (1 2/3 inn.) 0, Steve Pettit (1 2/3 inn.) 0, Kevin Jastromski (1 inn.) 0; Donahue (7 inn.) 6. BB: Trudell 1, Schwark 3, Pettit 1, Jastromski 0; Donahue 0.
Top hitters: P, Bill Held 2×3. M, Nate MacDonald 3×4, 3B; Justin Rayburn 2×3, 2 RBIs 3 runs; Riley Erickson 2×3, 2B; Sam Schwanebeck 2×3, 3 RBIs; Lucious Messerschmidt 2×4; Bobby Pilz 2×3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.
Records: Plover not reported; Marshfield 3-2.

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Marshfield Chaparrals drop pitcher’s duel at Westboro

Posted on 04 June 2017 by paul

Marshfield Chaparrals pitcher Drew Spaeth struck out 11 in a 2-0 loss at Westboro on Sunday. (Photo by V. Pilz/For

This story is sponsored by Forward Financial Bank

By Steve Pilz

WESTBORO – The Marshfield Chaparrals saw their record back to .500 as they lost to the Westboro Trojans 2-0, in what turned out to be a pitcher’s duel on a sun-splashed Sunday afternoon in Dairyland League amateur baseball action.

Four pitchers pitched in all, but the headliners were the starters, who combined for 20 strikeouts between them.

Westboro starter Taylor Brayton gave up a single to lead-off man Nate MacDonald, who took second when the right fielder bobbled the ball. It would be the only hit Brayton would allow in his six-inning stint. He finished the first with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout to get out of the jam.

Chaps starter Drew Spaeth was equally impressive. He struck out the lead-off man but when he went to field a bunt to the next batter, he threw wide to first allowing the runner to reach.

Trojans third baseman Drew Freeman came up next and hit a ball to right-center that just cleared the fence for a home run and a 2-0 lead.

From there it was all pitching. Brayton left after six innings with nine strikeouts and five walks, yielding just the one single in the first. Sam Schwanebeck and Luke Wirtz both walked with two outs in the fourth and advanced to second and third base respectively on a wild pitch but that’s as close as the Chaps would get to scoring.

Spaeth would last seven innings, striking out 11, walking three and surrendering just three hits.

“I thought Drew (Spaeth) really pitched a great game,” said Chaparrals manager Justin Rayburn. “We need to give him some run support. Toward the end of the game we started to get more base runners, but couldn’t bring them in. Overall, our pitching has been pretty strong this year.”

Westboro reliever Nick Ruepke allowed just two hits in three innings, striking out two and walking one to earn the save.

Ryan Metz relieved Spaeth and got two strikeouts and allowed one hit in one inning of work.

The Chaparrals got a double from Justin Rayburn, but just a pair of singles otherwise from Schwanebeck and MacDonald. Bobby Pilz walked three times in his three plate appearances.

Marshfield hosts the Plover Pterodactyls at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Jack Hackman Field.

Trojans 2, Chaparrals 0
Marshfield 000 000 000 – 0 3 1
Westboro 200 000 00x – 2 4 1
Taylor Brayton. LP: Drew Spaeth.
SO: Spaeth 11, Ryan Metz 2; Brayton 9, Nick Ruepke 2. BB: Spaeth 3, Metz 0; Brayton 5, Ruepke 1.
Top hitters: M, Justin Rayburn 2B; W, Drew Freeman 2×4, HR, 2 RBIs.
Records: Marshfield 2-2 overall and Dairyland League; Westboro not reported.

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