Final Record: 20-25
** SPAMtown Challenge Final Four
A's Rocky Season Comes to a Close
August 12th (box score) - The rocky 2015 season for the A's to a close on Wednesday night as they fell to the Pewaukee Muskies by an 11-2 score. Despite a very young starting lineup, the A's hung with the powerful Muskies through four innings. In the 5th inning though the wheels began to fall off as miscues on defensive opened the way to a big four run inning. Pewaukee never looked back from there as they cruised to the easy win.
The A's were led by Blake Fleischman and Jim Ziegler at the plate as each chipped in with two hits on the night. Jordan Dreikosen (5IP, 6 Hits, 5 ER, 6 K's) suffered the loss on the mound, but if not for a few defensive miscues would have finished with a much better pitching line. The A's finish the year at 20-25 and will look to patch some glaring holes as they head into the 2016 season.
Loss to Hustisford Keeps A's Out of the Rock River Playoffs
August 9th (box score) - Despite having a very inconsistent year, the A's still found themselves in position to qualify for the Rock River playoffs with a win over Hustisford on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately the A's could not capitalize on this opportunity and suffered a 6-3 loss to the Astros ending any chance of playing in this year's Rock River playoffs.
Hustisford took the early lead in this one pushing across a single run in the top of the 1st, but the A's answered with a two run homer off the bat of Austin Sarauer to quickly retake a 2-1 lead. The score remained here until the 3rd inning when Hustisford erupted for 4 runs to take control of the game. The A's on the other hand could not muster much offense until the 9th when they pushed across a single run to cut the score to 6-3. In what was a microcosm of the A's season, they were able to load the bases in the 9th with nobody out and could not push across any additional runs even with the heart of their order up. Ty Schill led the A's offensively with a 3x4 day at the plate, while Jordan Kuczynski finished with two hits. Jim Ziegler suffered the complete game loss on the mound.
Win Over Oakfield Set up Showdown with Hustisford
August 8th (box score) - With the A's Rock River playoff hopes on life support they traveled to Oakfield on Saturday afternoon, and grinded out an ugly 8-4 win over the hosts Oaks.. The win sets up a showdown Sunday in Kewaskum against Hustisford with the winner clinching the final playoff spot in the Rock River playoffs. In Saturday's game the A's grabbed an early 1-0 lead as Brad Young scored on a wild pitch in the 1st inning (one of three times the A's would score via a wild pitch on the day).
The A's added to their lead in the 4th as Austin Sarauer blasted a two run homer and Joe Stubbe added a RBI double to give the A's a 5-0 lead. In what was a reoccuring theme on the day though, the A's left the bases loaded in the inning failing to come up with the hit that would bust the game wide open. All in all, the A's would strand 20 guys on base on the day and had to hang on for dear life as Oakfield kept the game close to the bitter end.
Brad Young gave the A's a gutty performance on the mound as he picked up the win throwing all nine innings (4ER, 8 Hits, 7 BB's, 4 K's) while Joe Stubbe led the way offensively going 3x6 (2B, RBI). Jake Spaeth, Adam Sarauer, Nick Rosenthal and Ty Schill all chipped in with two hits apiece.
A's Running Out of Chances After Loss to Hartford
August 4th (box score) - The A's headed to Hartford Tuesday night for a rescheduled Rock River League game and came away with a disappointing 10-0 loss to the host Hawks. Despite the loss, the A's still control their own playoff destinty...wins against Oakfield and Hustisford this coming weekend and they are in the playoffs. Jim Ziegler (5IP, 5 ER) suffered the loss on the mound, while Jake Spaeth 2x3 (2B) led the way offensively. Joe Stubbe finished the night with a double at the plate as well.
A's Playoff Hopes Fading After Loss to Juneau
August 2nd (box score) - The Kewaskum A's dropped a disappointing 7-6 Rock River League game to Juneau on Sunday afternoon, putting their playoff hopes in serious jeopardy. Juneau took an early 2-0 lead in the 3rd inning on the first of their three home runs on the day. The A's responded with a big four run bottom of the inning to regain the lead though. Adam Sarauer (RBI single), Joe Stubbe (2 RBI single) and Randy Finger (RBI double) all had run scoring hits in the inning.
Juneau regained the lead in the 5th on a solo home run, but the A's again answered back in the 6th with two runs of their own to take a 6-5 lead. Tony Gonring and Mike Prochnow each delivered with RBI singles in the inning, but three consecutive outs with the bases loaded kept the A's from cashing in on a bigger inning. Juneau rode this momentum into the top half of the 7th inning as they blasted their third home run of the day to take the lead for good at 7-6. Brad Young (9IP, 5ER, 6Hits, 10K's) picked up the loss on the mound while Adam Sarauer, Joe Stubbe, Nick Rosenthal and Tony Gonring each chipped in with two hits on the day.
Despite the loss the A's still control their playoff destiny this week. The A's must 1) win at either Hartford (Tuesday) or Oakfield (Saturday) AND 2) must beat Hustisford Sunday in Kewaskum to wrap up the fourth and final playoff spot in the Northern Division playoffs. It has been an up and down season for the A's, but one good week of baseball and all of that can be forgiven.
Timely Hits Lead A's Past Lebanon
August 1st (box score) - The A's scratched out a 4-1 win over Lebanon on Saturday afternoon to keep pace in the Rock River playoff picture. Austin Sarauer put the A's up 1-0 in the 2nd inning with a two out RBI double, while Alex Nuelk added to this lead in the 6th with a RBI single.
Lebanon pushed across a single run in the 8th, but the A's got two big insurance runs in the bottom half of the inning on an Alex Nuelk RBI single and Mike Prochnow RBI fielder's choice to push their lead to 4-1. Nuelk, on in relief, threw a perfect 9th inning to close the door on Lebanon and keep the A's playoff hopes alive. Lucas Kopeschka threw 7+ strong innings (7.1 IP, ER, 3 Hits, 6K's) to pick up the win, before he gave way to Nuelk (1.2IP, K, Save).
