6/13/2017 7:29:00 AM Minocqua goes two for three
to open Legion play
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Brandon Slavinsky crashes into Medford catcher Cade Alexander, scoring on the front end of second-inning double steal during a Legion baseball game at Medford on Friday, June 9.
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TJ Ullius fields a sacrifice bunt hit by Taylor Shaw of Medford in second inning during a Legion baseball game at Medford on Friday, June 9.
By Nick Sabato and Ben Gauger River News reporter
Minocqua Post 89 opened its season on Wednesday night at Lakeland Union High School against Rhinelander in a Great Northern Legion Conference matchup.
Unfortunately the bats didn't show up, as Minocqua was only able to muster four hits in a 14-4 loss.
Caleb Menzia went 2 for 3 at the plate, including a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning, while Austin Wanty hit a 2-run single in the third, but the offense was scarce.
Jacob DeMeyer allowed just three hits and one earned run, while striking out seven during five innings of work for the Rebels.
"Jacob DeMeyer is a very good pitcher when he's locating," Minocqua manager Mike Wilhelm said. "He throws pretty hard and he's got a pretty good curveball. Our bats were a little flat tonight and coming back after being off for a week, not practicing a lot and not getting a lot of swings, I think, showed."
Bradley Comer hit a 2-run shot in the top of the first inning, but Austin Wanty was able to tie the game in the third with two outs.
The tie did not last long as Rhinelander was able solve Minocqua's pitching, scoring at least two runs in each of the last four innings.
Pitcher Ryan McEnroe couldn't consistently find the strike zone, and as a result, fatigue set in quickly. He was eventually chased with one out in the fifth inning.
Bryce Crabtree entered in relief and didn't fare much better. McEnroe allowed four earned runs and fanned five, while Crabtree was on the hook for seven earned runs in the game.
"We talked about our pitchers getting ahead and that was McEnroe's problem, too. He just wasn't getting ahead of guys," Wilhelm said. "When you pitch from ahead it's a lot different ballgame when you can dictate what's being thrown and what you can throw to guys in the hitting counts."
While pitching may have been inconsistent, four hits won't win many games for Minocqua this summer.
In order to be successful, Wilhelm knows the bats are going to have to liven up a bit.
"We're going to have to hit a lot better," Wilhelm said.
The 89ers followed up their season opening loss to Rhinelander with two wins in its doubleheader against Medford. The first game between the two teams was a back-and-forth affair for much of the opening innings. Through three, Minocqua led Medford 5-4.
But with a five run fourth inning, Minocqua surged ahead, a deficit Medford wouldn't be able to return from. Medford scored twice in the fifth, but with three more runs from Minocqua in the sixth sealed the game in the 89ers favor.
Minocqua scored twice more in the seventh, while Medford managed a single run to finish the game 15-7 in favor of the 89ers.
Menzia and Sam Killian each had three RBI's for the 89ers, while Brett Slavinsky and TJ Ullius each added two more.
Ullius opened the game on the mound and threw for five innings, allowing five hits for six runs, four earned. Ullius tossed nine walks along with four strikeouts.
Jamie Slavinsky came in for the final two innings for the 89ers, allowing three hits and only one run. Slavinsky threw one walk and no strikeouts during his time on the mound.
Due to the length of the first game, the second game between the two teams lasted only two innings, with Minocqua again taking a win over Medford, 5-2.
Minocqua scored once in the first inning, while Medford took a 2-1 lead in the bottom. The 89ers weren't down long, scoring four runs in the top of the second. Medford couldn't rally, allowing Minocqua a sweep for the night.
Brett Slavinsky added two more RBI's, while Tate Olson and Jamie Slavinsky each had one apiece.
On the mound, Austin Wanty tossed both innings, allowing a single hit and two runs, one earned. Wanty threw five walks and two strikeouts in his two innings.
The 89ers played Northwoods at home on Monday night after deadline. Minocqua will travel to Mosinee Wednesday night for a doubleheader.
Nick Sabato may be reached at email@example.com or via Twitter @SabatoNick.