Sports Archives for 2022-07

Sister Bay blitzes Egg Harbor late on 105.1 The GOAT

The Sister Bay Bays shutout the Egg Harbor Indians 7-0 at home Sunday afternoon in Door County Baseball League action. 

 

After being held to a single hit by Indian’s starting pitcher Alex Byrne over five innings, the Bay rallied for two runs and four hits in the sixth inning to take the lead they would not relinquish.

 

The Bays then erupted for five runs on four hits in the seventh inning, including a two-run single by Sam Forkert, to pull away.

 

Forkert, who was the starting pitcher for Sister Bay, allowed only four hits over six innings to pick up the win, with Matt Hecht coming on to pitch the final three innings to pick up the save and secure the shutout. 

 

The Bays’ offense was led by Forkert who ended up with two hits and three runs batted in, while Spencer Krause and Sawyer Johnson each had two hits and scored two runs.  Joe Sawyer paced the Indians with three hits. 

 

The next broadcast of Door County Baseball League action on 105.1 The GOAT will be Friday night as the Institute Cubs host the Bays. Pregame starts at 7 pm with first pitch at 7:30 pm. 

Egg Harbor battles Sister Bay on 105.1 The GOAT

Sister Bay looks to keep their chances for the number 2 seed alive as they host Egg Harbor for a Sunday afternoon showdown.

                       

The Bays are coming off a combined no hitter in their 4-0 win over Baileys Harbor, and are looking to keep the arms alive if they want to gain some traction and move out of their three way tie with West Jacksonport and Washington Island as the postseason is slowly inching around the corner.

 

Egg Harbor was stunned in the top of the 9th last week in their game against Washington Island. The Islanders came back and scored 6 runs of their own in response to the Indians taking a 5-4 lead, resulting in a 10-5 loss for Egg Harbor. The Indians do ride the hot bat of Cory Fuller though, as he has posted the top batting average in all of the DCBL this year.

 

Quinn Struck and Paul Schmitt will have the call from Sister Bay on 105.1 The GOAT beginning at 1:00 p.m. with the pregame show, followed by first pitch at 1:30 p.m.

 

Other games scheduled for Sunday includes Institute traveling to Maplewood, Washington Island hosting Kolberg, and Baileys Harbor heading to West Jacksonport. 


Wisconsin Wows the Fans with 7-6 Win

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Cedar Rapids Kernels scored twelve runs over the first two innings.  It would be the Rattlers who would score run number thirteen and hold on for a 7-6 victory at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium on Saturday night.  Jackson Chourio homered and drove in three runs while Tristan Peters had three hits, including the RBI single to knock in the go-ahead run to lead the Wisconsin offense.

 

Yunior Severino put the Kernels (58-37 overall, 15-14 second half) up 2-0 in the top of the first inning when he hit an 0-2 pitch for a two-out, two-run home run.

The Timber Rattlers (50-44, 14-15) responded in the bottom of the first.  Peters doubled to start the inning.  Then, Chourio crushed a two-run home run to center to tie the game.  The homer was the first as a Timber Rattler for the 18-year-old top prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers system.  Ashton McGee started a two-out rally with a single.  Darrien Miller reached on an error to keep the inning alive.  Zavier Warren made the Kernels pay when he cracked a three-run homer to the Cedar Rapids bullpen and the Rattlers were up 5-2 after one inning.

Cedar Rapids rallied back in the top of the second inning with four runs off Wisconsin starter Antoine Kelly.  A walk and a single put runners on the corners.  A wild pitch allowed a run to score before Kelly struck out the next two batters.  Alerick Soularie knocked in the second run of the inning with a single.  Aaron Sabato put the Kernels up 6-5 with a two-run home run to left.

Wisconsin came right back to tie the game in the bottom of the second.  Jose Acosta drew a walk and Peters followed with a double to put runners at second and third.  Chourio knocked in Acosta with a grounder to short for a 6-6 game.

Acosta figured into the go-ahead run, too.  He doubled with one out in the bottom of the fourth.  Peters blooped a single into right and Acosta raced home with the run to give the Rattlers a 7-6 lead.

Peters went 3-for-4 in the game.  He has six straight games with two or more hits and is 13-for-24 during that streak.

Chourio is 8-for-20 with five RBI and has a five-game hitting streak since joining the Timber Rattlers at the start of this series.  He is on a nine-game hitting streak, including his final four games with the Carolina Mudcats.

Kelly walked Sabato and Severino, the first two batters he faced in the top of the fifth inning.  That was the end of the line for him.  Kelly allowed six runs on six hits with four walks, a hit batsman, and six strikeouts with 93 pitches.

Joey Matulovich entered the game from the Wisconsin bullpen and got a popup for the first out.  Pat Winkel was next, and he hit a line drive that looked like it would go down the line in right.  McGee made a leaping grab of the liner and raced to first to mage a diving tag on Severino for an unassisted double play to end the inning.

Matulovich pitched three scoreless innings and turned the one-run lead over to James Meeker to start the eighth.

Meeker retired the Kernels in order in the eighth and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, including strikeouts of the final to batters, to close out the game for his sixth save of the season.

The Kernels didn’t have a hit after the second inning.  The win was the second in a row for the Timber Rattlers.

 

The final game of the series and of the homestand is Sunday afternoon.  Russell Smith (2-4, 4.62) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattler.  The Kernels have named Orlando Rodriguez (3-1, 3.62) as their starter for Sunday.  Game time is 1:10pm.

Brewers take second straight from Red Sox

The Milwaukee Brewers took their second straight from the Boston Red Sox with a 9-4 victory Saturday afternoon.

 

The game went back and forth early with Rowdy Tellez going yard in the first inning and Omar Narvaez followed suit in the second to make it 2-0 in the second. The Red Sox would get on the board in the next inning, but the Brewers extended their lead with a two-run Hunter Renfroe homer and a sacrifice fly by Kolten Wong. The Red Sox would make it a 5-4 game late, but the Brewers would score the game's final four runs, capped off by a Tyrone Taylor homer in the ninth inning.

 

The Brewers go for the sweep at Fenway Sunday afternoon.

Rockers drop second straight

The Green Bay Rockers could not manage much offense in its 3-1 loss to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters on Saturday night on the road.

 

A balk, a walk, and a double drove in three runs for the Rafter in the bottom of the third inning for the Rafters. The Rockers were only able to answer that rally with one run of their own. That run came on a two-out home run by J.P Gauthier.

 

Aaron Heger took the loss in his first appearance of the season, pitching 2 2/3 innings while giving up three runs, three hits, and three walks on the day.

 

The Rockers will take their turn hosting the Rafters on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Gibraltar looking for new cross-country coach, other positions

There will be new faces leading Gibraltar's sports teams this fall. 

 

The district is looking to fill spots in middle school cross country, basketball, and volleyball teams, in addition to positions on the high school coaching staff for football, boys' soccer, boys and girls basketball, and cross country. The one head coaching job available is cross country, a job formerly held by Joy Manweiler Bastian. 

 

You can find more details on how to apply for the open positions here.

Green Bay Men's Basketball to Play in Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic

Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic returns to Montego Bay, Jamaica this November 18-20, featuring an all-star line-up of college basketball teams.  Eight teams from eight conferences will go head-to-head in this early season Round Robin tournament at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The 2022 roster includes the return of Georgetown and Loyola Marymount University, and new additions Wake Forest, LaSalle, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Morgan State, Utah Valley, and Queens University.
 
"We are thrilled the tournament is back in arguably the most iconic destination in the Caribbean – beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica," said Jacob Ridenhour, Jamaica Classic Executive Director.  "Soaking in all that paradise offers – 85-degree sunshine, great basketball, the sounds of reggae music and the aroma of the jerk pit grilling – there's no better destination for a college fan to enjoy a basketball getaway.  Come find out why they call Jamaica the heartbeat of the world."
 
Georgetown University men's team returns this year, led by Jamaican-American head coach and former NBA star Patrick Ewing.  Ewing had a seventeen-year NBA career, predominantly playing for the New York Knicks, where he was an eleven-time all-star and named to seven All-NBA teams. He played center for Georgetown for four years—in three of which the team reached the NCAA Championship Game and was named one of the "greatest college basketball players of all time".
 
"It's exciting to be part of the return of the Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic and I look forward to the competition at the Montego Bay Convention Centre," said Patrick Ewing, Head Coach of Georgetown Men's Basketball. "Basketball has given me many opportunities in life and this is a great way to help grow the game in my home country and make a positive impact on the community and youth of Jamaica."
 
Returning teams, Georgetown and Loyola Marymount, will be joined by several new entrants, including Wake Forest's Demon Deacons who finished fifth in the ACC 2021-22 regular season.
 
The Jamaica Tourist Board and Jamaica's Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport welcome the return of the annual event and traveling fans which contribute greatly to the local economy. "Jamaica has become one of the Caribbean's foremost convention destinations and we are pulling out all the stops to have an exciting and seamless experience for visitors and fans," said Donovan White, Director of Tourism. "The staging of a basketball tournament of this magnitude sends a strong signal to the world that Jamaica is growing as a prime sport tourism destination.  Not only will guests witness extraordinary college basketball, but they'll also have the opportunity to experience everything Montego Bay has to offer in terms of incredible weather, food, beaches, attractions, and activities for every type of traveler." 

"We look forward to welcoming these exceptional student-athletes and their fans to Jamaica for the tournament this Fall. Over the years, our island has been home to extraordinary athletes who got their start in youth sports, trained hard, and grew-up to compete on some of the greatest athletic fields and courts around the world," said Hon. Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.  "We know that to compete at this level of college basketball it requires hard work, determination, and an invincible spirit, all of which will be on display when these teams play here at the Montego Bay Convention Centre."

Big inning tunes out Rockers

The Green Bay Rockers had a six-run inning go against them Friday night en route to a 10-4 loss against the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders.

 

The Rockers' pitching staff struggled with control all night, walking eight Dock Spiders compared to four strikeouts. The big blow happened during the six-run third inning when Branden Comia snuck a ball over the fence in the right-center field. 

 

The Rockers scored twice in the third and fifth innings, but left plenty of runners on the basepaths. Matt Scannell drove in a pair with an RBI single in the third inning and another run in the fifth after Keniel de Leon brought in a run in on his own.

 

The Rockers head west Saturday to face the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.

Rattlers Shut Out Cedar Rapids to Snap Streak

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers emphatically ended their ten-game losing streak with a 4-0 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels Friday Night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  Justin Jarvis allowed one hit and struck out eight over six scoreless innings for his eighth win of the season.

 

Wisconsin (49-44 overall, 13-15 second half) missed on an opportunity to take the lead in the first inning. Tristan Peters doubled and took third on a wild pitch.  Jackson Chourio drew a walk and the Rattlers had runners at the corners with no outs.  However, two straight strikeouts and a caught stealing ending the inning.

The Rattlers grabbed their chance to take the lead in the bottom of the third.  Terence Doston beat out an infield single with one out and Peters followed with a double off the wall in right to put runners at second and third.  Cedar Rapids starting pitcher Cade Povich committed a balk to allow Doston to score and Peters to take third base.  Chourio drove in Peters with a sacrifice fly for the 2-0 lead.

 

Chourio started the bottom of the sixth inning with a single to snap a streak of six straight strikeouts by Povich.  Joe Gray Jr was next, and he cracked a triple off the wall in center to score Chourio for a 3-0 lead.

That was an insurance run for Jarvis, who walked two over his six scoreless innings.  The only hit he allowed was a two-out single in the second inning.  Jarvis is now the Midwest League leader in strikeouts with 120 on the season.

 

Taylor Floyd worked around two walks and a hit batsman with five strikeouts over two innings to protect the lead.

Peters drew a lead-off walk in the bottom of the eighth.  Wes Clarke drove in Peters with a two-out double and the Rattlers were up 4-0.

The Kernels (58-36, 15-13) picked up their second hit of the game on an infield single with two outs in the top of the ninth inning.  Robbie Baker, who had retired the first two batters of the ninth, closed out the game with a strikeout, the fifteenth by Wisconsin pitchers in the game

 

Game five of the series is Saturday night.  Antoine Kelly (2-4, 3.41) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Travis Adams has been named the starting pitcher for the Kernels and will be making his Midwest League debut.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

Luxemburg-Casco Fishing Team renames Sturgeon Bay tournament

The Luxemburg-Casco Fishing Team's annual tournament in Sturgeon Bay will have a new name moving forward.

 

Earlier this week, the team announced that the tournament would be named in honor of Terry Peterson, a fishing guide and Freshwater Fishing Hall of Famer from Hayward, Wis., who passed away earlier this year. Peterson's son Patrick presented a team with a donation to the program at their July meeting. He also awarded team member Charlie Simonar with awards for winning the tournament and registering a big bass.

 

 

Picture courtesy of Luxemburg-Casco Fishing Team

Rockers come back against Fond du Lac

The Green Bay Rockers turned their matchup against the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders around late to win the game 6-4.

 

The Rockers were down 3-0 before their fortunes changed in the fifth inning. An RBI single by Tristin Garcia, a bases loaded walk, and a fielder' choice tied the game before a second fielder's choice in the seventh inning gave the Rockers the lead. The Rockers would score two insurance runs in the eighth inning on a wild pitch and Danny Wuestenfeld's one-out single.

 

The two teams play again each other Friday night at Capital Credit Union Park at 6:35 p.m.

Packers sign new wide receiver

Aaron Rodgers will have a new target to throw to as the Green Bay Packers enter their third day of training camp.

 

The Packers announced the signing of WR Ishmael Hyman. The James Madison alum has bounced around professional football ranks since 2019, playing in the American Association of Football (AAF) and the United States Football League (USFL) in addition to his time in NFL training camps. Hyman will get the reps as the Packers' top draft pick, Christian Watson, nurses a knee injury suffered earlier this year.

Slow Start Dooms Rattlers

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 6-2 loss to the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Thursday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium followed a familiar script.  They fell behind in the first inning, missed out on some chances to get back into the ballgame, and committed a few late miscues to let their opponent add some insurance.

 

The Kernels (58-35 overall, 15-12 second half) scored four runs in the first inning.  Wisconsin starting pitcher Israel Puello loaded the bases on two walks and a single with one out.  Puello got a strikeout for the second out but walked Pat Winkel on four pitches to force in the first run of the inning.  Wander Javier lined the next pitch to right for a two-run single.  Will Holland followed with a ground-rule double to send Winkel home and Cedar Rapids was up 4-0.


Opponents have scored in the first inning in five straight games against the Timber Rattlers.

Wisconsin (48-44, 12-15) started to climb back into the game on an RBI double by Wes Clarke in the first inning and an RBI fielder’s choice from Jose Acosta in the second inning.  The Rattlers loaded the bases against Kernels starting pitcher Aaron Rozek in the third inning but did not score.

Yunior Severino hit a one-out solo home run in the top of the fifth inning to put the Kernels back up by three runs.

Aaron Sabato scored the final run of the game with a little help from the Rattlers.  He singled and stole second.  He took off early for third base with two outs and should have been out.  Zach Mort, the Rattlers pitcher, stepped off and made a low throw to third to Zavier Warren, who couldn’t corral the throw, and Sabato was safe.  Then, Mort committed a balk as he tried to get set for the next pitch and that let Sabato trot home.

The Timber Rattlers had their chances.  The left the bases loaded in the third, left a runner at second in the fourth and fifth, a runner at third in the eighth, and runners at the corners in the ninth.  In all, Wisconsin stranded ten runners and went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.  The one hit with a runner in scoring position was a single by Darrien Miller that moved Ethan Murray from second to third base.
 

Wisconsin has lost ten games in a row for the first time since the 2018 season.  The Rattlers lost ten in a row twice that season – April 13 through April 23 and June 11 through June 24.

 

Game four of the series is Friday night at Neuroscience Group Field.  Antoine Kelly (2-4, 3.41) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  The Kernels have named Cade Povich (6-7, 4.40) as their starter.  Game time is 6:40pm.

Three former Packers named Pro Football HOF finalists

Three individuals from Green Bay Packers lore could be enshrined in Canton shortly.

 

Receiver Sterling Sharpe, back Cecil Isbell and coach Mike Holmgren have been named finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2023. Sharpe and Isbell are two of the 12 finalists in the senior category, where the committee will select three names to be discussed in further detail in front of the full selection panel in the coming months. Holmgren is one of 12 in the coaches/contributors category where only one will be voted either up or down in the last stage of the selection process.

 

All three are Green Bay Packers Hall of Famers, with Isbell inducted in 1972, Sharpe in 2002, and Holmgren in 2012.

 

 

Rockers nip Chinooks

The Green Bay Rockers continued their strong start in the second half of the season with a 6-5 win over the Lakeshore Chinooks on Wednesday.

 

The Rockers were down 3-0 in the fifth inning when they put up five runs against the Chinooks. Aided by a bases-loaded walk and an error, the big blow of the frame was a bases-clearing double by Rockers All-Star Tristin Garcia. A run-scoring single in the top of the eighth by Carson Yates scored an important insurance run as the Chinooks would score twice in the ninth, but not enough to take the game away from the Rockers.

 

The Rockers are at home Thursday night to face the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders.

Tellez' bombs sink Twins

First baseman Rowdy Tellez left American Family Field twice to push the Milwaukee Brewers past the Minnesota Twins 10-4.

 

Tellez put the Crew up 3-0 with his first three-run homer of the day in the bottom of the first, only to have the Twins match it the very next half inning of play. He would do it again in the fourth inning following a bases-loaded walk to Christian Yelich and a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Willy Adames. Luis Urias would add the team's final pair of runs with a two-run homer. 

 

The win gave the Brewers a two-game sweep of their border rivals before they traveled to Boston for a weekend set against the Red Sox. 

Kernels Drop Wisconsin 7-4

The Cedar Rapids Kernels jumped to an early lead only to see the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers rally to tie the game.  Cedar Rapids broke the tie with a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth and went on to a 7-4 win over the Rattlers at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium

 

Kyler Fedko and Seth Gray got the Kernels (57-35 0verall, 14-12 second half) off to a very fast start in the first inning.  The first two batters in the Cedar Rapids lineup hit back-to-back home runs for a 2-0 lead five pitches into the game.  Aaron Sabato followed with a double.  Yunior Severino drove in Sabato with a single and a 3-0 advantage.

Wisconsin (48-43, 12-14) responded in the bottom of the first to cut into the deficit.  Tristan Peters and Jackson Chourio opened the inning with single.  Joe Gray Jr followed with a single to knock in Peters and send Chourio to third base.  The single by Gray extended his current hitting streak to a season-high seven games.

Gray and Chourio pulled a double steal with Wes Clarke at the plate to get the Rattlers to within a run.

In the bottom of the second inning, Zavier Warren walked and Arbert Cipion doubled to put runners at second and third with one out.  Peters got Warren home with a ground out to tie the game 3-3.