Kewaskum Takes Down Slinger 6-1
July 29th (box score) - Behind the right arm of Jim Ziegler and the bat of Austin Sarauer, the A's topped a scrappy Slinger squad 6-1 on Wednesday night in West Bend to pick up a much needed Rock River League win. Sarauer knocked in the A's first run of the night on a bases loaded sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning, and Kurt Zagzebski followed with a two RBI double to give the A's an early 3-0 lead.
Slinger pushed across their lone run in the 5th inning, but Austin Sarauer put the game out of reach in the 6th inning with a towering three run homer. Ziegler made this lead hold up on the mound as he picked up the complete game win (0ER, 6K's, 10 Hits). Joe Stubbe & Alex Nuelkeach had two hits on the night for the A's.
Rubicon Routes A's 18-5
July 26th (box score) - The Kewaskum A's are running out of chances in the hopes of making the Rock River playoffs after an 18-5 blowout loss to the Rubicon Red Sox on Sunday afternoon. Rubicon scored in each and every inning as they pounded A's pitching to the tune of 21 hits in the easy win. The A's actually did lead 5-4 after three complete innings after putting up five runs in the 3rd inning. In that inning Austin Sarauer got the A's on the board with double and eventually came around to score on a Kurt Zagzebski single. Nick Rosenthal added a RBI double of his own andRandy Finger capped the scoring with a two-out two RBI single. Unfortunately it was all Rubicon after that though.
Nick Rosenthal had himself a nice day as he finished 3x3 (2 2B's, RBI). Austin Sarauer and Joe Stubbe each chipped in with two hits on the day. Jordan Dreikosen (3IP, 6ER, 9 Hits) picked up the loss on the mound.
Sheboygan Too Much for A's in State League Playoffs
July 25th (box score) - The up and down WI State League season came to an end for the A's on Saturday night as they dropped a 12-2 game to the Sheboygan A's in a consolation playoff semi-final game. Sheboygan put up a pair of runs in the 2nd inning and never looked back from there. One of the few bright spots on the night were Brandon Mantz and Austin Sarauer (RBI) who each collected three hits.
Kings Put Beating on A's
July 23rd (box score) - The WI State League regular season came to a disappointing end Thursday night as the A's fell by a 13-3 score to the Kenosha Kings. The A"s actually held a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 3rd inning, but sloppy defense and a hot hitting Kenosha team made that a short-lived lead. Kam Koplitz got the A's on the board in the 1st inning with a two out RBI double and Drew Giesen dropped in a RBI single in the 2nd inning to tie the score at two apiece.
With the game still tied in the 3rd inning, Brad Young led off the inning with a double and came around to score on a Koplitz RBI double giving the A's a brief 3-2 lead. Kenosha responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to regain the lead and erupted for 7 runs in the 6th inning to put this game out of reach. Jordan Dreikosen (4IP, 4 Hits, 2ER) suffered the loss on the mound, but was not aided by some very sloppy A's defense on the night (6 errors). Brad Young (2B) and Kam Koplitz (2 2B's, 2 RBI's) led the way offensively.
A's Blank Benders Behind the Arms of Suprenant, Neu
July 21st (box score) - The Kewaskum A's got a glimpse of their bright future Tuesday night as four high schoolers from Kewaskum made their debut in a 5-0 win over the West Bend Benders. Cole Suprenant dazzled on the mound tossing seven shutout innings to pick up his first career win. He allowed just one infield single to go along with 11 strikeouts on the night. Suprenant gave way to Andy Neu, who also just gave up one infield single in two innings of work. Neu finished with 5 strikeouts in his A's debut.
Offensively the A's got things going in the 4th inning when an Andy Neu RBI single plated the A's first run of the game. Nick Rosenthalfollowed with a bases loaded walk to make it 2-0 Kewaskum. Veteran Adam Sarauer extended the A's lead with a RBI sacrifice fly in the 5th and a two RBI single in the 6th to push the lead to 5-0. Suprenant and Neu made that score hold up as the A's picked up their third win in a row to move to 17-18 on the year. Tony Steger 3x4 (2B) and Adam Sarauer 3x3 (3 RBI's) led the way at the plate, while Brad Young and Suprenant each chipped in with two hits on the night.
Kewaskum Concludes WABC Pool Play With Win
July 18th (box score) - In their third and final pool play game of the WI Amateur Baseball Classic, the A’s topped the Everest Merchants by a 7-1 score. Even with the win though, the A’s failed to advance to Sunday’s final round based on their earlier pool play loss to Plymouth. Everest jumped ahead with a single run in the top of the 1st inning, but the A’s answered the call in the bottom of the inning with a run of their own on a Harry Steldttwo-out RBI single. The game didn’t remain tied for long either as Jake Spaeth’s RBI single in the 2nd inning gave the A’s the lead for good. The A’s added a single run in the 3rd inning on a Randy Finger bases loaded walk and put the game out of reach in the 5th inning plating three big insurance runs. Austin Sarauer (RBI single) and Blake Fleischman (2 RBI single) had run scoring hits in the big 5th inning.
Brad Young pitched his best game of the season to pick up the complete game win (7IP, 4K’s 5 Hits) on the mound. Jake Spaeth led the A’s offensively going 4x5 (2 RBI’s), while Austin Sarauer, Harry Steldt and Brad Young each contributed two hits on the day. The Pewaukee Muskies would go on to win the 24 team tournament Sunday with a convincing 10-1 win over the West Allis Nationals in the championship game.
