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Spots available for Shanty Days "Battle on the Beach" Volleyball Tournament

You still have time to grab a spot on Crescent Beach for the Shanty Days "Battle on the Beach" Volleyball Tournament next weekend.

 

This is a Pool Play Round Robin style Tournament, which determines the seeding for the bracket-style playoff tournament. The winner gets $500 while the top eight teams are eligible for cash prizes. Every team is guaranteed at least seven matches consisting of two games per match if the tournament field is a full 16 teams. 

 

You can click on this link to see more of the rules and registration information for the Shanty Days "Battle on the Beach" Volleyball Tournament, which is scheduled for August 12th. Last year's tournament was canceled due to a soaking rain storm that postponed the parade and left other festival events delayed. 

Packers resume training camp on Monday

The Green Bay Packers will hit the practice field once again on Monday after a day off on Sunday.

 

Monday will mark the first day in pads for the Packers since they wrapped up their regular season against the Detroit Lions in January. They opened training camp with four straight practices, though Friday's session was classified as a walk-through that featured the installation of some schemes and it was not open to the public.

 

Saturday's practice featured some of Jordan Love's best work of the offseason, very nearly leading his number one offense to a two-minute drill touchdown. Anders Carlson may have opened the door for the return of Mason Crosby after a disappointing day that saw him miss several attempts.

 

The public practice schedule for this week is as follows:

Monday, July 31st at 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 1st at 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 3rd at 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 5th at 7:30 p.m. (Family Night inside Lambeau Field)


Rafters boat race Rockers

Green Bay Rockers pitchers struggled to keep the ball in the yard on a sun-drenched afternoon in Ashwaubenon, losing to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 9-1.

 

Andrew Galason homered twice while Jorge De Goti and Aidan Brewer each left Capital Credit Union Park once during the game as the Rafters outhit the Rockers 11-4. Brycen Parrish mowed down Rockers batters until the sixth inning when they pieced together two hits and scored on an error to make it 4-1. The Rafters would respond with three runs in the seventh and single tallies in the eighth and ninth to put the game even further out of reach. AJ Anzai had two hits in the loss for the Rockers.

 

On Monday, the Rockers head south on I-41 to face their rivals Fond du Lac Dock Spiders at 6:35 p.m.

Jimenez Tosses a Gem to Beat Kernels

Edwin Jimenez came through with the starting pitching performance the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers bullpen needed on Sunday afternoon against the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  Jimenez pitched 7-1/3 innings with three walks and ten strikeouts as he carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning to lead the Rattlers to a 4-0 win.

The Wisconsin relievers needed a break after a logging 31 of the 47 innings during the first five games of the series with the Kernels.  Jimenez was up to the task. 

Jimenez walked the second batter of the game.  Then, struck out the next two batters.  He would walk the lead-off batter in the second before retiring the next ten batters he faced.  That string was broken up by a walk with one out in the fifth inning.  He stranded that runner, and by the time Jimenez took the mound for the sixth inning, the Rattlers (16-14 second half, 42-51 overall) had built a 4-0 lead.

 

Jose Acosta put the Timber Rattlers in front with a two-out, three-run home run to right field in the bottom of the fourth inning.  The homer was the third of the season for Acosta.

 

Wisconsin added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth.  Joe Gray Jr started the rally with a one-out single.  Hendry Mendez ripped a double past first and into the corner to allow Gray to score.

 

In the sixth, Jimenez retired the side in order with two strikeouts.  He also set down the side in order in the top of the seventh while recording his tenth strikeout of the game.  Jimenez matched his single-game high as a professional for strikeouts.  He also had ten Ks in a game against Kannapolis on August 4, 2022 as a member of the Carolina Mudcats.

The Kernels (18-12, 58-38) broke up the no-hit bid with one out in the eighth.  Jimenez got the first out with a grounder to short.  Dalton Shuffield was next, and he grounded a single into left field.  Shuffield had been 0-for-6 in the series to that point, but his single marked the end of the game for Jimenez.

 

The fans let out a groan of disappointment after the single by Shuffield, but the mood in the stadium turned to one of appreciation with an ovation for Jimenez as he left the mound for the home dugout to make way for reliever Shane Smith.

Smith got the final two outs in the eighth and the first two outs in the ninth before a walk and a throwing error on an infield single put runners on the corners.  He closed out the game with a grounder to third.  Smith has allowed one run in 12-2/3 innings over seven appearances with Wisconsin.

The Rattlers recorded their third shutout of the season.  Sunday’s game was just the fourth time Cedar Rapids has been shutout this season.  The Kernels had not been held scoreless since May 11.

 

Jimenez became the first Rattler this season to record ten strikeouts in a game.  He also became the first Wisconsin starting pitcher to record an out in the eighth inning of a game this season.  The last time a non-rehab starter recorded an out in the eighth inning of a game that started and ended on the same day was Bowden Francis, who when eight innings against the Bowling Green Hot Rods on July 21, 2018.

 

A note about those qualifiers.  Zach Davies pitched a nine-inning complete game on a rehab assignment from the Milwaukee Brewers in a game at Clinton on August 27, 2018.  Aaron Ashby pitched eight innings in a game against Beloit in 2019, but it started at Pohlman Field on April 17 and ended at Neuroscience Group Field on June 7.

Sunday’s win gave the Timber Rattlers a 4-2 series win in the six-game set with the Kernels.  Wisconsin is 4-6-7 in series this season.

 

The Timber Rattlers are off on Monday.  They return to action on Tuesday night at Four Winds Field in South Bend, Indiana to start a series with the South Bend Cubs.  Nate Peterson (0-0, 2.25) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Game time is 6:05pm CDT.


Egg Harbor stuns Sister Bay on 105.1 The GOAT

It was a game where Sister Bay could not get much going on offense, and Egg Harbor got just enough as the Indians defeated the Bays 2-1 on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com. 

 

Joe Sawyer dominated the entire game, with just one inning where he allowed a run to come across. Sister Bay only had a handful of true threats throughout the game, but they were nullified relatively quickly. Sawyer finished with a complete game while only allowing six hits through his nine innings. 

 

Egg Harbor started their scoring in the bottom of the first inning as Nick Posh fulfilled his designated hitter duties by singling into center field, bringing home Cody Giesseman to make the game 1-0 in favor of the Indians. Egg Harbor would give themselves more of a cushion in the third inning as Cory Fuller hit a fly ball into center field when Spencer Krause and Alex Laughlin miscommunicated and ran into each other, bringing Cole Krause home to score. 

 

In the third, the final run of the game would be scored as Stew Larsen hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Sam Lindenberg, who was 3 for 4 on the day and scored Sister Bay’s only run. Sam Forkert went all eight innings for the Bays, giving up nine hits and striking out five. 

 

Joe Sawyer of Egg Harbor was helped out by his defense however, as Cory Fuller made a fantastic play at shortstop during the seventh inning to rob Stew Larsen of a hit with the bases loaded. The Bays fall to 10-2 while Egg Harbor jumps to 7-5.

 

Other Door County Baseball League Scores: 

Kolberg 11 Washington Island 10 

West Jacksonport 13 Baileys Harbor 3 (8 Innings) 

Friday Night: Maplewood 6 Institute 0 (Called after 6 due to rain) 

Sharpe, Holmgren named Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists

Two members of the Green Bay Packers teams of the 1990s took another step closer to Canton last week.

 

Former receiver Sterling Sharpe and former head coach Mike Holmgren were both named semifinalists to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sharpe is one of the senior committee's dozen semifinalists while Holmgren is the same in the coach/contributor category. Below are who they are competing against for a spot in Canton next year according to Packers.com:

 

Senior category (last game in pro football played no later than 1998): Ken Anderson, Maxie Baughan, Roger Craig, Randy Gradishar, Joe Jacoby, Albert Lewis, Steve McMichael, Eddie Meador, Art Powell, Sterling Sharpe, Otis Taylor and Al Wistert.

Coach/contributor category: Tom Coughlin, Mike Holmgren, Frank "Bucko" Kilroy, Robert Kraft, Buddy Parker, Dan Reeves, Art Rooney Jr., Marty Schottenheimer, Mike Shanahan, Clark Shaughnessy, Lloyd Wells and John Wooten.


Timber Rattlers win twice Saturday

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers finished off Friday’s suspended game with a run in the bottom of the tenth inning to defeat the Cedar Rapids Kernels 4-3 on Saturday night at Neuroscience Group Field.  The win was the third straight for the Rattlers, their third straight one-run win over the Kernels, and their second straight walkoff victory.


The scored started in the second inning on Friday night.  Eduardo García led off the bottom of the second inning with a check-swing grounder that rolled into shallow right.  García turned that into a hustle double.  Then, Darrien Miller walked.  A passed ball moved both runners up a base.  Cedar Rapids starting pitcher Kyle Jones threw a wild pitch moments later to allow García to score the first run of the game.

Tyler Woessner, Wisconsin’s starting pitcher, retired the first nine batters he faced before running into trouble in the fourth inning.  Three walks loaded the bases with one out.  Woessner got a strikeout for the second out and was ahead of Andrew Cossetti with a 1-2 count.  Cossetti put the ball in play and got a grounder off Woessner.  The ball trickled behind the mound and Woessner could not pick the ball up cleanly as two runners scored to give the Kernels a 2-1 lead.

Wisconsin tied the game in the bottom of the fourth.  García started the inning with a walk and Miller followed with a bunt single.  Jose Acosta singled sharply to right to load the bases with one out.  Terence Doston was next, and he lined a single to left to score García with the tying run.

The Kernels took the lead in the top of the sixth inning against reliever Justin King.  Emmanuel Rodriguez doubled and took third on a flyout to right.  King got the second out with a popup, but through a wild pitch to all Rodriguez to score for a 3-2 lead.

Joe Gray Jr was hit by a pitch from Malik Barrington with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.  Gray stole second, scrambled for third after the throw from Cossetti bounced into center.  Rodriguez fielded the ball and tried to get Gray at third. Instead, the ball made it into the Cedar Rapids dugout and Gray was able to trot home with the tying run.

Play was halted after Sam Gardner got the final out of the top of the ninth inning on Friday.  Gardner walked two and struck out four over two hitless, scoreless innings of relief to give Wisconsin a chance to win the game when the game started tonight.

Wisconsin went down in order in the bottom of the ninth against Kernels reliever AJ Labas to send the game to extra innings.

Tanner Shears pitched the top of the tenth with the go-ahead run starting at second base.  Shears struck out the first two batters but walked the next two and the bases were loaded for Jorel Ortega.  Shear got the strikeout to end the inning with the game still tied.

Labas came out for the bottom of the tenth with Robert Moore at second base.  He walked Matt Wood intentionally.  Gray sent a high chopper to short with the only play to first base for the first out of the inning.  Labas walked Hendry Mendez intentionally to load the bases for García.

García sent a little dribbler the third base line.  Ben Ross charged and fielded the ball, but his offline throw to the plate would have been late as Moore scored the game-winning run.

Egg Harbor hosts league leading Sister Bay on 105.1 The GOAT

The weather will be the complete opposite of the last time these two teams matched up, as in the first matchup the first pitch temperature was 53 degrees. No matter the weather, Sister Bay and Egg Harbor are set to bring the heat as two postseason hopefuls match up in Egg Harbor. 

 

Egg Harbor is coming off of a crushing loss to Washington Island 6-5. The Indians had a commanding lead early, as much as 5-0 in the first inning, but had it slowly chipped away by the Islanders, pushing Egg Harbor just outside of the postseason picture with three games left to play. Cory Fuller, Cody Giesseman and Brady Kita have been some big names for the Indians so far this season, but will need to get shutdown pitching to stick with the Bays on Sunday. 

 

Sister Bay blanked Baileys Harbor 8-0 last Sunday, moving them one step closer to the regular season crown and the first seed in the playoffs. It has been all Bays so far this season, and it was all Bays in the first matchup, as they won 9-2. Tom Sawyer had the big day for the Bays as he drove in three RBIs in the first two innings, and Sam Forkert was lights out as usual. If Sister Bay manages to take the win over Egg Harbor, they could clinch the league in front of their home fans next week. 

 

Gary Barta and Reece Robillard will have the call on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com from Egg Harbor beginning at 1:15 with the pregame show and 1:30 pm for first pitch between the Indians and the Bays. 

L-C anglers miss cut at national competition

Luxemburg-Casco's two fishing teams had a little more success on day two, but it was not enough to spend an extra day in South Carolina for the BASSMASTER High School Nationals competition.

 

Riley Richard and Jacob Treml took 71st place, catching five fish for a total of 13 pounds. Isaac Jerabek and John Hanmann came in 379th with a total catch of three fish for four pounds. You had to be in the top 12 to go onto the third day of the competition. Wyatt Richards and Colby Goforth of Pickens County High School in Georgia are leading the competition after two days with six fish at 23 pounds.

 

 

Mets washout Cubs on 104.1 WRLU

Mother Nature forced to end the game after six innings of play, but it was the Maplewood Mets that forced their hand in a 6-0 win over the host Institute Cubs on a soggy Friday night.

 

The Mets wasted no time to get on the scoreboard with Adam Gutschow knocking in a run in the first inning to make it 1-0. The Mets would put the game out of reach in the third inning with Jayden Diller, Gutschow, and Zach Marchant all scoring. The Mets tacked on two more in the fourth inning with Jeremiah Janke scoring on a sacrifice fly and Drew Price taking home on a passed ball.

 

Janke did his part to keep the Cubs off the basepaths, allowing no runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out 11 in the process. 

 

The umpire sent both teams into their respective dugouts shortly after Kordell Draves stepped into the box. The game was delayed only briefly before the umpires inspected the field and made the decision with the teams' managers to call it after six innings.

 

Sunday's games include Sister Bay at Egg Harbor (airing on 105.1 The GOAT), Washington Island visiting Kolberg, and Baileys Harbor hosting West Jacksonport.

Wisconsin and Cedar Rapids Suspended on Friday night tied 3-3

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Cedar Rapids Kernels almost made it.  The teams battled each other and an approaching thunderstorm on Saturday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  The storm won as the tarp was placed on the field after the final out of the top of the ninth inning with the score tied 3-3.

Friday’s game will resume at 6:00pm on Saturday at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium with the Rattlers coming to the plate in the bottom of the ninth.  The parking lot opens at 4:00pm with the gates to the stadium opening at 5:00pm.