Justin Bullock, the Wisconsin starting pitcher, retired twelve Kernels in a row after the RBI single by Severino in the first inning.  That streak was snapped on a lead-off single by Dylan Neuse in the fifth.  Charles Mack followed with an RBI double to score Neuse with the go-ahead run.

The Kernels plated three more runs in the sixth inning against reliever Justin Bullock.  A walk and a single started the frame.  Jake Rucker drove in the first run with a double.  Jeferson Morales knocked in the second run of the inning with a sacrifice fly that was deep enough to move Rucker to third base.  Neuse got Rucker across the plate with a ground out and the Kernels were up 7-3.

 

Peters doubled off Ryan Shreve to start the Wisconsin seventh inning, but it looked like he would be left there.  Ashton McGee, who had been robbed of hits on liners that were caught earlier in the game, sent a high popup behind third base that dropped in fair territory.  That would be as close as the Timber Rattlers would get.

Shreve got the final out of the seventh and worked a scoreless eighth.  Derek Molina worked a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.

The loss was the ninth in a row for Wisconsin.

 

Game three of the series is set for Thursday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  Israel Puello (1-2, 3.00) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Aaron Rozek (7-4, 4.38) has been named as the starter for the Kernels.  Game time is 6:40pm CDT.

 

 

Brewers top Twins on Urias' sac fly

Luis Urias’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning led the Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins at American Family Field Tuesday night.

 

Milwaukee jumped to a 4-1 lead with a four-run second inning, aided by a three-run homer by Hunter Renfroe, who has homered in four of the five games since the All-Star break.

 

Minnesota eventually reclaimed the lead 6-5 with a three-run fifth inning off Brewer reliever Trevor Gott who came in for starter Ethan Small in the fourth inning. 

 

The Brewers tied up the game in the bottom of the fifth inning and the score stayed that way until Urias’ sacrifice fly in the ninth to score Andrew McCutchen.

 

Josh Hader (1-4) picked up his first win of the season pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

 

Milwaukee (54-44) and Minnesota (52-45) will finish up the two-day series Wednesday at 1:10 pm before the Brewers head to Boston for another interleague series against the Boston Red Sox this weekend.

Kernels storm past Rattlers 10-4

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers had a 4-1 lead over the Cedar Rapids Kernels heading into the top of the sixth inning on Tuesday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Then, the Kernels scored nine runs over the final four innings to hand the Rattlers a rough 10-4 loss in front of a crowd of 4,658.

 

Cedar Rapids (56-35 overall, 13-12 second half) took advantage of a two-out walk in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Wisconsin starting pitcher Russell Smith retired the first two batters he faced but walked Aaron Sabato to keep the inning alive. Yunior Severino worked the count full and doubled to the corner in left. Sabato, with a head start from first on the payoff pitch, was able to score for the Kernels.

 

The Rattlers (48-42, 12-13) responded in the bottom of the second inning. Zavier Warren crushed a two-run home run to right to put the Rattlers up 2-1. Warren has six home runs on the season.

First practices a week away

For the first time since June 1st, high school sports will be back in action next week.

 

August 2nd marks the first day 11-man football teams are allowed to pass out equipment and hold their first practice. 

 

Other sports will have to wait about a week after that, with girls golf hosting their first practice on August 8th and 8-man football, girls swimming, and girls tennis starting on August 9th. Golf and tennis will be allowed to have their first competition later that week.

 

Girls volleyball, boys soccer, and cross country are allowed to start practices on August 15th and are allowed to start competing the very next day. Football kicks off later in the month, with 11-man football starting on August 18th and 8-man football the following week. 

Over 8K attend Packers shareholders meeting

Suits and ties were not required for Monday's shareholders' meeting for the Green Bay Packers.

 

The biggest news dropped during the meeting itself was President/CEO Mark Murphy's confidence that the Packers will host the NFL draft in 2025 or 2027. The team is not placing a bid for the 2026 edition of the event because it is hosting the Wisconsin/Notre Dame football game in the fall. 

 

The meeting also featured updates on the roster, the Titletown development, ongoing stadium and facilities improvements, and the team's charitable efforts. The 8,428 attendees are the most in several years due to the pandemic. It was the first meeting for several attendees as the team added over 177,000 owners after wrapping up its latest stock sale earlier this year.

 

Reports surfaced later in the day that the Packers' hierarchy of GM Brian Gutekunst, Director of Football Operations Russ Ball, and coach Matt LaFleur all had their contracts extended by the organization. 

Brew City Battle details released

"Take me out to the ball game" will have a new meaning on November 11th at American Family Field in Milwaukee. 

 

The Wisconsin Badgers will host a basketball doubleheader featuring the women's team facing Kansas State at 4 p.m. and the men's team matching up against Stanford at 7 p.m. Men's coach Greg Gard hopes this is the first of many contests at the home of the Milwaukee Brewers as a precursor for the college basketball season.

 

Tickets have been on sale for the last few days as a part of presale offers, but the general public sale will begin Tuesday at noon. Ticket prices are considered to be dynamic, but early entries on resale sites have the get-in price at around $50.

 

Holding non-Brewers sporting events is nothing new for American Family Field. As Miller Park, the stadium hosted the U.S. Bowling Congress in 2007 and three international soccer friendlies in 2014, 2015, and 2018.

 

 

Sweep eludes Brewers in shutout

There was no late-game magic in the Milwaukee Brewers' finale against the Colorado Rockies Monday night, falling 2-0.

 

An Elias Diaz homer in the third and a run-scoring out off the bat of Yonathan Daza in the fifth were the only runs scored for the Rockies. The Brewers were handcuffed by Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland, who went seven innings while allowing four hits and striking out seven. Aaron Ashby was the hard-luck pitcher after recently signing an extension with the Brewers. He struck out nine across seven innings of work, giving up the two runs.

 

The Brewers open a series against the Minnesota Twins Tuesday evening at 7:10 p.m.

Washington Island keeps pace with Sister Bay, West Jacksonport on 105.1 The GOAT

Washington Island, West Jacksonport, and Sister Bay all won to keep the post-season drama rolling with just a couple of weeks left in the regular season.

 

On 105.1 The GOAT, Washington Island scored six late runs to beat Egg Harbor 10-5. The Indians scored the first run off of a DeJardin RBI in the second, followed by the Islanders in the top of the 3rd with two runs of their own from Jorgenson and  Cornell. The score remained 2-1 for a while until Wash Isl scored two more runs by Cornel and Ben Johnson, taking the lead to 4-1. The Indians came back in the 5th four runs of their own with RBIs by Fuller and Sawyer. The Indians scored one my time with an RBI from Fuller again in the 7th inning, taking a 5-4 lead going into the 9th. The Islanders returned and scored 6 in the top of the 9th to walk away with the win 10-5. 

 

Sister Bay had a combined no-hitter but was kept in check in their 4-0 win over Baileys Harbor. They did so on only four hits.

 

West Jacksonport shut out Maplewood 13-0.

 

Lost in the shuffle of the race for second place is the team they are all looking up to in the standings. Kolberg officially captured the regular season championship with an 18-0 win over Institute. 

Packers host shareholders meeting Monday

The Green Bay Packers will go deeper into their financials with thousands of its stockholders on hand for its annual meeting Monday morning.

 

The meeting will kick off at 11 a.m. inside the stadium bowl as team officials go through topics like the team, its public relations efforts, and its financials. Some of the key numbers were already released, with the Packers announcing  $579 million in total national and local revenue.  The team, as a result,  had $77.7 in operating profit over the last 12 months after losing close to $39 million during its pandemic-riddled year. 

 

The number of Packers shareholders stands at over 539,000, though only a fraction of those are expected to be in attendance for Monday's meeting. You can find more information about the soon-to-be elected members of the Board of Directors below.

 

From the Packers:

The Green Bay Packers will present four candidates for shareholder vote at July's Annual Meeting to join the Packers Board of Directors: Kate Burgess, Michael Daniels, Mark Rourke and Kurt Voss. Burgess is the CEO/Owner at Elevate97, a Green Bay-based branding and design business. Daniels is the President/CEO at Nicolet National Bank, which he co-founded in 2000. Rourke is the CEO and president of Schneider National, Inc., a premier provider of transportation, logistics and intermodal services. Voss is the owner and CEO of AmeriLux International, a distributor of materials used for building and construction. "We're looking forward to presenting these nominees for a vote of the shareholders," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "Each candidate brings a unique perspective and valuable experience that will be a big help to our Board. We're excited to welcome them to the organization."

 

The shareholders meeting also will see three members take on emeritus status: Rick Chernick (originally elected in 1998), Larry McCarren (2015) and Eric Torkelson (2019).

"We appreciate the contributions of each director during their time on the Board," Murphy said. "Rico has been a great asset during his 24-year tenure (and we've especially appreciated his unique sense of humor). Both Larry and Eric have provided valuable insight as former players and members of our community. Fortunately, Larry will continue his fine work as an employee of the organization."

Timber Rattlers swept in Sunday twinbill

Nasim Nunez had a say in both the start and the end of the Beloit Sky Carp’s 1-0 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in game one of Sunday’s doubleheader at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

 

Nunez manufactured a run for the Sky Carp (41-47 overall, 10-13 second half) in the top of the first inning.  He drew a walk on a 3-2 count with one out and stole second.  Then, he stole third and scored on an errant throw on the play for the 1-0 lead.  Nunez is the Midwest League leader in stolen bases.  He has 44 steals on the season.

That was the only run allowed by Wisconsin starting pitcher Antoine Kelly.  The left-hander walked three, allowed four hits, and struck out seven over five innings to keep the offense close.

Beloit starter Dax Fulton cruised through 5-2/3 innings with nine strikeouts.  The Timber Rattlers (48-40, 12-11) got something going against Fulton with two outs in the sixth.  Joe Gray Jr just missed a game-tying home run as he banged a double high off the wall in left-center.  Tristan Peters was next, and he drew a walk to put the go-ahead run on base.

The Sky Carp called on Tyler Mitzel to take over for Fulton and the Beloit reliever got a strikeout to end the threat.

In the bottom of the seventh, Ashton McGee singled to start the inning.  Mitzel got another strikeout for the first out.  Then, Antonio Piñero hit a grounder to the hole a short.  Nunez made a diving stop, rolled over to throw to second for the force on McGee for the second out.  Jose Salas made a strong turn and the throw to first completed the game-ending 6-4-3 double play.

 

The Beloit Sky Carp jumped to an early 5-0 lead and defeated the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5-2 in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  The win in the nightcap gave the Sky Carp a sweep of the doubleheader and a sweep of the three-game series.

 

Game two started almost the same way that game one did.  Nasim Nunez drew a walk with one out and stole second.  Bennett Hostetler reached on an infield single with two outs to put runners on the corners.  Davis Bradshaw sent a slow roller up the third base line for an infield single to score Nunez and Beloit (42-47 overall, 11-13 second half) had a 1-0 lead.

The Sky Carp added to their lead in the second inning.  Dalvy Rosario doubled to start the inning and moved to third on a grounder.  Kyler Castillo drove in Rosario with a sacrifice fly for the 2-0 advantage.

Wisconsin starting pitcher Justin Jarvis retired the first two batters he faced in the top of the third inning.  Then, Hostetler and Bradshaw singled.  Ynmanol Marinez followed with an RBI single.  Dalvy Rosario capped the inning with a two-run triple and Beloit was up 5-0.

Pat Monteverde was the starting pitcher for the Sky Carp.  He tossed five scoreless innings with three hits, a walk, and six strikeouts.  In three starts against the Timber Rattlers this season, Monteverde has pitched 15-2/3 scoreless innings.

The Timber Rattlers offense broke through against reliever Raul Brito in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Tristan Peters singled, and Joe Gray Jr doubled to start the inning.  Ashton McGee drove in Peters with a grounder.  Darrien Miller knocked in Gray with a two-out single to right.  That was as close as the Rattlers (48-41, 12-12) would get.

Brito got the final out of the sixth.  Robinson Martinez worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh for the save.

Wisconsin has lost seven straight games for the first time this season.

 

The Timber Rattlers are off on Monday.  They return to action on Tuesday at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium to start a six-game series with the Cedar Rapids Kernels.  Russell Smith (2-4, 4.63) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin.  The Kernels have named John Stankiewicz (2-4, 5.85) as their starter.  Game time is 6:40pm.

Brewers outlast Rockies

The Milwaukee Brewers garnered the hard-earned win against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon with a 10-9 victory.

 

The Brewers cashed in first in the opening frame with Willy Adames and Luis Urias driving in runs to make it 3-0. Single tallies the next two innings for the Rockies would make 3-2, but then Hunter Renfroe hit is third homer in three days to extend the lead. The Rockies would score the next four runs to take a one run lead thanks in part to a Kris Bryant homer in the fifth inning and two run-scoring knocks in the sixth inning. 

 

Tyrone Taylor momentarily tied the game at six apiece with a solo shot, but then Rockies plated two to take an 8-6 lead. The Brewers would score one in the seventh and eighth, including the decisive two-run double by Andrew McCutchen to make it 10-8 heading into the ninth. Josh Hader would give up a run, but he induced Bryant into a check-swing groundout to preserve the save.

 

The Brewers go for the four-game sweep Monday evening.

 

The Brewers 

Washington Island visits Egg Harbor on 105.1 The GOAT

The Washington Island Islanders cannot afford any hiccups the rest of the way as they travel to Egg Harbor for their Sunday afternoon game.

 

The Islanders were engaged in a wild contest against Maplewood last weekend as they saw a 7-0 lead disappear before eventually winning the game 16-15 on a walk-off walk. They are tied with Sister Bay and West Jacksonport as all three look up at DCBL-leading Kolberg. 

 

The Indians struggled to figure out pitcher Luke Steebs in their game last week as they lost to West Jacksonport 7-2. They sit ahead of Institute and Baileys Harbor in the DCBL standings.

 

Quinn Struck and Jacob Nate will have the call on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 1:00 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 1:30 p.m.

 

Other games going on Sunday afternoon include Kolberg visiting Institute, West Jacksonport playing at Maplewood, and Sister Bay hosting Baileys Harbor.

 

Man City drenches Bayern Munich at Lambeau

Through two lightning delays, over 78,000 eventually got to see Manchester City deliver a 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich at Lambeau Field Saturday evening.

 

The two teams were warming up before the 6 p.m. kickoff when the first warning was released, pushing everyone into the locker rooms and concourse. The game was 12 minutes old when Erling Haaland scored his first goal for Manchester City with a sliding play on a cross by Jack Grealish. The game almost immediately went into a second, longer delay that pushed the game back further and limited the match to two-40 minute halves.

 

Manchester City dominated the match, outshooting their German rivals 22-3 and led them in corner kicks 10-1. Bayern's best chance came just minutes before Haaland's goal on a similar play, but it was ruled offsides. 

 

Brewers ride big inning to victory

The Milwaukee Brewers scored five runs in the sixth inning to take game two of the series against the Colorado Rockies 9-4.

 

Hunter Renfroe hit his second homer of the series to put the Brewers up for good in the fourth inning with a 3-1 advantage. The Brewers would bat around in the sixth inning with Kolten Wong, Victor Caratini, and Christian Yelich driving in runs with hits. Luis Urias earned a bases loaded walk for the Brewers' other run in the frame. Tyrone Taylor would make it 9-1 with a RBI single in the eighth. The Rockies would hit two homers in the top of the ninth against Connor Sadzeck, but would get no closer. Brandon Woodruff earned the win for the Brewers, giving up just four hits and the lone run in the first inning.

 

The Brewers go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon with the first pitch at 1:10 p.m.

Rockers, T-Rats postponed

Both the Green Bay Rockers and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers were rained out Saturday night, prompting double headers in the future.

 

The Timber Rattlers will be able to get their double header taken care of right of away as they will face the Beloit SkyCarp for a pair of games on Sunday.

 

The Rockers will have to wait a little longer. While they are scheduled to play at home against the Lakeshore Chinooks on Sunday at 1:05 p.m., they will play two at Madison on August 13th to make up for Saturday's rainout. 

Brewers take down Rockies in extras

 It took awhile but the Milwaukee Brewers were able to scrape across the winning run in the 13th inning FItriday night to come away with the 6-5 victory.

 

It was homers early with the Rockies' Charlie Blackmon and the Brewers' WIlly Adames and Andrew McCutchen making it 3-2 Milwaukee after three innings. An RBI double tied the game for the Rockies in the sixth inning and scored twice in the tenth to put the Brewers in a corner. Hunter Renfroe saved the evening when he homered on a full count to tie the game back up at 5-5. The game go until the bottom of the 13th when Luis Urias slapped an RBI single to give the Brewers the extra inning victory.

 

The Brewers and the Rockies meet again Saturday night. 

Rockers get second straight win against Mallards

The Green Bay Rockers came back from a run down late to win 5-3 in Madison against the Mallards Friday night.

 

The Mallards jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Rockers were able to tie the game with single tallies in the fifth and sixth inning. The Mallards retook the lead in the seventh, but  the Rockers plated three in the eighth to earn the victory. Chase Hudson's two run homer proved to be the difference. Tristin Garcia and Griffin Stevens each had two hits in the game.

Late Rattler Rally Falls Short of Sky Carp

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers almost made it all the way back against the Beloit Sky Carp on Friday Night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  The Rattlers trailed 9-2 after 5-1/2 innings, but the valiant comeback fell a run short at Beloit held on for a 10-9 win.  Dalvy Rosario did the damage for the Sky Carp with six RBI in the game.

 

Wisconsin (48-39 overall, 12-10 second half) scored an unearned run in the first inning to take the lead.  An errant throw to second on a force play wound up in right field and Darrien Miller took third base.  Tristan Peters drove in Miller with a sacrifice fly.

Beloit (40-47, 9-13) responded with three runs on four hits in the top of the second.  Dalvy Rosario tied the score with a sacrifice fly to center.  Marcus Chiu doubled in two runs and the Sky Carp were up 3-1.

Rosario found himself at the plate with runners at second and third with one out in the third inning.  He drove in another run with a sacrifice fly to left.

The Rattlers got a run in the bottom of the fourth.  Peters started the inning with a double.  Wes Clarke followed with an RBI double, and the Rattlers were within two runs.  They would not score again with Beloit starting pitcher Jackson Rose on the mound.  Rose got the next two outs before Ashton McGee singled sharply to left, too sharply for Clarke to try to score.  Rose got the next batter on a foul pop to end the fourth and worked a perfect bottom of the fifth.

In the top of the fifth inning, Rosario was back at the plate with runners at second and third with one out.  He hit a popup that dropped on the grass in foul territory instead of into a defender’s glove and that extended his at bat.  He made Wisconsin pay with a three-run home run to the Beloit bullpen.  Jose Salas added an RBI double later in the inning for an 8-2 lead.