A's Batter Shorthanded Lakeside (IL) Legends
July 17th (box score) - On Friday night the A’s topped the shorthanded Lakeside (IL) Legends by a 16-4 score in their second pool play game of the WI Amateur Baseball Classic. Adam Sarauer’s 2 RBI single in the bottom of the 1st inning gave the A’s an early lead they would never relinquish. The game was put out of reach in the top of the 2nd inning when the A’s sent 15 batters to the plate and pushed across 9 runs. In the big inning,Nick Rosenthal (RBI single), Austin Sarauer (2 RBI double), Harry Steldt (2 RBI double), Rosenthal (RBI single again), and Ty Schill (RBI single) all collected run scoring hits in the inning. Lucas Kopeschka was the beneficiary of all the run support on the mound as he picked up the complete game win (3ER, 5 K’s, 5 Hits). Ty Schill, Harry Steldt and Nick Rosenthal all had multi-hit games for the A’s.
A's Fall to Plymouth in WABC Opener
July 15th (box score) - The Kewaskum A's appearence in the Wisconsin Amateur Baseball Classic got off to a rough start on Wednesday night as they fell to the Plymouth Flames by a 5-2 score. The A's did outhit Plymouth (8-6), but the Flames made every one of their hits count including a two-run home run in the 2nd inning. Offensively the A's were led by Austin Sarauer, Joe Stubbe, and Ty Schill who finished with two hits apiece. Chris Kornowski (4IP, 4ER, 6 Hits) took the loss on the mound.
2015 WI Amateur Baseball Classic Schedule
|Pool A||Pool B||Pool C|
|Brownsville 49ers||Brookfield Bulldogs||Everest Merchants|
|Pewaukee Muskies||Kenosha Kings||Kewaskum (WI) A's|
|Racine Kiwanis||Neosho Rockets||Lakeside (IL) Legends|
|Two Rivers Polar Bears||West Allis Nighthawks||Plymouth Flames|
|Pool D||Pool E||Pool F|
|Hartford Hawks||Milwaukee Beavers||Appleton Legends|
|Lannon Stonemen||Monches Irish||Chicago (IL) Rippers|
|Sparta Miller||Rubicon Red Sox||Clyman Canners|
|West Bend Benders||West Allis Nationals||West Bend 7up|
Kewaskum Falls to Oakfield
July 12th (box score) - Oakfield manufactured a pair of runs in the 2nd innning on Sunday afternoon and made that early lead hold up the rest of the way as they topped the A's by a 3-1 score. The A's had no answer for Oakfield pitching all day as a Tony Gonring RBI single in the 5th inning was the only offense on the afternoon. Brad Young (7IP, 3ER, 5Hits, 5 K's) suffered the loss on the mound.
Big Innings Doom A's in Loss to West Allis
July 9th (box score) - In what has unfortunately become a trend this season, the A's were pounded by the West Allis Nationals on Thursday night by a 14-2 score. The Nationals jumped ahead witha big five run 2nd inning and never looked back from there. BJ Sabol put the A's on the board with a RBI double in the 2nd inning, while Adam Sarauer added a RBI singled in the 3rd inning to account for all of the A's scoring. Jordan Kuczynskiand Chris Kornowski led the way at the plate with two hits apiece.
Bats Silent in Loss to Brownsville
July 7th (box score) - The Kewaskum A's bats were silent Tuesday night as they dropped a 4-0 game to the Brownsville 49ers in a key Rock River league matchup. With the loss the A's fall to 7-3 in the Rock River, just a half game ahead of Hustisford for the fourth and final playoff spot with a month to play in the regular season. Brownsville got on the board in the 3rd, plating two runs on a pair of sacrifice flies and made that early lead hold up the rest of the way. Austin Sarauer 2x3 and Jason Strobel 1x1 (2B) led the way offensively for the A's as they struggled to get anything going all night against Brownsville pitching. Jim Ziegler (5IP, 2ER, Loss) and Lucas Kopeschka (3IP,0 Runs) did pitch well in the loss for Kewaskum.
Ten Run 4th Inning Leads A's Past Oshkosh
July 1st (box score) - After a long and successful weekend in Austin, MN the A's jumped right back into things with a 14-9 Wisconsin State League win over the Oshkosh Giants on Wednesday night. The A's trailed 3-0 after three innings, but a huge ten run 4th inning put the A's on top for good. In the big 4th inning, Jim Ziegler (RBI), Jordan Kuczynski (RBI) and Sam Mattheis (2 RBI) all collected run scoring singles. Brad Young (three-run homer) and Kurt Zagzebski (two-run homer) both blasted home runs in the inning as well.
Oshkosh continued to battle back the rest of the night, but Jordan Kuczynski's 3 RBI double in the 8th eventually put the game out of reach. The A's pounded out 18 hits on the night as every player collected at least one hit. Jake Perez, Kurt Zagzebski, and Jim Ziegler led the way with three hits each, while Jordan Kuczynski and Brad Young each had two hits on the night. Brad Young (6IP, 5 ER) also picked up the win on the mound. The A's are off until Tuesday night when they will head to Brownsville (7:30pm) for a key Rock River tilt.
A's Come up Short in SPAMtown Semi-finals
June 28th (box score) - The Kewaskum A's advanced to the knockout round of the SPAMtown Challenge for the third straight year, but couldn't bring home the title as they fell to eventual champion Minnetonka (MN) by a 3-1 score in Sunday's first semi-final game. Minnetonka (MN) struck first putting up a pair of runs in the 3rd inning off of Kewaskum starter Jordan DeBoer. Mitch Beau cut that lead in half with one swing of the bat in the 4th inning though, blasting a solo homer to cut the A's deficit to 2-1. It was as close as the A's would get as Minnetonka's pitcher kept the A's from getting much going all day. Jake Spaeth & Jace Unrein capped great weekends at the plate as they each chipped in with a hit apiece, but it wasn't enough as the A's fell by a 3-1 final score. Despite coming up short of the title, this trip continues to be the highlight of our summer each year. Thanks to the Greyhounds for putting together an outstanding weekend as always!!