There will be a thirty-minute break between the end of suspended game and the start of the regularly scheduled game.  The regularly scheduled game will start no earlier than 6:40pm and is set for nine innings.

 

Eduardo García started the bottom of the second inning on Friday night with a check-swing grounder that rolled into shallow right.  García turned that into a hustle double.  Then, Darrien Miller walked.  A passed ball moved both runners up a base.  Cedar Rapids starting pitcher Kyle Jones threw a wild pitch moments later to allow García to score the first run of the game.

Tyler Woessner, Wisconsin’s starting pitcher, retired the first nine batters he faced before running into trouble in the fourth inning.  Three walks loaded the bases with one out.  Woessner got a strikeout for the second out and was ahead of Andrew Cossetti with a 1-2 count.  Cossetti put the ball in play and got a grounder off Woessner.  The ball trickled behind the mound and Woessner could not pick the ball up cleanly as two runners scored to give the Kernels a 2-1 lead.

Wisconsin tied the game in the bottom of the fourth.  García started the inning with a walk and Miller followed with a bunt single.  Jose Acosta singled sharply to right to load the bases with one out.  Terence Doston was next and he lined a single to left to score García with the tying run.

The Kernels took the lead in the top of the sixth inning against reliever Justin King.  Emmanuel Rodriguez doubled and took third on a flyout to right.  King got the second out with a popup, but through a wild pitch to all Rodriguez to score for a 3-2 lead.
 

Joe Gray Jr was hit by a pitch from Malik Barrington with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.  Gray stole second, scrambled for third after the throw from Cossetti bounced into center.  Rodriguez fielded the ball and tried to get Gray at third. Instead, the ball made it into the Cedar Rapids dugout and Gray was able to trot home with the tying run.

The game remained tied through the top of the ninth.  The grounds crew raced to put the tarp on the field just after Sam Gardner got a strikeout for the final out of the top of the ninth inning.  The tarp was in place just before the heavy rain started to fall.  Friday’s contest was suspended thirty minutes after the weather halted play.

In the regularly scheduled game, Stiven Cruz (4-5, 6.78) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers with Christian MacLeod (1-0, 3.22) named as the starter for the Kernels.

Gamblers prepare for 30th season

The Green Bay Gamblers are preparing to roll out the red carpet for a special reason this fall.

 

The 2023-2024 campaign marks the 30th year of Gamblers hockey in the United States Hockey League, which began at the Brown County Arena before eventually moving down Armed Forces Drive to their current arena, the Resch Center. It brought hockey back to Titletown after a void left by the Bobcats when they folded in the early 1980s.

 

To commemorate the anniversary, the Gamblers released a special logo this week. Single-game tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 1st at 10:00 a.m. ahead of their home opener on October 7th against Dubuque.

L-C fishing team in for a battle on day two

Two Luxemburg-Casco fishing teams will have to battle more than just the bass on the second day of the BASSMASTER High School Nationals in South Carolina.

 

According to the Luxemburg-Casco Fishing Team Facebook page, Riley Richard and Jacob Treml were able to fight against tough fishing two snag two bass on the day for a total weight of just over six pounds. That places them in 110th place overall out of 481 boats. Isaac Jerabek and John Hanmann Jr. came up empty in their day on the water. 

 

The two teams head out to the water again on Friday in hopes of hitting the top 12 boats overall to fish in the championship round on Saturday.

Mallards wait out weather, Rockers for win

It was weather for a duck and it was a night for the Mallards as Madison snuck out a victory over the Green Bay Rockers Thursday night 4-3.

 

The Mallards struck first in the sixth inning, but the Rockers responded with three runs in the bottom half of the frame thanks to a drop-third strike and a two-run single by Cooper Kelly. The Mallards would chip away at that lead, tying the game in the eighth inning with two runs and winning the game in the ninth inning on an RBI single by Nick Williams. The Rockers were set down 1-2-3 in the ninth inning to send the team to the loss that included a rain delay that pushed the game's conclusion to well past 10:30 p.m.

 

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

Cubs, Mets look for bounce back on 104.1 WRLU

The Institute Cubs and the Maplewood Mets hope Friday night cures their ails when they face each other in Door County League baseball action.

 

The Mets still have an outside chance at a playoff spot if they can end the season on a hot streak with a little help. West Jacksonport dealt a blow to those hopes last week when they topped the Mets 9-6 at home. Kordell Draves kept the Mets in the game with a pair of homers, complemented by Tory Jandrin's own home run in the fifth inning.

 

The Cubs are playing for pride at this point of the season as their last game under the lights against Baileys Harbor provided them with their only win of the season. Quin Schram kept up his batting average with another successful day at the plate, but that was about it as the Cubs fell to Kolberg 28-1.

 

Tim Kowols and Reece Robillard will have the call on 104.1 WRLU and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 7:15 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 7:30 p.m. Below you will find the rest of DCL slate for the weekend, including our broadcast of Sister Bay/Egg Harbor on Sunday.

 

 

Wisconsin Wins With Moore

Robert Moore picked his moments for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Thursday night against the Cedar Rapids Kernels.  Moore drove in three runs for Wisconsin including a victory-from-the-jaws-of-defeat, two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the tenth to send fans home happy from Neuroscience Group Field after a 4-3 victory.

 

The Rattlers (14-13 second half, 40-51 overall) took the lead in the bottom of the second.  Darrien Miller grounded into a force out at second with runners on the corners and beat the throw to first to avoid an inning-ending double play to allow Joe Gray Jr to score.

Brandon Woodruff, who was making his second rehab start with the Rattlers, retired the first six batters he faced before he gave up a lead-off double to Misael Urbina in the third.  Noah Miller, brother of Woodruff’s Milwaukee teammate Owen Miller, got the tying run home on a two-out, bad hop single.

Moore put Wisconsin right back in front with a 404’ home run to right.  Moore’s seventh homer of the season made it 2-1.

Woodruff went back out for the fourth inning and gave up two singles but worked through the inning on a 6-4-3 double play and a popup.  The Milwaukee right-hander allowed a run on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts with 52 pitches/26 strikes.

Alexander Cornielle took over for Woodruff to start the top of the fifth inning and retired the first two batters he faced.  However, an error allowed Keoni Cavaco to reach base.  Then, Miller lined a ball to the wall in left.  Je’Von Ward made a leaping catch but could not hold onto the ball after hitting the wall.  Cavaco scored from first on Miller’s double.

The Wisconsin bats went silent after the third inning.  Fifteen batters in a row were retired from the third until Moore drew a two-out walk in the eighth inning against reliever Jordan Carr.

Jheremy Vargas singled to start the bottom of the ninth inning against reliever Miguel Rodriguez.  Vargas stole second and was at third with two outs, but Wisconsin could not score so the game went to extra innings.

Miller gave the Kernels the lead on the first pitch from Tanner Shears in the top of the tenth.  Miller lashed a single to right to score the placed runner from second base for a 3-2 lead.  Shears walked the next batter before settling in to end the inning with two strikeouts and a popup.

It took some time for the Rattlers in the bottom of the tenth against Rodriguez, but they got there.  Eduardo García was placed at second and Miller worked a walk to open the inning.  A slow tapper back to the mound moved both runners into scoring position and that allowed Wisconsin to send Terence Doston in as a pinch-runner for Miller at second.  Rodriguez got the second out of the inning on a strikeout and that brought Moore to the plate with the game on the line.

Moore lined the first pitch from Rodriguez to right field.  García scored easily to tie the game.  Doston raced for home, too, and scored the winning run without a play at the plate.  Then, the race was on to catch Moore for the celebration of Wisconsin’s fifth walkoff win of the season.

 

Game four of the series is Friday night.  Tyler Woessner (5-5, 3.80) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin.  The Kernels have named Kyle Jones (5-4, 4.46) as their starter.  Game time is 6:40pm.

DCBL sees teams on the bubble in last few weeks of season

Like most seasons, there has not been a shortage of excitement throughout the Door County Baseball League. From Sister Bay being a handful of wins away from a Regular Season Championship, to a four team bubble watch with just three weeks left, the rest of the season is sure to be filled with excitement. 

 

With Sister Bay nearing the championship and locking up the top seed in the postseason, and Kolberg trending towards the two seed, two spots in the August playoffs are up for grabs. Washington Island, West Jacksonport, Egg Harbor, and Maplewood are the four teams in the hunt for those spots, and just two total matchups against each other combined will have this race wild down to the last week. 

 

We start with Washington Island, who is currently sitting in third place with a 7-4 record coming off a come from behind win over Egg Harbor 6-5. The Islanders have done their winning in many different games, winning in low scoring fashion, or showing off their high-powered offense, especially earlier in the season with a 20-6 victory over Maplewood. With nearly a 1.5 game cushion of a lead, the Islanders will rely on that cushion with a tough schedule consisting of games against Sister Bay and West Jacksonport, before finishing the season with Baileys Harbor. 

 

West Jacksonport currently holds the final playoff spot going into the weekend, sitting at 7-4 behind the Islanders due to a 9-3 loss on Fathers Day. The Ports took care of business last Sunday against Maplewood on 105.1 The GOAT, winning 9-6. Drew Tanck has been strong as the starter for the Ports, as the duo of Tanck and Woody Schartner have led the way. West Jacksonport will also have a tough schedule down the stretch, as after starting with Baileys Harbor this week, they will play host to Washington Island and Kolberg. 

 

Egg Harbor has been lingering on the edge of the postseason picture the past few weeks, but currently sit on the outside looking in at 6-5. The Indians have gone on winning and losing streaks this season, and have put themselves in position to sneak into the playoffs after a 2-3 start to the season. The Kita’s have been a big part of that, as Brady and Nick Kita have been sources of offense for the Indians. Egg Harbor may have the more favorable remaining schedule of any bubble team, with Sister Bay, Maplewood and Institute remaining. 

 

Finally, Maplewood is not mathematically eliminated yet, but will need a lot of things to go right if they want to sneak into the playoffs, with their record currently sitting at 4-7. The Mets could have used a big upset at West Jacksonport last Sunday to help their cause, but came up short. Jeremiah Jahnke has been a big part of their success as of late, as the left hander has given them consistently good innings. The Mets will have the same remaining teams as Egg Harbor, as they face Institute, Egg Harbor and Sister Bay. 

 

The final few weeks will have many playoff implications, and 105.1 The GOAT and NEW Radio Sports Network will have you covered with five games in the next three weeks. 

Anglers open competition at BASSMASTER High School Nationals

Of the more than 480 boats in this weekend's BASSMASTER High School Nationals on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina, two of them will have the familiar colors of Luxemburg-Casco.

 

Team Eisch (boat 155) and Team Jerabek (boat 212) launched early this morning to start the three-day event with Riley Richard, Jacob Treml, Isaac Jerabek, and John Hanmann Jr. on board ready to reel in the biggest bass. The two teams qualified by winning the state championship last month with Riley Richard and Jacob Treml (Boat Captain: Brian Eisch) winning the title and Isaac Jerabek and John Hanmann Jr. (Boat Captain: Jesse Jerabek) earning the runner-up spot.

 

This weekend's tournament features the largest field in BASSMASTER High School Nationals history. 

 

Photos courtesy of Luxemburg-Casco Fishing Team

 

 

 

 

Gibraltar/Washington Island baseball coach presents check for AED unit

Thanks to the Gibraltar/Washington Island baseball team, attending or playing in a game on the island will soon be a lot safer.

 

Gibraltar/Washington Island baseball coach Jay Kita presented the Washington Island Islanders baseball club with a $1,500 check to be used for an AED defibrillator unit for use at their ballpark. According to the Door County Baseball League, the donation was made to "keep life rolling" and to support all players in the DCL, many of which have played for the Vikings over the last several years.

 

Teams across the league are fundraising for units after a scare at a Maplewood Mets game earlier this season. You can fill a boot at a Door County Baseball League this game this weekend or visit the link below to make your own donation.

 

Photos by Jim Rose courtesy of Door County Baseball League

 

 

 

Blizzard players win postseason awards

The Indoor Football League has honored two Green Bay Blizzard players with postseason honors this week.

 

Defensive lineman Anthony Hayes was selected to the 2023 IFL All-Rookie Team after collecting 3.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for a loss in his inaugural year. Wide receiver Marquise Irvin was placed on the All-IFL Second Team after catching 71 balls for 886 yards and 16 touchdowns. His touchdown total was a top-10 mark in the IFL.

Peralta deals in Brewers' win

He did not get the victory, but Freddy Peralta certainly did his part to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-0 win past the Cincinnati Reds to win the series and lengthen their lead in the National League Central.

 

Peralta went six innings of shutout baseball, striking out 13 and allowing just four hits. The problem was that the Reds' Ben Lively was matching his efforts until the seventh inning. Tyrone Taylor's two-run homer in the frame was all the Brewers would need, with Andruw Monasterio providing insurance for the team's seventh win in nine tries against the Reds this month. 

 

The Brewers turn their focus east this weekend where they will open a three-game set against the Atlanta Braves on Friday before going to Washington D.C. to face the Nationals on Monday.

Wisconsin Erases 7-0 Deficit to Beat Cedar Rapids 8-7

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers were down 7-0 to the Cedar Rapids Kernels after the top of the second inning on Wednesday afternoon at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  The Rattlers snapped a four-game losing streak by rallying past the top team in the West Division of the Midwest League for an 8-7 victory.

 

The Kernels (17-9 second half, 57-35 overall) knocked Wisconsin starting pitcher Cameron Wagoner out of the game in the first inning and scored six runs to take a commanding lead.

Wagoner struck out the first batter he faced, but walked the next two and gave up an infield single to load the bases.  A walk to Misael Urbina drove in the first run of the game.  Then, Andrew Cossetti cleared the bases with a double and the Kernels were up 4-0.  Cossetti is 3-for-3 with three doubles against Wagoner this season.

The second out was recorded on a strikeout, but that was all for Wagoner, who threw 37 pitches in the inning.


Jeferson Morales greeted Wisconsin reliever Miguel Guerrero with a two-run homer and the Kernels were up 6-0.

 

Cedar Rapids added an unearned run on a sacrifice fly by Kala’i Rosario after Emmanuel Rodriguez reached on a three-base error to start the second inning.