The Sky Carp added to their lead with an RBI grounder by Travis Bradshaw in the top of the sixth.  That run gave Beloit a 9-2 advantage.

Peters started the bottom of the sixth with a single against Beloit reliever Chris Mokma.  Then, Wes Clarke drew a walk.  Mokma got the first out of the inning with a strikeout before Ethan Murray started the scoring in the inning with a two-run double off the wall in left.  Ashton McGee followed with a double to right to score Murray and the Rattlers were down 9-5.

Mokma got the second out.  He would not get another.  Jose Acosta singled up the middle to drive in McGee.  Darrien Miller drove a double to the wall in right to score Acosta.  That drove Mokma from the game.

Joe Gray Jr greeted reliever Tyler Eckberg with a double down the line in left to drive in Miller and the Rattlers were within a run.

The teams traded runs in the eighth inning.  It was Rosario again in the top of the eighth inning.  This time he singled with two outs and a runner at second to drive home his sixth run of the game.  Darrien Miller scored from third on a wild pitch by Chandler Jozwiak with two outs in the bottom of the frame and the score was 10-9.

In the bottom of the ninth, Murray singled with one out.  However, Jozwiak got a game-ending 1-6-3 double play to preserve the win.

 

Game two of the series is Saturday night.  Justin Jarvis (7-5, 3.93) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Dax Fulton (2-6, 4.92) has been named the starting pitcher for the Sky Carp.  Game time is 6:40pm.

Glo play final game of regular season vs. St. Louis

The Wisconsin Glo will play their final tune-up before the playoffs on Saturday when they play the St. Louis Surge on the road.

 

The Glo have won by double digts in all three of its victories against the Surge, including a 103-92 decision on June 18th. The Glo enter the game on two game winning streak after getting swept by Detroit during the last weekend in June.

 

Tip off is set for 4:05 p.m.

Brewers organization looks ahead after completing draft

The MLB All-Star Break is now over, with the Milwaukee Brewers and its local affiliate holding down the top of their respective divisions.

 

The Brewers will open the second half with a home series against the Colorado Rockies beginning at 7:10 p.m. Friday. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will also be at home beginning Friday night at 6:40 p.m. when they host the Beloit Snappers.

 

It was still a productive All-Star break as Corbin Burnes held the American League scoreless in his one inning of work. The Brewers also completed its MLB draft selections on Tuesday. You can read about those prospects from Brewers.com by clicking this link.

 

 

Rockers break out lumber in second-half romp

The Green Bay Rockers came back from the All-Star break in a big way with an 11-4 victory over the Madison Mallards Thursday night.

 

Already up 2-1, the Rockers batted around in the second inning while scoring six runs. The Rockers had three RBI doubles in the inning before Keniel De Leon capped the scoring in the frame with a two-run homer. Tristin Garcia's at-bat yielded another two runs in the following inning after a wild pitch brought home one Rockers player and a single drove in the other.

 

Garcia led the way by going 4-5 with three RBI. De Leon had three hits while driving in a pair on the homer. Will Semb earned the victory, giving up all four runs on eight hits while striking out eight.

 

The Rockers are back in action Friday when they return the favor to the Mallards and travel to Madison.

K/D Salmon Tournament enters final weekend

A day after strong winds kept most boaters off the water, two of the top three fish in the 40th annual K/D Salmon Tournament were reeled in Thursday and registered at Baileys Harbor: Josh Johnson’s new leader at 32.58 pounds, and Chuck Wagner’s 31.62-pounder.


From Washington Island to Kewaunee, 37 20-pound-plus Chinooks were put to official scales, bringing the seven-day total to nearly 300. The top 100 fish are all 24-1/2 pounds and up, an impressive showing. There have already been more trophy “kings” registered in off Door and Kewaunee counties than were weighed in the entire lakewide Salmon-A-Rama that ended Sunday, a nine-day event with 11 registration stations in Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois.
 

Tickets for the K/D are still available at all locations. Cost is $20 for a one-day chance or $30 for the remainder of the event, which ends at noon Sunday. No need for a waiting period after a ticket is purchased, but you must purchase before fishing. All fishing must be done in Wisconsin waters off of Door or Kewaunee counties, and everyone age 10 and up in a boat must have a ticket.
 

Tickets are available at B&K Bait and Tackle at Kap’s Marina on Washington Island; Baileys 57 in Baileys Harbor; JP Express north of Carlsville; Howie’s Tackle & Archery and Greystone Castle. both in Sturgeon Bay; Algoma BP and JP Express in Algoma; and Yacht Works Kewaunee (formerly Salmon Harbor) and Center Court BP in Kewaunee.
 

All tickets include a random draw chance for a 9.9 horsepower Yamaha outboard motor from Shipyard Island Marina. One winner will be chosen at the K/D wrap-up meeting July 26.
 

THURSDAY PORT PRIZE WINNERS
Josh Johnson, 32.58, BH
Nikki Daggett, 27.59, A
Brian Havelka Jr., 27.49, SB

Nick L’Huillier, 26.27, WI

Tom Eckers, 24.4, K.
 

K/D TOP 50 (THROUGH 7/21)
Josh Johnson, 32.58, 7/21 @ BH
Walter Zdaniewicz, 32.02, 7/17 @ BH
Charles Wagner, 31.62, 7/21 @ BH
Elisabeth Teskie, 30.94, 7/19 @ BH
Jim Loos, 30.54, 7/18 @ BH
Vaughn Duckert, 30.17, 7/15 @ SB
Mark Raths, 29.73, 7/17 @ WI
Phil Romdenne, 29.54, 7/15 @ SB
Ryan Noasconi, 28.62, 7/17 @ SB
Kevin Romdenne, 28.34, 7/17 @ SB
Nick Nielson, 28.22, 7/16 @ BH
David Mathe, 28.17, 7/15 @ SB
Jon Ohnesorge, 27.92, 7/17 @ BH
Andrew Novak, 27.85, 7/16 @ WI
Caleb Cornell, 27.81, 7/17 @ WI
Nikki Daggett, 27.59, 7/21 @ A
Brian Havelka Jr., 27.49, 7/21 @ SB
Chris Lancaster, 27.48, 7/18 @ SB
Mike Bartell, 27.38, 7/17 @ BH
Jerry Moench, 27.36, 7/18 @ WI
Joshua Peskie, 27.22, 7/17 @ BH
Kurt Baenen, 27.11, 7/17 @ SB
Cole Tousignant, 27.04, 7/16 @ K
Mat Motquin, 27.02, 7/21@ BH
Spencer Oberg, 27.00, 7/15 @ WI
Mike Propsom, 26.97, 7/17 @ SB
Henry VanderHeiden, 26.95, 7/20 @ WI
Andy Stauber, 26.93, 7/19 @ WI
Norbert Jeanquart, 26.85, 7/18 @ SB
Mark Raths, 26.79, 7/19 @ WI
William Capelle, 26.70, 7/18 @ K
Bryant J. Burns, 26.70, 7/19 @ BH
Steve Sager, 26.66, 7/20 @ WI
Rick Ehmann, 26.63, 7/18 @ WI
Steve Sager, 26.60, 7/19 @ WI
Jacob Stith, 26.58, 7/21 @ SB
Lance Kopelke, 26.52, 7/15 @ K
James Kimlillin, 26.48, 7/18 @ BH
Cody Krueger, 26.31, 7/18 @ WI
Nick L’Huillier, 26.27, 7/21 @ WI
Luke Ebel, 26.23, 7/21 @ SB
Kevin Prien, 26.22, 7/19 @ K
Steve Laubenstein, 26.21, 7/17 @ SB
Jeff McKenzie, 26.10, 7/15 @ K
Joe DuBord, 26.07, 7/19 @ A
Tom Winters, 26.06, 7/15 @ WI
Timothy Zajac, 26.06, 7/18 @ K
Spencer Hahn, 26.05, 7/15 @ WI
Bart Hardy, 26.04, 7/18 @ A
Mike Fumanski, 25.99, 7/15 @ WI

WNBA in Milwaukee? Packers HOF Butler wants it to happen

NFL and Packers Hall of Fame safety LeRoy Butler has his next business venture laid out, and it involves basketball in Milwaukee.

 

In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Butler made his wishes known that he would like to own a WNBA franchise. He says it will likely be a two-year process as he rounds up investors and develops a marketing plan for the potential franchise. The article cites Butler's new HOF status and the recent success of the Bucks as two reasons why now may be the time to start the effort.

 

Former Wisconsin Badgers player and assistant coach Anya Covington, WNBA star Eric Ogunpoel of Milwaukee; Pernell Hooker, owner of Milwaukee Aces, professional team of the Women’s Basketball Development Association; and Milwaukee Public Schools Athletic Commissioner and former Los Angeles Sparks assistant coach Bobby Kelsey were some of the other names mentioned in the story that signaled their support for bringing a WNBA franchise to Milwaukee.

 

Wisconsin does have one professional women's basketball team in the Wisconsin GLO, which plays in the Global Women's Basketball Association. Starring mostly state products from local universities, the GLO have won the championship in each of their first two season and play the St. Louis Surge on Saturday.

Lambeau Field prepares for international soccer friendly

A different kind of football is getting ready to take the hallowed grounds of Lambeau Field this Saturday.

 

Preparations for the USA Cup featuring Manchester City and Bayern Munich will begin on Thursday afternoon when they paint the lines for the field. The goalposts and other sideline features will be installed Friday morning. This will be the first international soccer match held in Lambeau Field in its history. 

 

The Packers expect a near-capacity crowd for the friendly with limited tickets still available. The Packers, Manchester City, and Bayern Munich are all planning to host activities Friday and Saturday to welcome soccer fans from 19 different countries and all 50 states.

 

Both squads got off to good starts in their international preseason schedule. Manchester City topped Club America 2-1 in their friendly at NRG Stadium in Houston Wednesday night. Bayern Munich toppled D.C. United 6-2 in their tune-up.

Packers announce times for first three practices, Watson signing

Seeing the Green Bay Packers up close for the first time this year might involve a cup of coffee. 

 

The organization announced on Wednesday that the first three public practices of training camp (July 27-28, 30) will begin at 10:45 a.m. The practices will take place at Ray Nitschke Field located next to the Don Hutson Center. The other practice times will be announced at a later date. The Packers will also have special activities scheduled for the kids with a bike rodeo on July 28th and the Bellin Village of July 30th.

 

The announcement comes on the same day the organization officially signed second-round pick Christian Watson to his rookie contract. The North Dakota State standout was the last draft pick to come to terms with the Packers. No terms of the contract were released.

Algoma still out of playoff picture as WIAA announces football alignments

There was not much movement among the area's football teams among the WIAA's different divisions, which continues to be bad news for Algoma.

 

For eight-man football, you must have a three-year enrollment average of less than 200 students to be eligible. Even though the school's declining enrollment did reach 198 heading into this year, they are still averaging 203 students over the last three years. Gibraltar stayed steady at 185, and Sevastopol's enrollment went down compared to their three-year average of 182.

 

Sturgeon Bay may have had the biggest jump among local schools mostly because they switched back to 11-man football after three years of eight-man. They will play in Division 5 along with Packerland Conference rivals Kewaunee and Southern Door. Division 5 schools had to have an enrollment between 294 and 417, both a couple of ticks below the levels they were at last year.

 

Luxemburg-Casco will remain at Division 3 as of the smaller schools with an enrollment of 601. Division 3 schools are between 595 and 999 students.

 

 

Registration remains open for Washington Island Rec Run

A Washington Island tradition returns on Saturday morning for a good cause.

 

The Washington Island Rec Run is scheduled for Saturday at 10 am with 10K, 5K, and 2K options available. The ferry leaves at 8:15 AM, with pick-up available at 9:00 AM at the dock. Registration is still available up until the race's start. The event has been held virtually for the last two years, according to its results tab. The event represents one of the biggest fundraisers for the Mosling Recreation Center on Washington Island.

 

You can find more details here.

K-D Salmon Tournament hits halfway mark

More than 250 20-pound-plus Chinooks have already been weighed at the midway point of the 10-day K/D Salmon Tournament. The top 101 fish in the 40th annual event are all 24 pounds and up, and four 30-pound-plus salmon have been registered.

For the second straight day, Baileys Harbor saw a new second place fish hit the scale. Elisabeth Teskie’s 30.94-pound trophy Chinook was landed around 7 a.m. after smacking a spoon.

South winds picked up soon after, and by late afternoon, a small craft advisory was in place. The advisory continues Wednesday with strong southwest winds veering west in the afternoon. Things should settle Thursday, and anglers could find cooler water.

Elisabeth Teskie, 30.94 BH; Andy Stauber, 26.93, WI; Kevin Prien, 26.22, K; Joe DuBord, 26.07, A; Scott Land, 24.26, SB.

 

Walter Zdaniewicz, 32.02, 7/17 @ BH

Elisabeth Teskie, 30.94, 7/19 @ BH

Jim Loos, 30.54, 7/18 @ BH

Vaughn Duckert, 30.17, 7/15 @ SB

Mark Raths, 29.73, 7/17 @ WI

Phil Romdenne, 29.54, 7/15 @ SB

Ryan Noasconi, 28.62, 7/17 @ SB

Kevin Romdenne, 28.34, 7/17 @ SB

Nick Nielson, 28.22, 7/16 @ BH

David Mathe, 28.17, 7/15 @ SB

Jon Ohnesorge, 27.92, 7/17 @ BH

Andrew Novak, 27.85, 7/16 @ WI

Caleb Cornell, 27.81, 7/17 @ WI

Chris Lancaster, 27.48, 7/18 @ SB

Mike Bartell, 27.38, 7/17 @ BH

Jerry Moench, 27.36, 7/18 @ WI

Joshua Peskie, 27.22, 7/17 @ BH

Kurt Baenen, 27.11, 7/17 @ SB

Cole Tousignant, 27.04, 7/16 @ K

Spencer Oberg, 27.00, 7/15 @ WI

Mike Propsom, 26.97, 7/17 @ SB

Andy Stauber, 26.93, 7/19 @ WI

Norbert Jeanquart, 26.85, 7/18 @ SB

Mark Raths, 26.79, 7/19 @ WI

William Capelle, 26.70, 7/18 @ K

Bryant J. Burns, 26.70, 7/19 @ BH

Rick Ehmann, 26.63, 7/18 @ WI

Steve Sager, 26.60, 7/19 @ WI

Lance Kopelke, 26.52, 7/15 @ K

James Kimlillin, 26.48, 7/18 @ BH

Cody Krueger, 26.31, 7/18 @ WI

Kevin Prien, 26.22, 7/19 @ K

Steve Laubenstein, 26.21, 7/17 @ SB

Jeff McKenzie, 26.10, 7/15 @ K

Joe DuBord, 26.07, 7/19 @ A

Tom Winters, 26.06, 7/15 @ WI

Timothy Zajac, 26.06, 7/18 @ K

Spencer Hahn, 26.05, 7/15 @ WI

Bart Hardy, 26.04, 7/18 @ A

Mike Fumanski, 25.99, 7/15 @ WI

 

(photo of 2nd place fish courtesy of K-D Salmon Tournament) 

American League tops National League, Williams pitches

Milwaukee Brewer relief pitcher Devin Williams threw a scoreless seventh inning for the National League, but the American League continued their dominance in the Major League All-Star Game with a 3-2 victory in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.  The National League jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a Paul Goldschmidt solo home run to start out strong.  That lead stood until the top of the fourth inning when Giancarlo Stanton crushed a 457-foot home run to tie up the game at 2-2.  Minnesota Twin outfielder Byron Buxton followed with a solo homer to give the National League a 3-2 lead the held up the rest of the way.  Williams allowed just one hit in the seventh inning while striking out two.  Brewer starting pitcher Corbin Burnes did not play in the game and Josh Hader had declined the opportunity.  It was the ninth consecutive victory in the mid-summer classic for the American League.  

L-C Volleyball receives national academic recognition

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartan varsity volleyball team earned the 2022 USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 8th consecutive year. The Spartan volley ball team had a 3.78 GPA which was the second highest in program history. The Spartans won their third consecutive Division 2 state championship last November.

Limited spots remain for Algoma Shanty Days "Battle on the Beach"

You still have time to spend an August day on Algoma's Crescent Beach playing volleyball

 

Limited spots remain for the 8th Annual Shanty Days “Battle on the Beach” Co-Ed Beach Volleyball Tournament. Taking place during Algoma Shanty Days on August 13th, the Pool Play Round-Robin style Tournament sets up the bracket-style playoff tournament, guaranteeing every registered team at least seven matches of two games apiece. The first-place team receives $500 cash with a payout available to the top eight teams based on a full 16-team tournament. 

 

The 2021 Shanty Days “Battle on the Beach” tournament champions were the Net Ninjas.

 

You can click here to register for this year's tournament to find more details.

 

 

Fly With The Phoenix introduced for UWGB NIL deals

A trio of Green Bay alums will be leading the effort to help current Phoenix athletes take advantage of new name, image, and likeness (NIL) deals now available to them.

 

The Fly With The Phoenix Collective Group will allow Green Bay supporters, alumni, and fans donate to a fund designated to support NIL deals for current student-athletes. 

 

Former UW-Green Bay alumni Jeff Nordgaard, Jen Wellnitz and Erich Quidzinski are joining several area business people as advisors in the collective, which is being led by Executive Director Jess Miller. 

 

In last week's release, Miller said, “as the landscape of college athletics continues to evolve, we are extremely excited to announce this collective that will not only benefit the student-athletes but the community as a whole. We are a third-party organization that has no affiliation with UW-Green Bay.” 

 

Nordgaard added that “as Wisconsin’s only Division One University north of Madison, the student-athletes at UW-Green Bay are uniquely positioned to impact this region of the state in numerous ways. We feel the collective is the conduit that can make that happen more quickly and is something we’ll be focusing on.”

 

The collective is still looking to form partnerships with area businesses and non-profit groups as well as individual donors.

Top 2 K/D fish weighed in at Baileys Harbor

More than 220 20-pound-plus Chinooks have been weighed through the first four days of the 40th annual Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament, including a trio of 30-pounders and 57 that are 25 pounds or larger.

 

Baileys Harbor, Sturgeon Bay, Washington Island and Kewaunee all moved fish into the top 25, and an Algoma fish slid into the 31st spot.

 

Topping the day’s catch was a new second place giant, a 30.54-pounder that hit a spoon two hours before sunset out of Baileys Harbor (shown here). Jim Loos of Wausau was the lucky angler.

 

For the fourth straight day, Lake Michigan was fairly calm. That will change when a southwest wind switches to south 10 to 20 knots Tuesday afternoon, increasing overnight with gales and small craft warnings possible. The wind is then predicted to go west 10 to 20 knots Wednesday, and stay offshore Thursday and Friday. That should upwell much cooler water into the nearshore areas at most locations.

