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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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Number of local players participate in Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Games

Posted on 24 July 2017 by paul

Former Spencer/Columbus Catholic players Noah Zastrow, left, and Max Johnson competed for the North team at the annual Wisconsin Football Coaches Association State All-Star Games on July 15 at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh. (Photo courtesy of Jason Gorst)


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

By Paul Lecker

OSHKOSH – Nine players from Central Wisconsin were among the dozens to take part in the annual Wisconsin Football Coaches Association State All-Star Games, which were held July 15 at Titan Stadium.

The event, for graduated seniors, featured three games for eight-man teams, small schools, and large schools.

The local players all played for the North team in the Small School contest, which was won by the South 25-20.

Stratford’s Kamren Bornbach, a linebacker, and Tanner Weinfurter, an offensive lineman, played alongside a number of players they competed against for years from youth football through their high school careers.

Bornbach, who will be playing collegiately at St. Cloud State, and Weinfurter, who will be playing at Winona State University, were joined on the North team by Edgar running back Alec Hafferman and offensive lineman Tyler Matysik, Abbotsford linebacker Brock Halopka, Spencer/Columbus Catholic running back/punter Noah Zastrow and offensive lineman Max Johnson, Marathon offensive lineman Bryce Seubert, and Owen-Withee defensive end Josiah Goerlitz.

Zastrow finished with seven carries for 11 yards rushing and also caught three passes for 28 yards in the loss. Hafferman had one catch for two yards.

Defensive statistics were not made available.

The South team trailed 17-6 at halftime after two touchdowns by Two Rivers quarterback Dawson Kiphart.

Poynette’s Tanner Kerr and Gale-Ettrick-Trempeleau’s Derek Haines had TD runs in third quarter, and Cedar Grove quarterback John Weiss threw a touchdown pass to River Valley’s Ryan Wickman for go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter. Weiss had 214 yards passing and two touchdown passes for the South.

The Large School game was halted midway through the third quarter due to lightning with the South leading 10-0.

Brookfield East running back Sam Santiago-Lloyd, another Winona State recruit, scored the game’s only touchdown. Monona Grove kicker Collin Larsh had a 21-yard field goal for the game’s other points.

The game featured a number of future Wisconsin Badgers, including offensive linemen Alex Fenton of Menomonie and Tyler Beach of Port Washington, Delavan-Darien’s Ethan Cesarz, and Kettle Moraine’s Sam DeLany.

The North won the eight-man game 32-20. Siren’s Brady Mangen had 170 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the win for the North.

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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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Marshfield Junior Legion loses to Fond du Lac, eliminated from Wisconsin State 17U Tournament

Posted on 20 July 2017 by paul

This story is sponsored by Forward Financial Bank

MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Post 54 Junior Blue Devils were bounced from the Wisconsin State Junior 17U American Legion Baseball Tournament it is hosting after losing 12-3 to Fond du Lac on Thursday afternoon.

Marshfield lost to the Green Bay Shockers 13-3 on Wednesday night and following the loss to Fond du Lac exits the double-elimination tournament and finishes the season with a 19-9 record.

Fond du Lac scored twice in the top of the first inning and Marshfield quickly responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame.

Caden Schillinger singled home Riley Boushack, who led off with a double. With two outs, Tyler Spaeth scored on an error to tie the game 2-2.

Marshfield’s bats fell silent from there and Fond du Lac broke the game open with 10 runs from the fourth through sixth innings.

The Blue Devils’ final run came in the bottom of the sixth. Tyler Pankratz singled, moved to second on an error, and scored on a single by Tyler Wein.

Boushack and Schillinger each had two hits for Marshfield.

Fond du Lac 12, Marshfield 3
Fond du Lac 200 423 1 – 12 15 3
Marshfield 200 001 0 – 3 9 5
Fond du Lac roster not provided.
Will Voss.
SO: Voss (4 inn.) 1, Jacob Earll (1 inn.) 1, Matt Handrick (2 inn.) 1. BB: Voss 2, Earll 1, Handrick 1.
Top hitters: M, Riley Boushack 2×4, 2B, run; Caden Schillinger 2×4; Tyler Wein 1×1, RBI.

2017 Wisconsin 17U State American Legion Baseball Tournament
July 19-23, at Jack Hackman Field, Marshfield
Wednesday, July 19

Kimberly 5, Plover 0
Eau Claire 5, Fond du Lac 4
West De Pere 11, Union Grove 1
Green Bay Shockers 13, Marshfield 3
Thursday, July 20
Union Grove 3, Plover 2
Fond du Lac 12, Marshfield 3
West De Pere 7, Kimberly 0
Eau Claire 6, Green Bay Shockers 4
Friday, July 21
Fond du Lac 7, Kimberly 0 (forfeit)
Union Grove 14, Green Bay Shockers 4
West De Pere 11, Eau Claire 1
Saturday, July 22
Eau Claire 7, Union Grove 6 (9 inn.)
West De Pere 14, Fond du Lac 2
Sunday, July 23
West De Pere 9, Eau Claire 8

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Marshfield drops opener to Green Bay Shockers at State Junior Legion Baseball Tournament

Posted on 19 July 2017 by paul


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MARSHFIELD – The start to the 2017 Wisconsin Junior American Legion State Baseball Tournament couldn’t have been any worse for the host Marshfield Post 54 Blue Devils.