 

CJ Culpepper, the Kernels starting pitcher, entered Wednesday’s game with a 2-0 record in three Midwest League starts.  He had not allowed a run in his first sixteen innings in the league.  That changed in the bottom of the second inning with a lot of help from the Cedar Rapids defense.

Hendry Mendez started the frame with a walk.  Culpepper got the first out and appeared to get Alex Hall to ground into an inning-ending double play.  However, Morales was called for catcher’s interference to allow Hall to reach.  Jheremy Vargas followed with a single to load the bases before Terence Doston walked to force in Wisconsin’s first run of the inning.

Robert Moore was next, and he sent a grounder to second that could have been an inning-ending double play, too.  However, the throw from Mikey Perez sailed all the way to the left field foul line.  Three runs scored on the play and the Rattlers were down 7-4.

Matt Wood kept the rally going with an RBI single to score Moore.  Culpepper would leave the game after giving up another single, but the Rattlers would not score again in the inning.

Eduardo García, who was just activated off the Wisconsin injured list this morning, got the Rattlers to within a run with a massive home run off the top of the hitting background beyond the wall in center.  The homer, García’s fourth of the season, was measured at 447’.

The Timber Rattlers (39-51, 13-13) made it all the way back to even in the sixth inning.  Reliever Alejandro Hidalgo walked the bases loaded with one out.  Niklas Rimmel got the second out but walked Joe Gray Jr on four pitches to force in the tying run.

 

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Wood was hit by a pitch from John Wilson, the fifth Cedar Rapids pitcher of the game.  Wood was replaced by pinch runner Je’Von Ward and Ward moved to second when Wilson walked Martínez.  Gray followed with a fly ball deep to center that Rodriguez caught with a leaping grab at the wall to move Ward to third base.

Mendez was next and he sent a high chopper to the mound.  Wilson got the out at second, but Mendez just beat the throw to force to allow Ward to score the go-ahead run.

Shane Smith, who entered the game with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the seventh and kept the game tied through the top of the eighth, worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his first win as a Timber Rattler.

 

Guerrero worked 4-1/3 innings out of the Wisconsin bullpen and didn’t allow a run after the second inning.  Michele Vassalotti worked a 1-2-3 sixth and retired the first two batters of the seventh before loading the bases and needing assistance from Smith to get out of the frame.  Smith walked one and struck out three over the final 2-1/3 innings to finish the game.

The Rattlers topped their biggest comeback of the season with their win on Wednesday.  Wisconsin had rallied from a 6-0 deficit after the top of the seventh inning to beat the Peoria Chiefs 8-7 in ten innings on May 30.

 

Game three of the series is Thursday night.  Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff will make his second rehabilitation start for the Timber Rattlers in the game against Cedar Rapids.  The Kernels have named Zebby Matthews 3-1, 5.02) as their starting pitcher.  Game time is 6:40pm.

Packers holding first training camp practice Wednesday, make roster moves

The veterans for the Green Bay Packers reported to camp on Tuesday and are set for the first formal practice of training camp Wednesday to open the 2023 campaign.  The Packers announced that linebacker Tariq Carpenter and safety Tarvarius Moore were placed on the non-football injury list to begin camp.

Carpenter is a 2022 seventh-round pick while Moore signed with the Packers last March after playing for the San Francisco 49ers. 

Both players count towards the 90-man roster but may be activated at any time.  No timetable was given for returning to practice for either player. 

 

The full practice schedule for the Green Bay Packers is listed below:

 

2023 Training Camp Practice Schedule

Table inside Article
Date Practice Time (CT) Notes
Wednesday, July 26 10:30 a.m. First practice
Thursday, July 27 10:30 a.m.  
Saturday, July 29 10:30 a.m.  
Monday, July 31 TBD  
Tuesday, Aug. 1 TBD  
Thursday, Aug. 3 TBD  
Saturday, Aug. 5 7:30 p.m. Packers Family Night
Monday, Aug. 7 TBD  
Monday, Aug. 14 TBD  
Wednesday, Aug. 16 TBD Joint Practice w/Patriots
Thursday, Aug. 17 TBD Joint Practice w/Patriots
Tuesday, Aug. 22 TBD  
Wednesday, Aug. 23 TBD Last practice open to public

Brewers come up short in 4-3 loss to Reds

The Milwaukee Brewers rallied for three runs in the ninth inning but came up just short in a 4-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at American Family Field Tuesday night. 

Shutout until the bottom of the ninth inning, Brewer Christian Yelich hit a three-run home run for his 15th round-tripper of the season, but Reds closer Alexis Diaz came on to record the final out for his 30th save.

Milwaukee outhit Cincinnati 10-6 but missed out on a couple scoring opportunities earlier in the game, thanks to some stellar defense by the Reds.

Corbin Burnes (9-6) was the tough-luck loser allowing just two runs on three hits over six innings.  After rookie Abner Uribe pitched a scoreless eighth inning, Bryse Wilson allowed a two-run homer to Will Benson in the top of the ninth that proved to be the difference.    Andrew Abbott (6-2) picked up the win for the Reds.

The Brewers, who still hold a ½ game lead over the Reds in the Central Division, will face off with Cincinnati in the final game of the series Wednesday starting at 1:10 p.m. at American Family Field. 

Rattlers one Hit in 4-1 Loss to Cedar Rapids

 The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers were held to one hit in their first home game since July 9 as the Cedar Rapids Kernels beat the Rattlers 4-1 at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium to spoil Wisconsin’s return home.

 

The Kernels (17-8 second half, 57-34 overall) took the lead in the top of the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Kyler Fedko.  Cedar Rapids loaded the bases with one out on two singles and a walk.  Fedko flew out to right on the first pitch of his plate appearance.  Wisconsin starting pitcher Nate Peterson, making his Timber Rattlers debut, didn’t give up anything else in the inning or in the rest of his outing which lasted four innings

The Rattlers (12-13, 38-51) tied the game in the bottom of the third inning.  Je’Von Ward walked and stole second.  Robert Moore singled to right with two outs to drive in Ward to tie the score 1-1 against Cedar Rapids starter Cory Lewis.  That was the only hit and the only run for Wisconsin in the game.

Peterson left after four innings with the score tied 1-1.  Then, Cedar Rapids got the lead back in the top of the fifth.

Andrew Cossetti doubled to start the inning against reliever Nick Merkel.  Fedko followed with a single to put runners on the corners.  Merkel got the first out with a strikeout but gave up a sacrifice fly to Emmanuel Rodriguez to score Cossetti with the go-ahead run.

Kala’i Rosario hit a lead-off home run in the top of the eighth inning.  It was hit fourteenth home run of the season and gave the Kernels a 3-1 lead.

 

Cossetti added to the Kernels lead with a lead-off homer in the ninth.

Mike Paredes, who relieved Lewis to start the bottom of the sixth, pitched four scoreless, hitless innings for the save.  He walked two and struck out three.

The Kernels extended their winning streak to six games with the win on Tuesday night.  The Rattlers’ losing streak has reached four games.

 

Game two of the series is Wednesday afternoon at Neuroscience Group Field.  Cameron Wagoner (2-11, 6.95) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  CJ Culpepper (2-0, 0.00) has been named as the starter for the Kernels.  Game time is 12:10pm.

Sevastopol looks to replace scoreboards

The Town of Sevastopol and Sevastopol School District wants you to know what the score is and needs your help to do it.

 

Earlier this month, the two entities launched a fundraising campaign to replace Sevastopol Town Park's two scoreboards, which calls the Sevastopol baseball and softball teams and the Institute Cubs among its tenant. The two scoreboards have not been replaced for over 30 years and they are past their useful life. While the scoreboard that adorns the softball field will be similar to what they are replacing, the baseball scoreboard will be considerably larger with space to hold the pitch count and an inning-by-inning tabulation of the score.

 

You can donate to the cause and learn more about the fundraising effort by clicking on this link.

Kewaunee to host tennis clinic

The only tennis program in Door or Kewaunee counties wants you to give the sport a try ahead of the upcoming season.

 

The Kewaunee girls' tennis team is hosting a pair of tennis clinics for new and returning players on July 26th and August 3rd. Taking place on the high school tennis courts, the clinics will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will focus on beginner-level skills and drills. You will have to bring your own tennis racquet to participate.

 

The WIAA tennis season is right around the corner with the first practices beginning August 7th and matches starting a week later on August 15th.

Changes take centerstage at Packers shareholders

"Things are a-changin" at 1265 Lombardi Avenue, and the Green Bay Packers acknowledged that during their annual shareholders meeting on Monday afternoon.

 

Multiple reports said approximately 7,800 stockholders and their guests attended the annual meeting which highlights the football, business, and charitable operations of the franchise as the only publicly-owned team in professional sports. President and CEO Mark Murphy expressed cautious optimism about new quarterback Jordan Love, saying he is excited about the future but admitting that it may take half the season for Love to find his groove as the team's starter. He preceded those comments by thanking Aaron Rodgers for his 18 years with the franchise and that he looks forward to seeing him on HBO's Hard Knocks next month.

 

The Packers went into details about its finances, reporting $610.3 million in revenue for the 2022-23 fiscal year, which concluded at the end of March. The team's profit from operations was $68.6 million and their net income was $35.6 million. That was about $9 million and $26 million respectively off from last year. Increased player costs, market volatility, and the London game all contributed to a lower net income for the fiscal year, which concludes in March. The organization went into detail about some of the improvements they have made in recent months, including the larger scoreboards, more grab-and-go concession stands, and new football administration offices.

 

The Packers also announced  Pro Football and Packers Hall of Famer LeRoy Butler; Laurie Radke, president and CEO of the Greater Green Bay Chamber; Sachin Shivaram, CEO of Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry, and Christopher Stiles, chairman, president and CEO of Morely-Murphy Co. as new members of the team's Board of Directors as voted on by the team's stockholders.

Wensink, Daniels, Griffin capture Rec Run titles

The Washington Island Rec Run featured plenty of hardware passed out across its three races on Saturday.

 

Approximately 130 runners participated in the 10K, 5K, and 2K races on Saturday, which were a part of the Run the Door Series. In the 10K, Sam Wensink of Langley, British Columbia posted the most impressive result with a time of 33:29, beating the next fastest runner by over 3:30 minutes. Kyra Flesvig of Valparaiso, Ind. won the women's race with a time of 45:29. In the 5K, Miles Daniels of Viroqua won the race with a time of 18:02 while Kimberly Seger of Mesa, Arizona was the top female with a time of 19:40. Paul Griffin of Sheboygan won the 2K with a time of 8:36 while Southern Door student Skya Scrimgeour garnered the top spot for the girls with a time of 8:46. 

 

 

The next race on the Run the Door Circuit is the Algoma Shanty Days 5K on August 12th. 

 

Picture courtesy of Southern Door School District

Ports hold off Mets on 105.1 The GOAT

The West Jacksonport Ports kept up their push for a playoff spot with a 9-6 win over the Maplewood Mets on their home diamond.

 

The Ports took a 3-0 lead in the third inning thanks to a two-run double by Derek Niedzwiecki and an RBI sacrifice fly by Alec Schartner. After Kordell Draves made it a one-run game with a two-run homer in the fourth inning, the Ports scored three more times in the fourth and sixth innings to keep the Mets at bay. Tory Jandrin' solo shot in the fifth and Draves' second homer of the day in the seventh were the bright spots for the Mets. Drew Tanck and Woody Schartner drove in two runs for the Ports while Niedzwiecki registered three RBI.

 

In other Door County Baseball League action, Kolberg clobbered Institute 28-1, Washington Island snuck past Egg Harbor 6-5, and Sister Bay shut out Baileys Harbor 8-0.

 

This upcoming weekend, The GOAT will cover Friday's matchup in Institute between the Cubs and the Mets and Sunday's showdown in Egg Harbor with the Bays facing the Indians. Other games include Baileys Harbor hosting West Jacksonport and Washington Island visiting Kolberg.

Packers shareholders hold court at Lambeau Field

The Green Bay Packers will report to thousands of its shareholders on Monday for the organization's annual meeting.

 

Between 8,000 and 12,000 fans are expected for the largely ceremonial event inside the seating bowl. The football and business operations will get to give presentations to the shareholders that were shared last week with members of the media. According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Packers reported $610.3 million in revenue for the 2022-23 fiscal year, which concluded at the end of March. The team reported a profit from operations of $68.6 million and net income of $35.6 million. That was about $9 million and $26 million respectively off from last year. Increased player costs, market volatility, and the London game all contributed to a lower net income for the fiscal year, which concludes in March. 

 

It will be the first time many fans get a chance to see the new jumbotrons in action. They were tested for much of the week before they were put to use during Friday's Packers 1K Kids Run and Packers 5K race.

 

The meeting is expected to begin at 11 a.m.

Green Bay batters Battle Creek

An eight-run eighth inning added insult to injury as the Green Bay Rockers entered a new week with a 14-2 win over the Battle Creek Jacks Sunday afternoon.

 

The Rockers were up 3-0 before the Jacks got on the board in the fifth inning, only to erase the damage in the bottom of the sixth with three more runs. The Rockers would bat around in the eighth inning with Carlos Hernandez, Jayson Jones, and Jack Holman all homering. JoJo Jackson and Jones were each responsible for driving in four runs while Holman knocked in three runs. Grayson Walker picked up the win, allowing just one run on four hits across five innings of work.

 

The Rockers are on their All-Star break and will return to action on July 27th when they welcome to the Madison Mallards for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch.

Road Trip Finale is a Walkoff Loss

The Wisconsin Timber Rattler were an out away from a series win and a winning road trip on Sunday against the Dayton Dragons at Day Air Ballpark.  However, Dayton tied the game with a two-out homer and Edwin Arroyo capped the inning later in the ninth with a run-scoring single for his third RBI of the game.

 

The Rattlers (12-12 second half, 38-50 overall) scored in the first inning without the benefit of a hit.  Robert Moore walked, took second on a wild pitch, and stole third.  Ernesto Martínez Jr drove in Moore with a grounder to short that was misplayed for an error.

Dayton (12-12, 45-45) tied the game two batters into the bottom of the first inning.  Jay Allen II doubled and that was followed by an RBI single from Arroyo.

 

Wisconsin took the lead back two pitches into the top of the second.  Darrien Miller lifted a high fly to right on a 1-0 pitch and the ball carried over the wall for Miller’s seventh home run of the season for a 2-1 lead.