 

MONDAY'S PORT PRIZE WINNERS

Jim Loos, 30.54, BH; Chris Lancaste, 27.48, SB; Jerry Moench, 27.36, WI; William Capelle, 26.70, K; WI; Bart Hardy, 26.04, A.

 

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LEADERBOARD

Walter Zdaniewicz, 32.02, 7/17 @ BH

Jim Loos, 30.54, 7/18 @ BH

Vaughn Duckert, 30.17, 7/15 @ SB

Mark Raths, 29.73, 7/17 @ WI

Phil Romdenne, 29.54, 7/15 @ SB

Ryan Noasconi, 28.62, 7/17 @ SB

Kevin Romdenne, 28.34, 7/17 @ SB

Nick Nielson, 28.22, 7/16 @ BH

David Mathe, 28.17, 7/15 @ SB

Jon Ohnesorge, 27.92, 7/17 @ BH

Andrew Novak, 27.85, 7/16 @ WI

Caleb Cornell, 27.81, 7/17 @ WI

Chris Lancaste, 27.48, 7/18 @ SB

Mike Bartell, 27.38, 7/17 @ BH

Jerry Moench, 27.36, 7/18 @ WI

Joshua Peskie, 27.22, 7/17 @ BH

Kurt Baenen, 27.11, 7/17 @ SB

Cole Tousignant, 27.04, 7/16 @ K

Spencer Oberg, 27.00, 7/15 @ WI

Mike Propsom, 26.97, 7/17 @ SB

Norbert Jeanquart, 26.85, 7/18 @ SB

William Capelle, 26.70, 7/18 @ K

Rick Ehmann, 26.63, 7/18 @ WI

Lance Kopelke, 26.52, 7/15 @ K

Cody Krueger, 26.31, 7/18 @ WI

Steve Laubenstein, 26.21, 7/17 @ SB

Jeff McKenzie, 26.10, 7/15 @ K

Tom Winters, 26.06, 7/15 @ WI

Timothy Zajac, 26.06, 7/18 @ K

Spencer Hahn, 26.05, 7/15 @ WI

Bart Hardy, 26.04, 7/18 @ A

Mike Fumanski, 25.99, 7/15 @ WI

Steven Bley, 25.96, 7/18 @ BH

Marty Holzo, 25.94, 7/18 @ BH

Justin Heil, 25.89, 7/16 @ WI

Mark Valesano, 25.87, 7/15 @ WI

Cooper Hampton, 25.85, 7/16 @ WI

Shane Anderson, 25.84, 7/18 @ SB

Michael Kukuzke, 25.83, 7/15 @ SB

Sara Herman, 25.74, 7/15 @ BH

Doug Petersilka, 25.74, , 7/18 @ WI

John Armstrong, 25.72, 7/15 @ K

Dwayne Mullins, 25.68, 7/15 @ BH

Josh Crist, 25.65, 7/18 @ WI

Terri Delarwelle, 25.60, 7/17 @ BH

John Peters, 25.58, 7/15 @ WI

Todd Kibilowski, 25.54, 7/16 @ BH

Sarah Mulling Lane, 25.42, 7/15 @ WI

Dave Novak, 25.39, 7/16 @ WI

Brian Havelka Jr., 25.22, 7/16 @ SB

Recap of Brewers' first two rounds of MLB Draft

While the rest of MLB is on its All-Star break, team officials across the league are making their picks for the future.

 

The Milwaukee Brewers made three picks on the first day of the 2022 First-Year Player Draft, selecting Coastal Carolina infielder Eric Brown Jr. with the 27th overall pick in the first round, right-handed pitcher Jacob Misiorowski of Crowder (Mo.) Junior College with the 63rd overall pick in the second round and infielder Robert Moore of the University of Arkansas with the 72nd overall pick in Competitive Balance Round B. They followed that up with eight selections on Monday. You can learn more about each player below. The MLB Draft continues today with rounds 11-20.

 

Round 1 (27th Overall)
INF ERIC BROWN JR.
B/T: R/R AGE: 21, 12/19/00 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’10”/190
SCHOOL: Coastal Carolina University
NOTES: Brown, 21, batted .330 (68-for-206) with 19 doubles, 2 triples, 7 HR, 40 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 57 games as a junior at Coastal Carolina in 2022. He was named the 2022 preseason Sun Belt Player of the Year by D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game. In 2021, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Brown hit .294 (55-for-187) with 12 doubles, 9 HR, 38 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 50 starts at shortstop and was named All-Sun Belt Second Team. Brown played second base and third base for Coastal Carolina as a freshman in the shortened 2020 season, batting .259 with 3 doubles, 10 RBI and 3 stolen bases in 16 games. A native of Bossier City, La., Brown was a 2019 Perfect Game/Rawlings Preseason All-American prior to his senior season at Parkway High School (La.).
 

Round 2 (63rd Overall)
RHP JACOB MISIOROWSKI
B/T: R/R AGE: 20, 4/03/02 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’7”/190
SCHOOL: Crowder (Mo.) College
NOTES: Misiorowski, 20, went 10-0 with a 2.72 ERA (76ip, 23er) as a redshirt freshman at Crowder, earning NJCAA Division I Second-Team All-American honors. The 6-foot-7, 190-pound right-hander struck out 136 batters across 76.0 innings in 15 starts with 2 complete games. Misiorowski is the highest draft pick in program history and is the first Roughrider to be selected since the Brewers drafted Aaron Ashby in fourth round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft. He is committed to LSU. In Crowder’s regional semifinal against Jefferson College, Misiorowski struck out 18 batters across 7.2 scoreless innings, the most strikeouts by a Roughrider pitcher since Ashby struck out 17 hitters on 5/11/18 vs. Mineral Area College. Misiorowski was committed to play at Oklahoma State University before opting to attend Crowder College.

 

Competitive Balance Round B (72nd Overall)
INF ROBERT MOORE
B/T: S/R AGE: 20, 3/31/02 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’9”/170
SCHOOL: University of Arkansas
NOTES: Moore, 20, batted .232 (56-for-241) with 19 doubles, 2 triples, 8 HR, 44 RBI and 5 stolen bases in 65 games as a junior at Arkansas in 2022. He won the Rawlings/ABCA Gold Glove Award at second base, becoming the first player in Razorbacks history to garner the honor as the nation’s best defensive player at their respective position. A 5-foot-9, 170-pound switch-hitter, Moore was named Freshman All-American Second Team by Baseball America and All-SEC First Team in 2021 after hitting .283 (66-for-233) with 10 doubles, 3 triples, 16 HR and 53 RBI in 61 games. He played in 16 games as a freshman in the shortened 2020 season, batting .317 (20-for-63) with 2 doubles, 2 HR and 17 RBI to earn Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. A native of Leawood, KS, Moore is the son of Kansas City Royals President of Baseball Operations Dayton Moore.
Round 3 (102nd Overall)
SS DYLAN O’RAE
B/T: L/R AGE: 18, 2/14/04 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’9”/160
SCHOOL: Northern Collegiate (ON) Institute
NOTES: O’Rae, 18, earned Prep Baseball Report’s Player of the Year in Canada for 2022. He was a member of Baseball Canada’s Junior National Team fall instructional camp roster in 2021 and spring and pre-draft training camp roster in 2022. The left-handed hitting shortstop played for the Great Lakes Canadians in the CPBL, which also produced Brewers prospect Tyler Black. O’Rae was named the CPBL All-Star Showcase MVP in 2021. He is committed to the University of Illinois.
 

Round 4 (132nd Overall)
C MATTHEW WOOD
B/T: L/R AGE: 21, 3/02/01 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’10”/190
SCHOOL: Penn State University
NOTES: Wood, 21, batted .379 (75-for-198) with 15 doubles, 3 triples, 12 HR, 53 RBI and 5 stolen bases in 54 games as a junior at Penn State in 2022. Wood hit .413 (38-for-92) in conference play and won the Big Ten batting title, earning All-Big Ten First Team honors. The left-handed hitting backstop was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team in 2021 after batting .295 (41-for-139) with 10 doubles, a triple, 4 HR and 21 RBI in 39 games. Wood made 13 starts in the shortened 2020 season, hitting .314 (16-for-51) with a double and 5 RBI. Wood is the highest selected player in Penn State history.
 

Round 5 (162nd Overall)
RHP WILL RUDY
B/T: R/R AGE: 21, 5/7/01 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’1”/170
SCHOOL: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
NOTES: Rudy, 21, went 8-1 with a 3.10 ERA (87ip, 30er) in 13 starts as a freshman at Cal Poly Pomona in 2022 to earn CCAA Most Valuable Pitcher and All-CCAA First Team honors after leading the conference in wins and strikeouts (96). Named to the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division II All-American Third Team, Rudy issued just 15 walks and struck out 96 batters over 87.0 innings. The right-hander worked at least 6.0 innings in 12 of his 13 starts in 2022. Cal Poly Pomona did not have a season in 2021 due to COVID-19. Rudy made 3 appearances in the shortened 2020 campaign, going 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA (3.1ip, 2er).
 

Round 6 (192nd Overall)
RHP TYLER WOESSNER
B/T: R/R AGE: 22, 10/26/99 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’4”/230
SCHOOL: Central Arizona College (AZ)
NOTES: Woessner, 22, went 11-2 with a 3.55 ERA (96.1ip, 38er) with 122 strikeouts in 19 appearances (18 starts) for Central Arizona College and earned 2022 NJCAA Division I World Series All-Tournament Team honors. In 2021, the right-hander went 8-1 with a 5.25 ERA (70.1ip, 41er) and 81 strikeouts in 17 appearances (13 starts). Woessner made 6 relief appearances in the shortened 2020 season and finished 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA (12.1ip, 1er) and 20 strikeouts. As a freshman in 2019, Woessner made 18 relief appearances and went 1-0 with a 3.45 ERA (31.1ip, 12er) and 31 strikeouts.
 

Round 7 (222nd Overall)
3B BEN METZINGER
B/T: R/R AGE: 23, 6/26/99 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’0”/195
SCHOOL: University of Louisville
NOTES: Metzinger, 23, batted .312 (84-for-269) with 14 doubles, 2 triples, 19 HR, 69 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 64 games as a senior for Louisville in 2022 to earn All-ACC Third Team honors. The right-handed hitter drew 51 walks, the 10th-most in a single season in Louisville history. He ranked among ACC leaders in walks (2nd, 51), RBI (T8th, 69), total bases (9th, 159) and runs (T9th, 66). Metzinger batted .235 (12-for-51) with a double, 3 HR and 10 RBI in 20 games (11 starts) as a junior in 2021. He hit a pair of homers in the opening game of the 2021 ACC Championship en route to being named to the All-ACC Tournament team. Metzinger started 11 games for Louisville in the shortened 2020 season, hitting .349 (15-for-43) with a double, 2 HR and 8 RBI. As a freshman in 2019, Metzinger batted .312 (5-for-16) with a double and 4 RBI in 12 games for the Cardinals. In his career at Louisville, Metzinger played third base, second base, shortstop and catcher.
 

Round 8 (252nd Overall)
RHP NATE PETERSON
B/T: L/L AGE: 22, 2/15/00 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’10”/180
SCHOOL: University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)
NOTES: Peterson, 22, went 4-5 with a 3.89 ERA (88ip, 38er) as a redshirt sophomore in 2022, earning All-Horizon League First Team honors. He tallied 102 strikeouts across 14 starts, coming within 3 strikeouts of the program’s single-season record. The southpaw transferred to UIC following two seasons at Oklahoma State University. In the shortened 2020 season, Peterson made 5 relief appearances for the Cowboys and 11 relief appearances covering 13.0 innings as a freshman in 2019. Peterson earned 2018 Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American honors out of Lakeville North High School (Minn.).
 

Round 9 (282nd Overall)
C TAYDEN HALL
B/T: L/R AGE: 19, 1/12/03 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’4”/215
SCHOOL: State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
NOTES: Hall, 19, batted .364 (63-for-173) with 16 doubles, 2 triples, 9 HR, 48 RBI and 4 stolen bases in 49 games at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota as a freshman in 2022 to earn FCSAA Second Team All-State and First Team All-Suncoast Conference honors. He is currently playing for the Williamsport Crosscutters in the MLB Draft League, batting .313 (21-for-67) with 6 doubles, 14 RBI and a .511 on-base percentage in 22 games. Hall originally committed to University of South Florida out of Steinbrenner High School (Fla.). He is the son of former Major League catcher Toby Hall, who played 9 seasons for Tampa Bay, Los Angeles-NL and Chicago-AL.

 

Round 10 (312nd Overall)
RHP BRIAN FITZPATRICK
B/T: S/L AGE: 22, 6/01/00 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’7”/230
SCHOOL: Rutgers University (NJ)
NOTES: Fitzpatrick, 22, went 3-1 with a 3.91 ERA (23ip, 10er) across 6 starts as a redshirt sophomore in 2022. The southpaw made 14 relief appearances in 2021 for the Scarlett Knights and made 3 appearances (1 start) as a freshman in 2019. Fitzpatrick threw 19.0 scoreless innings with 19 strikeouts across 4 starts for the Brewster Whitecaps in the 2022 Cape Cod League.

 

DCBL Round-up: Braves complete Bays sweep on 105.1 The GOAT

The Kolberg Braves put themselves in the driver's seat for the regular season championship with a 2-1 victory over Sister Bay on Sunday.

 

It was a pitching duel from start to finish with only the three runs scored in the whole game.  The first run of the game came in the third inning on an error by the Bays, which allowed a run to score for the Braves.  This lasted until the 5th inning when the Bays scored their run on a sacrifice fly to tie the score 1-1.  In the bottom of the 5th, the Braves scored the same way with their own sacrifice fly and took the lead 2-1. The Braves' Trevor Reinhardt and the Bays' Sam Forkert and Matt Hecht provided Sunday's pitching clinic, but it was Reinhardt winning the duel with a complete game and 13 strikeouts.

 

While the Braves kept the top spot with a 10-1 record, the Bays are now joined by West Jacksonport and Washington Island in second place with a 7-4 record. The Islanders walked it off with a walk in their 16-15 win against Maplewood. That dropped the Mets to 6-5 and in sixth place ahead of Institute and Baileys Harbor. The Ports won the other game 7-2 over Egg Harbor with Luke Steebs picking up the win. 

 

 

 

Rockers drain Growlers

The Green Bay Rockers had a trio of crooked numbers to get past the Kalamazoo Growlers on Sunday 10-6.

 

Tristin Garcia got the scoring going in the third inning as he was at the plate when a wild pitch scored one run and his single brought home another to make 2-0 earlier. The Rockers would score once more in the frame, only to see the lead get cut to one when the Growlers came to the plate in the bottom half of the inning.

 

The Growlers would take a 5-3 lead before the Rockers exploded for four runs in the fifth inning and added an insurance run in the sixth. Justin Simpson and Keniel de Leon delivered the big blows with a solo home run and a bases-clearing double respectively. Hits by Garcia and Griffin Stevens drove in the Rockers' final two runs in the eighth inning. 

 

The Rockers are back in action later this week as the Northwoods League enters their All-Star break. Dylan Carter and Garcia will play in Tuesday's game. 

Brewers head to All-Star break on losing note

While there was some good news for Brewers fans on Sunday, it did not come on the diamond as Milwaukee fell to San Francisco for a third straight time Sunday, 9-5.

 

Things started well as Willy Adames homered in a full count to make 1-0. The Giants however, would go on a 9-0 run, highlighted by a five-run third inning. LaMonte Wade Jr. capped off the fatal inning with a three-run homer. Brandon Belt completed the run with a two-run homer of his own in the sixth inning. 

 

The Brewers would rally in the latter inning, with Hunter Renfroe hitting a two-RBI double in the seventh inning and Rowdy Tellez going yard with a man on in the eighth inning. Aaron Ashby took the loss as manager Craig Counsell tried the opening pitcher strategy with Jason Alexander being the long man. Alexander went five innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits with five strikeouts recorded.

 

For the good news, Devin Williams got his long-awaited All-Star nod. He and Corbin Burnes headed to Los Angeles for this week's All-Star festivities at Dodger Stadium. The team's other All-Star, Josh Hader, opted out of the game to spend more time with his family.  

West Michigan Walks Off Wisconsin in Ten Innings

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers let two late leads get away Sunday at LMCU Ballpark and they had to watch the West Michigan Whitecaps celebrate another walkoff win in the close and hard-fought series.  The Whitecaps beat the Rattlers 5-4 in ten innings on Sunday on a two-run double by Jake Holton.

 

Tristan Peters gave Wisconsin (48-38 overall, 12-9 second half) the lead with a two-out, two-run home run in the top of the first inning.  Peters has seven home runs on the season.

That first inning blast broke a six-game streak of the opponents scoring first in Timber Rattlers games.

West Michigan (47-40, 16-5) got on the scoreboard with an RBI double by Josh Crouch.  Holton, who had started the inning with a walk, scored all the way from first on the double by Crouch.

Wisconsin got that run back in the top of the third.  Jose Acosta tripled as the lead-off batter.  Joe Gray Jr. knocked in Acosta with a single for the 3-1 lead.


James Meeker, who was called in to make the spot start, allowed one run on two hits over four innings.  Christian Tripp was first out of the Wisconsin bullpen, and he pitched two scoreless innings.  Robbie Baker was next, and he worked a scoreless seventh.

Baker ran into trouble in the eighth.  The first two batters reached on a single and a walk.  Baker got the first out on a slow grounder to short that moved both runners into scoring position.  Holton sent a sinking liner to center that dropped in for a single to score the run to make it 3-2 and put runners on the corners.  That was all for Baker and Taylor Floyd was called into the game to face Holton. 

Holton sent a line drive that was within the reach of Acosta at second base, but the ball glanced off the glove of Acosta for a single to score the tying run.  Floyd got out of the inning with a double play and after neither team scored in the ninth inning, the game went to extra innings.  This was the third time in the six-game series the contest went to extra innings.

In the top of the tenth, Wisconsin scored a run when Wes Clarke drove in Gray with a sacrifice fly.

In the bottom of the tenth, Floyd walked Joyce with Trei Cruz already on second base to start the inning.  A weak, infield grounder moved both runners into scoring position for Holton.

Floyd got to a 2-2 count when Holton sent a deep drive to center.  Gray raced back to the warning track and got a glove on the ball, but it trickled out of his glove.  Cruz scored easily.  Joyce had gone back to second to tag in case of a catch and had to hurry to get to the plate just ahead of the relay throw to score the winning run.

The Whitecaps won five of six from the Timber Rattlers in the series.  The five West Michigan wins included three walkoff celebrations – July 12, July 14, and Sunday.  Wisconsin’s win was the 5-2 win in eleven innings on July 13.
 

The Timber Rattlers start a four-day break on Monday that coincides with the Major League All-Star Break.  They will return to action with their first home game since July 3 when they host the Beloit Sky Carp on Friday, July 22 at 6:40pm.