After starting approximately 40 minutes late due to rain, the Green Bay Shockers scored eight runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to beat Marshfield 13-3 in five innings on Wednesday night at Jack Hackman Field.

Five singles, two errors, a hit batter and a walk led to the eruption by the Shockers, who scored at least once in all five of their at-bats. Marshfield finished with four errors in all and its two pitchers walked eight.

Marshfield scored on an RBI single by Joey Goettl in the second inning. After the Shockers added single runs in the second and third innings to open up a 10-1 lead, the Blue Devils struck for two in the fourth.

Mitch Wilhelm scored on a passed ball and Tyler Spaeth singled to drive in Tyler Wein, but that was Marshfield could get across in the defeat.

Marshfield (19-8) will face Fond du Lac in an elimination game at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Shockers 13, Blue Devils 3
Marshfield 010 20 – 3 8 4
Green Bay 811 21 – 13 11 0
Green Bay roster not provided.
Logan Schreiner.
SO: Schreiner (1 1/3 inn.) 1, Ty Pankratz (2 2/3 inn.) 1. BB: Schreiner 3, Pankratz 5.
Top hitters: M, Tyler Spaeth 2×3, 2B, RBI; Mitch Wilhelm 1×3, run; Hunter Weik 1×2, run.

2017 Wisconsin 17U State American Legion Baseball Tournament
July 19-23, at Jack Hackman Field, Marshfield
Wednesday, July 19

Kimberly 5, Plover 0
Eau Claire 5, Fond du Lac 4
West De Pere 11, Union Grove 1
Green Bay Shockers 13, Marshfield 3
Thursday, July 20
Plover vs. Union Grove, 10 a.m.
Fond du Lac vs. Marshfield, 1 p.m.
Kimberly vs. West De Pere, 4 p.m.
Eau Claire vs. Green Bay Shockers, 7 p.m.
Friday, July 21
Elimination games, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Winner’s bracket game, 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 22
Semifinals, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Sunday, July 23
Championship round, noon (and 45 minutes after completion of first game if loser suffers first loss of tournament)

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Marshfield Post 54 Legion baseball exits Class AAA regional after loss to D.C. Everest

Posted on 19 July 2017 by paul


This story is sponsored by: The Marshfield Tiger Booster Club

PLOVER – The Marshfield Post 54 baseball team had its season come to an end with a 4-1 loss to D.C. Everest in an elimination game at the Class AAA American Legion regional on Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Park.

Everest scored three runs in the fourth inning to break open a scoreless game and held on from there.

Connor Langbehn had an RBI double and later scored on an error, and Sam Nielsen reached on an error that plated Nate Jagodzinski to put Everest up 3-0 against Marshfield starter Jared Johnsrud.

Marshfield got a run back in the bottom of the fifth when Andy Goettl walked, moved to third on a single by Ryan Krueger, and scored on an error. That was all the Blue Devils would muster against Everest pitcher John Braske.

Braske went the distance, striking out four and walking three while scattering seven hits over his nine innings on the mound.

Logan Langbehn drove in Everest’s final run with a two-out single in the eighth.

Johnsrud went the distance as well for the Blue Devils, striking out five. Only one of the four runs he allowed was earned.

Austin Palacek and Hunter Korger each had two hits for Marshfield.

Marshfield finishes its season with a 12-14 record. D.C. Everest moves on to another elimination game Thursday against Wisconsin Rapids at 1 p.m. The winner will play again at 7 p.m.

D.C. Everest 4, Marshfield 1
D.C. Everest 000 300 010 – 4 8 4
Marshfield 000 010 000 – 1 7 3
John Braske. LP: Jared Johnsrud.
SO: Braske 4; Johnsrud 5. BB: Braske 3; Johnsrud 2.
Top hitters: DC, Connor Langbehn 2×4, 2B, RBI, 2 runs; Nate Jagodzinski 3×4, run. M, Austin Palacek 2×3; Hunter Korger 2×4, 2B.