Justice Thompson tied the game with a lead-off homer in the bottom of the second.  In the top of the third, Thompson robbed Hendry Mendez of a two-out, extra-base hit with a leaping catch in center and holding on to the baseball after crashing hard into the wall.

The Dragons quickly took the lead in the bottom of the third.  Wisconsin starting pitcher Stiven Cruz hit the first two batters of the inning.  Arroyo doubled to knock in the go-ahead run.  Tyler Callihan drove in Dayton’s fourth run of the game on an infield grounder.

Ben Metzinger brought the Rattlers back to even in the sixth inning.  Mendez singled to start the frame against Dennis Boatman.  Mendez was at second base with two outs when Metzinger cracked a 3-2 pitch from Boatman to center for a two-run home run and a tie game.

Sam Gardner took over for Cruz to start the bottom of the fourth inning for Wisconsin.  Gardner retired the first nine batters he faced before giving up two singles in the bottom of the seventh inning.  He had to leave the game with runners on the corners and one out.

Shane Smith entered the game and kept the score tied with a strikeout and fly ball to center to end the seventh and a scoreless eighth.

Je’Von Ward gave Wisconsin the lead back in the top of the ninth with a long, lead-off home run high off the hitting background in center field for a 6-5 lead.

Tanner Shears entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning and quickly retired the first two batters.  He was ahead of Hayden Jones with a strike.  Then, Jones hit the next pitch to right and the ball carried out of the park for a game-tying home run.  Shears walked the next two batters – Trey Faltine and Allen – to put the winning run on second base.  Arroyo lined a single to center on a 1-1 pitch and Faltine scored the winning run.

The Timber Rattlers, who won the first three games of the series at Dayton, dropped the last three games of the series with the Dragons.  The Rattlers finished their nine-game road trip to Illinois and Ohio with a 4-5 record. 

Game one of the road trip was a 3-2 ten-inning loss to the Peoria Chiefs at Dozer Park.  Wisconsin took a 2-1 lead in the top of the tenth, but gave up two in the bottom of the tenth in that game for a walkoff loss.

 

The Timber Rattlers are off on Monday.  They start a home series with the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Tuesday evening.  Nate Peterson is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers and will be making his Midwest League debut.  Game time is 6:40pm.

Milwaukee Soccer waits for new name

As domestic fans enjoy international exhibition fixtures and the start of the Women's World Cup, Wisconsin soccer fans wait for the name of the state's upcoming club.

 

The team's owners have whittled down thousands of submissions. It will be the ownership and staff that make the final choice. You can see the names below:

 

 

Dayton Shuts Out Wisconsin

The Dayton Dragons held the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to four hits in a 3-0 shutout on Saturday night at Day Air Ballpark.  Three Dayton hurlers combined to strike out seven with no walks to hand the Rattlers their second straight loss.

 

Brandon Woodruff made the start for the Timber Rattlers on a rehabilitation assignment from the Milwaukee Brewers.  Woodruff, in his first game action since April 7, was sharp.  He allowed two hits, walked none, and struck out four over three scoreless innings.  Woodruff needed just 32 pitches (27 strikes) in his three innings of work.

Dayton (11-12 second half, 44-45 overall) took the lead two batters into the fourth inning.  Edwin Arroyo tripled to start the inning against Wisconsin reliever Edwin Jimenez.  Austin Callahan followed with a double to center and the Dragons were up 1-0.

Arroyo tripled to start the bottom of the sixth inning, too.  Callahan drove in Dayton’s second run with a sacrifice fly to left.

The Dragons added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh.  Raul Ibarra walked with one out.  Jack Rogers doubled off the wall in right and Ibarra ran through a stop sign at third base only to be thrown out at the plate by about 20 feet.  Justice Thompson followed with a single to left and Rogers tried to score on the play.  The throw to the plate beat Rogers but was a little offline.  Rogers slid to the infield side of the plate and avoided the tag for an insurance run.

Wisconsin (12-11, 38-49) was shutout for just the third time this season.  This was the first time they have been shutout since May 16.  The Rattlers had just three at bats with a runner in scoring position.  Two of those at bats came after Darrien Miller doubled with one out in the second inning, but he was left stranded when the inning ended.

Ernesto Martínez went 2-for-3 and was hit by a pitch to reach base three times in the game.  He has at least one hit in 21 of his last 22 games played.

 

The series finale is Sunday afternoon at Day Air Ballpark.  Wisconsin can still win the series and come one from their nine-game road trip with a winning record with a win tomorrow.  The Dragons will need their third straight win to get a split in the series.

 

The Rattlers have not announced their scheduled starting pitcher for Sunday.  Carson Rudd (3-4, 5.80) is set to start for the Dragons.  Game time is 12:10pm CDT. 

Maplewood visits West Jacksonport for Sunday matinee on 105.1 The GOAT

With Sister Bay and Kolberg holding down the top spots in the Door County League Playoff picture, it is up to the other teams to sort out the other two seeds, including when Maplewood visits West Jacksonport Sunday afternoon.

 

In last week's thrilling walk-off victory over Washington Island, the Mets' Adam Gutschow sailed a lead-off home run deep into left field, to even the game at 3. Will Jandrin would come in to shut down the eighth and ninth inning, setting up a walk-off opportunity for Maplewood. Zach Marchant started off the inning and wasted no time sending a fastball into left-center field, just past the leaping glove of centerfielder Ben Geiger, to send Maplewood home with an upset win 4-3. 

 

The Ports moved into a three-way tie for third place at 6-4 with a 9-3 win over Egg Harbor. the Mets' win over the Islanders helped the Ports and the Indians keep pace with the island with 6-4 records. The Mets could get closer to a playoff spot at 4-6 with a win on Sunday.  

 

Gary Barta and Jacob Nate will have the call from West Jacksonport on Sunday at 1:15 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 1:30 p.m. The game will air on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

Rockers squeak past Mallards

For the second straight night, the Green Bay Rockers won by the smallest of margins on Friday night, beating their hosts, the Madison Mallards, 2-1.

 

Losing 1-0 for much of the game, Austin Fawley sent the Mallards fans into the seventh-inning stretch in a sour mood with a two-run homer. The teams only had eight combined in the game (5 for the Rockers, 3 for the Mallards), including two hits in each team's rally in their respective innings.

 

The Rockers return home for Saturday and Sunday games against the Battle Creek Jacks.

Rattlers Win Streak Stopped by Dayton

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers were rolling through the first three games against the Dayton Dragons at Day Air Ballpark as they racked up 28 runs on 48 hits to string together a three-game winning streak.  That streak came to an end as four Dayton pitchers held the Timber Rattlers to four hits in a 6-2 victory over Wisconsin.

 

Dayton (10-12 second half, 43-45 overall) scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning.  Jay Allen II singled to start the inning and wound up on third after a misplay by Hendry Mendez.  Edwin Arroyo followed with a sacrifice fly and the Dragons were up 1-0.

Three hits in the bottom of the second led to two more runs for the Dragons.  Ruben Ibarra and Tyler Callihan singled to start the frame.  Hayden Jones knocked in Ibarra and sent Callihan to third with a one-out single.  Trey Faltine grounded into a force play at second to score Callihan for a 3-0 lead.

Ernesto Martínez Jr got the Timber Rattlers (12-10, 38-48) on the board with a monstrous, two-run home run to right in the top of the third inning.  Martínez crushed a 2-2 pitch from Owen Holt.  The ball hit on the concourse by a concession stand and bounced over the fence surrounding the stadium onto the street and eventually into a cluster of pedestrians.  The homer was the tenth of the season for Martínez.

The Dragons were not impressed as they scored a single runs in their half of the third and fourth innings.  Austin Hendrick launched his own tape-measure home run to right in the bottom of the third.  Allen blooped a single to center with two outs to score a run to make it 5-2 in favor of Dayton.

Tyler Woessner, the Wisconsin starting pitcher, struck out eight to match his single-game high as a professional, but walked three and allowed five runs – four earned – on six hits over four innings.

 

Reliver Miguel Guerrero worked three scoreless innings in relief of Woessner to hold the deficit at three runs.  However, Wisconsin didn’t have another hit after the Martínez homer until Joe Gray Jr singled with two outs in the eighth. 

Jones added an insurance run for the Dragons with a two-out home run in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Rattlers went down in order in the top of the ninth inning to see their three-game winning streak come to an end.

 

Game five of the series is set for Saturday night at Day Air Ballpark.  Brandon Woodruff is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers as he makes a rehabilitation appearance against the Dragons.  Dayton has named Chase Petty (0-1, 1.93) as their starter.  Game time is 6:10pm CDT. 

Bowlin earns promotion with Green Bay women's basketball

A familiar face will shift into a new role with the Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball team.

 

Women's basketball head coach Kevin Borseth announced this week that he was promoting Patrick Bowlin to the position of assistant coach. Bowlin has been with the program since the 2021-2022 season as its Director of Basketball Operations. His time with the Phoenix was preceded by a high school coaching career in Minnesota.

 

Borseth, Bowlin, and assistant coaches Sarah Bronk, and Megan Vogel are hitting the road this weekend to recruit the next great class of Phoenix women's basketball players with the opening of the 2023-2024 season months away. 

Lemieux takes silver in Canada; others leave mark at Fargo

The high school season in Wisconsin is months away, but wrestlers from Luxemburg-Casco and Sturgeon Bay are getting their work in during the  2023 US Marine Corps USAW 16U, Junior National Wrestling Championships in Fargo, ND.

 

Below are the results for each wrestler we could find with local ties.

 

16 U Freestyle: 145 Pounds Spencer Madsen (Sturgeon Bay)

Lost to Isaac Christo Nebraska 17-12

Beat Raphael Trottier North Dakota 11-8

Beat Grayson Hagen Kansas 8-3

Lost to Will Stewart Colorado 4-0

 

JR Freestyle: 195 Trace Schoenbeck (Luxemburg-Casco)

Beat Carson Gooley Idaho 10-0

Beat James Humphrey Missouri 8-0

Beat 0Easton Belfiore Pennsylvania 12-8

Lost to Joey Novak Minnesota 10-0

Lost to Anders Thompson Montana

 

Madsen will also compete in the 16U Greco-Roman Tournament, which continues through Saturday. 

 

Across the border in Canada, Tiani Lemieux represented Wisconsin in the North American Indigenous Games held in Halifax, Canada with a silver medal-winning performance. The Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol state qualifier won her first three matches against Hannah Dedam (New Brunswick), Chasity St.John (Nunavut), and Jade Shalton (Ontario) before falling to Alberta's Danyka Mikyl LaBelle. 

 

Picture courtesy of Luxemburg-Casco Wrestling

 

Rockers clip Mallards in extras

A run-scoring double by Austin Fawley in the 10th inning proved to be the difference as the Green Bay Rockers secured a 3-2 victory in Madison Thursday night against the Mallards.

 

There was no score until the seventh inning when Isaiah Jackson's single drove in the first run for the Mallards. With the game tied after a sacrifice fly for the Rockers, Kendal Ewell gave the team a brief lead with an RBI double. The Mallards would respond in the ninth inning to tie the game, setting up Fawley's heroics in the 10th. Michael Riley picked up the win for the Rockers, pitching the final four innings while giving up one run on two hits and striking out one.

 

The two teams play against each other again Friday night at 6:35 p.m.

Rattlers Offense Continues to Click in Dayton

Not even the weather could stop the red-hot Wisconsin Timber Rattlers offense Thursday night at Day Air Ballpark.  The Timber Rattlers cracked fourteen hits, including six doubles and two homers, to defeat the Dayton Dragons 11-2 in a rain-shortened game.  The win was the third straight for the Rattlers.

 

The Dragons (9-12 second half, 42-45 overall) jumped in front in the bottom of the first inning on a two-out, RBI single by Austin Hendrick.

 

Wisconsin (12-9, 38-47) rallied with two outs in the second to take the lead.  Je’Von Ward laced a double to right with two outs to get the inning to Jose Acosta, who took a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right for his second home run of the season and a 2-1 Rattlers lead.

Dayton missed on opportunities in their half of the second and third innings.  Wisconsin starting pitcher Alexander Cornielle walked a pair of batters with one out with his pitch count climbing dangerously close to thirty pitches for the second inning.  Cornielle escaped the frame with a strikeout and a grounder to second at twenty-six pitches for the frame.  In the third, the Dragons had runners at the corners with two outs.  Ruben Ibarra hit a hard grounder behind third, but Jheremy Vargas made a tough backhand pick.  The throw to first was low but scooped by Ernesto Martínez Jr for the final out.

The Timber Rattlers blew the game open in the top of the fourth inning against Dayton starter Jose Acuna, who entered the game with a 6-0 record.  Hendry Mendez started the inning with a single with a walk to Alex Hall putting two runners on base.  Ward doubled to left-center to score Mendez and put runners at second and third.  Acosta ripped a shot to first with the infield pulled in to get the run at the plate.  The ball went off the glove of Ibarra and trickled into right field.  The play was ruled an error and two runs scored for 5-1 lead.  Vargas was next and sent a deep fly to the track in left and that was the end of the night for Acuna.

Robert Moore greeted reliever John Murphy with a double to the corner in right to knock in Acosta.  Matt Wood followed and blasted a long homer to center.  Wood’s first Midwest League homer of the season capped the inning and gave the Rattlers an 8-1 advantage.

Cornielle gave up a lead-off double in the bottom of the fourth to Tyler Callihan.  Cornielle retired the next batter on strikeout.  Then, Justice Thompson sent another hard grounder behind third.  Vargas again made a good pick and this throw to first was on target.  Callihan took off for third on the throw to first.  Martínez tried to throw back across the diamond but threw wildly to allow Callihan to score.

 

The score stayed 8-2 until the top of the eighth inning.  Moore knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly and Wood followed with an RBI single.  In the ninth with storm clouds rolling in and lightning flashing around the ballpark, Joe Gray Jr, Mendez, and Ward singled to load the bases.  Gray scored on a wild pitch and the Rattlers had an 11-2 lead.

Wisconsin reliever Nick Merkel departed after four near-perfect innings.  He retired twelve of the thirteen batters he faced, allowing only an infield single to Thompson in the seventh inning.  Merkel struck out five Dragons and picked up his third win since joining the Timber Rattlers.