DCBL regular season championship on the line on 105.1 The GOAT

Kolberg could all but claim the Door County Baseball League regular season championship Sunday when they host Sister Bay on Sunday afternoon.

 

The Braves have just the one blemish on its record at 9-1. They beat Egg Harbor 12-3 last week as they continue to average more than 10 runs a game on the season. The Bays are coming off a 10-4 win on Washington Island last week, but still looking up at the Braves with a 7-3. The Bays lost to the Braves earlier this season, so a second defeat would make it hard for them to keep the regular season title in Sister Bay without a lot of help.

 

Quinn Struck and Jacob Nate will have the call from Kolberg on 105.1 The GOAT beginning at 1:00 p.m. with pregame show followed by the first pitch at 1:30 p.m. Other games scheduled for Sunday include Washington Island hosting Maplewood and Egg Harbor visiting West Jacksonport.

Brewers hold three picks on first day of MLB draft

The Milwaukee Brewers will make three selections on the first day of the 2022 First-Year Player Draft, which begins Sunday, July 17 at 6 p.m. CT at Xbox Plaza at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
 
Broadcast live on MLB Network and ESPN, the first day of the 2022 First-Year Player Draft includes the first and second rounds, as well as Competitive Balance rounds A and B and compensatory pick rounds. The Brewers hold the 27th (first round), 63rd (second round) and 72nd (Competitive Balance Round B) selections on Sunday.    
 
Representing the Brewers at Xbox Plaza at L.A. Live for the first day of the 2022 First-Year Player Draft will be Assistant – Player Development Rickie Weeks.
 
The 2022 First-Year Player Draft resumes on MLB.com on Monday, July 18 at 1 p.m. CT with rounds 3-10. Rounds 11-20 be held Tuesday, July 19 starting at 1 p.m. CT on MLB.com. 

Rockers edged by Growlers

The Green Bay Rockers played the Kalamazoo Growlers tight but fell late on a sac fly 3-2.

 

The  Rockers were down 2-0 when they finally reached the scoreboard in the third inning when Keniel De Leon and Tristin Garcia each registered RBI doubles in the frame.

 

It would stay that way until the seventh inning when Rashad Ruff allowed the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly hit by Anthony Stephan.

 

The Rockers face the Growlers again on Sunday. 

Rattlers Fall 3-1 to Whitecaps

The West Michigan Whitecaps scored all their runs and had all their hits in the bottom of the first inning against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Saturday night at LMCU Ballpark.  It was enough.  West Michigan rode another strong starting pitching performance to a 3-1 win over the Rattlers.

 

The Whitecaps (46-40 overall, 15-5 second half) had a 2-0 lead two batters into the bottom of the first inning.  Trei Cruz singled and Corey Joyce followed with a long home run to left.  Later in the inning, Bryant Packard double to left on a ball that was ruled fair to score the third run of the inning.

The starting pitchers took control of the game from there.  Rattlers starter Justin Jarvis didn’t allow another hit as he worked through seven innings.  Jarvis retired the final thirteen batters he faced and ended the night with four walks and five strikeouts.  Whitecaps starting pitcher Brant Hurter pitched six shutout innings and worked around two hits in the first inning, a two-out triple in the second, and a single in the fourth.  Those were the only four hits Hurter allowed as he walked none and struck out seven.

The Timber Rattlers (48-37, 12-8) got on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth against reliever Jared Tobey.  Zavier Warren hit a home run off the scoreboard above the wall in left to start the inning.  The homer was Warren’s fifth of the season and the Rattlers were within 3-1.

Tobey got the first out of the inning.  Then, Elvis Alvarado was called into the game to get the next two batters.  He got them on a strikeout and a lineout to end the inning.

In the ninth, Dario Gardea pitched around a two-out error and recorded his first save of the season.

Joey Matulovich pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth inning out of the Wisconsin bullpen.

Jarvis is tied with Robert Gasser of the Fort Wayne TinCaps at the top of the Midwest League in strikeouts.  Both have 109 strikeouts this season.

In the first five games of this series, West Michigan starting pitchers have allowed four runs over 25-2/3 innings pitched.  The West Michigan starter to give up any runs in the series was Ty Madden, who allowed four runs in 4-2/3 innings on July 14.

 

The series finale is Sunday afternoon at LMCU Ballpark.  The Whitecaps have named Carlos Guzmán (4-5, 5.54) as their starting pitcher.  Game time is 1:00pm CDT.

Packers kick off busy stretch at Lambeau

Six months after Lambeau Field last welcomed fans for a game, things will be getting busy again at the Green Bay Packers complex over the next two weeks.

 

The Packers are welcoming runners this weekend, with the Packers 1K Kids Run occurring Friday night and the 5K happening Saturday morning. 

 

The first Packers players to report to camp on July 22nd, but it will be the soccer teams from Manchester City and Bayern Munich that first take the Lambeau Field turf the following day. Lambeau Field will go from sports stadium to board room when it hosts its annual shareholders' meeting on Monday, the day before veteran players report to camp. 

 

Training camp will begin the next day on July 27th, starting a month of practices occurring across the street from Lambeau Field. Practices will be open to the public on 

July 27, 28th, and 30th and Aug. 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 16th, and 17th. The practice on August 5th is the annual Family Night scrimmage, which requires tickets to get inside Lambeau Field.

 

 

Institute rides big inning to victory over Baileys Harbor on 105.1 The GOAT

The Institute Cubs put up six runs in the second inning and didn't need much else in their 11-5 win in Baileys Harbor Friday night.

 

After both pitchers had 1-2-3 innings in the first inning, the A's Joe Burlo struggled in the second inning as the Cubs sent ten batters to the plate. The Cubs scored six runs on five hits, with Caleb Hoffman, Robby Pollman, Johnny Jorns, Brent Haberli, Ethan Kroll, and Will Hartman scoring in the inning.

 

The Cubs would extend their lead in the fourth with Quin Schram and Kyle Ploor collecting RBI hits and again in the fifth when they took advantage of a two-base error sparked by Frankie Ash's baserunning.

 

Hartman kept things rolling until the fifth inning, when the A's had their big inning. Ben Johnson and Andrew Carbajal earned RBI along with their free passes, and Cooper Cole Drove in a run on a fly-out. The A's could get it to within four runs after Cole hit a double and Cal Ellefson reached on a walk before being driven in on consecutive groundouts by Braeden Haines and Jon Kordon.

 

Kordon was pitching well in relief for the A's after coming in mid-inning for Burlo. He had retired eight in a row before Ash's ninth inning double, a hit by pitch, and a walk loaded the bases. Two runs scored when Kordon rushed a throw home and threw it over the catcher's head for an error. 

 

The A's would get a man on in the ninth, but Ash shut things down to earn the three-inning save. 

 

The Cubs improved to 3-8 on the season while the A's dropped to 0-11.

 

Rattlers Stopped By Whitecaps on Two Hits

The West Michigan Whitecaps shut out the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5-0 on two hits on Friday night at LMCU Ballpark.  Five Whitecaps pitchers combined on the shutout, their second of the series between the teams this week.

 

West Michigan (45-40 overall, 14-5 second half) took a 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the second inning.  Bryant Packard reached on an infield single.  Josh Crouch followed with an RBI double.  The Whitecaps have scored first in each of the first four games of this series.

The first three Whitecaps to bat in the bottom of the third reached on singles to load the bases.  Packard drove in a run with a weak grounder to short where he was retired at first.  A two-out wild pitch allowed the second run of the inning to score.

Zavier Warren singled with two outs in the top of the fifth for Wisconsin’s first base runner of the game.  Whitecaps starter Keider Montero retired the first fourteen Rattlers he faced.  Ethan Murray followed with a single to bring the tying run to the plate.  However, Montero got a strikeout to end the threat.  Montero pitched five innings, allowed two hits, walked none, and struck out five

Packard stepped to the plate with runners at the corners and no outs in the bottom of the fifth inning and drove in a run on a fielder’s choice.

Wes Clarke and Warren walked with one out in the top of the seventh inning on eight straight balls from reliever Ted Stuka to give Wisconsin (48-36, 12-7) a chance to climb back into the game.  However, Stuka escaped the jam with an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.

 

The Whitecaps added to their lead again in the seventh inning.  Trei Cruz singled, took second on a wild pitch, and moved to third on a grounder.  Holton drove in Cruz with a sacrifice fly for a 5-0 lead.  The lead-off batter reached base four times in the game for West Michigan.  That lead-off batter scored all four times in the game.

In the eighth, Arbert Cipion drew a lead-off walk against Gio Arriera, the fourth West Michigan pitcher of the game, to become the first Rattler batter to reach back to start an inning in the game.  He was left stranded at second base when the inning ended.

Andrew Magno closed out the game for the Whitecaps with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

West Michigan recorded their league-leading eleventh shutout of the season with this win over the Rattlers.
 

Game five of the series is Saturday night at LMCU Ballpark.  Justin Jarvis (7-4, 3.93) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Rattlers.  West Michigan has named Brant Hurter (2-0, 3.52) as their starter.  Game time is 5:35pm CDT. 

Gibraltar's Lindenberg, Southern Door's Overbeck suit up for All-Star game

Two local alumni will don their high school colors one final time this weekend as the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association hosts their All-Star Games at UW-Oshkosh.

 

Gibraltar's Sam Lindenberg will have a familiar face on the sideline when he takes the field for the WFCA Eight-Man South All-Stars this summer. Head football coach Mike Peck was named to the staff that will coach the WFCA Eight-Man South All-Star squad to take the field at UW-Oshkosh on Friday, July 15th. While he coached against many of the players on his team. Lindenberg is the only local representative on the squad. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

 

Southern Door defensive lineman Brodie Overbeck will suit up the following day for a noon kickoff as he represents WFCA Small School North All-Stars. 

 

Overbeck, Peck, and Lindenberg all raised important funds for the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin to participate in the game.

DCBL tops Shoreland, Baileys Harbor hosts Institute on 105.1 The GOAT

The All-Star matchup between the Door County Baseball League and Shoreland League once again went down to the wire, with Door County taking the matchup 3-2 at Capital Credit Union Park in Ashwaubenon Thursday night.

 

Door County scored the first run in the game in the second inning off of a double.  They scored their second run in the third on an RBI by Washington Island's Luke Geiger.  In the bottom of the third, Shoreland scored their first run of the game and made the lead only one run. 

 

The game went scoreless from the third inning to the bottom of the eighth inning when Shoreland scored the tying run off of two wild throws.  Door County came back in the top of the ninth and scored their third run off of a double slapped by Baileys Harbor's Isaac Berkley, with two runners on and two outs on a 2-2 count, making the score 3-2.  The final out was a high pop-up down the first base line where the first baseman just had to walk up and get under it for the final out. Berkley was named the game's MVP and awarded the game ball.

 

 

DCBL action returns on Friday night when Institute makes the trip north to face Baileys Harbor. Kyle Ploor registered four hits, but a forgettable sixth inning doomed the Cubs as they lost to West Jacksonport last Friday night 9-5. The A's remain winless on the year after losing an early lead before falling to Maplewood 15-2. 

 

Tim Kowols and Paul Schmitt will have the call on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 7 p.m. followed by the first pitch at 7:30 p.m.

 

Games waiting until Sunday include Sister Bay traveling to Kolberg for a 105.1 The Goat broadcast, Washington Island hosting Maplewood, and Egg Harbor battling at West Jacksonport. First pitch of those games are scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Big innings continue to doom Rockers

A six-spot put up by the Madison Mallards all but ended things for the Green Bay Rockers in a 12-5 road loss Thursday night.

 

The Rockers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead thanks to a Danny Wuestenfeld home run. The Mallards would go on a 7-0 run with a single tally in the third inning and six runs in the fourth. Reuben Church's RBI single and a sacrifice fly would bite into the Mallards' lead to make 7-5 in the sixth, but the Rockers would give up three runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning and another pair a few innings later to send them to another loss.  

 

The Rockers will stay in Madison for another night with the first pitch occurring at 6:35 p.m.

Whitecaps Top Rattlers in Ten Innings

The West Michigan Whitecaps defeated the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 8-7 in ten innings on Thursday night at LMCU Ballpark.  The Rattlers missed on some opportunities to blow the game open.  Meanwhile, the Whitecaps took advantage of Wisconsin mistakes in third hard-fought, nail-biter of a game in a row between the teams.

The Whitecaps won game one of the series 1-0 on a two-out, walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth.  The Rattlers took game two 5-2 in eleven innings after withstanding West Michigan rallies in the bottom of the ninth and bottom of the tenth.  Game three on Thursday also went right down to the wire.

 

A walk, a single, and a wild pitch to open the bottom of the second inning set the Whitecaps (44-40 overall, 13-5 second half) up for the early lead.  Ben Malgeri drove in the first run to score the runner from third and send the runner from second to third.  Corey Joyce followed with another run-scoring sacrifice fly and West Michigan led 2-0.

 

The Timber Rattlers (48-35, 12-6) bounced back to take the lead in the top of the third.  Wisconsin loaded the bases with one out against West Michigan starting pitcher Ty Madden.  Antonio Piñero and Arbert Cipion singled with Jose Acosta drawing a walk.  Joe Gray Jr and Tristan Peters drew back-to-back walks with two outs to knock in two runs.  Then, Wes Clarke singled home two runs and Wisconsin was up 4-2.

Jake Holton tied the game for the Whitecaps in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Esney Chacon reached on an error with one out.  Holton hit a two-out, two-run home run to center to tie the game 4-4.

 

Wisconsin loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the sixth inning on walks to Peters and Clarke and a single by Ashton McGee.  Zavier Warren sent Peters across the plate with a sacrifice fly and the Rattlers were up 5-4.

West Michigan rallied in the bottom of the sixth with a little help from the Rattlers.  A walk by reliever Christian Tripp and a dropped flyball by Cipion in center put runners at second and third with one out.  Joyce tripled to the corner in right to drive in both runners.  Carlos Mendoza followed with an RBI single to drive in Joyce and the Whitecaps were up 7-5.

The Rattlers responded in the top of the seventh as they loaded the bases.  Cipion walked, Acosta singled, and Gray was hit by a pitch with one out.  Peters lined a single to left to score two runs and the Rattlers were back to even.

Brady Schanuel, who got the final out of the sixth inning, kept the game tied as he worked 3-1/3 scoreless innings to send the game to extra innings.

In the top of the tenth, Wisconsin loaded the bases.  Peters had an infield single that sent Gray to third base.  Then, Ethan Murray was hit by a pitch from Jack O’Laughlin, the eighth West Michigan pitcher of the night, with one out.  O’Laughlin escaped by getting the next batter to ground into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.

The Whitecaps won the game in the bottom of the tenth.  Trei Cruz started the inning at second base.  The next two batters reached on a walk and a hit batsman.  Mendoza was next and he sent a line drive to center that was just out of the reach of Cipion for a walkoff single to send his teammates pouring out of the first base dugout to celebrate their second walkoff win of the series.

It was a rough night all around for Wisconsin.  The defense committed two errors and four of the eight runs scored by West Michigan were unearned.  The pitchers walked nine.  The offense was 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

 

Game four of the series is Friday night at LMCU Ballpark.  Justin Bullock (0-0, 9.00) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Keider Montero (4-4, 5.53) is set to start for the Whitecaps.  Game time is 5:35pm CDT. 

Brewers walked off in Minnesota

Josh Hader gave up the game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday to have the Milwaukee Brewers fall to their border rival Minnesota Twins 5-2.

 

The Brewers were down 1-0 when they tied the Twins on a Jace Peterson home run in the third inning. The Peterson bomb was just one of four hits on the day for the Brewers, who were otherwise kept in check by four Twins pitchers. 

 

The ninth inning proved fatal for the Brewers when the Twins opened the frame with a walk and a single before Jose Miranda homered on the second pitch of the at-bat. 

 

The Brewers head to San Francisco to open a four-game series against the Giants. Corbin Burnes will open the series as its starting pitcher.

Rockers fall big to Woodchucks

The Green Bay Rockers scored two runs in the opening frame but not much else went right in their 10-3 loss to the Wausau Woodchucks Wednesday night.

 

Keniel De Leon and Collier Cranford opened the game with run-producing at-bats in the first inning, only to see the Woodchucks storm back with identical four-run innings in the first and second innings. Starting pitcher Chris Sleeper just lasted one inning and two others failed to last two innings. A big reason why was a knack for missing the strike zone. Rockers pitchers combined to walk 16 batters, which was twice as many hits allowed (8) and almost four times more than strikeouts registered (5). Four different Woodchucks collected at least two RBI in the game. De Leon provided the only other offense of the game for the Rockers when he singled home his second RBI of the game in the sixth inning. 

Door County Baseball League All-Stars battles Shoreland League on 105.1 The GOAT

A Lake Michigan coastline rivalry will be renewed Thursday night at Capital Credit Union Park in Ashwaubenon when the Shoreland League All-Stars host the Door County Baseball League All-Stars.

 

The matchup between the two leagues started a few years before the pandemic halted everything two years ago. There has been some good games in the series recently, including a 1-0 DCBL win in 2015 at Denmark that took 13 innings to complete. The year before in Baileys Harbor, the DCBL won 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth when Caleb Cornell stole home. According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Shoreland League won the inaugural matchup between the two leagues 5-2.

 

The two leagues share some players that will be appearing in Thursday's matchup, including Trevor Reinhardt (Kolberg, Algoma) and Luke Steebs (West Jacksonport, Algoma).

 

General admission tickets for the exhibition game are available for just $5 for attendees 13 years and over. Those that are 12 and under are free. If you cannot make it, Quinn Struck and Jacob Nate will have the call on 105.1 The GOAT beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 7 p.m.

 

ROSTERS

Door County Baseball League

Baileys Harbor: Isaac Berkley

Egg Harbor: Corey Fuller, Nick Posh 

Institute: Kyle Ploor

Kolberg: Trevor Hawkey, Nick LeCaptain, Trevor Reinhardt, Austen Rohe, Kyle Routhieux 

Maplewood: Kordel Draves, Kody Kissinger, Drew Price

Sister Bay: Griffin Cole, Sam Forkert, Matt Hecht, Sawyer Johnson, Spencer Krause, Stewart Larson, Tom Sawyer 

West Jacksonport: Derek Niedzwiecki, Luke Steebs

Washington Island: Caleb Cornell, Ben Geiger, Luke Geiger 

 

Shoreland League

Ashwaubenon Lookouts: Owen Guerts, Trevor Cornell, Jason Fonder (coach), Sam Fonder (coach)

Algoma 'Guins: Austen Dart, Jacob Kleeman

Branch Blaze: Brent Robinson, Josh LaFleur

Casco A's: Nolan Lemke, Noah Lindsley

Denmark Devilbears Baseball: Bryce Urbanek, Jereme Jensen

Kewaunee Chiefs: Anthony Barta, Wyatt Kruse

Manitowoc Bandits: Luke Mandich, AJ Dollinger, Earl Vorpagel, Chris Cisler (coach)

 

 

Wisconsin Survives for 5-2 Decision in Eleven Innings over West Michigan

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers almost let one get away twice against the West Michigan Whitecaps on Wednesday afternoon at LMCU Ballpark.  The Rattlers got another fine pitching performance from Israel Puello and carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth only to see West Michigan tie the game in the ninth and be on the verge of winning the game in both the ninth and tenth innings.  Wisconsin turned the Whitecaps away both times and would score three runs in the top of the eleventh for a 5-2 win.