Kewaskum Advances to Knockout Round With 8-2 Win
June 27th (box score) - The Kewaskum A's advanced to the knockout round of the SPAMtown Challenge with an 8-2 win over Burnsville (MN) on Saturday afternoon. The final score in this one was a bit misleading as both pitchers were on top of their game throughout. The game remained scoreless into the 6th until Mitch Beau put the A's on the board with a two run home run that just cleared the left field fence. Joe Stubbe added a RBI single later in the inning to make it 3-0 Kewaskum. Burnsville (MN) answered right back though with two runs of their own to make it a 3-2 game heading into the final frame.
The A's busted things wide open in the 7th sending ten batters to the plate and pushing across five huge insurance runs. Jake Spaethblasted a solo homer for the first run of the inning and an infield single by Jason Strobel brought in another run. The throw on the infield single sailed wide of first allowing two more runs to score. Joe Stubbe added another run scoring single for the fifth run of the inning. This was more than enough for Brandon Winfield who was outstanding on the mound all day in picking up the complete game win (7IP, 2ER, 5K's). Jace Unrein led the A's with three hits, while Jason Strobel, Jordan DeBoer and Joe Stubbe pitched in with two hits apiece.
A's Hang on for 5-4 Win Over Duluth (MN)
June 27th (box score) - The A's escaped with a 5-4 win over a game Duluth (MN) team on Saturday morning in their second pool play game of the SPAMtown Challenge. Once again the A's raced to an early 3-0 lead after one inning with run scoring hits by Blake Fleischman (1B), Jace Unrein (2B) and Jason Strobel (1B). Jake Spaeth doubled in another run in the 2nd inning to make it 4-0 Kewaskum.
This one was not over though as Duluth (MN) slowly started to creep back into the game with one run in the 4th and three in the 5th to tie the game at four apiece. The A's didn't stay down for long as a leadoff triple in the 5th by Blake Fleischman, followed by a RBI single from Jason Strobel gave the A's a lead they would not relinquesh. Jordan DeBoer (2IP, Hit, K) shut down Duluth (MN) the rest of the way on the mound to pick up the save in relief of starter Jim Ziegler (5IP, Win, 4ER, 5K's). Jake Spaeth and Jason Strobel led the way with three hits apiece, while Joe Stubbe and Blake Fleischman each chipped in with two hits in the game.
Kewaskum Tops Champlin (MN) in Pool Play
June 26th (box score) - The Kewaskum A's came out swinging in their first pool play game of the SPAMtown Challenge in Austin, MN as they topped the Champlin (MN) LoGators by a 9-2 score. Jordan DeBoer (2B), Mitch Beau (1B) & Jace Unrein (2B) all delivered with run-scoring hits in the 1st inning as the A's raced ahead with a quick 3-0 lead. Champlin (MN) tallied an unearned run in the 2nd inning, but Mitch Beau (5IP, Win, 4 Hits, 9K's) and Brad Young (2IP, ER) kept the LoGators from putting any rally together the rest of the way. Jake Spaeth 2x3 (2 RBI's) led the way offensively while DeBoer, Beau and Unrein all chipped in with two hits and a RBI.
Minnesota Trip Gets off to a Rough Start
June 25th (box score) - The annual trip to Minnesota got off to a rocky start on Thursday night as the A's were crushed 10-0 by the host Red Wing (MN) Aces. Not much went right in this one (unless you consider the pre-game four-wheeler police chase) as the A's found themselves quickly down 7-0 after two innings and didn't show much signs of life after that. Jason Strobel and Alex Nuelk collected the only hits on the night.
2015 SPAMtown Challenge Schedule
|Pool A||Pool B||Pool C||Pool D|
|Austin (MN) Greyhounds||Austin (MN) Blue Sox||Champlin (MN) LoGators||Sioux Falls (SD) Saints|
|Joilet (IL) Dirtbags||Rochester (MN) Royals||Kewaskum (WI) A's||St. Paul (MN) Capitals|
|Chaska (MN) Cubs||Westmont (IL) Red Sox||Burnsville (MN) Bobcats||Minnetonka (MN) Millers|
|Tri-City (MN) Shark||Minneapolis (MN) Cobras||Duluth (MN) Xpress||Forest Lake (MN) Brewers|
Sarauer, Boegel Homer in A's Win Over Ashippun
June 21st (box score) - The A's won for the second straight day (and third time in a row) as they topped Ashippun by a 10-3 score Sunday in Kewaskum. Ashippun gave the A's fits the first time they played this season and Sunday was no different as the Mudcats jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning. That lead didn't last long though as the A's took advantage of five walks and one hit batter to plate three runs in the bottom half of the 2nd inning.
Ashippun tied the scored at three in the third, but Brett Boegel gave the A's the lead for good in the 4th as he blasted his first career homer (solo) to leadoff the inning. Brad Young followed a few batters later with a RBI double and Austin Sarauer drove in another run with a RBI groundout to give the A's a 6-3 lead. Sarauer's day at the plate wasn't done though as he added a RBI double in the 6th and a three run homer in the 8th to finish with 5 RBI's and two hits.
This was enough for Brad Young, who after some early struggles, settled in on the mound to pick up the complete game win (3ER, 7K's). The A's defense was outstanding on Sunday as well as they turned four double plays. [Tony Gorning] led the way offensively with three hits, while Austin Sarauer, Adam Sarauer, Brett Boegel and Jim Ziegler all added two hits. The A's move to 7-2 in the Rock River League (10-12 overall) with today's win.
The A's will head to Austin, MN this week for the SPAMtown Challenge looking to improve on last year's runner-up finish. The trip starts with an exhibition game Thursday night in Red Wing, MN before traveling down to Austin, MN for the tourney. You can follow the A's action all weekend long on www.kewaskumas.com.