Michele Vassalotti entered in the bottom of the ninth inning and got the first out.  He missed with an 0-1 pitch to Callihan just as the skies opened up after a long peal of thunder.  The umpires called for the tarp and the game went into a delay.  The umpires called the game almost exactly thirty minutes after the game was halted.

The Timber Rattlers have collected 48 hits in the first three games of the series at Dayton.  Wisconsin is an unworldly 19-for-48 with runners in scoring position against the Dragons as they have put up 28 runs at Day Air Ballpark.

Wood had three hits and three RBI to lead the offense on Thursday night.  Acosta added three RBI while Ward had three hits including two doubles.

 

Game four of the series is Friday night at Day Air Ballpark.  Tyler Woessner (5-4, 3.55) is the scheduled starter for the Timber Rattlers.  Dayton has named Hunter Parks (2-4, 3.93) as their starter.  Game time is 6:10pm CDT. 

Gamblers announce new coaches

There will be some changes to the Green Bay Gamblers staff ahead of this upcoming season.

 

The Gamblers introduced Mason Baptista as a new assistant coach and announced the promotion of Pat McCadden to Associate Head Coach. Baptista returns to the area after a 10-year playing career and a coaching stint with one of his former teams following his time as a player at St. Norbert College. Baptista was a collegiate teammate of McCadden, who has been with the team since last season following a coaching career at Lawrence University.

 

 

 

London falling: Packers see drop in profit

The Green Bay Packers saw record revenue in 2022, but it could have been more if they stuck around town.

 

Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy met with members of the Green Bay media on Wednesday to discuss the financials that will also be run through during Monday's annual stockholders meeting at Lambeau Field. According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Packers reported $610.3 million in revenue for the 2022-23 fiscal year, which concluded at the end of March. The team reported a profit from operations of $68.6 million and net income of $35.6 million. That was about $9 million and $26 million respectively off from last year. Increased player costs, market volatility, and the London game all contributed to a lower net income for the fiscal year, which concludes in March. 

 

Between 8,000 and 12,000 fans are expected to attend Monday's stockholder's meeting, where the financial picture along with other reports, will be shared beginning at 11 a.m.

Rockers secure comeback victory against Jackrabbits

The Green Bay Rockers turned a 5-2 deficit into an 8-5 road victory against the Kokomo Jackrabbits Wednesday night.

 

The Rockers registered single tallies in the second and fifth innings but found themselves down 5-2 late after the Jackrabbits scored twice in the sixth inning.  Max Mims tied the game in the seventh with a three-run homer and the Rockers took the lead in the eighth inning with an unearned run on a wild pitch. They would score twice more in the ninth as insurance thanks to a two-run single by Jack Holman.

 

The Rockers' road trip continues Thursday with a 6:05 p.m. first pitch in the state capitol against the Madison Mallards.

Brandon Woodruff Scheduled for Rehab Starts with Rattlers

Brandon Woodruff’s comeback trail to Milwaukee will bring him through the Midwest League with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.  The Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher is set to start Saturday, July 22 in a road game against the Dayton Dragons.  Woodruff is also tentatively scheduled as the Rattlers starting pitcher for Thursday, July 27 for a game against the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Woodruff is 1-0 with a 0.79 ERA in two starts for Milwaukee this season.  He last pitched for the Brewers on April 7 when his pitched 5-1/3 scoreless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals at American Family Field.  Woodruff was placed in the 15-Day Injured List on April 11 with right shoulder inflammation.  He was diagnosed with a Grade 2 Subscapular Strain shortly after going on the IL.  Milwaukee transferred Woodruff to the 60-Day IL on May 15.

Milwaukee Brewers Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Arnold gave an update on Woodruff’s progress during an interview with Alanna Rizzo during MLB Network’s High Heat on July 14 and said that Woodruff had thrown a bullpen on July 13 prior to the team leaving for last weekend’s series in Cincinnati and was hoping to have the right-hander join the Brewers rotation “within the next month or so”.

This will be the second time Woodruff will pitch for the Timber Rattlers.  He made a start against the Quad Cities River Bandits on June 23, 2022 and picked up the win as he allowed a run on two hits with a walk and seven strikeouts over five innings.

Thursday, July 27 is a Craft Brews and Brats Night presented by Fox River Brewing Company and The Score.  Sixteen-ounce craft beers from local brewing companies are available to fans who are 21 and older for $3.  All fans can purchase a Cher-Make brat for $3 thanks on this night.  The first 1,000 fans to attend this game will receive a poster of recently promoted Milwaukee Brewers pitching prospect Jacob Misiorowski from Blue Print.  Neuroscience Group will also have a limited number of bike helmets for young fans as a giveaway, and they will help make sure the helmets are properly fitted.  The first pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

Tickets remain for this game and all remaining home games at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

Rattlers Drop Dragons 8-5

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers didn’t need a dramatic, ninth-inning rally on Wednesday night against the Dayton Dragons on Wednesday night at Day Air Ballpark.  The Rattlers steadily built an 8-0 lead over the first five innings and fended off a mid-game rally by the Dragons for an 8-5 victory.  The win was the second straight for the Timber Rattlers.

 

Wisconsin (11-9 second half, 37-47 overall) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an infield single by Hendry Mendez.

 

Terence Doston started the top of the second inning with a double and went to third on a two-out, infield single by Matt Wood.  Wood broke for second with Ernesto Martínez Jr at the plate and drew a throw.  Doston broke for the plate and scored before Wood was tagged out and Wisconsin.

Mendez doubled Wisconsin’s lead with a two-run home run in the top of the third.  It was the second home run of the season for Mendez.

The Rattlers would double their lead again with four runs in the top of the fourth inning.  Je’Von Ward hit a long homer with one out for the first run of the frame.  There were two outs and none on when Doston was hit by a pitch.  Robert Moore was next, and he lined a double to the corner in right.

Cameron Wagoner, the Rattlers starting pitcher, allowed three hits through the first four innings, but walked the lead-off batter in the bottom of the fifth.  Cade Hunter followed with a homer to right and the Dragons were on the scoreboard.  Wagoner got the next two batters before giving up a two-out double.  The righty rebounded to strike out Edwin Arroyo to end the inning. That strikeout gave Wagoner eight for the game and allowed him to set a new single-game high as a professional.  That performance would allow Wagoner to earn his second win of the season, and his first since April 14.

Dayton (9-11, 42-44) didn’t let Wisconsin cruise to the win as they closed the gap in the bottom of the sixth inning with a pair of homers against reliever Miguel Guerrero.  Austin Hendrick hit a lead-off homer.  Later in the inning, Hunter hit a two-run home run to cut Wisconsin’s lead to three runs.

Karlos Morales stabilized the game for the Timber Rattlers out of the bullpen as he pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth innings with three strikeouts.  Then, Shane Smith closed out the game with a perfect ninth inning for his second save as a Rattler.

Martínez had four hits and Mendez had three RBI to lead the Wisconsin offense.  Jose Acosta, Doston, Moore, and Wood each had two hits in the game for the Rattlers.

The Timber Rattlers have scored seventeen runs on 34 hits in the first two games of the series in Dayton.  Wisconsin is also 13-for-35 with runners in scoring position so far in the series.

 

Game three of the series is Thursday night at Day Air Ballpark.  Alexander Cornielle (0-1, 5.23) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Jose Acuna (6-0, 2.44) has been named the starting pitcher for the Dragons.  Game time is 6:05pm CDT.

Local prep wrestlers have big week in offseason

Two local high school wrestlers will represent themselves in two different tournaments throughout the week. 

 

Spencer Madsen and Tiani Lemieux, who both wrestled for the Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol team this winter, are competing at their respective tournaments. Madsen is competing in Fargo, and Lemieux is competing in Nova Scotia. 

 

Madsen is competing at the Fargo Junior and 16U National Championships. Madsen was a All-Packerland First Team selection in the winter season for Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol. He was the team point leader for most of the season, and excelled on his feet and led the team in near-fall points and tech falls. 

 

Tiani Lemieux is competing at the North American Indigenous Games at 141 lbs in the female division, which wrestles freestyle. Lemieux made a state appearance last season, after finshing second in her sectional. 

Rattlers rally for 9-8 win

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers trailed 8-6 heading into the top of the ninth inning against the Dayton Dragons at Day Air Ballpark on Tuesday night in game one of the six-game series.  The Rattlers rallied with four consecutive hits to score three runs and held on for dear life in the bottom of the inning for the 9-8 victory on a night with seventeen runs, thirty hits, and thirteen walks.

 

Jay Allen II started the bottom of the first with a bloop double to right.  He took third on a grounder to the right side of the infield.  Edwin Arroyo drove in Allen with a single and the Dragons (9-10 second half, 42-43 overall) were up 1-0.

 

Dayton added to their lead in the bottom of the third.  They had the bases loaded with one out.  Austin Hendrick ripped a line drive to the gap in left-center.  Two runs scored and a third attempted to score.  However, Robert Moore threw a strike to the plate on the relay from short left-center on to get an out at the plate.  Rattlers starting pitcher Stiven Cruz got the final out of the inning to keep the Rattlers within three.

Wisconsin (10-9, 36-47) sent nine men to the plate in the top of the fourth to take a 5-3 lead.  Ernesto Martínez and Hendry Mendez started the inning with singles.  Ben Metzinger walked to load the bases.  Darrien Miller and Je’Von Ward had back-to-back RBI singles.  Moore tied the game with an RBI grounder.  Matt Wood put the Rattlers in front with a two-out, two-run double.

The Dragons would rally with a run in the fourth and two runs in the fifth.  Cade Hunter started the fourth frame with a double against Cruz.  Jack Rogers singled to drive in Hunter.  In the fifth, reliever Michele Vassalotti gave up a lead-off triple and walked the next two batters to load the bases.  Vassalotti got Matt Nelson to ground into a 4-6-3 double play for two outs, but the tying run scored on the play.  The next two batters reached on a walk and a hit batsman to reload the bases.

Reliever Brannon Jordan took over and walked Justice Thompson on a 3-2 pitch to force in the go-ahead run for Dayton before getting the final out of the inning.

The Rattlers had another rally in them as Ward doubled to start the sixth.  A sacrifice bunt moved Ward to third.  Moore singled to get Ward home and the score was tied 6-6.  Wood followed with a single to put runners on the corners, but Wisconsin couldn’t take the lead in the inning.

That would cost them as the Dragons had runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the sixth.  Hendrick hit a deep line drive to right and almost everyone in the ballpark thought it was a three-run home.  The loud horn that blows on every Dragon home run was set off and the runners started to trot.  However, base umpire Garret Griffin ruled that the ball didn’t clear the yellow line and Hendrick had to settle for a single and an RBI as the runner from first only made it to third base.  Replays showed that Griffin made the correct call.

Mat Nelson would give the Dragons an insurance run with a sacrifice fly a few moments later and Dayton was up 8-6.

The Timber Rattlers had two runners on with one out in both the seventh and eighth innings but couldn’t close the deal.  That would not be the case in the top of the ninth.

But, first, the Rattlers needed to get out of the bottom of the eighth inning.  Justin King retired the first two batters before walking Nelson.  Tyler Callihan singled to right and Nelson tried to go from first to third on the play.  Mendez threw a one-hop laser to third and Metzinger dropped the gag on Nelson for the final out of the eighth.

Miller started the rally with a long home run to right with one out in the top of the ninth inning.  There was no doubt it was a home run and there was no celebratory horn either.

Ward kept the rally going with a double for his fourth hit of the game.  Jose Acosta was next, and he was due in the game as he had left the bases loaded in the second and fourth and stranded two runners in the seventh.  Acosta delivered this time with a line drive down the line in left for a game-tying, RBI double that sent Ward across the plate.

Moore followed with a single up the middle and Acosta beat the throw to the plate to put the Rattlers up 9-8.

 

Tanner Shears came on for the bottom of the ninth and gave up a leadoff single to Hunter.  Wood recorded the first out with a diving catch of a foul popup near the screen behind home plate.  However, Hunter alertly tagged and took second on the play to get the tying run into scoring position.  Shears got the second out with a strikeout, but Allen kept the game alive when he was hit by a pitch to put the winning run on first and bring Tyler Callahan to the plate.

Shears got Callahan to ground out to Acosta at second base and Wisconsin secured the victory.

The Rattlers collected a season-high eighteen hits in the game.  Ward led the way with four hits and three runs scored with Moore adding three hits and three RBI.  Wisconsin hitters went 7-for-21 with runners in scoring position.

This was the second time this season Wisconsin has rallied for a win when trailing after eight innings.  They are 2-41 in that situation.  Dayton’s bullpen was charged with its twenty-second blown save of the season.

 

Game two of the series is Wednesday night at Day Air Ballpark.  Cameron Wagoner (1-11, 7.21) is scheduled to be the starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Dayton has named Chris McElvain (0-0, 3.75) as their starter.  Game time is 6:05pm CDT. 

Brewers drop opener to Phillies

After sweeping the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend, the Milwaukee Brewers were unable to overcome the Philadelphia Phillies on the road in a 4-3 loss Tuesday night.  The Phillies tallied single runs in the first three innings off Brewer starter Julio Teheran and added their last run in the bottom of the fifth after Milwaukee scored two in the top of the frame.

 

Andruw Monasterio lead the Brewers with two hits and scored two runs, but Milwaukee could only manage four hits off Philly Starter Aaron Nola (9-6).  Teheran took the loss and is now 2-4.  Both teams will face off at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday with Colin Rea going against Cristopher Sanchez. 

 

The Brewers (52-43) maintain a 2.5 game lead over the Reds in the N.L. Central. 

Packers add quarterback to roster

The Green Bay Packers are hoping that they found a backup quarterback for Jordan Love, after reportedly signing Alex McGough Tuesday.  McGough earned MVP honors in the USFL playing for the Birmingham Stallions and leading them to the league championship.  The 6’3” McGough is 27 years old and spent time with Seattle, Jacksonville, and Houston in NFL from 2018-21 but has not played in a game.  He played college ball at Florida International.

 

McGough will join rookie Sean Clifford and second-year player Danny Etling in the quarterback room backing up Love as training camp begins next Monday. 

Washington Island fish continue to top K/D Leaderboard

Fishing pressure dropped significantly Monday, perhaps a one-day blip to refresh after going hard the first three days. Still, more than 20 20-pound-plus salmon were put to K/D scales, with six moving into the top 30.