2017 Class AAA American Legion Baseball Regional
July 18-21, at Memorial Park, Plover
Double Elimination
Tuesday, July 18

Wausau 7, Marshfield 6 (11 inn.)
Stevens Point 12, D.C. Everest 5
Plover 6, Wisconsin Rapids 3
Wednesday, July 19
D.C. Everest 4, Marshfield 1
Wisconsin Rapids 5, Wausau 2
Stevens Point 8, Plover 7
Thursday, July 20
D.C. Everest 8, Wisconsin Rapids 7
Wausau 5, Plover 2
Stevens Point 10, D.C. Everest 7
Friday, July 21
Wausau 7, Stevens Point 6
Wausau 13, Stevens Point 5

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Wausau rallies to knock off Marshfield in 11 innings at Class AAA Legion baseball regional

Posted on 18 July 2017 by paul

Marshfield pitcher Jake Brueggen makes a throw to first baseman Hunter Korger after fielding a groundball during the fifth inning of a loss to Wausau at the Class AAA Legion baseball regional Tuesday at Memorial Park in Plover. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

Marshfield’s Hunter Korger puts down a bunt during the Blue Devils’ loss to Wausau in a Class AAA Legion regional game at Memorial Park in Plover on Tuesday. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

This story is sponsored by: the Marshfield Chaparrals Baseball Club

By Paul Lecker

PLOVER – The Marshfield Post 54 American Legion baseball team lost a two-run lead late and fell in extra innings 7-6 to Wausau Post 10 in the first-round of the Class AAA regional tournament on Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Park.

Marshfield (12-13) falls into the loser’s bracket against the loser of Tuesday’s game between Stevens Point and D.C. Everest at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The loser of that game will be eliminated from the six-team, double-elimination tournament that boasts a spot in next week’s state tournament at Kimberly for the winner.

Marshfield led 6-4 after scoring twice in both the sixth and seventh innings, but reliever Jacob Neve was hit hard in the eighth, allowing four hits to the five batters he faced. Payton Nelson and Zach Raeder had RBI singles to tie the game.

Connor Jasurda entered on the mound and got Marshfield out of the jam without any further damage. He was strong in the ninth and 10th innings before Wausau finally got to him in the 11th.

Raeder led off with a double, Jasurda struck out Logan Gruenenwald and then walked Paul Weise. After a 15-minute rain delay, the second stoppage of the game that began 35 minutes later because of a quick shower prior to the first pitch, Jasurda coaxed a fielder’s choice groundball that Zach Pearson barely beat out at first base to keep the inning alive.

After another walk, Clay Schult hit a dribbler toward shortstop that Ryan Krueger had little chance to field cleanly and throw any of the runners out. The ball slid under Krueger’s glove as Raeder scored the winning run.

The first three runners reached for Marshfield in the top of the first, but the Blue Devils managed just one run on an Austin Palacek RBI sacrifice fly.

Wausau responded with a pair of runs in the first as the Bulldogs tagged Marshfield starter Jake Brueggen with four hits. Nelson singled and scored on a throwing error and Grant Hill added an RBI single in the frame.

Nelson had a sac fly in the second to put Wausau up 3-1 before Brueggen settled in.

The Marshfield left-hander allowed just three baserunners over the next four innings as the Blue Devils clawed back in it.

Brueggen doubled and scored on a single by Neve in the fourth, and Marshfield went ahead with a two-run sixth. Two Wausau errors and an RBI fielder’s choice by Hunter Korger led to the two runs.

Andy Goettl led off the seventh with a single and promptly stole second. Krueger was hit by a pitch, and after a groundout advanced the runners, Paul Maguire ripped his second double of the game to plate both runners and put the Blue Devils up 6-3.

Wausau chased Brueggen after scoring a run in the seventh. Brueggen left after seven innings and 110 pitches.

Marshfield was unable to get anything going offensively in the final four innings. The Blue Devils had one run on in eighth, ninth and 11th, but managed no more runs against Wausau relievers Raeder and Nelson.

Bulldogs 7, Blue Devils 6 (11 inn.)
Marshfield 100 102 200 00 – 6 10 3
Wausau 210 000 120 01 – 7 15 3
Payton Nelson. LP: Connor Jasurda.
SO: Jake Brueggen (7 inn.) 2, Jacob Neve (1/3 inn.) 0, Jasurda (3 1/3 inn.) 3; Grant Hill (7 inn.) 5, Zach Raeder (2 inn.) 1, Nelson (2 inn.) 3. BB: Brueggen 4, Neve 0, Jasurda 2; Hill 1, Raeder 0, Nelson 0.
Top hitters: M, Ryan Krueger 2×5, 2 runs; Paul Maguire 3×5, 2 2Bs, 2 RBIs; Brueggen 1×5, 2B, 2 runs; Neve 2×5, RBI. W, Nelson 2×4, 2 RBIs; Raeder 3×5, 2B, 2 runs, RBI; Hill 2×5, RBI; Clay Schult 3×6, RBI; Steve Labandowski 2×5, 2 2Bs, 2 runs.
Records: Marshfield 12-13; Wausau 11-16.

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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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