Kewaskum Picks up key Rock River League Win
June 20th (box score) - The Kewaskum A's picked up a key Rock River League win on Saturday afternoon as they defeated the Hustisford Astros by an 11-1 score. Jason Strobel got the A's on the board early as he blasted a solo home run to lead off the 2nd inning. The A's then pushed their lead to 5-0 in the 3rd as Alex Nuelk and Strobel each delivered two RBI singles in the four run inning.
Starting and winning pitcher Jim Ziegler, made this early lead hold up as he picked up the complete game win on the mound (7 Hits, 7 K's). The A's pounded out 17 hits on the day as every hitter in the lineup collected at least one hit. Jason Strobel (3 RBI's) and Adam Sarauer (RBI) led the way with three hits each, while Jake Spaeth (2 2B's), Brad Young (RBI) and Austin Sarauer all collected two hits.
A's Move Back into Win Column With 9-1 Victory
June 17th (box score) - The Kewaskum A's got back into the win column, snapping their six game losing streak, with a 9-1 win over the Oshkosh Giants on Wednesday night. Oshkosh went ahead right away 1-0 in the bottom of the 1st, but the A's evened the score in the 2nd inning and went ahead for good on an Adam Sarauer 2 RBI double in the 3rd inning.
The A's put the game out of reach in the 7th as they sent 11 batters to the plate in scoring six runs. Adam Sarauer, Tony Gonring and Jordan Kuczynski all collected RBI singles in the inning, while Shane O'Hagan delivered with a RBI double. The trio on the mound of Kam Koplitz(4IP), Brad Young (2IP, Win) and Chris Kornowski (3IP, Save) shut down Oshkosh most of the night in picking up the win. Adam Sarauer 3x4 (2B, 3 RBI's) and Tony Gonring 2x5 (RBI) led the A's at the plate.
Another Late Inning Lead Slips Away From A's
June 12th (box score) - The A's saw their losing streak hit six games as they dropped a Rock River League game 7-4 to Hartford on Friday night. Kewaskum took an early lead on an Adam Sarauer RBI single in the 1st inning, but Hartford regained the lead in the 4th scoring two runs on two separate wild pitches.
Brad Young's RBI fielders choice in the 5th tied the score at two and Tony Gonring gave the A's a brief 3-2 lead in the 6th with a RBI single. However, Hartford rallied for three runs in the 7th to take the lead for good. Alex Nuelk had a RBI single in the 8th to cut the score to 5-4, but that was as close as the A's would get.
A's Let Late Lead Slip Away in Loss to Rubicon
June 7th (box score) - The terrible week for the A’s came to a disappointing end on Sunday afternoon as they let a 5-2 lead in the 8th inning slip away in losing 6-5 to the host Rubicon Red Sox. The A’s built an early 5-0 lead pushing across a single run in the 2nd inning and four runs in the 4th inning. In the big 4th inning, Jordan Kuczynski ripped a two-out RBI single and Jake Spaeth followed with a three-run homer to extend the A’s early lead.
Rubicon got on the board in the 6th inning, plating two unearned runs to cut the A’s lead to 5-2. The score remained here until the 8th inning when Rubicon got to A’s starting pitcher Jim Ziegler for four more runs to take the lead for good. The A’s did put runners on the corners with 2 outs in the 9th, but a pop-out to third base ended the game. The loss drops the A’s to 5-1 in Rock River League play (7-11 overall). Jim Ziegler (7IP, 4ER, 10 Hits) suffered the loss on the mound, while Jake Spaeth 2x5 (HR, 2B, 3 RBI’s) and Brad Boegel 2x4 (2B) led the A’s at the plate. The A’s head to Kenosha on Thursday night, and on Friday will host Hartford in West Bend at 7:30pm.
Lombard (IL) Takes Two From A's
June 6th (box score) - The A's (playing under West Bend) made the trek down to Lombard (IL) on Saturday afternoon to take on the powerhouse Orioles in a State League doubleheader. In game one, Joel Sharon (6IP, 3ER, 6 Hits) pitched his tail off to keep the game within reach, but the offense couldn't get anything going in losing 5-0. Matt Parrent, Zach Biermann, Sam Matthies and Brandon Mantz each collected a hit in the game.
The second game (box score) was much of the same offensively as a first inning double by Joel Sharon was the only extra-base hit on the day. On the other hand, Lombard was able to cash in with two separate two-out 3 RBI doubles to cruise to the 9-0 win. Brandon Mantz picked up the loss on the mound.
Comeback Comes up Short Against West Bend
June 5th (box score) - West Bend 7up defeated the A’s by a 7-5 score on Friday night in the Threshold Benefit Game played at Carl Kuss Field. Kewaskum fell behind 4-0 after one inning, and trailed 7-1 after five innings. However one run in the 6th on a Jason Strobel RBI single and a pinch hit two-run homer by Austin Sarauer in the 7th made things interesting. The A’s eventually brought the tying run to the plate in the 7th with one out, but could not complete the comeback. Lucas Kopeschka (5IP) suffered the loss on the mound while Jordan Kuczynski led the way with two hits for the A’s.
Defense Fails to Show up in Loss to West Allis
June 3rd (box score) - The A’s struggles continued on Wednesday night as they fell by a 15-5 score to the West Allis Nationals in a WI State League game in West Bend. West Allis plated four runs in the 2nd inning thanks to two errors by the A’s shoddy defense to take an early lead. Brad Young’s RBI single in the 3rd got the A’s on the board, but West Allis capitalized on more defensive miscues in the 6th & 7th innings to push their lead to 8-1. The A’s showed some signs of life in the bottom half of the 7th sending nine batters to the plate and scoring four runs to cut the lead to 8-5. Jordan Kuczynski (RBI single) and Ryan Morrison (2 RBI single) cashed in with big hits in the inning. However, West Allis was able to get to the A’s bullpen over the final two innings to pull away for the easy victory. Tyler Thicke (4IP, 0 ER. 3K’s) picked up the loss on the mound while Brad Young and Joe Stubbe each chipped in with two hits on the night.