 

UNOFFICIAL TOP 50 AS OF 7/17/2023

Tom Bray, 31.90, 7/16 @ WI

Ryan Jorgenson, 31.65, 7/15 @ WI

Cathy Lohrey, 28.97, 7/16 @ A

Reid Winkler, 27.55, 7/16 @ K

Nick Kenney, 26.81, 7/15 @ SB

Kevin Bartz, 26.65, 7/14 @ A

Megan Waclchli, 26.62, 7/17 @ BH

Dave Tillman, 25.82, 7/15 @ SB

Kevin Luedtke, 25.71, 7/15 @ BH

Paul Zich, 25.38, 7/15 @ A

Jon Denny, 25.32, 7/17 @ SB

Brandon Belchmer, 25.16, 7/15 @ K

Brad Veeser, 25.18, 7/15 @ SB

Randy Dorow, 25.16, 7/16 @ WI

Scott Dunn, 25.04, 7/17 @ WI

Wallace Krueger, 24.98, 7/16 @ WI

Terry Gfeller, 24.89, 7/14 @ WI

Scott Chevalier, 24.86, 7/17 @ K

Alex Hahn, 24.76, 7/16 @ BH

Devin Buhr, 24.68, 7/15 @ A

Justin Heil, 24.68, 7/17 @ WI

Heather Last, 24.43, 7/15 @ K

Brad Popour, 24.43, 7/15 @ SB

Joseph Dunn, 24.31, 7/16 @ WI

Adrian Dykstra, 24.03, 7/16 @ WI

John Bohimann, 24.02, 7/16 @ BH

Eric Blam, 24.00, 7/15 @ WI

Levon LaCrosse, 23.94, 7/17 @ A

Steve VanHemelcyk, 23.88, 7/14 @ A

Tim Thomsen, 23.85, 7/16 @ BH

Joel Panning, 23.85, 7/16 @ BH

Daniel Schultz, 23.82, 7/15 @ A

Nathan Honsey, 23.75, 7/15 @ WI

Mark Honsey, 23.67, 7/16 @ WI

Michael Smith, 23.65, 7/14 @ SB

Nick Thiel, 23.60, 7/14 @ K

John Pasterski, 23.58, 7/16 @ A

James Spang, 23.48, 7/16 @ K

Luke Ducharme, 23.46, 7/16 @ BH

Thomas Schmidt, 23.45, 7/17 @ K

Doug Wilmet, 23.43, 7/14 @ K

Thomas Hurley, 23.40, 7/15 @ BH

Dwayne Mullins, 23.38, 7/15 @ BH

Steve Ravet, 23.37, 7/16 @ WI

Tim Jadin, 23.34, 7/15 @ K

Nate Bouvette, 23.31, 7/16 @ A

Ryan Peters, 23.23, 7/14 @ SB

Toby Mirr, 23.23, 7/15 @ A

Russell Sheets, 23.22, 7/16 @ BH

George Davies, 23.20, 7/16 @ K

Former Green Bay players wrap up NBA Summer League

Two former members of the Green Bay Phoenix basketball team will now see if they have done enough to make an active roster this fall for their respective NBA teams.

 

Keifer Sykes averaged 13 minutes a game for the Detroit Pistons across four games coming off the bench. He collected approximately four points and two assists per game.

 

Kameron Hankerson averaged 3.5 minutes per game, scoring no points but averaging about two rebounds per game. 

Wisconsin GLO to host GWBA Finals

You will not have to travel far to see high-quality women's basketball this summer.

 

The Wisconsin GLO will serve as this year's host of the Global Women's Basketball Association's playoffs beginning on August 5th. The playoffs will take place over the course of two days with the semifinals taking place at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on August 5th and the final at 1 p.m. on August 6th.

 

Featuring former Green Bay stars Laken James and Frankie Wurtz, the GLO are 6-2 on the season, losing twice to last year's champion Flint. They also defeated Team Japan back in May to open the season. They most recently defeated the Milwaukee Buckettes 126-37 on Saturday. They will play again next weekend in St. Louis for a pair of games. 

Players say good-bye to high school football as All-Stars

Several local alums got to wear their old high school helmets one last time over the weekend during the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star games at UW-Oshkosh.

 

8-MAN: NORTH 74, SOUTH 12

The game with the most local participants was the Eight-Man All-Star game featuring a slew of players from Gibraltar plus coaches Mike Peck and Tom Sawyer. The North dominated the South, outgaining them 343-143, including 259- negative 103 yards on the ground. Giuseppe Mercier led the South squad with 33 yards on 13 carries. Jack Duffy had two assisted tackles, Hayden Reetz had one assisted tackle, and Emmett Moroney had one tackle. Duffy was the starting center while Mercier, Reetz and Moroney started on defense.

 

 

SMALL SCHOOL 11-MAN: NORTH 44, SOUTH 12

Kewaunee's Mitchell Thompson and Southern Door's Taylor Schaefer suited up for the victorious squad. Thompson was on the field for one of the North's touchdowns when he handed the ball off to David Gauderman for a score. While his passing totals went for less than 10 yards, Thompson did rush for 55 yards on nine carries. Taylor Schaefer had three tackles and three assisted tackles in the contest.

Peoria Outslugs Wisconsin in Series Finale

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers rallied from a 7-2 deficit to tie the Peoria Chiefs 7-7 in the top of the sixth inning on Sunday afternoon.  Then, Osvaldo Tovalin had one last, big hit in him against the Timber Rattlers as he hit a two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to put the Chiefs back in front and on their way to a 13-8 victory.

 

Peoria (12-6 second half, 45-39 overall) had the pressure on Wisconsin starting pitcher Edwin Jimenez from the start.  The Chiefs loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the first on a double and two walks.  Jimenez escaped the jam with a 6-4-3 double play.

In the bottom of the second, the Chiefs had runners at second and third with one out after a walk and a double.  Tyler Reichenborn followed with a two-run triple.  Then, Alex Iadisernia singled through the drawn-in infield to score Reichenborn and give the Chiefs a 3-0 lead.

Wisconsin (9-9, 35-47) rallied for two runs in the top of the third with a little help from Reichenborn.  Jheremy Vargas singled to start the inning.  Robert Moore followed with a single to right and Reichenborn misplayed the ball to let it get behind him.  Vargas had scored and Moore was standing on third base by the time the ball got back into the infield.  Joe Gray Jr. got the Rattlers to within a run with an RBI grounder.

The Chiefs put Jimenez right back into the fire as the first five batters to hit in the bottom of the third reached base.  RJ Yeager doubled, and Jimmy Crooks singled to start the inning with runners at first and third.  Ramon Mendoza followed with a bunt single to score Yeager.  Tovalin followed with a single to left to score Crooks.  Then, Jeremy Rivas singled to load the bases.

Thomas Francisco and Reichenborn plated the final two runs of the inning with consecutive sacrifice flies to put the Chiefs up 7-2.

Ernesto Martínez Jr started the Rattlers on the comeback trail with a lead-off homer to left-center in the top of the fourth.  Martínez has homered in three straight games and now has nine homers on the season.
 

The Rattlers scored three times in the top of the fifth inning.  Moore was hit by a pitch and Matt Wood singled to start this rally.  Martínez delivered a two-out single to score Moore.  Then, Ben Metzinger got the Rattlers back to within a run on a double to center.  Metzinger has driven in at least one run in his last four games.

Je’Von Ward got the Rattlers back to even with a lead-off home run to left in the sixth inning.  The homer was Ward’s fifth of the season and this one tied the game 7-7.

However, Peoria went back in front, and it was Tovalin with the big hit against the Rattlers again.  Reliever Nick Merkel had a runner at first with two outs and a 1-2 count on Mendoza.  The Chiefs second baseman kept the inning alive with a single to left.  Tovalin followed with a no-doubt, homer to center on a 1-0 pitch and the Chiefs were up 10-7.

Tovalin played in twenty of the twenty-one games between the Timber Rattlers and Chiefs this season.  He was 25-for-77 (.325) with fourteen extra-base hits, including three homers, and nineteen RBI against Wisconsin in 2023.

Gray tried to start another Wisconsin comeback when he hit his tenth homer of the season to open the top of the eighth to bring the Rattlers back to within two runs.

The Chiefs didn’t give the Rattlers any hope as they scored an unearned run on a two-out single by Nathan Church in the bottom of the seventh.  Mendoza capped the scoring with a two-run home run in the bottom of the tenth.

 

The win gave Peoria the series win after the teams had split the first two games of the series.  This was the first series loss for the Timber Rattlers since May.  Wisconsin was 2-0-5 in their last eight series.

 

The Timber Rattlers are off on Monday.  They will continue their road trip with game one of a series against the Dayton Dragons at Day Air Ballpark on Tuesday night.  Stiven Cruz (4-5, 6.39) is the scheduled starter for the Timber Rattlers.  Kevin Abel has been named as the starting pitcher for the Dragons and will make his Midwest League debut.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:05pm CDT. 

Brewers' sweep gives them Central lead

The trade deadline is getting more clarity with every win the Milwaukee Brewers stack up, including Sunday's 4-3 against the division's former leaders, the Cincinnati Reds.

 

Down 1-0 early, Christian Yelich's solo shot tied the game before the Reds made it 3-1 in the bottom half of the inning. Yelich cut the lead again in the top of the fifth inning to make it 3-2. The Brewers would take the lead in the eighth inning thanks to RBI from Owen Miller and Andruw Monasterio.

 

The win turned a chasing Brewers squad into the division's leaders by a two-game margin thanks to a young bullpen that did not give up a run across the three days. 

 

The Brewers look to extend their lead in the NL Central on Tuesday when they travel to Philadelphia for a series against the Phillies.

 

Marchant's walk-off helps Mets upset Islanders on 105.1 The GOAT

In a game that neither team truly had any control in, it was Maplewood’s Zach Marchant who put the game to rest in walk-off fashion as the Mets beat the Islanders 4-3 on 105.1 The GOAT. 

 

Washington Island got the scoring going very early as the third batter Luke Geiger turned on a fastball and drove a two-run home run out to left center field to give Washington Island a quick 2-0 lead. Ryan Jorgenson began the game out strong, as he commanded his off speed pitches to retire Maplewood early and often. 

 

The Mets would then respond with two runs of their own in the third inning after a walk and a hit by pitch charged against Ryan Jorgenson evened the game up 2-2. Jeremiah Jahnke would begin to find his groove as well, as the matchup between the Islanders and the Mets would turn into a pitcher's duel. 

 

Washington Island was able to manufacture a run in the top of the fifth inning, as Ryan Jorgenson was brought home on a Luke Geiger RBI single. Geiger was responsible for all three of the Islanders runs, having a 3 for 4 day. 

 

Both teams would be quiet until the eighth inning, when Adam Gutschow sailed a lead-off home run deep into left field, to even the game at 3. Will Jandrin would come in to shut down the eighth and ninth inning, setting up a walk-off opportunity for Maplewood. 

 

Zach Marchant started off the inning, and wasted no time sending a fastball into left-center field, just past the leaping glove of centerfielder Ben Geiger, to send Maplewood home with an upset win 4-3. 

Wisconsin Get Clutch Two-Out Hits to Rally Past Peoria

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers scored all six of their runs with two outs and rallied past the Peoria Chiefs for a 6-3 win at Dozer Park on Saturday Night.  The win was Wisconsin’s first in seven tries against the Chiefs at Dozer Park this season.
 
 
 
Peoria (11-6 second half, 44-39 overall) took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the bottom of the second inning.  Ramon Mendoza singled to start the inning and Jeremy Rivas walked with one out.  The duo pulled a double steal with Carlos Linarez at the plate.  Catcher Darrien Miller threw wildly to third to allow Mendoza to trot home with the first run of the game.
 
 
Nathan Church and RJ Yeager started the bottom of the third with singles and a wild pitch by Wisconsin starter Jacob Misiorowski allowed both runners to move into scoring position.  Jimmy Crooks drove in Church with a sacrifice fly to left and the Chiefs were up 2-0.
 
 
 
Wisconsin (9-8, 35-46) got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth.  Alex Hall singled with two outs.  Miller drew a walk to extend the inning.  Ben Metzinger followed with an RBI single to center to score Hall.
 
Both starting pitchers would be out after four innings.  Zane Mills, the Peoria starter, allowed a run on two hits with two walks and no strikeouts.  Wisconsin starter Jacob Misiorowski allowed two runs – one earned – on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts.  Misiorowski left with 76 pitches – 42 strikes in his four innings.
 
The Chiefs collected three singles in the bottom of the fifth against Wisconsin reliever Miguel Guerrero.  Osvaldo Tovalin delivered the final hit of the frame, a two-out, RBI single to knock in a run to make it a two-run lead for Peoria.
 
Ernesto Martínez Jr drew a lead-off walk in the top of the sixth inning against Peoria reliever Dionys Rodriguez, but he was still at first base with two outs.  Metzinger came through with a double off the wall in left to score Martínez and knock Rodriguez out of the game.
 
Jose Acosta greeted reliever Nathanael Heredia with a sharp single to left.  Metzinger scored the tying run ahead of the throw with Acosta taking second base.  Je’Von Ward kept the inning alive with an infield single.  Terence Doston gave the Rattlers the lead with a single to left to score Acosta.
 
 
Guerrero pitched around a two-out double in the bottom of the sixth and turned the one-run lead over to Shane Smith for the bottom of the seventh.
 
Wisconsin added a run in the top of the eighth inning.  Ward smacked a double to left-center on a 3-2 pitch with two outs to score Acosta from first for a 5-3 lead.
 
Smith held the Chiefs right where they were at with two perfect innings, including three strikeouts.
 
Martínez, who walked three times in the game, added another insurance run for the Timber Rattlers with a two-out, solo homer in the top of the ninth.  Martínez has homered in both games of the series at Peoria and now has eight homers on the season.
 
Tanner Shears allowed a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning but nothing else as he closed out the game for his third save of the season.
 
The win gave both teams a win in the first two games of this brief, three-game set.
 
 
 
The rubber game of the series is Sunday afternoon at Dozer Park. 

Maplewood hosts Islanders to end busy DCBL week on 105.1 The GOAT

The Maplewood Mets are looking to build on their win over Institute Cubs last week when they see Washington Island ferry down Sunday afternoon. 

