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A's Hang on in 8-6 Win Over Rubicon
May 29th (box score) - The A’s had their fifth game of the year postponed because of rain on Sunday, but were back at it again Monday taking advantage of the Memorial Day weekend to squeeze in a Rock River league game with the Rubicon Red Sox. Playing in their home opener for the year, the A’s hung on for a nice 8-6 win over a game Red Sox team to move to 10-3 (4-1 Rock River) on the year. Adam Sarauer got the A’s on the board in the first with a RBI double, while Harry Steldt added a 2 RBI double in the 2nd to push the lead to 3-0. The A’s tacked on two more runs in the 4th on Adam Bigus and Adam Sarauer RBI singles to push their lead to 6-0.
Rubicon slowly crept back into the game though, eventually cutting the A’s lead to 7-6, but the A’s were able to hang on for the victory. Nick Rosenthal 4x5 (2 2B’s, 4 Runs) and Harry Steldt 3x5 (2B, 2 RBI’s) led the way offensively for the A’s. Adam Bigus, Adam Sarauer, Mike Hensel and Jim Ziegler all chipped in with two hit games. Grant Steinike (6.2 IP, 7 K’s) picked up the win on the mound, while Mack Miller picked up the save in relief (2.1 IP, 2 K’s).
4-Hit Nights by Steldt, Bigus Lead A's Past Clyman
May 25th (box score) - Big nights at the plate from Harry Steldt and Adam Bigus, and a solid night all around by A's pitching moved the A's past the Clyman Canners by an 11-2 score on Thursday night. Adam Bigus put the A's on the board with a RBI single in the 5th, while Nate Grzybowski followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. Clyman tacked on an unearned run in the 6th to make it 2-1, but the A's exploded for seven runs in the top of the 8th to bust the game wide open. In the 8th, Harry Steldt blasted a two run homer, while Adam Bigus, Brad Young and Drake Schreihart all drove in runs with singles.
Steldt added a solo home run in the 9th to finish the night 4x6 (2 HR, 3 RBI's). Adam Bigus also finished 4x6 (2B, 2 RBI's) while Mike Hensel and Drake Schreihart each finished with two hits on the night. Jim Ziegler (6IP, 0ER, 6K's) picked up the win on the mound, while Drew Schreihart (2IP) and Nick Erd (1 IP) closed things out. The A's move to 9-3 on the year (2-0 SEWBL) and have a big Rock River League match-up with Plymouth on Sunday in their home opener.
A's Overwhelm Benders
May 24th (box score) - The Kewaskum A’s overwhelmed the West Bend Benders on Wednesday night, stuffing the box score in a 29-2 route. Mack Miller (4IP, ER, 4 K’s) picked up his first win on the mound, while Brad Young (3IP, ER, 4 K’s) closed things out. Every starter finished with at least two hits on the night, but Adam Bigus led the way finishing 5x7 (2B, 2 RBI’s). Brad Young, Nick Rosenthal and Mike Hensel all finished the night with four hits apiece.
A's Cap Weekend With Mother's Day Win
May 14th (box score) - The Kewaskum A’s moved to 2-0 (7-1 overall) on the young Rock River season after 7-2 win over Saukville on Mother’s Day. Nate Grzybowski (3x5, 2 2B’s) and Mike Hensel (2x5, 2B, 3 RBI’s) had big days at the plate, while Jim Ziegler 2x5 (2B, 2 RBI’s) and Adam Sarauer (2x4) also finished with multi-hit games. Grant Steinike (Win, 6 IP, 0 Runs) picked up the win on the mound throwing six scoreless innings, while Jim Ziegler (3IP, Save, 2 K’s) closed things out in relief. The A’s host the West Allis Nationals on Wednesday night in West Bend and then head to Hustisford (Friday) and Hartford (Saturday) for two key early Rock River League games.
Kewaskum Makes Early Lead Hold up in Win Over Sussex
May 13th (box score) - The A's picked up a 13-6 win over Sussex on Saturday afterrnoon in their Southeastern Wisconsin Baseball League (SEWBL) opener. The A's scratched out single runs in the first two innings before pushing across four runs in the 3rd inning to build a 6-0 lead. Randy Finger (RBI double), Mike Hensel, Turner Wagie and Harry Steldt all collected RBI's in the inning.