A's Rebound With 11-0 Win Over Slinger
May 31st (box score) - After having Saturday's game in Oakfield rained out, the A's rebounded nicely with a 11-0 win over Slinger Sunday afternoon to move to 5-0 in the Rock River League (7-6 overall). The A's scratched across a run in the top of the 1st inning to go ahead 1-0 and busted the game wide open in the 4th inning putting up 5 runs. In the 4th, Brad Young and Joe Stubbe each delivered RBI singles, while Jake Spaeth blasted a three run home run (his first of the year).
The A's added three more runs in the 7th and two more runs in the 8th to put the game out of reach. Joe Stubbe delivered with a RBI double in the 7th, while Randy Finger and Jason Strobel each had RBI singles in the 8th. Jim Ziegler (6IP, 4K's) and Alex Nuelk (2IP, 4K's) combined for the shuout. Austin Sarauer 4x5 (2B), Jason Strobel 3x4 (RBI), Jake Spaeth 2x3 (HR, 2B, 3 RBI's) and Joe Stubbe (2B, 2 RBI's) led the way offensively for the A's. The A's have a very busy week ahead as they host West Allis Wednesday night in West Bend, and then play West Bend 7up Friday night in the benefit game (7pm) at Regner Park. Then on Saturday the team travels to Lombard (IL) for a State League doubleheader (playing under West Bend) and finally on Sunday the team heads to Rubicon for a Rock River League matchup.
Brownsville Thumps A's 12-0
May 28th (box score) - The A's headed to Brownsville on Thursday night for a Tri-County contest and came away with a disappointing 12-0 loss to the host 49ers. Not much went right in this one as Brownsville jumped on A's pitching scoring in each and every inning. Alex Nuelk, Adam Sarauer, Brad Young and John Sprayberry each collected one hit on the night for the A's who fell to 6-6 on the season.
Threshold Benefit Game - Friday, June 5th
May 26th - Join us on Friday June 5th at Carl Kuss Field at Regner Park for the Threshold Benefit Baseball Game! For 40 years, the game was a HUGE community event in West Bend attracting thousands, and raising thousands for the Threshold. It was sponsored by West Bend Lithia (Beer) Basebal Club. The event fizzled out in the 90's, but was brought back last year by Craig Larsen of the West Bend Baseball Association. This is a fun-filled, family oriented evening where you can enjoy a Schwai's cookout, a chance to win our 50/50 Raffle and watch a competitive men's championship game of baseball under the stars between two of the area's top baseball teams, West Bend 7up and the Kewaskum A's.
So come to the park, bring your family and friends, and suppor the Threshold! We would love to see you! Ticket information is included in the flyer here.
Pitching Woes Continue in Loss to Addison
May 24th (box score) - The A's (playing as West Bend 7up) suffered another tough loss on Sunday as they fell to the Addison (IL) Braves 14-3 in a WI State League contest (game two of the scheduled doubleheader was rained out). Addison raced ahead to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning and continued to pile it on nearly every inning thereafter taking advantage of 15 walks and 3 hit batters by A's pitching. The lone bright spot on the day was Brad Young's leadoff home run in the bottom of the 1st inning. Young finished the day 1x3 (HR), while Adam Sarauer and Jordan Kuczynski each chipped in with a hit. Lucas Kopeschka suffered his first loss of the year on the mound. The A's look to bounce back this week as they have three road games ahead, Thursday at Brownsville (Tri-County), Saturday at Oakfield & Sunday at Slinger (both Rock River League games).
Kewaskum Rebounds With 6-2 Win Over Lebanon
May 22nd (box score) - After a lackluster performance the previous night, the A's rode the bat of Adam Sarauer and arm of Jim Ziegler to rebound with a nice 6-2 win over Lebanon on Friday evening to remain unbeaten (4-0) in Rock River League play. Sarauer gave the A's an early 1-0 lead with a two-out RBI single in the 1st inning and ripped another RBI single in the 3rd inning as part of a four run inning to give the A's a 5-0 lead. Jason Strobel (Sacrifice Fly) and Kurt Zagzebski (Double) also had RBI's in in the inning. Lebanon responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame though thanks in part to two Kewaskum errors, but starting pitcher Jim Ziegler settled in from there to pick up the complete game win (0ER, 8 Hits, 13 K's). Offensively Adam Sarauer finished the night 4x4 (2 RBI's), while younger brother Austin Sarauer was 2x5 (RBI).
A's Battered in State League Debut
May 21st (box score) - The WI State League debut didn't go quite as planned on Thursday night as the A's (playing under West Bend) fell by a 14-4 score to the West Allis Nationals. The A's built an early 3-0 lead in the 1st inning thanks to RBI's by DJ Peltz, Zach Biermann and Kurt Zagzebski, but West Allis tied things up in the bottom half of the inning with a three run inning of their own. Zach Biermann put the A's back up 4-3 in the 3rd, but it was all West Allis after that as an eight run 4th inning put the game out of reach. Zach Biermann 3x5 (HR, 2B, 2 RBI's) and Adam Sarauer 3x5 (2B) led the way offensively, while Brad Young picked up the loss on the mound.
Nuelk's Four Hit Day Helps Lead A's Past Brownsville 6-2
May 17th (box score) - The Kewaskum A’s picked up a big 6-2 win over the Brownsville 49ers on Sunday to move the A’s to 3-0 (5-3 overall) in Rock River League play. Brownsville struck first with a two-run homer in the top of the 1st, but Alex Nuelk got the A’s on the board in the 2nd with a two-out RBI single to make it a 2-1 game. Brownsville countered with scoring chances early and often, but the A’s were able to keep them off the board thanks to some excellent defense and timely pitching. The turning point of the game might have been in the 5th inning when Adam Sarauerwas able to rob a would be two-run homer off the bat of Josh Klismith to keep the score at 2-1. The A’s rode this momentum from there as they put together a two-out rally in the 6th inning. With two outs and Kurt Zagzebski on first base, Nuelk singled and Tony Gonring was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Brad Young. Young capitalized on the scoring opportunity as he ripped a double to the gap to clear the bases and give the A’s a 4-2 lead.