 

The Mets blanked the Cubs in Week 9 to move to 3-6 overall behind a dominant pitching peformance from Jeremiah Janke, who went the full nine innings to record a rare complete game shutout. Janke being as shutdown as he was, gives the Mets two strong pitching options in Jaden Diller and Janke. Maplewood will need those pitchers to be strong Sunday afternoon after Washington Island routed the Mets 20-6 in the first half. 

 

Washington Island was shockingly shut down by the Sister Bay Bays last Sunday on the Island, falling to the Bays 9-1. The Islanders will have a lot to play for, including improving themselves in the DCBL Standings, where they currently sit tied with Egg Harbor for third. 

 

Gary Barta and Reece Robillard will have the call from Maplewood on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 1:15 p.m. and first pitch set for 1:30 p.m between the Islanders and the Mets. 

 

Other games around the DCBL include Sister Bay hosting Kolberg in a potential standing defying matchup, and West Jacksonport heading west to face Egg Harbor. 

Rockers send six to All-Star game

The First-Half Champion Green Bay Rockers will have plenty of players in the Northwoods League All-Star Game on July 25th.

 

Catcher Carlos Hernandez (Anderson), outfielder JoJo Jackson (Georgia State), and pitchers Brett Sanchez (Belhaven), Jacob Faulkner (Princeton), Tyler Horvath (Case Western Reserve), and Kyle Stoddard (Missouri Southern State) will represent the Rockers on this year’s all-star roster, playing for the Great Lakes Division.

 

The game will take place in Traverse City on July 25th with the first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m.

 

The Rockers are spending the weekend in Battle Creek with games at 5:35 p.m. on Saturday and 12:35 on Sunday.

Cubs walk to walk-off victory against A's on 105.1 The GOAT

Patience and perseverance helped the Institute Cubs break a season-long losing streak with a 10-9 walk-off victory against the Baileys Harbor A's Friday night.

 

The A's struck first in the first inning when Matt Francesconi singled home Bryce Plzak to make it 1-0. They would add onto the lead even more with a three-run fourth inning with Gavin Blink delivering the biggest blow with a two-RBI single. The A's scratched across two more runs in sixth inning, but that's when the Cubs started to chip away.

The Cubs scored their first run when Robby Pollman reached on an error that got away from the A's Cooper Cole and brought home Josh Pflieger. A Quin Schram single and an Elijah Reimer double later, the Cubs had cut the lead in half heading into the seventh. Blink drove in a third run in the seventh and entered the game's final innings with a 7-3 lead. The Cubs would then draw 10 walks and receive RBI hits from Pollman and Jake Pflieger to give them a 9-7 advantage heading into the ninth inning. 

 

The A's forced extra innings in the ninth inning when Aaron Brey delivered a two-out, two-run RBI to tie the game up at nine. The Cubs nearly won the game in regulation before the A's turned a clutch double play to force extras.

After a quiet top of the 10th for the A's, Arthur Horcevar came off the bench to hit a single. With Nick Peterson running, Schram won the game for the Cubs with a gapper into left-center field to lead the team to victory.

 

Both teams are still looking at the rest of the Door County Baseball League in the standings, but they each have one win in the 2023 campaign.

Blizzard play out string in Tucson

The Green Bay Blizzard are playing for pride Saturday night when they play the Tucson Sugar Skulls in the desert.

 

The Blizzard saw their hopes for the playoff dashed last weekend when they lost to Quad City 47-39 on the road. A win then and against the Sugar Skulls would have clinched their first playoff appearance in four seasons. The task would have been tall regardless just based on the Sugar Skulls' biggest strength: their defense. They clinched their playoff berth last week with a win over Duke City as they have the third best defense in the Indoor Football League.

 

Kickoff for Saturday's game is 8:05 p.m.

Door County Triathlon, Crown and Sash Dash highlight weekend of silent sports

There are plenty of opportunities to get active this weekend, whether you participate yourself or just want to lend a helping hand.

 

In Door County, the Door County Triathlon gets underway on Saturday with its sprint and kids' events on Saturday and its half Ironman distance on Sunday. The sprint distance is sold out, but there is still space available for the half Ironman and kids races. Organizers are also still looking for volunteers all weekend long. You can find more details on how to sign up and route maps by clicking this link.

 

In Kewaunee County, the Kewaunee County Fair holds its annual Crown and Sash Dash benefitting its Fairest of the Fair program on Saturday. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., the race starts and ends at the fairgrounds with a tour of the Luxemburg area in between. You can still sign-up before 8 a.m. on Saturday. A kids' race will also take place after the 5K course is cleared. You can find more details here.

Institute looks for payback vs. Baileys Harbor on 105.1 The GOAT

The Institute Cubs want to be on the other end of a streak buster Friday night when they welcome the Baileys Harbor A's Friday night after the Door County League dropped their All-Star Game matchup against the Shoreland League 6-4 at Joannes Stadium.

 

The Cubs are now on the longest losing skid in the Door County Baseball League after falling to the A's earlier this season 6-3. Up until that point, it had been since 2019 since the A's had won a game. A key part of the A's win will be missing after Isaac Berkley broke his arm shortly after the victory. Berkley got on base five times and played strong defense in the victory. 

 

Neither team has won since as the Cubs struggled against West Jacksonport last week in a 19-7 loss. The brightest ray of hope came in the fourth inning when the Cubs took advantage of three walks and three hit batsmen to score six runs, capitalized by RBI singles by Quin Schram and Kyle Ploor that drove in three of the six runs. The A's were shut out by Maplewood 4-0.

 

Tim Kowols and Jacob Nate will have the call from Institute Friday night on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 7:15 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 7:30 p.m.

 

All-Star activities hit the gridiron in Oshkosh

The final All-Star games of the summer for high school students kickoff this weekend as the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association host their annual event.

 

Jack Duffy, Giuseppe Mercier, Hayden Reetz, and Emmett Moroney were all named to the WFCA 8-Man South Team on Tuesday, giving them one extra game wearing the blue and gold of Gibraltar. They will have familiar faces on the sideline as well with head coach Mike Peck and offensive coordinator Tom Sawyer serving those same roles for the team. The WFCA All-Star Game for Eight-Man Football takes place on Friday, July 14th at 6 p.m. 

 

Southern Door's Taylor Schaefer and Kewaunee's Mitchell Thompson will suit up for the North 11-man Small School Team. Their game will take place the following day at noon.

 

Both games will take place on the campus of UW-Oshkosh. In order to play in the game, players have to be nominated and raise money for a statewide charity. 

Shoreland League holds on against Door County League on 105.1 The GOAT

The second inning proved to be the difference in the Shoreland League's 6-4 All-Star game victory over the Door County League Thursday night at Joannes Stadium in Green Bay.

 

Nearly perfect conditions and the host Green Bay Blue Ribbons welcome the best-of-the-best from the two summer leagues, which also featured several players that star in both.

 

Door County kicked off the scoring in the bottom of the first when Egg Harbor's Cody Giesseman doubled home Kolberg's Nick LeCaptain to make it 1-0. The Shoreland League rebounded after 1-2-3 first inning against Maplewood's Jeremiah Janke by sending 11 batters to the plate, collecting five of their six runs and five of their seven hits in the frame. Kewaunee's Joe Anderson and Josh LaFleur of Ashwaubenon singled home runs to start the rally and Ashwaubenon's Trevor Cornell drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 3-1. Branch's August Hecker delivered the innings biggest blow with a two-run double to give the Shoreland All-Stars a 5-1 advantage that the Door County All-Stars would chase the rest of the night. 

 

Door County's pitchers, which included Kolberg's Jake Schneider, Baileys Harbor's Jon Kordon,  Sister Bay's Matt Hecht, Washington Island's Matt Foss, and Egg Harbor's Joe Sawyer kept things in check during the middle innings, allowing just one hit and three total baserunners between the third and eighth innings. Door County cut into the lead in the fifth inning thanks to a double steal that brought home Egg Harbor's Corey Fuller and West Jacksonport's Kyle Volkmann singling home Nick Kita to make it 5-3. They would get it to a one-run game in the eighth inning when Washington Island's Ben Geiger drove in his teammate Luke Geiger, only to see Algoma's Austen Dart hurt his DCL counterparts with an RBI single to give the game its final margin.

 

The two teams have split their All-Star game matchups since welcoming the tradition back after a hiatus last year.

 

 

 

 

Brewers release 2024 schedule ahead of important stretch

The Milwaukee Brewers still have half the season to go including a series in Cincinnati this weekend, but Major League Baseball already has 2024 on its mind with its schedule release.

 

Announced on Thursday, the Brewers will open their 2024 campaign on the road against the New York Mets. They will then return home to American Family Field to play interleague foes Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners. Much of the American League East will come to town with the Yankees (April 26-28), Rays (April 29-May 1) and Blue Jays (June 10-12) all coming to Milwaukee in the season's opening weeks. Their first NL Central games will come against the Cincinnati Reds on April 8th and the interstate rivalry games against the Chicago Cubs will first take place on May 3rd at American Family Field. 

 

Click here to see the full schedule.

High schools prepare for fall sports seasons

We interrupt this summer day with an important announcement: fall sports for high school students begin next month.

 

Several districts are preparing for the start of fall sports seasons by hosting the necessary co-curricular meeting ahead of time. Below are just a small collection of the ones that are coming up.

 

 

 

Several Packers make HOF semifinalists list

Several former members of the Green Bay Packers organizations are on a short list to be enshrined in Canton next year.

 

For the players, Receiver Sterling Sharpe and quarterback Cecil Isbell are the most prominent Packers names on the list of 31 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Receiver Mark Clayton and defensive lineman Steve McMichael, who both suited up for the Packers after more successful careers elsewhere, also made the list. For contributors, Super Bowl-winning head coach Mike Holmgren was named as a semifinalist. The same goes for Eddie Kotal, who is being recognized for his time as a scout for the Los Angeles Rams as opposed to his stint as a Packers player in the 1920s. 

 

According to Packers.com, the 60 total semifinalists will be whittled down to 12 senior finalists and 12 coach/contributor finalists, with those results announced July 27. 

 

 

Rockers swept up in Rapids

The Green Bay Rockers had a rough day in Wisconsin Rapids on Wednesday, dropping both of its games to the host Rafters 3-1 and 10-9.

 

In game one, a two-run fourth inning proved to be fatal for the Rockers' chances. A sacrifice fly in the fifth inning by Jack Holman was the only run the Rockers could push across, only to give it right back in the bottom half of the frame.

 

In game two, the Rockers had a trio of three-run innings only to come up short in the part thanks in part to a frantic fourth inning where the Rafter put up five runs and batted around. Pitchers for both teams struggled to find the plate at times with the squads combining to walk 22 batters. AJ Anzai led the Rockers offensively, going 2-3 and knocking in two of the Rockers' three earned runs in the nightcap.

 

The Rockers return home on Thursday to face the Madison Mallards at 6:35 p.m.

Door County, Shoreland battle in All-Star game on 105.1 The GOAT

The best of the Door County League and the Shoreland League will take to the baseball diamond Thursday night for its annual All-Star game.

 

The two squads feature plenty of familiar names in Door and Kewaunee counties. The Shoreland League announced its squad on Wednesday, with Kolberg's Austen Dart and Christian Counard and Egg Harbor's Brady Kita among those players who could have suited up for the Door County League but will instead be in the dugout for the Shoreland League as representatives for the Algoma 'Guins.

 

 

The Door County League announced its roster last week with the Braves boasting the most selections with six selections, followed by five for the Indians and Sister Bay.

 

 

Thursday's All-Star Game will take place at Joannes Stadium in Green Bay, which has hosted baseball games since the late 1920s and it is the current home of the Green Bay Blue Ribbons. Tim Kowols and Reece Robillard will have the call on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 7:15 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 7:30 p.m.

Bucks fall hard to Nets in Summer League

The Milwaukee Bucks could not overcome an ugly 35-9 third quarter in their 92-71 loss to the New Jersey Nets in Summer League play on Tuesday night.

 

Milwaukee and New Jersey went back and forth in the first half with the score tied at 18-18 after one quarter and 40-40 at intermission.

 

The Nets then went on a 15-0 run out the gate in the second half and the Bucks never recovered.

 

Lindell Wigginton led the Bucks with 11 points as no other Milwaukee Player hit double digits.  Season leader scorer MarJon Beauchamp who was averaging over 20 points per game was held scoreless on 0-5 in shooting.

 

The next Bucks’ Summer League game will be Thursday against the Miami Heat at 2:30 p.m. 

Packers bypass supplemental draft

Two players available in the supplemental draft on Tuesday were not selected by any team in the NFL, including the Green Bay Packers.  According to the NFL Network, all 32 teams in the NFL decided not to draft Malachi Wideman from Jackson State or Milton Wright from Purdue in the supplemental draft held on Tuesday.

 

Both players were declared ineligible to play in the NCAA season this year, after the January deadline to sign up for the draft held this last April.

 

Since the Packers drafted three receivers and two tight ends in the regular draft this year and three others in 2022, the need was not there.

 

Both Wideman and Wright now become free agents and can sign with any team.  Any team that would have drafted either player on Tuesday would have had to forfeit a future draft pick.

National League snaps losing streak against American League

Despite the fact that no Milwaukee Brewers played in the game, the National League All-Stars were able to defeat the American League 3-2 at T-Mobile Park in Seattle on Tuesday night.  Snapping a nine-game Major League Baseball All-Star game losing streak, the National League was able to get a two-run home run from Colorado Rockies’ catcher Elias Diaz in the eighth inning to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead late.

 

Diaz was named the All-Star Game MVP as he went 1-2 as the designated hitter for the National League.

 

The American League got on the board first with a solo homer by Yandy Diaz in the second inning.  Luis Arraez knocked in J.D. Martinez, who doubled, in the top of the fourth inning with a single to right field to tie the game at 1-1.

 

The American League was able to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Bo Bichette that scored Salvador Perez. 

 

After Elias Diaz hit the two-run decisive blast in the eighth inning, closer Craig Kimbrall of the Philadelphia Phillies saved the game by striking out slugger Jose Ramirez with two runners on in the bottom of the ninth, giving the National League its first win in the All-Star Game since 2012.

 

Milwaukee pitchers Corbin Burnes and Devin Williams did not pitch in the game for the National League.  Williams was not expected to pitch because of his workload leading up to the game and Burnes was a reserve added late to the roster due to an injury.  The Brewers begin the second half of the season on Friday when they travel to Cincinnati to take on the National League Central-leading Reds for a three-game series.