 

Bryant Packard started the bottom of the second with a bloop double that was just fair down the line in left.  A fly ball to center moved Packard to third.  Carlos Mendoza stepped to the plate next, and he sent a line drive to Terence Doston in center.  Packard tagged on the catch.  Doston’s throw was on target, but Packard was ruled safe on a close play at the plate to give West Michigan (43-40 overall, 12-5 second half) a 1-0 lead.

Matt Walker kept Wisconsin (48-34, 12-5) off the scoreboard through five innings as he allowed two hits and struck out six.

 

The Timber Rattlers rallied to tie the game against the Whitecaps bullpen.  Gio Arriera got the first out in the top of the sixth before Terence Doston singled.  Jose Acosta followed with a single and Darrien Miller drew a walk to load the bases.  Joe Gray Jr. drove in Doston with a deep fly to left and the score was 1-1.

Wisconsin took the lead in the top of the seventh.  Wes Clarke hit a double to lead off the top of the seventh.  Zavier Warren singled to right with one out and Clarke beat Packard’s throw to the plate for a 2-1 advantage for the Rattlers.

Puello went back out for the bottom of the seventh and retired the side in order.  Puello allowed one run on one hit with three walks and five strikeouts over seven innings.  In his three starts since joining the Timber Rattlers, Puello has allowed three runs in nineteen innings over three starts.

Robbie Baker worked around a two-out double to work a scoreless bottom of the eighth from the Wisconsin bullpen.

Taylor Floyd took over to start the bottom of the ninth and gave up a single to center to Jake Holton and consecutive infield singles to Austin Murr and Josh Crouch to load the bases with no outs.  Floyd got the first out with a strikeout.  Ben Malgeri tied the game with a sacrifice fly that also moved Murr to third with the winning run.  A walk reloaded the bases before Floyd got the final out on a grounder to short.

In the top of the tenth, Doston dropped a perfect a bunt single to move Antonio Piñero, who started the inning at second, to third base.  Acosta was next and he tried to bunt to score Piñero but sent the ball right back to the mound and was out at first.  Wisconsin had runners at second and third with one out but could not score as the next two batters were retired.

In the bottom of the tenth, the Whitecaps bunted to get Cooper Johnson to third with the potential winning run.  Floyd walked the next batter and that brought Chacon to the plate.  Chacon sent a flyball to medium center.  Doston made a textbook catch and throw to the plate and this time the result was much different from the second inning.  This throw nailed Johnson, who had tagged and tried to score the winning run on the play, for the final out to send the game to the eleventh.

Wisconsin’s offense took over in the top of the eleventh.  Tristan Peters tripled on the first pitch of the inning to score Gray from second.  Peters scored moments later on a wild pitch for a 4-2 lead.  Warren doubled in the final run of the inning and the Rattlers were up by three heading to the bottom of the eleventh.

Floyd got three straight flyouts to close out the inning – and the game – without allowing the runner who started the inning at second to score.

The Rattlers are 4-4 in the first eight games of their twelve-game road trip.

 

Game three of the series is Thursday night at LMCU Ballpark.  Russell Smith (2-4, 4.73) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Ty Madden (3-4, 2.81) has been named as the starter for West Michigan.  Game time is 5:35pm CDT.

Whitecaps beat Rattlers on walk-off to end scoreless battle

Jake Holton drove in the only run of Tuesday’s game between the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and West Michigan Whitecaps at LMCU Ballpark.  Holton had an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Whitecaps beat the Timber Rattlers 1-0.

 

Antoine Kelly was sharp in a short start in this game for Wisconsin (47-34 overall, 11-5 second half).  Kelly, who is heading to the SiriusXM Futures Game in Los Angeles later this week, pitched three scoreless, hitless innings.  He walked one and struck out two.

 

Carlos Guzmán was just as good for West Michigan (43-39, 12-4) as their starting pitcher.  Guzmán allowed three hits with no walks and five strikeouts over five innings to keep the game scoreless.

Joey Matulovich put more zeroes on the scoreboard out of the Timber Rattlers bullpen as he allowed two hits and struck out three over three innings.

The Whitecaps used four relievers to keep Wisconsin off the scoreboard through nine innings to set themselves up for the winner in the bottom of the ninth.  The Rattlers had four hits and did not have a runner reach second base in the game.

James Meeker, Wisconsin’s third pitcher of the evening, got the first out in the bottom of the ninth.  Then, Josh Crouch doubled off the wall in right.  Meeker got the second out of the inning on a ground out that sent Crouch to third.  Holton didn’t let any drama build as he sent a single through the right side of the infield to score Crouch with the run for West Michigan win.

Wisconsin was held to four hits in the game.  Jose Acosta had two singles for the Timber Rattlers.  Tristan Peters and Darrien Miller also had singles.  The Rattlers did not have a runner reach second base in the game.

 

Game two of the series is a Wednesday day game at LMCU Ballpark.  Israel Puello (1-1, 1.50) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Matt Walker (0-1, 9.00) is set to start for the Whitecaps.  First pitch is scheduled for 11:05am CDT. 

Rockers blanked by Woodchucks

The Green Bay Rockers fell to the Wausau Woodchucks 6-0 at home on Tuesday evening.  The Rockers could manage only five hits for the night as the Woodchucks shutout Green Bay at Capital Credit Union Field.  Owen Jackson had two hits for the Rockers, while Dylan Carter (2-6) took the loss pitching seven innings and allowing four runs.  The Woodchucks and Rockers will battle again Wednesday evening at Athletic Field in Wausau with first pitch set for 6:35 pm.

Brewers double up Twins

The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Tuesday night in the Twin Cities as Josh Hader picked up his 27th save of the season.

The Brewers jumped on starting pitcher Josh Winder in the first inning on a two-run home run by Andrew McCutchen before the Twins tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth inning.

Powered by a two-run home run by Willy Admades, the Brewers recaptured the lead for good with a three-run fifth inning.  

Jason Alexander started for the Brewers and went four innings allowing three hits and two earned runs.  Jandel Gustave (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning in the fifth to pick up the win.

MIlwaukee (49-39) and Minnesota (48-41) will play the second of short the two-game series Wednesday afternoon at 12:10 from Target Field, before the Brewers head west to San Francisco for a four game series with the Giants before the All-Star break.

Seventeen Gamblers begin NHL Development Camp Week

The road to the NHL begins for 17 alumni of the Green Bay Gamblers.

 

During the NHL Draft held earlier this month, Cam Lund was drafted by the San Jose Sharks and Ryan Greene was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks. Former Gamblers player Victor Mancini was picked by New York Rangers. Gamblers affiliate Barrett Hall was drafted by the Seattle Kraken.

 

Below is a list of Gamblers alumni heading to NHL camps this week:

Jake Schmaltz - Boston Bruins

Mason Lohrei - Boston Bruins

Brody Lamb - New York Rangers

Ryan Greene - Chicago Blackhawks

Noah Ganske - Edmonton Oilers

David Hrenak - Los Angeles Kings

Trenton Bliss - Detroit Red Wings

Cam Theising - Washington Capitals

Michael Vukojevic - New Jersey Devils

Nolan Moyle - Vegas Golden Knights

McKade Webster - Tampa Bay Lightning

Victor Mancini - New York Rangers

Jesse Tucker - St. Louis Blues

Tanner Dickinson - St. Louis Blues

Cam Lund - San Jose Sharks

Damien Carfagna - Seattle Kraken

Barrett Hall - Seattle Kraken

Thompson, Reynolds-Smith pace Run the Door standings

Local runners have been able to get a lot of races in as the Run the Door points begin to pile up. 

 

Scott Thompson of Green Bay lead the men with 93 points and Susan Reynolds-Smith of Ephraim is pacing the women with 78 points. According to the Run the Door rules, point totals are through the Belgian Days 4M and 2M, and the Hairpin Run 5K, pending runners who couldn't get bibs but ran anyway. As a reminder, in races you get 10 points for finishing and an additional 3-2-1 for finishing first, second or third Overall and/or in your Age Group.

 

The Hairpin 5K in Fish Creek was won by Austin Molitor of Lockport, Ill., who just missed breaking 16 minutes with a time of 16:01.

 

At last weekend's Belgian Days Races, Markus Tassoul of Sturgeon Bay won the 2M with a time of 12:28. Sam Dean won the 4M distance with a time of 22:44.

 

Upcoming Run the Door races include:

JULY 23-- Washington Island Rec. Run 10K, 5K, 2K. POINTS EVENT!

AUG. 13 -- Shanty Days 5K, Kids Run, Algoma. POINTS EVENT!

Burnes, Hader heading to L.A.

Two of the Milwaukee Brewers' best pitchers are heading to Los Angeles to participate in the MLB All-Star Game.

 

Josh Hader, the reigning NL Reliever of the Year and Corbin Burnes, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner will both participate in the Midsummer Classic at Dodger Stadium next Tuesday. It’s the second All-Star selection for Burnes and the fourth for Hader as the two have become the faces of the Brewers' dominant pitching staff.

 

The Brewers will look to extend their lead in the their Central Division and wreak havoc in a different Central Division when they battle the Minnesota Twins at 6:40 p.m.

Rockers pound Rivets

A six-run fifth inning gave the Green Bay Rockers the lead as they cruised to a 9-1 win over the Rockford Rivets.

 

The Rockers batted around in the decisive inning with Brendan Ryan, Tristin Garcia, and Jake Berg delivering the big blows with RBI singles.

 

After the Rivets tallied a run in the top half of the eighth, the Rockers added three insurance runs in the bottom of the frame, highlighted by a two-run Griffin Selby bomb.

 

Bryce Crabb earned the win, holding the Rivets to just four hits and no runs across six innings.

 

The Rockers open a home-and-home set against the Wisconsin Woodchucks at 6:35 p.m. at Capital Credit Union Park Tuesday night.

Mets topple A's on 105.1 The GOAT

The Maplewood Mets blew the game open halfway through in their 15-2 romp over visiting Baileys Harbor on Sunday afternoon.

 

Baileys Harbor scored first in the second inning, only to have the Mets return that score in the bottom half of the frame.  After that, the wheels fell off the A's wagon in the 4th when they switched pitchers.  Six runs were scored in the fourth inning as the Mets went around the batting order. The A's switched pitchers in the fifth inning and yielded the same result as the Mets went through the order again and scored another 5 runs. The A's would switch pitchers again in the sixth and allowed another three runs in the frame to go up 15-2.  The A's scored their second run in the 5th inning when the Mets switched out their pitcher as well.  After the top half of the 7th inning, the A's threw in the white flag and called it a game.

 

In other DCBL action, early game home runs by Sam Forkert, Tom Sawyer and Stewart Larsen sent Sister Bay to a 10-4 road victory against Washington Island. Kolberg continued their season-long roll as they beat Egg Harbor 12-3.

Players complete high school careers at Fox Valley All-Star Games

A number of local alums completed their high school careers on Sunday at Fox Cities Stadium as a part of the Fox Valley All-Star Games.

 

Two of those players were Sevastopol's Frankie Ash and Gibraltar/Washington Island's Sam Lindenberg. According to Tom Ash, both players hit the ball hard but ended up going 0-2 on the afternoon. Ash started and played the majority of the game at shortstop. Lindenberg started the day at second base and made his way around the diamond defensively each inning. Their team lost 5-3.

 

Southern Door's Charlie Neinas and Logan Jeanquart and Luxemburg-Casco's Blake Robillard also played in the games.

 

Picture courtesy of Tom Ash

Hanmann, Richards take fourth in WI Bass Nation State Championships

A pair of anglers from the Luxemburg-Casco Fishing Team was one of four sets to break the 20 pound barrier in this weekend's WI Bass Nation State Championships on the Chetek Chain.

 

Riliey Richards and John Hanmann caught nine fish for a two-day total of 20.09, trailing the first place team from Eau Claire by just over three pounds.

 

The Spartans' other pair of anglers, Charlie Simonar and Isaac Jerabek, finished the weekend of just short of 15 pounds on eight fish caught.

L-C Trap Team finishes 21st in the nation

The Luxemburg-Casco Trap Team concluded their Sunday with an impressive showing at last weekend's National High School Trap Shooting Championships in Michigan.

 

Cole Anderson was the top finisher on the team with an 84th-place finish. Jacob DeGrave finished 94th, and Garrett Simonar finished 140th out of the 1,455 male shooters. As a team, the shooters hit 953 of 1000 clays they saw during the two day competition.

 

 

Cubs Hold Rattlers to One Hit; Gain Split in Series

The South Bend Cubs beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 6-2 on Sunday afternoon at Four Winds Field.  Pete Crow-Armstrong went 3-for-3 with a homer, a walk, and three runs scored to lead the Cubs to the win.  The loss cost Wisconsin sole possession of first place in the division and a couple of players to injury.

 

South Bend (45-36 overall, 11-4 second half) took the early lead with a pair of solo home runs in the bottom of the first inning.  Crow-Armstrong hit the first pitch from Justin Jarvis for a home run to right.  Jake Washer cracked a two-out, solo homer to left for the 2-0 lead.

The Cubs added to their advantage in the third inning.  Crow-Armstrong singled and was running on a pitch that Jordan Nwogu sent sharply to the mound.  Jarvis tried to go to second to start a double play but was late with the head start that Crow-Armstrong had.  Yohendrick Pinango followed with an RBI double.  Jonathan Sierra tacked on a run with a sacrifice fly for a 4-0 lead.

Tyler Black saved a run by making a diving catch of a deep fly to right-center off the bat of Luis Verdugo to end the bottom of the third inning.  However, Black injured himself on the catch and was removed from the game.

Joe Gray Jr got the Timber Rattlers (47-33, 11-4) on the scoreboard with a two-run home run off Daniel Palencia in the top of the fourth.

Wisconsin had a chance to get things going in the top of the seventh as Cubs reliever Michael McAvene hit the first two batters he faced.  McAvene denied the rally by striking out the next three batters.

Rattlers reliever Justin King got the first out in the bottom of the seventh but issued a walk to Crow-Armstrong and hit Jordan Nwogu.  Then, the duo pulled a double steal to put runners on second and third.  King had to leave the game with an injury after a 2-2 pitch to Pinango.

Taylor Floyd took over for King and Pinango sent a grounder back over the mound.  Floyd made a leap for the ball and deflected it to shortstop Antonio Piñero, who threw late to the plate as Crow-Armstrong scored.  Washer lined the next pitch into center to score Nwogu with the final run of the game.

Wisconsin went down in order in both the eighth and ninth inning.  The Timber Rattlers struck out a total of fourteen times against five South Bend pitchers in the game.

The two teams split the six-game series.  The Rattlers and South Bend have split the first twelve games of the season series with six wins for each team.  They entered the series on July 4 tied for the lead for first place in the second half Western Division standings at 8-1.  They leave the series tied at the top of the division at 11-4.  Wisconsin and South Bend will meet again in less than a month when the Cubs come to Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium from August 9 through August 14.

 

The Timber Rattlers are off on Monday.  They return to action on Tuesday with the first game of a six-game series with the West Michigan Whitecaps at LMCU Ballpark.  Antoine Kelly (2-3, 3.76) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin.  The Whitecaps have named Carlos Guzman (4-5, 6.00) as their starting pitcher.  Game time is 5:35pm CDT.

Maplewood hosts Baileys Harbor on 105.1 The GOAT

The Maplewood Mets continue their push for the playoffs on Sunday when they welcome Baileys Harbor to town.

 

The Mets have posted big wins all season long including its status as DCBL-leading Kolberg's lone loss. The Braves got the last laugh in their season series against Mets as they beat them 19-4.

 

The A's continue to look for their first win of the season after dropping their holiday weekend matchup 11-2 to Egg Harbor.

 

Quinn Struck, Jacob Nate, and Reece Robillard will have the call on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 1 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 1:30 p.m.

 

The Sunday slate also includes Sister Bay traveling to Washington Island and Kolberg visiting Egg Harbor. 

Local alums to participate in H.S. All Star game in Grand Chute

Players from Southern Door, Sevastopol, and Luxemburg-Casco will be among those playing in two Fox Valley All-Star Games Sunday afternoon at Fox Cities Stadium.

 

In the first game at noon, Southern Door's Logan Jeanquart will suit up for Team Cardinal as they face Team Silver.

 

Most of the local athletes will play in the second game when Team White featuring Sevastopol's Frankie Ash, Gibraltar/Washington Island's Sam Lindenberg, and Luxemburg-Casco's Blake Robillard plays Southern Door's Charlie Neinas' Team Black.

 

An All-Day, General Admission pass will be available for $6.  Game one starts at noon with the second game following the conclusion of game one by about thirty minutes. 

 

The parking lot opens at 10:30 am with free parking.  Gates open at 11:00 am.  Concessions will available during the games.

“We’re excited to host these games and provide an opportunity for many of the top local high school talent to play the final game of their high school careers,” said Aaron Hahn, vice president of the Timber Rattlers.

Big Second Inning Pushes Wisconsin Past South Bend

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers broke a 1-1 tie with six runs in the top of the second inning and got five solid innings of relief from Zach Mort to beat the South Bend Cubs 8-3 Saturday night at Four Winds Field.  The win was the second straight for Wisconsin.

 

The Timber Rattlers (47-32 overall, 11-3 second half) scored a run in the first inning.  Tyler Black drew a lead-off walk and Darrien Miller singled to right.  The duo pulled a double steal with one out.  Tristan Peters cashed in Black with a sacrifice fly for the 1-0 lead.

The Cubs (44-36, 10-4) responded in the bottom of the first inning.  Fabian Pertuz singled with one out.  Yohendrick Pinango followed with a double off the wall in right to score Pertuz with the tying run.

Wisconsin knocked South Bend starting pitcher Manuel Espinoza out of the game in the second inning with a big rally that started because Ethan Murray reached on an error.  Zavier Warren and Jose Acosta followed with singles to load the bases with no outs.  Arbert Cipion was next, and he lined a double to right to score two runs.  A walk to Black reloaded the bases.

Miller drove in Acosta with a sacrifice fly for a 4-1 lead.  Then, Joe Gray Jr. doubled off the wall in right to score Cipion and send Black to third base.  That was the hit that drove Espinoza from the game.