Alex Nuelk added a two-out 2 RBI double in the 7th to push the A’s lead to 6-2 and that was enough of a cushion for starting pitcher Jim Ziegler (CG Win, 2 ER, 9 Hits, 8 K’s) who settled in after a shaky start to pick up the win on the mound. Nuelk finished the day 4x4 (2B, 3 RBI’s) while Jason Strobel, Austin Sarauer and Kurt Zagzebski each added two hits apiece. The A’s have a busy week ahead as they travel to West Allis on Thursday (WSL) and Lebanon on Friday (RRL). Then on Sunday they host a WSL doubleheader in West Bend against Addison (IL).
Serio Shines in A's Debut
May 16th (box score) - The A’s traveled to Neosho on Saturday afternoon for a Tri-County game and held on late to defeat the host Rockets by an 8-5 score. Brad Young gave the A’s an early lead with a home run to lead off the game and Josh Serio, in his A’s debut, added a three run homer of his own. Serio also picked up the win on the mound (7IP, 4 Hits, 9K’s), while Alex Nuelk (2IP, 2 K’s) tossed the final two innings. Brad Young 2x5 (2B, HR, 2 RBI’s) led a balanced A’s offensive attack where each batter had at least one hit.
Big Inning Dooms A's in Loss to Muskies
May 13th (box score) - The A's saw their three game winning streak come to an abrupt end on Wednesday night as they fell to the Pewaukee Muskies by a 14-5 score. The A's held an early 2-0 lead, but the Muskies pushed across two runs in the 4th inning off of A's starter Jordan Dreikosen and erupted for ten runs in the 5th off A's relievers to take control of the game. Brad Young added a RBI double in the 5th and Harry Steldt a 2 RBI single in the 6th, but the Pewaukee lead was too much to overcome.
Nick Rosenthal led the A's offensively with a 2x4 (2B) day, while Zach Biermann (RBI single) and Mike Prochnow (2B) each added big hits on the night. Jordan Dreikosen tossed four solid innings on the mound in his A's debut.
Homers Propel A's Past Juneau on Mother's Day
May 10th (box score) - The Kewaskum A's picked up a 15-5 (7 innings) win over Juneau on Sunday afternoon to move to 2-0 (3-2 overall) in Rock River League play. The A's struck for six runs in the top of the 1st inning on Sunday and didn't look back from there as they cruised to the win. Jim Zieglerdelivered the big blow in the 1st inning as he ripped a grand slam to left for his first homer of the year and the first of four A's home runs on the day. Adam Sarauer got in on the action in the 3rd inning as he led off with a solo home run, and an inning later Brad Young blasted his first homer of the year to put the A's up 8-1. Two innings later Young connected again, this time a two-run home run to put the A's comfortably ahead 12-1.
Playing with this early lead, Lucas Kopeschka (5IP+, Hit, 4 K's) settled in nicely on the mound to pick up his first win of the year. Kopeschka didn't surrender his first hit of the game until a leadoff single in the 6th inning. Harry Steldt (2B) & Jim Ziegler (HR, 5 RBI's) led the A's offensively with three hits each, while Brad Young (2 HR's, 3 RBI's) & Adam Sarauer (HR, 2 RBI's, 3 BB's) each chipped in with two hits on the day. A big week of games awaits the A's as they host Pewaukee on Wednesday night in West Bend (7pm), while on Saturday the A's head to Neosho (1:30pm) for a Tri-County contest. The game of the week will be Sunday though (and the A's home opener) as they will host the defending Rock River Grand Champion Brownsviller 49ers at 1:30pm.
A's Pick up 13-4 Win Over Oconomowoc
May 6th (box score) - On Wednesday night the A's traveled to Johnson Creek to take on the Oconomowoc Five-O's and came away with a 13-4 victory. Oconomowoc built an early 3-0 lead after three innings, but the A's came storming back scoring all 13 runs over the next three innings. Devyn Zillmer (2IP, ER, 2K's) picked up the win in relief while Adam Sarauer & Shane O'Hagan led the A's offensively with three hits apiece. Nick Rosenthal, Alex Nuelk & Mike Prochnow each contributed two hits apiece on the night as well.
A's Rally Past Ashippun to Pick up First Win of the Year
May 3rd (box score) - The Kewaskum A's picked up their first win of the year on Sunday with a 11-6 win in 10 innings over Ashippun. Down to their last out and strike in the 9th, Mike Prochnow delivered with a 2 RBI single to tie the game at six apiece. Ashippun went quietly in the bottom of the 9th, while the top of the 10th inning saw the A's erupt for five runs to take control of the game. In the decisive 10th inning, Jason Strobel knocked in the go-ahead run with a bases loaded RBI infield single. Adam Sarauer followed with a bases clearing 3 RBI double and Prochnow again delivered one batter later with a RBI single to push the A's lead to11-6.
Brad Young (5 IP, 2 ER) made this lead hold up on the mound as he picked up the win in relief of Jim Ziegler (5 IP, ER). Adam Sarauer led the A's offensively with a 4x5 (2 2B's, 3 RBI's) day at the plate. Jason Strobel (RBI) & Austin Sarauer (2B) each chipped in with three hits, while Prochnow (3 RBI's) and Ziegler each had two hits on the day. The A's play Oconomowoc on Wednesday night (7:30pm) in a Tri-County contest, and then head to Juneau on Sunday (1:30pm) for a Rock River League match-up.
Kewaskum Falls to Hartford in Slugfest
May 1st (box score) - The Kewaskum A's fell to 0-2 on the young season as they dropped a 13-9 Tri-County Night League game to the Hartford Hawks on Friday night. Things got off to a great start for Kewaskum in this one as a bases loaded walk by Austin Moore in the 1st inning plated the A's first run of the night. Jim Ziegler & Nate Farrington each followed with 2 RBI singles to give the A's an early 5-0 lead. Hartford would chip away at this lead though, scoring in each of the first three innings to eventually go ahead 6-5 and would never trail again.