Sussex cut this early lead in half after five innings, but an Adam Bigus RBI single in the 6th and Harry Steldt grand slam in the 7th put this one out of reach. Harry Steldt added a two run homer in the 9th, finishing the day 2x5 (2 HR's, 7 RBI's). Adam Bigus (4x5, RBI) and Randy Finger (2x5, 2B, 2 RBI's) also had multiple hits on the day as every A's starter finished with at least one hit. On the mound Drew Schreihart (4IP, 2ER, 3K's) picked up the win in relief of Austin Cairo (4IP, 3ER, 2K's).
A's Strike Out Franchise Record 20 Batters in 4-3 Win Over West Bend Braves
May 9th (box score) - The A's held on for a 4-3 win over the West Bend Braves on Tuesday night as A's pitching struck out a franchise record 20 batters on the evening. West Bend pushed across three runs in the 3rd inning, but a RBI double by Brad Young in the bottom of the 3rd and a sacrifice fly by Adam Sarauer and RBI fielder's choice by Nick Erd in the 4th inning tied the score at three apiece.
The A's took the lead for good in the 5th as Anthony Matic led off with a single and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch. Nick Erd (Win, 4IP, 11K's) and Brad Young (Save, 2IP, 6K's) made this lead hold up the rest of the way. Kewaskum finished with just five hits on the night and were led by Anthony Matic who finished with two hits.
A's Rally Past Oakfield in Rock River Opener
May 7th (box score) - The Kewaskum A's used a two-out, three run 9th inning to sneak past Oakfield on Sunday afternoon by a 7-5 score in each team's Rock River opener. Down to their last strike in the 9th, Turner Wagie delivered a 2 RBI double to give the A's a 6-5 lead, while Anthony Matic followed with a RBI single to push that lead to 7-5. Jordan Dreikosen (2IP, 4 K's) wiggled out of a jam in the 9th to pick up the win in relief of Grant Steinike (7 IP, ER, 11 K's).
The A's broke open a scoreless game in the 5th, pushing across three runs highlighted by a Turner Wagie RBI single. That lead was shortlived as a sloppy defensive bottom half of the 5th inning led to four unearned runs for Oakfield giving them their first lead of the day. Harry Steldt tied the game for the A's with a RBI double in the 6th, but Oakfield again regained the lead in the 7th on a solo home run and looked like that might hold up until the A's late rally.
The A's were led by Turner Wagie at the plate as he finished 3x4 (2B, 3 RBI's), while Adam Sarauer chipped in with two hits in his season debut. The A's have a busy week ahead as they host the West Bend Braves Tuesday (SEWBL), travel to Johnson Creek Wednesday (SEWBL), Sussex Saturday (SEWBL) and Saukville Sunday (Rock River).
Six Run Second Inning Holds up in Win Over Fort Atkinson
May 5th (box score) - The A's defeated the Fort Atkinson Generals on Friday night by a 7-1 score as a big six run second inning proved to be the difference. Turner Wagie got the scoring started in the inning with a two-out RBI single, while Brad Young (2 RBI), Nick Rosenthal (RBI) and Harry Steldt (RBI) all followed with doubles. Austin Cairo (4 IP, 3 Hits, 2 K's) made this lead hold up on the mound as he picked up the win. Drew Schreihart (2IP, 2 K's) and Brad Young closed out the game in relief. Offensively the A's were led by Anthony Matic (3x4, RBI), while Brad Young and Adam Bigus chipped in with two hit nights.
A's Come up Shore in Championship
April 23nd (box score) - The A's found themselves on the wrong side of a walk-off on Sunday afternoon as Monches topped the A's by a 4-3 score in the Hustisford Preseason Tournament championship game. Kewaskum again rallied from an early deficit tying the game at three apiece in the 5th, but ultimately couldn't push across the go-ahead run and suffered their first loss of the year. Anthony Matic (1x2, RBI) and Nick Rosenthal (2B) led the A's offensively. The A's will travel to Rome next Sunday (1:30pm) for an exhibition game before a full slate of games the following week.
Hustisford Preseason Tournament
Sunday, April 9th
Monches 8 Brownsville 0
Johnson Creek 6 West Bend 7 Up 3
Hustisford 7 Merton 1
Kewaskum 10 West Bend Benders 0
Saturday, April 22nd
Monches 8 Johnson Creek 5
Kewaskum 6 Hustisford 5
West Bend Benders 11 Merton 10
Saturday, April 23rd
West Bend 7 Up 5 Johnson Creek 3
Hustisford 11 Merton 1
Monches 4 Kewaskum 3
Steldt's Walk-Off Single Completes A's Comeback Against Hustisford
April 22nd (box score) - The A's advanced to the championship game of the Hustisford Preseason Tournament with a dramatic 6-5 walk-off win over Hustisford on Saturday afternoon. Kewaskum found themselves behind 5-0, but rallied with six runs over the final three innings to complete the comeback. Adam Bigus got the A's on the board in the 5th with a RBI groundout, while Harry Steldt added a two RBI double to put the A's within striking distance.