Peters welcomed reliever Jarod Wright with a sacrifice fly to left.  Ashton McGee capped the inning with an RBI single to center for a 7-1 lead. 

McGee’s hit extended his hitting streak to eight games.

South Bend scored two runs on four hits in the bottom of the third inning against Wisconsin starting pitcher Justin Bullock.  Pete Crow-Armstrong tripled to start the inning.  Pertuz knocked him home with a sacrifice fly.  Later in the inning, Owen Caissie drove in the second run of the inning with a single.  The Cubs had two on with one out after that single by Caissie, but Bullock got out of the inning with a force play at second and his sixth strikeout of the game.

 

Peters cracked a lead-off home run in the top of the fifth inning and the Rattlers were up 8-3.  Peters drove in three runs on Saturday.  He had also driven in three runs in Wisconsin’s win on Friday night at South Bend.

Zach Mort entered the game in relief of Bullock in the bottom of the fourth inning and tossed five scoreless innings to keep the Cubs in check.  Mort scattered five hits, walked none, and struck out three to protect the lead and put himself in position for his fourth win of the season.

Joey Matulovich allowed two hits in the ninth but worked a scoreless frame to close out the game.

South Bend went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded eleven runners in the game.

 

The win moved the Timber Rattlers into first place in the second half Western Division standings.  Wisconsin leads the Cubs by a game heading Sunday’s series finale at Four Winds Field.

 

Justin Jarvis (7-3, 3.73) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers on Sunday.  South Bend has named Daniel Palencia (1-2, 4.68) as their starting pitcher.  Game time is 1:05pm CDT.  

Ports pour it on Cubs on 105.1 The GOAT

Derek Niedzwiecki's big night helped the West Jacksonport Ports beat the Institute Cubs 9-5 Friday night.

 

Niedzwiecki delivered the game's biggest blow with a two-run homer that sparked a five-run rally in the sixth inning to put the game well out of reach in favor of the Ports. He also pitched the final three innings of the game while also registered two singles, a double, and a pair of stolen bases.

 

Niedzwiecki scored the game's first run in the opening frame thanks to RBi single from Woody Schartner. The Port would tack on two more in the third when Paul Briney hit a two run double. 

 

The Cubs got on the board in the bottom of the third on a run-scoring single from Kyle Ploor and a groundout from Johnny Jorns in the fifth inning. Ploor led the Cubs with four singles and an RBI. The Cubs would score three times in the bottom of the ninth as they took advantage of some fielding miscues by the Ports, but a groundout to Riley Cordier ended the rally before it got any closer. 

 

Drew Tanck earned the win with a six inning, two run, seven strikeout outing.

Pair of Gamblers get drafted

Two members of the Green Bay Gamblers are now tied to NHL franchises after getting drafted this week.

 

Cam Lund was selected by the San Jose Sharks while Ryan Greene was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks. A third player with Gamblers ties, Vittorio Mancini was picked by the New York Rangers.

 

All three players will likely play at their respective colleges before moving onto their professional franchises.

Wisconsin Bounces Back with 11-3 Win at South Bend

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers rebounded nicely from Thursday’s night’s loss to the South Bend Cubs on a walkoff grand slam at Four Winds Field.  The Timber Rattlers cracked eleven hits, scored eleven runs, and rode another fine pitching performance from Russell Smith to an 11-3 win over the Cubs on Friday night.

 

South Bend (44-35 overall, 10-3 second half) took the lead in the bottom of the first inning as the Wisconsin defense committed a pair of errors.  The Timber Rattlers had not committed an error in 39 straight innings before Pete Crow-Armstrong reached on an error by Antonio Piñero to start the Cubs first.  Crow-Armstrong stole second and went to third on a throwing error by catcher Alex Hall.  Yohendrick Pinango lined the next pitch to right for a single to score Crow-Armstrong and give South Bend the early lead.

Wisconsin (46-32, 10-3) took advantage of a South Bend miscue to tie the game in the top of the fourth.  Tristan Peters started the inning with a single and Ashton McGee singled with one out to put runners at the corners.  Cubs starting pitcher DJ Herz got the next batter on a strikeout.  He would throw a wild pitch with Alex Hall at the plate and Peters scored the tying run.

The Timber Rattlers took the lead in the top of the fifth.  Tyler Black and Ethan Murray drew back-to-back walks with one out to end the night for Herz.  Joe Gray, Jr. greeted reliever Joe Nahas with a single to load the bases.  Peters was next and he lined a single to left to drive in Black and Murray for a 3-1 lead.  Gray took third on the play and that set up Wisconsin’s fourth run.

Peters took off for second with Ashton McGee at the plate and two outs.  The throw went through and Gray broke for the plate.  Gray scored ahead of the wild throw and the Rattlers were up 4-1.

Smith found his groove after a rough start.  The Wisconsin starter gave up two hits to open the second inning before retiring twelve of the next fourteen batters he faced through the fifth inning.  Smith, a left-hander, went back out to face the left-handed Owen Caissie to start the sixth.  Caissie barely fouled off a two-strike pitch before doubling to end Smith’s night.

Brady Schanuel took over for Smith and gave up a walk to Luis Verdugo.  Jonathan Sierra was next.  He doubled to drive in Caissie and send Verdugo to third.  Schanuel got the first out of the inning on a popup, but a passed ball on catcher Alex Hall let Verdugo score and Sierra to take third as the tying run.  Schanuel escaped the inning with a strikeout and a lineout to first.

Smith allowed two runs – one earned – on six hits with no walks and nine strikeouts.  In his last two starts, Smith has allowed three runs – two earned – and struck out fifteen over eleven innings.

The Wisconsin offense received some free base runners and cashed in to score five unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning for plenty of insurance.  Black reached on an error and Murray was hit by a pitch to start the inning.  Peters doubled with one out to drive in Black.

The Rattlers had runners at the corners with two outs later in the inning and still had the 5-3 lead.  McGee drew a walk to load the bases to get Antonio Piñero to the plate against reliever Joe Nahas.  Piñero lined a 1-2 pitch to left for a two-run single.  Hall was next and he doubled off the wall in right-center to score two more runs and the Rattlers were up 9-3.

Christian Trip worked a scoreless seventh and a scoreless eight out of the Wisconsin bullpen.

Black and Murray got the final runs of the game for the Rattlers in the ninth inning.  Black drew a bases-loaded walk and Murray had a sacrifice fly.

Tyler Gillies pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to close out the game.  He struck out the last two batters of the game to give the quartet of Wisconsin pitchers fifteen strikeouts in the game.

Peters led the offense with three hits and three RBI. 

The season series between the Rattlers and Cubs is even through ten games as both teams have five wins.  Both teams are tied at the top of the second half Western Division standings at 10-3.

 

Game five of the series is Saturday night at Four Winds Field.  Justin Bullock will make his 2022 Midwest League debut as the starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  South Bend has named Manuel Espinoza (3-4, 4.55) as their starter.

Cubs, Ports battle under the lights on 105.1 The GOAT

The Institute Cubs will try to play the part of spoiler Friday night when they host the West Jacksonport Ports.

 

The Cubs took it on the chin late in their 11-3 loss to Washington Island after keeping the score close for much of the game. A win would give them their third victory of the season. 

 

The Ports dropped from their four-way tie for second place to a tie for fourth place after losing a hard-fought game to Sister Bay 4-2 last Sunday. A win would be their second in the last four weeks.

 

Tim Kowols and Paul Schmitt will have the call on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 7 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 7:30 p.m.

 

The Sunday slate includes Sister Bay visiting Washington Island, Egg Harbor hosting Kolberg, and Maplewood battling Baileys Harbor on 105.1 The GOAT. All Sunday games begin at 1:30 p.m.

L-C heads to USA High School Clay Target League National Championship Tournament

The Luxemburg-Casco Trap Team will try to build on their success last month at the state competition when they travel to Mason, Mich. for the USA High School Clay Target League National Championship Tournament this weekend.

 

Cole Anderson, Garrett Simonar, Phillip Simonar, Jacob DeGrave and Trey Vincent are competing as a team and individually at the tournament.

 

Last month, the team took fifth place overall with Trey Vincent (97), Cole Anderson (96), Charlie Simonar (96), Jayden Stein (95), and Garrett Simonar (95) shooting 479 clay targets out of 500.

 

Garrett Simonar, Jacob DeGrave, Cole Anderson, Caleb Delebreau, Brandon Kratz, and Charlie Simonar earned All-State Honors for having the best averages during the spring season. 

Glory shut out by Minnesota Aurora FC

The Green Bay Glory gave up two goals in the second half to fall 2-0 to the visiting Minnesota Aurora FC Thursday night.

 

Alyssa Stumbaugh made seven saves on the night for the Glory, but it was Aurora's Makenzie Langdok's goal in the 69th minute and Morgan Turner's stoppage time tally that proved to be the difference.

 

The Glory saw their record drop to 6-2-3 and 0-1-1 against the Aurora. Their draw remains Aurora's lone non-win of the season.

South Bend Walkoff Slam Beats Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and South Bend Cubs went down to the wire on Thursday night at Four Winds Field.  In the end, it was a two-out, bases-loaded home run by Cubs outfielder Owen Caissie that beat the Timber Rattlers 8-6.

 

The Timber Rattlers, who were shutout on Wednesday night, wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard on Thursday night.  Darrien Miller was hit by a pitch with one out.  Tristan Peters tripled to right-center with two outs and Miller scored.  The throw to third to get Peters was wild and raced for the plate to put the Rattlers (45-32 overall, 9-3 second half) up 2-0.

South Bend (44-34, 10-2) scored a run in the bottom of the first inning.  Yeison Santana walked and stole second with one out.  He stole third with two outs.  Caleb Knight singled on a 3-1 pitch to score Santana.

The Cubs tied the game in the second inning.  BJ Murray hit an RBI single to center to score the tying run and put runners on the corners with one out.  Antoine Kelly, the Wisconsin starting pitcher, bounced back to strikeout the next two batters he faced to end the frame.

Casey Opitz put South Bend in front in the bottom of the third on a weak grounder up the first baseline with the bases loaded.  Kelly’s only play was first base as the go-ahead run scored.

 

Wisconsin loaded the bases with one out against Cubs reliever Michael McAvene in the top of the fifth, but a strikeout and a check swing roller in front of the plate got the final two outs and kept South Bend in the lead.

In the sixth, Wisconsin scored twice on Yovanny Cruz.  Ashton McGee and Ethan Murray singled with one out.  Arbert Cipion lined an 0-2 pitch to left-center for a single to score McGee.  A bobble in the outfield allowed Murray to score all the way from first and the Rattlers were up 4-3.

Joe Gray Jr hammered the first pitch he saw from Cruz in the top of the seventh for a two-run homer to give the Rattlers a 6-3 lead.  The home run was Gray’s second of the series and eleventh of the season.

James Meeker took over for Kelly out of the Wisconsin bullpen and pitched three scoreless innings, allowed one hit, and struck out five to turn that lead over to the bullpen.

Robby Baker relieved Meeker to start the bottom of the seventh.  Santana singled with one out.  Yohendrick Pinango lined the next pitch to left-center and the ball was just out of the reach of a diving Gray.  Santana scored, but Pinango was out trying stretch his double into a triple.  Murray, the shortstop, made a strong relay throw to get Pinango by a lot.

Gray made an impact on the game in the bottom of the eighth inning with his arm.  Caissie drew a walk to start inning.  Luis Verdugo singled to right-center and Caissie tried to go to third on the hit.  Gray fielded the ball on one hop and fired a strike to third and Caissie was out by wide margin.  Baker retired the next two batters to maintain the 6-4 lead.

Taylor Floyd, who just joined the Timber Rattlers earlier in the day from Biloxi, entered the game in the bottom of the ninth.  Floyd walked the lead-off batter before he retired the next two batters.  Pinango singled up the middle to bring Knight to the plate with the winning run.  Floyd missed with the first pitch to Knight but came back with two quick strikes.  However, the next three pitches missed the zone and Knight refused to chase.  The walk loaded the bases and brought Caissie to the plate.

Caissie hit a 1-1 pitch from Floyd over the wall in right for the walkoff grand slam and the Cubs second straight win over the Rattlers in the series.

 

Game four of the series is Friday night at Four Winds Field.  Russell Smith (1-4, 5.03) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  DJ Herz (1-1, 1.99) is set to start for the Cubs.  Game time is 6:05pm CDT.

Southern Door's Counard, L-C's Deprez earn All-State honors

The postseason honors keep coming in for Southern Door's Christian Counard and Luxemburg-Casco's Owen Deprez.

 

The pair were named to the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association's All-State team as honorable mentions. Deprez, a junior, earned his spot as a pitcher while Counard, also a junior, garnered his honor as an outfielder. 

 

Deprez was the player of the year for the North Eastern Conference and a first-team performer while Christian Counard was an All-Packerland Conference first-team performer.

 

Cubs take series from Brewers late

Just as rare as a rainstorm under a roof, Josh Hader saw a second game in a series get away from him as the Milwaukee Brewers dropped the series finale against the Chicago Cubs 2-1.

 

Corbin Burnes was his usual Cy Young self as he held the Cubs to just three hits while striking out 10 batters through seven innings. He was nearly matched by his counterpart Adrian Sampson, but Keston Hiura took him deep in the fifth inning to make 1-0 Brewers. The home run came right after he robbed Cubs catcher P.J. Higgins of an extra base hit in the top half of the frame, which would have likely driven in the Cubs' first run. The Cubs would tie the game in the eighth inning when Christian Morel hit a triple and was driven home a few batters later by Rafael Ortega. Higgins would get his RBI in the ninth against Hader to drive in Patrick Wisdom before David Robertson did not let Monday repeat itself and closed the door for the Cubs. It was the second time in the series that Hader could not get the job done, blowing the save in Monday's game before the Brewers were able to tie and eventually win the contest.

 

The Brewers are back in action on Friday when they host the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Thiry, Adams play final game as Spartans

Coach Taylor Bredael-Schmidt had one more opportunity last week to lead her two senior stalwarts from last year's squad.

 

Schmidt coached the WBCA Division 2 North All-Star team, which featured Lauren Adams and Taylor Thiry. According to the L-C Basketball Booster Club, Adams chipped in five points and Thiry scored four in the loss. 

 

Even more important the victory, the trio helped raise thousands of dollars for the MACC Fund, which supports children and families battling cancer.

 

Photo and write-up from L-C Basketball Boosters

Taylor Thiry, Lauren Adams, and Coach Taylor spent 3 days in WI Dells creating some lasting memories while representing Luxemburg-Casco Girls Basketball in the Senior All-Star Game.

 

Lauren Adams scored 5 points while Taylor Thiry added 4. Unfortunately, D2 North did not win however what Taylor and Lauren will remember most is meeting new people and being able to play a basketball game with them 2 days later.

 

What Coach Taylor will remember is the cause for which they play and coach for, the MACC Fund, coaching and learning alongside Nicky VanLaanen, and being able to coach some of the best D2 athletes, especially her two Seniors.

 

They are all thankful for the support of the community in helping them raise money to be able to participate.

Cubs Shut Out Rattlers to Snap Wisconsin's Win Streak

Yohendrick Pinango drove in all three runs for the South Bend Cubs in a 3-0 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Wednesday night at Four Winds Field.  The result put Wisconsin and South Bend into a tie for first place in the second half, Western Division standings through eleven games.

 

Wisconsin (45-31 overall, 9-2 second half) had a chance to score in the first inning against South Bend starting pitcher Jordan Wicks.  Joe Gray Jr walked with two outs.  Tristan Peters lined a double to the gap in left-center.  Gray raced for the plate and dove with a headfirst slide but was ruled out on the relay throw home by shortstop Fabian Pertuz.

 

Pinango hit a one-out, solo home run on a 2-2 pitch from Puello in the bottom of the fourth inning to put South Bend (43-34, 9-2) up 1-0.  Pinango barely got a piece of the previous pitch from Puello, but it was enough to extend the at bat and he hit the next offering off the scoreboard for his eleventh home run of the season.

 

Wicks left with six strikeouts and two hits allowed over five scoreless innings.

 

Puello left the game after seven innings.  He allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out four as he left the game with the Rattlers facing a 1-0 deficit.

Luis Devers, who was making his Midwest League debut, took over for Wicks in the top of the sixth and retired the first seven batters he faced.  Ethan Murray snapped that streak with a one-out single in the eighth.  Ashton McGee followed with a single to center.  Devers escaped the jam with a ground out and a pop out to keep the Rattlers off the scoreboard.

South Bend added to their lead with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.  Joey Matulovich relieved Puello and allowed a one-out single to Luis Verdugo and a two-out walk to Yeison Santana.  That brought Pinango to the plate and he ripped a 2-0 pitch to the corner in right for a two-run double.

Gray was hit by Eduarniel Nunez with one out in the top of the ninth and was at second with two outs and Zavier Warren at the plate.  Warren had an eleven-game hitting streak in jeopardy and he lined a 3-2 pitch from Nunez down the third base line, but Verdugo made a diving grab of the ball to end the game and Wisconsin’s six-game winning streak.

The game took just 1:55 to play, the quickest, nine-inning game of the season for the Timber Rattlers.

 

Game three of the series is Thursday night.  Antoine Kelly (2-3, 3.55) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Kohl Franklin (0-5, 8.42) is set to start for the Cubs.  Game time is 6:05pm CDT.

Cubs club Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning but could make it hold up as the Chicago Cubs came back to claim an 8-3 victory at American Family Field.

 

Starting Cub Pitcher Kyle Hendricks had to leave the game after three innings with a shoulder injury, but three Chicago relievers gave up only one run and three hits the rest of the way.

 

Rowdy Tellez hit his 17th home run of the season with a two-run shot in the first inning for a promising start for the Brewers, but Milwaukee’s bats fell quite after that.

 

Seiya Suzuki led the Cubs attack with two hits and three RBIs including his sixth home run of the year.

 

Starting pitcher Jason Alexander (2-1) gave up eight hits and six earned runs in 5.1 innings and took the loss, while Matt Swarmer (2-3) picked up the win in relief for the Cubs.

 

The Brewers and Cubs will face off this afternoon in the rubber game of the three-game series with first pitch at 1:10 pm. 

Bucks announce summer league roster

The Milwaukee Bucks disclosed their roster for the NBA Summer League on Tuesday.  MarJon Beauchamp, the Bucks first round pick in the 2022 draft will be featured as well as  players who got playing time with the Bucks last season like, Sandro Mamukelashvili, Rayjon Tucker, Luxa Vildoza, and Lindell Wigginton.  Other players on the roster include second round pick Hugo Besson, Zylan Cheatham, Sylvain Francisco, Evans Ganapamo, Marcus Graves, AJ Green, Dusty Hannahs, and Dewan Hernandez.  The Bucks kickoff the schedule with a game Friday night versus the Brooklyn Nets in Las Vegas.  Bucks Assistant Coach Vin Baker will be the head coach for Milwaukee’s summer league team.  