The A's did keep things close as they scored a pair of runs in the 6th and 7th innings, but Hartford was just too much on this night as they would score in every inning they batted. Sam Schlosser and Nick Rosenthal were responsible for RBI singles in the 7th, but it was too little too late for the A's. Offensively the A's were led by Sam Schlosser (RBI), Nick Rosenthal (RBI), Nate Farrington (2 RBI) and Austin Narges(2B) who all collected two hits apiece on the night. Devyn Zillmer (2IP) picked up the loss on the mound in relief. The A's kick off the Rock River regular season tomorrow as they head to Ashippun (1:30pm).
A's Lose on Walk-off to Beavers in Season Opener
April 26th (box score) - The Kewaskum A's fell in their season opener on Sunday night by a score of 6-5 to the Milwaukee Beavers of the Rock Baseball League. The host Beavers jumped ahead with a three-run homer in the bottom of the first, and eventually built a 5-0 lead through six innings. In the 7th though the A's finally got things going as Brad Young was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in the A's first run of the night. A groundout by Nick Rosenthal plated another run and Devyn Zillmer followed with a two-out RBI single to cut the lead to 5-3.
The score remained here until the 9th, when Lucas Kopeschka (walk) and Brad Young (single) reached to start the inning for the A's. Nick Rosenthal followed with a RBI single to cut the lead to 5-4 and Jason Strobel followed that with a RBI single of his own to tie the game at five apiece. The A's couldn't push across the go-ahead run though, while the Beavers were able to capitalize on two leadoff walks in the bottom of the 9th putting them in position for the walk-off win.
The A's had six hits on the night, one each by Young, Rosethnal, Zillmer, Strobel, Kopeschka & Jim Ziegler. Brad Young (2IP) picked up the loss on the mound, while Kopeschka (IP), Zillmer (2IP), Dylan May (IP) and Ziegler (2IP) all threw well on the night. The A's play twice this coming week, Friday night at Hartford (Tri-County) and Sunday at Ashippun (Rock River).
Challenges Lie Ahead for A's in 2015
April 20th - The Kewaskum A's 2015 season will get underway this weekend (April 26th) as they travel to the Rock Sports Complex in Franklin to take on the defending Rock Baseball League Grand Champion Milwaukee Beavers at 7pm. A challenging 45+ game schedule lies ahead this season and for the first time in many years the A's will be looking to fill some holes left by players not returning. Hanging up the cleats after 15 seasons will be longtime veteran Jake Panzer. Panzer was part of the glue that held this team together during some modest years in the early 2000's and played a big part in the A's recent success, he will be sorely missed by the A's family. Also not returning will be Mitch Huffman and Tim Whitty, both players that had integral parts to the A's success the past few seasons. The A's will still return aging veterans player/manager Jim Ziegler (Pitcher) and Jason Strobel (Outfield), along with Adam Sarauer (Utility), Ty Schill (Infield), Austin Sarauer (Outfield), Kurt Zagzebski (Outfield), Jake Spaeth (Infield), Brad Young (Infield) and Alex Nuelk (Catcher/Outfield). That group will help lead the way in pursuit of a 5th consecutive Rock River Northern Division title.
2015 Schedule Released
March 30th - The Kewaskum A's 2015 schedule has been set and will feature the most challenging schedule the A's have put together to date, both in the number of games and competition. The A's will continue to play in the Rock River League (18 games) and Tri-County Night League (6 games), but will also be participating in the Wisconsin State League (WSL) jointly with West Bend 7up this season. The WSL features many of the top amateur programs across the eastern part of Wisconsin and Nothern Illinois and will be a stern test for this team that will hopefully pay dividends at year-end. The A's will also head back to Austin, MN for the fifth time looking to improve on their runner-up finish from a year ago in the SPAMtown Challenge. The Wisconsin Amateur Baseball Classic will also return for the third year in West Bend as many of the top amateur teams from the state of WI come together for one great weekend of baseball.
The A's will kick off their season with an exhibition contest against the defending Rock Baseball League Champion - Milwaukee Beavers on April 26th (7:30pm) at the Rock Complex in Franklin. From there the A's jump right into their Tri-County and Rock River league schedules the following week. Highlights for the umpcoming season include:
* April 11th (Saturday) - Brat Fry at Piggly Wiggly in Kewaskum
* April 26th (Sunday) - Season opener @ Milwaukee Beavers at Rock Complex (Franklin)
* May 3rd (Sunday) - Rock River opener @ Ashippun Mudcats
* May 17th (Sunday) - Home opener vs Brownsville 49ers (defendin RRL Grand Champions)
* May 21st (Thursday) - WI State League opener @ West Allis Nationals
* June 5th (Friday) - Threshold Benefit game @ West Bend 7up
* June 25-28th - SPAMtown Challenge - Austin, MN
* July 15-19th - Wisconsin Amateur Baseball Classic - West Bend
* August 2nd (Sunday) - Fan Appreciation Day vs. Juneau County Seators
Bowling Fundraiser Kicks Off 2015 Season
January 17th - The A's wrapped up their Bowl for Baseball fundraiser this past weekend as 160 bowlers took part in the annual event at King Pin Bowl & Ale House in West Bend. The A's teamed up again with West Bend 7up to make the 9 pin (no-tap) bowling event a huge success. High Series Men went to Bill Kraemer (Morning Session) and Chad Schmitt (Afternoon Session). Bonnie Justman (Morning Session) and Amanda Sarauer (Afternoon Session) took home the Women High Series titles. The A's along with West Bend 7up would like to send out another huge thank you to all the friends, family, fans and sponsors who made this event such a huge success!!