In the decisive 7th, a RBI single by Nick Rosenthal followed by another RBI groundout by Adam Bigus tied the score at five apiece setting the table for Harry Steldt. Steldt worked the count full before dropping in a well placed two out RBI single to give the A's the walk-off win. Steldt led the A's at the plate finishing 2x4 (2B, 3 RBI's) while Nick Rosenthal also chipped in with a 2x4 (RBI) game. Brad Young (IP, K) picked up the win in relief of Grant Steinike (4IP, 5 K's) and Drew Schreihart (2IP, K)
A's Enter 2017 Season With High Expectations
April 18th - After a disappointing 2015 season, the A’s rebounded with an improved 24-15 final record last season which saw them win 13 of their final 14 regular season games before being knocked out of the Rock River playoffs. Managed by the trio of Jim Ziegler (Pitcher), Brad Young (Infield/Pitcher) and Adam Sarauer (Utility) the A’s will look to build off of the that success as they head into this season. Many of the same names from past seasons will be back, but most noticeably absent will be the franchise’s longest tenured player, Jason Strobel, who has decided to hang up the cleats after 19 seasons. Strobel ends his career leading the A’s in most every offensive category including hits (511) and home runs (57), but it will be his leadership and passion for the game that will be sorely missed.
Additionally, all-league performer Mike Aiello will not return as he has decided to play closer to his hometown this season. Despite those losses, the A’s will still return a wealth of talent which includes Jake Spaeth (Infield/Outfield), Randy Finger (Outfield), Jordan Dreikosen (Pitcher), Nate Grzybowski (Infield), [Cody Nuernburg] (Pitcher), Austin Sarauer (Outfield) and Austin Cairo (Pitcher) . Look for Adam Bigus (Outfield), Harry Steldt (Infield), Nick Erd (Infield) and [Drake Schreihart] (Infield) to have significant roles at times this year as well.
The key ingredient to this upcoming season though will be that of the numerous first year players that the A’s have brought aboard. Nick Rosenthal (Infield), Mike Prochnow (1B/Outfield) and [Devin Zillmer] (Utility) will be playing their first full season after playing on a limited basis while still in high school. Newcomers Mike Hensel (catcher), Grant Steinike (Pitcher/Infield), [Mack Miller] (Pitcher), [Sam Zarling] (Outfield) and Anthony Matic (Outfield) will also be making their debuts for the team this season. Despite what will most likely be one of the younger teams in the league, the A’s should find themselves in the mix for a Rock River championship come August.
The A’s have a jam-packed schedule this season playing 45+ games which will take them all over eastern/southern Wisconsin as well as their annual trip to Minnesota. The A’s will participate in the Northeast division of the Rock River League (16 games) with Cedarburg, Grafton, Plymouth, Saukville and the West Benders as well as the Southeastern Wisconsin Baseball League (10 games) with Clyman, Kenosha, Pewaukee, Sussex and West Bend 7 Up. Numerous tournaments will fill out the schedule including the Hustisford Preseason Tournament (April 9 – 23), Lakeshore Invitational in Manitowoc (June 4), SPAMtown Challenge in Austin, MN (June 23-25) and the Wisconsin Amateur Baseball Classic that the A’s co-host in West Bend (July 13-16). In addition, the A’s will look to qualify for the inaugural State Tournament in Sheboygan and West Bend the first week of August.
A's Blank Benders in Season Opener
April 9th (box score) - The Kewaskum A’s were victorious in their season debut as they pulled away from the West Bend Benders for a 10-0 win in the first round of the Hustisford Preseason Tournament. The A’s tallied single runs in the 1st and 2nd innings and blew the game wide open in the 4th on a Jake Spaeth 3 RBI double. Newcomer Grant Steinike tossed four shutout innings (Hit, 8 K’s) to pick up the win on the mound, while Jim Ziegler (IP, K) and Brad Young (2 IP) closed out the game in relief. Adam Bigus led the A’s at the plate with a perfect 4x4 game (2B, 2 RBI’s). Anthony Matic (2 RBI’s) chipped in with a three hit game, while Brad Young (2B, 2 RBI’s, SB) & Jim Ziegler (2B) each finished with two hits. The A’s will next take on the Hustisford Astros at 3pm next Saturday (April 15th) in a semi-final game of the tournament.
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