Local athletes, coaches prepare for All-Star games

Local alums are preparing to represent their schools one final time this month.

 

In Football, Gibraltar head coach Mike Peck will be a part of the South 8-Player All-Star coaching staff. He will get the opportunity to coach Sam Lindenberg one final time in the game that takes place on July 15th. 

 

Southern Door alum Charlie Neinas will play in the American Legion All-Star game at American Family Field on August 7th as he represents the Ahnapee Trailblazers. According to their Facebook page:

Charlie, who is playing in his fifth season for Ahnapee, will suit up for Team Stripes.

Neinas is the fifth Trailblazer to be selected to participate in the annual All-Star game.

Past Ahnapee players to participate are: Mitchel Neubauer '15, Austen Dart '16, Max Bordeau'19, and Devin Schinktgen '21.

 

Neinas and his Southern Door teammate Logan Jeanquart along with Luxemburg-Casco's Blake Robillard and Sevastopol's Frankie Ash were named to the Fox Valley All-Star Game at Fox Cities Stadium on July 10th. A full roster for that game has not been released yet.

Rafters float past Rockers

The weather showed mercy but the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters did not as they beat the Green Bay Rockers 10-2 in seven innings Monday afternoon.

 

The Rafters outhit the Rockers 14-4 and received help with three errors as well. Two of those errors came from catchers Shane Gipson and Nainoa Cardinez on errant throws to third base that brought home additional runs. Starting pitcher Kyle Stoddard failed to go two innings, giving up four runs and three walks.

 

The score was 9-0 when Griffin Stevens went yard on the third pitch he saw in the sixth inning. Brendan Ryan's RBI single made it 9-2.

 

After the Rafters made it 10-2 in the seventh inning, the Rockers were only able to send two batters to the plate before the rains came, washing out the rest of the game. 

 

The Rockers play again on Wednesday when they travel to Madison to play the Mallards.

Jarvis Strikes Out Eleven, Offense Scores Nine, Rattlers win Sixth Straight

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and South Bend Cubs entered Monday night’s game on a roll.  Wisconsin had won ten of their last twelve games while the Cubs had a ten-game winning streak ended on Sunday in Beloit. Both teams were 8-1 to open the second half of the Midwest League season tied for the early lead in the Western Division of the Midwest League.  The Timber Rattlers offense provided the pop and starting pitcher Justin Jarvis cooled down the Cubs in a 9-1 Wisconsin victory at Four Winds Field.

 

Drew Smyly, who was making a rehab appearance for the Chicago Cubs, was the starting pitcher for South Bend and he allowed one hit with five strikeouts through the first 3-1/3 innings.  Then, Joe Gray Jr crushed the first pitch he saw in the fourth inning over the wall in left-center for his tenth home run of the season and a 1-0 lead for the Rattlers (45-30 overall, 9-1 second half).

Zavier Warren singled with two outs in the fourth to move his hitting streak to eleven games.  Ashton McGee was next, and he launched a long home run to right-center for a 3-0 lead.

The Cubs (42-34, 8-2) had a rally going in the bottom of the fourth against Jarvis.  Yohendrick Pinango singled and went to third on a hit-and-run single by Jake Washer.  Jarvis escaped the inning with two strikeouts and a grounder to Warren at third for a force play at second.

Daniel Palencia, a hard-throwing right-hander, took over for Smyly in the fifth and retired the first two Rattlers he faced.  Tyler Black kept the inning alive with a single.  Jose Acosta followed with a line drive home run down the line in right for a 5-0 lead.

Wisconsin poured on the offense against Palencia in the sixth inning as they took advantage of three walks to score four runs.  Ethan Murray entered the game as a pinch-hitter and drove in a run with a double.  Arbert Cipion followed with a two-run single.  Acosta capped the inning with an RBI single for a 9-0 advantage.

That was more than enough for Jarvis.  The only run he allowed over seven innings was a two-out, solo home run by Luis Verdugo in the bottom of the seventh.  Jarvis bounced back to strike out Pete Crow-Armstrong for his eleventh strikeout of the game to end the seventh inning.  Jarvis walked one and allowed six hits as he matched his single-game high for innings pitched and strikeouts to put himself in line for his seventh win of the season.

Jarvis has 99 strikeouts in 82 innings pitched this season.  He is one strikeout behind teammate Antoine Kelly, who is the Midwest League leader with 100.

 

The Cubs loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth against Christian Tripp, but the Rattlers reliever worked his way out of the inning with a strikeout.

 

Robbie Baker pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts to close out the game.

 

The Timber Rattlers are 9-1 to start the second half for the first time since the team came into existence in 1995.  Two other Wisconsin teams – the 2001 and 2019 squads – started the second half 8-2.  The Timber Rattlers are on a six-game winning streak and have won ten of their last eleven games.

 

The Timber Rattlers and Cubs will be off on Tuesday before resuming their series on Wednesday night at Four Winds Field.  Israel Puello (1-0, 1.80) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin.  South Bend has named Jordan Wicks (2-3, 4.29) as their starter.  Game time is 6:05pm CDT.

Caratini walks off Cubs

Things got crazy late at American Family Field but the Milwaukee Brewers were able to defeat the Chicago Cubs 5-2 Monday afternoon.

 

It was a pitching clinic early with the Cubs' Justin Steele and Eric Lauer matching each other with nearly identical stat lines (6+ IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 9 SO). Nelson Velazquez hit his first MLB homer early to get the Cubs on the board while Pedro Severino doubled home Keston Hiura to knot the game at 1-1. 

 

The Cubs would take a short-lived lead in the ninth when a misplayed ball off the wall sent Seiya Suzuki around the bases for an inside-the-park home run. David Robertson would have one of his worst outings of the season, allowing a pair of hits before giving the Brewers the tying run with a hit-by-pitch and a bases-loaded walk. After the Cubs blew a bases-loaded one-out scenario in their half of the 10th inning, it was their former catcher Victor Caratini that delivered the dagger in the bottom half.

 

The two teams meet again Tuesday night.

Bays sneak past Ports on 105.1 The GOAT

A pitcher's duel had to be settled in the ninth inning as the Sister Bay Bays beat West Jacksonport 4-2 Sunday afternoon.

 

The Bays' Sam Forkert and the Ports' Luke Steebs were the two dueling All-Stars that would not factor into the decision, but played a large role with how the game would turn out. Steebs got off to a fast start, but an RBI groundout from Tom Sawyer and a run-scoring double from Forkert gave the Bays a 2-0 lead.

 

The Ports would finally get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning when Jaeger Brusky and Riley Cordier hit back-to-back doubles to tie the game at two apiece.

 

That's where the game would stay thanks to Matt Hecht, who came in to relieve Forkert in the fifth inning. He would close out the game from there, striking out nine along the way, matching Steebs' effort across eight innings.  

 

With Drew Tanck on the mound, Griffin Cole scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch while Hecht would score an insurance run later in the inning. Hecht closed the game out with a 1-2-3 inning to win it. 

 

In other Door County Baseball League action, Trevor Reinhardt hit for the cycle and earned the win in Kolberg's 19-4 victory.

Narvaez supplies the offense in Brewers win

A two-run shot by Omar Narvaez was all the Brewers needed to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 Sunday afternoon.

 

The homer came in the fifth inning after Kolten Wong earned a walk. Three of the Brewers' five hits came in the inning, but yielded no additional runs.

 

Brandon Woodruff pitched well as he gets reacclimated to the starting rotation. He allowed no runs on six hits while striking out eight Pirates batters. 

 

The Brewers' road trip continues on July 4th when they face the Chicago Cubs. 

Timber Rattlers Wrap a 10-2 Homestand with a 5-4 Win

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers concluded one of the most successful homestands in team history with a 5-4 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Sunday afternoon at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  Wisconsin went 10-2 in the twelve game homestand as they went 5-1 against the Quad Cities River Bandits to start the stretch and 5-1 against the Kernels with five straight wins to finish the two-weeks at home.

 

The Timber Rattlers (44-30 overall, 8-1 second half) scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead.  Darrien Miller reached on an error with one out and Joe Gray Jr walked.  Tristan Peters followed with a single to center to score Miller for the 1-0 lead.

Cedar Rapids (45-30, 2-7) evened the score in the top of the second inning with a two-out, RBI single by Seth Gray.

Wisconsin went back into the lead in the bottom of the second inning when Ashton McGee and Antonio Piñero hit back-to-back home runs to start the inning.  McGee hit a towering home run to the Home Run Porch in right.  Two pitches later, Piñero lined a home run off the video board and the Rattlers were up 3-1.

Will Holland gave the Kernels the lead in the top of the third on a three-run home run with two outs.

Zavier Warren tied the game in the bottom of the third.  Tristan Peters drew a walk to start the frame.  Warren lined a double to right to score Peters.  The hit also moved Warren’s current hitting streak to ten games.  The Timber Rattlers would load the bases later in the inning but were unable to take the lead.

The bullpens took over the middle of the game and settled down the offenses.  Brady Schanuel worked three scoreless frames with four strikeouts and no walks for the Timber Rattlers.  Tyler Palm got out of the jam left to him in the bottom of the third without allowing a run and worked a scoreless fourth and fifth.  Matthew Swain tossed a perfect sixth and seventh for the Kernels with Rattlers reliever Tyler Gillies pitching around a one-out single in the top of the seventh in between.

Cam Robinson, the Wisconsin closer, entered the game in the top of the eighth.  He allowed a lead-off single to Wander Javier, but nothing else.

Swain retired the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the eighth.  Arbert Cipion kept the inning alive with a ground rule double to right and that brought Tyler Black to the plate.

Black dropped a single to center on a 1-2 pitch and Cipion raced home with the go-ahead run.

Robinson went back out for the top of the ninth and got the first two outs.  Alerick Soularie kept the Kernels alive with a bloop single to right for his fourth hit of the game.  The bloop didn’t bother Robinson.  He came back to strike out Yunior Severino looking to give the Timber Rattlers their fifth win in a row.

The Rattlers are 28-11 at home this season and they have reached a season-high fourteen games over .500 in their overall record.

 

The Timber Rattlers are in action on Independence Day when they face the South Bend Cubs at Four Winds Field in South Bend, Indiana on Monday night.  Justin Jarvis (6-3, 3.96) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers on Monday.  The Cubs have named Daniel Palencia (1-2, 3.80) as their starter.  Game time is 6:05 pm CDT. 

Ports, Bays jockey for positioning on 105.1 The GOAT

A log jam for second place will get partially resolved on Sunday when Sister Bay visits West Jacksonport on Sunday afternoon.

 

Maplewood, Sister Bay, Washington Island, and West Jacksonport are all 5-3 after a bag of mixed results last weekend. The Bays lost to Maplewood last week 12-9 after Sam Forkert had a rare off-day on the mound. The Ports lost their rematch against Kolberg on the road, this time by a 14-3 margin. Derek Niedzwiecki (WJ), Luke Steebs (WJ), Griffen Cole (SB), Sam Forkert (SB), Matt Hecht (SB), Sawyer Johnson (SB), Spencer Krause(SB), Stewart Larson(SB), and Tom Sawyer (SB) were all named to the DCBL All-Star Game roster last week.

 

Quinn Struck and Tim Kowols will have the call on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 1 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 1:30 p.m.

 

Other games scheduled for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. include Institute traveling to Washington Island and Maplewood welcoming Kolberg.

Rockers doubled up again by Mallards

The Green Bay Rockers were left chasing again after the Madison Mallards put up five runs in the fourth inning to take the game 10-5.

 

The Rockers took an early 1-0 lead on an Owen Jackson RBI single. They would not score again until they found themselves in a 8-1 deficit. Griffin Stevens and Tristin Garcia registered the lone RBI for the Rockers in the fifth and sixth innings before Brendan Ryan and Keniel De Leon provided the offense in the seventh. The runs in the seventh came after the Mallards added two insurance runs in the top half to make it 10-3.

 

The Rockers will make a quick trip to Wisconsin Rapids before hosting the Rafters for a July 4th matinee.

Glory earns draw against Chicago City

The Green Bay Glory and Chicago City traded goals all night long en route to a 3-3 draw in Chicago Saturday night.

 

Carolina Gomes drew first blood for the Glory with a goal in the 25th to put them up 1-0. Christine Kitaru broke the 1-1 tie just five minutes later to take the lead 2-1. Chicago City would score before halftime to make it 2-2 at the break. Ellie Behnke banged one in off the goal posts to make 3-2 in the 60th minute, but Chicago City would tie it up to split the points with the Glory.

Races filling up runners' calendars

There are plenty of opportunities for runners to lace up and compete in the coming weeks.

 

The Run the Door Series has hit its stride with four races in the books. Carol Moellenberndt, Sturgeon Bay (62) and Scott Thompson, Green Bay (67) are leading the way earlier in the points standings. Upcoming series races including Monday's Hairpin 5K in Fish Creek, the Belgian Days 4M/2M in Brussels on July 9th, and the Washington Island Rec Run 10K/5K/2K on July 23rd.

 

In Kewaunee County, the Kewaunee County Fair will once again host its Crown and Sash Dash and Superhero Dash Kids Run on July 9th. Speaking of superheroes, Algoma Shanty Days will reprise theirs to pair with their own 5K on August 13th. The Algoma Shanty Days 5K is part of the Bellin Health Titletown Wellness Series.

USC and UCLA make B1G move to join Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Badgers will have new opponents to face beginning in 2024 after the Big Ten Conference's big news leaked on Thursday.

 

Beginning in the 2024-2025 academic year, UCLA and USC will join the Big Ten to compete in all sports. It will be the first time the conference added members since Rutgers and Maryland helped the Big Ten reach the Atlantic Ocean a few years ago. Nebraska and Penn State have also been added to the Big Ten since 1993.

 

A big reason why for the move is likely money and not geography. The Big Ten is trying to nail down a new media rights deal which is being reported as being north of $1 billion.

Rockers doubled up by Mallards

The Green Bay Rockers were already in a deep hole Friday night when they finally scored, losing their matchup against the Madison Mallards 6-3.

 

The  Rockers registered single tallies in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to get back into the game, but they were already down 5-0 when they started the rally. Owen Jackson two of the three RBI in the game on a fielder's choice and a home run. Shane Gipson's homer was the only other run in the game for the Rockers.

 

The two teams meet again at Capital Credit Union Park Saturday evening at 6:35 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Brewers slug past Pirates

The Milwaukee Brewers hit five homers and Corbin Burnes took care of the rest in a 19-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday night.

 

Homers in the second inning by Luis Urias, Keston Hiura, and Rowdy Tellez helped put the Brewers up 7-0. A Rowdy Tellez double in the fourth inning drove in a pair to make it 9-0 before the Pirates scored a run on a wild pitch. The Brewers would pile on in the eighth inning with eight runs, capitalized by a Urias grand slam. Victor Caratini homered in the ninth to end the aerial attack against the Pirates that needed a close play in the bottom of the eighth to push across their second run already down 17-2.

 

Burnes allowed just a run and a hit on the evening while walking four and striking out five in the Brewers' victory. 

 

The two teams match up again tomorrow at 3:05 p.m.

Harbor battle heads to Baileys

Egg Harbor will make the return trip to Baileys Harbor Friday night to kick off another weekend of Door County Baseball action.

 

The A's continue to look for their first win of the season after suffering another double-digit loss to Washington Island on Sunday 20-4. The Indians snapped their own losing streak last Friday night when they beat Institute 14-1. Corey Fuller (EH), Nick Posh (EH), and Issac Berkley (BH) were all named to the All-Star Team earlier this week. 

 

Other games this weekend include Sister Bay visiting West Jacksonport on 105.1 The GOAT, Washington Island hosting Institute, and Maplewood welcoming DCBL-leading Kolberg. All of those games are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Former Gamblers coach gets NHL job

Another former Green Bay Gamblers coach will be behind the bench as an NHL coach this fall.

 

Derek Lalonde was named the 28th head coach in Detroit Red Wings after several years assisting another former Green Bay Gamblers head coach and Stanley Cup winner Derek Lalonde. His resume may be just as impressive including his stay in Tampa Bay where the team captured the Stanley Cup and made the final two other times. In addition to head coaching stints at Toledo and Iowa, Lalonde also won a league title with the Green Bay Gamblers the year after Cooper left for the AHL ranks.

 

Don Granato (Buffalo) is the other head coach in the NHL with Gamblers ties. Lalonde takes over a Red Wings team that went 32-40-10 last year.

Rattlers Edge Kernels 2-1

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers got a two-run home run from Darrien Miller, an impressive Midwest League debut from Israel Puello, and four innings of scoreless relief from three relievers for a 2-1 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels Thursday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

 

Miller gave Wisconsin (41-30 overall, 5-1 second half) the lead with a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning.

The Kernels (45-27, 2-4) cut Wisconsin’s lead in half when Wander Javier hit a home run on the first pitch of the top of the fifth inning.

The home run by Javier was the only run allowed by Puello, who was making his Timber Rattler debut on Thursday.  Puello allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out seven over five innings before turning the game over to the Wisconsin bullpen.

Christian Tripp was up first.  He allowed two hits and a walk over two innings.  Tripp had runners at first and second with one out in the top of the seventh but escaped the jam by getting Kyler Fedko to ground into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.

James Meeker was next.  He pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning with one strikeout.

Cam Robinson, the Minor League Baseball leader in saves, took over in the top of the ninth.  Robinson, who needed ten pitches to close out the Wednesday’s game against Cedar Rapids, only needed nine pitches for a perfect top of the ninth on Thursday to finish the game and pick up his nineteenth save of the season.

Robinson is now tied for second for most saves in a season by a Wisconsin pitcher.  He is tied with John Thompson (1995) and Greg Holle (2011).  The Timber Rattlers record holder is Nate Griep, who had 23 saves in 2016.

The Timber Rattlers have won seven of their last eight games.

 

Game four of the series is Friday night.  Antoine Kelly (2-3, 3.27) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  The Kernels have not named a starter for Friday at this time.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

 

Rockers can't catch 'Chucks

The Green Bay Rockers kept pace early with the Wausau Woodchucks, but eventually lost 11-6 in Ashwaubenon on Thursday.

 

The Rockers answered the Woodchucks two-run opening frame with three runs of their own in the bottom half thanks in part to a two-run homer by Matt Scannell. After the Rockers answered a two-run fourth inning by the Rockers with two runs of their own when Owen Jackson hit his own two-run homer. The Woodchucks would go on to outscore the Rockers 7-1 in the game's final three innings with Tristin Garcia's homer the lone bright spot.

 

The Rockers are back in action on Friday with a 6:35 p.m. home matchup against the Madison Mallards. 

 

 

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