 

Peters, Grota capture Belgian Days Run titles

The Run the Door Series took runners to Brussels on Saturday for the annual Belgian Days Run/Walk.

 

In the two-mile, Greg Peters won the overall and men's title with a time of 12:57 with Cora Underwood taking the girls' crown with a time of 14:08.

 

In the four-mile, Southern Door standout Ben Grota won the race and the boys' title with a time of 23:55. Raissa Ashman won it for the girls with a time of 25:20.

 

You can find full results here. The next Run the Door race is nest Saturday's Washington Island Rec Run. If you can't wait that long to race again, the Kewaunee County Fair will host its Crown and Sash Dash 5K on Saturday.

DCBL honors longtime umpire

Sister Bay and Washington Island fans alike united on Sunday to honor one of its longtime umpires.

 

Ivan Johnson retired this year from umpiring after serving the role for over 40 years. With Roger Van Lanen, DCL Umpire in Chief, and John Sawyer, League President, playing the part, Johnson accepted an award during the seventh inning of the Bays/Islanders game.

 

The Door County League will honor its best players on Thursday when they play the Shoreland League in an All-Star exhibition game at Joannes Park in Green Bay. Tim Kowols and Reece Robillard will have the call on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 7:15 p.m. with the first pitch at 7:30 p.m.

Burnes, Williams to represent Brewers in All-Star Game

Two players from the Milwaukee Brewers hope to shine the brightest in the MLB All-Star Game Tuesday night in Seattle.

 

Devin Williams and Corbin Burnes will come out of the bullpen for the National League in the latest edition of the Midsummer Classic. While Williams will likely not pitch, Burnes very well could as the replacement for the Braves' Spencer Strider.

 

The first pitch is slated for 7 p.m.

Woodchucks rake against Rockers

The Wausau Woodchucks put up crooked numbers in each of the first four innings en route to an 18-7 victory over the Green Bay Rockers.

 

Even in a seven-inning, rain-shortened contest, the Woodchucks pounded out 21 hits and scored all 18 of their runs before the Rockers could even get on the board. Jesse Donohoe homered twice and knocked in four runs while Brennan Holt and Mark Shallenberger each drove in five runs. 

 

The Rockers finally got on the board in the fifth inning with three runs before registering another four runs in the sixth. Kendal Ewell and Cuyler Zukowski each drove in a pair in the loss for the Rockers.

 

The two teams will try it again Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. in Wausau. 

DeGrave, Simonar finish in the top 25 at trap shooting nationals

Jacob DeGrave proved that he was one of the top trap shooters in the country over the weekend as the Luxemburg-Casco Trap Shooting team competed in the USA Clay Target League Nationals competition at the MTA Homegrounds in Mason, Michigan.

 

DeGrave forced a shoot-out with 19 others after posting a perfect 100 in the individual competition. He hit four targets in the shoot-off to come in 17th overall. Garrett Simonar broke the Top 25 as well with scores of 99 and 82 (reverse run). Cole Anderson finished in the Top 50 with a score of 99 and a 1 on the reverse run. 

 

The team came in 21st with a score of 477. They shot 99 - 99 - 95 - 94 - 90 and followed it with a reverse run of 63 - 6 - 18 - 26 - 2.

 

 

Metzinger Sends Rattlers to the Break with a Win

Ben Metzinger picked a great time to hit his fourth home run of the season.  The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers third baseman crushed a three-run homer to center with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie.  Wisconsin would go on to beat the Beloit Sky Carp 6-3 on Sunday afternoon at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium to earn a split on the six-game series.

 

Joe Gray Jr gave the Timber Rattlers (8-7 second half, 34-45 overall) the lead with a two-out, solo home run in the bottom of the first.  The homer was Gray’s ninth of the season.

 

The Sky Carp (9-6, 36-44) loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the third inning but only managed to score one run.  Yiddi Cappe tied the game with a sacrifice fly.

 

Wisconsin reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the third inning with a two-out rally.  Matt Wood kept the inning alive with a single.  Then, Gray drew a walk.  Hendry Mendez followed with a single to right to score Wood for the 2-1 lead.

Beloit went in front for the first time with two runs in the top of the fifth inning.  Josh Zamora doubled to drive in the tying run.  He would take third on a wild pitch with two outs and would score the go-ahead run on an infield single by Yiddi Cappe.

Wisconsin tied the game in the bottom of the sixth and seemed poised for a bigger inning.  Alex Hall started the frame with a double.  A wild pitch moved him to third and brought the Beloit infield in on the grass.  Darrien Miller singled to score Hall with the tying run.

Jose Acosta followed with a single to bring Metzinger to the plate.  Metzinger sent a grounder up the middle that Cappe made a diving stop on before flipping to second to get Acosta.  The turn to first appeared late, but Metzinger was called out for a double play.  Wisconsin manager Joey Ayrault disagreed with the call and was ejected after a brief, but intense argument.  The tying run was left stranded at third and the game remained tied.

Wisconsin’s bullpen did the job to give the Rattlers a chance.  Justin King struck out the side in the top of the sixth.  Sam Gardner pitched two perfect innings to set the stage for the bottom of the eighth.

Hall and Miller started the rally again.  This time Hall walked, and Miller singled against Yeuris Jimenez, the third Beloit pitcher of the game.  Acosta bunted to move the runner both runners into scoring position.  That brough Metzinger back to the plate.

Metzinger was on an 0-for-17 start to his July before singling in his second at bat of the game on Sunday.  He worked the count to 2-1 in the eighth before hitting a 409’ homer over the wall in center to send the Rattlers into the lead.

Tanner Shears worked a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to close out the game for his second save of the season.

Robert Moore walked in the first inning to extend his current on-base streak to 27 games.

 

The Timber Rattlers are off for the All-Star Break until they return to action on Friday night with the start of a nine-game, ten-day trip to Illinois and Ohio.  The road trip begins with three-game series against the Peoria Chiefs at Dozer Park.  Game time on Friday night is 6:30pm.

Brewers enter All-Star break with series victory, new players

The Milwaukee Brewers had a happy ending to their weekend and start the All-Star break on multiple good notes.

 

In Milwaukee, Jesse Winker's RBI single in the first inning was all that was scored and all that was needed in their 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the series finale. Wade Miley allowed four hits and struck out eight across six innings of work. Three other relievers, including closer Devin Williams, finished off the shutout unscathed. 

 

In Seattle, the Brewers opened the MLB Draft by drafting Wake Forest third baseman Brock Wilken, who slugged 71 homers in his three seasons, including 31 dingers last year. The Brewers also selected Patchogue-Medford High School pitcher Josh Knoth. He threw a 19-strikeout perfect game earlier this year and can already touch 98 m.p.h. on the radar.

Sister Bay shows dominance over Islanders on 105.1 The GOAT

The Sister Bay Bays continued their strong season in an impressive fashion as they took down Washington Island 9-1 on 105.1 The GOAT. 

 

The game was scoreless with pitchers Sam Forkert and Ryan Jorgenson dueling it out on the bump. The action did not begin until the third inning when Washington Island put their lone run on the board.  Caleb Cornell would come around to score after he singled and scored on an error by the left fielder. 

 

Sister Bay would respond right away with a four run top of the fourth inning, as Spencer Krause, Tom Sawyer, Griffen Cole and Sawyer Johnson would touch home to make it 4-1. 

 

Two more runs in the sixth inning would help Sam Forkert go six full innings with the one run scored being unearned. Matt Hecht would shut things down the rest of the way from the seventh to the ninth, and Sister Bay collected another win, their eight of the season. 

 

The Islanders will face off with Maplewood next Sunday on 105.1 The GOAT, and Sister Bay taking on Kolberg in a battle at the top of the standings.

Sister Bay ferries to Washington Island on 105.1 the GOAT

Sister Bay and Washington Island renew their rivalry on Sunday afternoon as the Door County Baseball League season crosses deeper into the second half.

 

Sam Forkert had himself a Bay Day last Sunday, going eight inning on the mound and going deep with a two-run homer in a 9-1 romp over West Jacksonport as heard on 105.1 the GOAT.  The Bays have two of the top ten hitters in the league, led by Griffin Cole's .583 average. The Bays need to win to keep pace with the Kolberg Braves, who will stay at home with their own tough test against Egg Harbor Sunday afternoon.

 

The Islanders will play in their second straight home game after beating Institute 9-6 last Sunday. They are led by Caleb Cornell, who posts the 10th-best average in the league at .414. A win would keep them cemented in the third position of the playoff picture while a loss would send them teetering in the fourth position. 

 

Tim Kowols and Gary Barta will have the call from Washington Island beginning at 1:15 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the opening pitch at 1:30 p.m. on 105.1 the GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com. In addition to the Bays/Islanders and Braves/Indians games, Maplewood will pay a visit to Baileys Harbor.

An Important Consideration:   How Are You Going to Transport Your Kayak? Series IV

Even though I have talked about this in the past, how you plan to transport your kayak is one of the more important considerations for kayakers. This question asked often on Facebook pages like Wisconsin Kayaking, Kayaking Wisconsin and some of the kayak fishing sites.

 

As I drive around Door County, I see more vehicles with kayak racks on top of their sedans and smaller SUVs. Pictured is my Subaru Outback with a lighter, 53-pound recreational kayak on top. It was somewhat easy for me to put it up there and would have been very easy with two people.  Some small SUVs have roof rails that you can add crossbars to and then some sort of rack for the kayak. Also, more and more there are great options for vehicles without roof rails.  Your local kayak outfitter is the place to check out the options. Be sure to properly secure any kayak to the top of your vehicle as a kayak flying off as you drive down the highway could be a disaster.

 

Sit-on-top fishing kayaks, which are usually wider and heavier are more challenging to transport. Add in the even heavier and wider self-propelled fishing kayaks and the challenge is magnified.  Two people can handle most of the fishing kayaks for roof-top transport with the proper roof-rack system.  Much easier, especially if you are alone, is some sort of kayak trailer or a utility trailer that can easily be modified for kayaks.  For the past 12 years I have been using a kayak trailer, which makes my fishing outings much easier. At most launches I can back right up to the water to load and unload. Also, for storage, I leave the kayak on the trailer. There are also self-assist loading systems that make it even easier for roof-top transport. And, if you cannot get right up to the water, you may want to consider a small kayak cart, which makes that last stretch from car to water much easier.

 

For you kayak anglers, Door County smallmouth bass fishing continues to be challenging compared to just several years ago. To help protect our fishery, please practice catch, photograph and release, along with getting the bass back in the water quickly.  As always, if you have any kayak/kayak fishing questions or questions related to transporting your kayak, please email me at kayakfishingwisconsin@gmail.com

 

Spartans Trap sends four to individual nationals

The barrels will still be hot for the Luxemburg-Casco Trap Team on Sunday.

 

Garrett Simonar (43rd, 99), Jacob DeGrave (79th, 98), and Cole Anderson (258th, 96) will represent the school in the individual competition. In the second round, the scores were Garrett 49 (99) Cole 49 (96) Ethan 48 (91) Jacob 50 (98) and Trey 48 (95).

 

The team and individual competitions resume on Sunday.

Rattlers Drop Third Straight Game to Sky Carp

The Beloit Sky Carp started Saturday’s game against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers with a lead-off double and kept the pressure on for the rest of the game.  Beloit beat the Rattlers 5-3 for their third straight victory at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  Cameron Barstad continued with torment the Timber Rattlers with three RBI in the game.

 

After a scoreless top of the first inning, a lead-off walk and a single started the Beloit half of the second inning.  Barstad singled with one out to drive in the first run of the game.

The Sky Carp (9-5 second half, 36-43 overall) loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the fourth inning.  Barstad drew a walk to force in a run for a 2-0 lead.

Davis Bradshaw made it 3-0 with a two-out, RBI single in the top of the fifth.

Wisconsin (7-7, 33-45) loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth on a double by Je’Von Ward and back-to-back walks to Jheremy Vargas and Robert Moore.  Matt Wood knocked in a run with a ground out to cut the deficit to two runs.

Alex Hall got the Rattlers closer with a solo home run to right in the bottom of the sixth.  The homer was Hall’s ninth of the season and third of the series.  Hall, who drove in nine runs in the game on Wednesday night has eleven RBI in the series.

However, the Sky Carp built their lead back up to three runs with two runs in the top of the seventh inning.  Jacob Berry tripled and scored on a wild pitch.  Later in the inning, Barstad drove in a run with a sacrifice fly for a 5-2 advantage.  Barstad has six RBI in the four games he has played in this series.

Hendry Mendez blooped a two-out single to left in the bottom of the seventh to get the Rattlers back to within two runs.  A strikeout with the go-ahead run at the plate ended the Wisconsin threat.

Hall started the bottom of the eighth inning with a single, his third hit of the game.  Jose Acosta was next, and he hit a ball right on the button, but lined it right to the second baseman, who caught the ball and threw back to first to double Hall off first base.  Acosta had also lined into a double play in the fourth inning.

Wisconsin did not threaten again.  Jozwiak got the final out of the eighth and pitched a perfect ninth to earn his eighth save in eight opportunities this season.  In five appearances against Wisconsin this season, Jozwiak is 1-0 with three saves and has allowed two earned runs in eight innings.

 

The series finale is Sunday afternoon with a 1:10pm start time.  Alexander Cornielle (0-1, 5.17) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  The Sky Carp have named Cade Gibson (0-5, 7.76) as their starter.

Blizzard continue playoff push at Quad City

The Green Bay Blizzard are down to their final punches to make the playoffs with another road test scheduled for Saturday night at Quad City.

 

Quarterback Max Meylor led the offense down the field in the closing seconds of the game for a game-winning touchdown to give the Blizzard the 58-55 victory. The Steamwheelers had last weekend off but beat Iowa in their last action 63-35 as they try to secure a home playoff game.

 

This is the rubber match between the two teams with the Blizzard and the Steamwheelers each winning their respective home games in the series. The Blizzard need to win out in order to join the Steamwheelers in the playoffs. 

 

Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m.

Luxemburg-Casco Trap Team qualifies for national finals

The Luxemburg-Casco Trap Team will shoot another day after experiencing a lot of success on Friday.

 

The team's 474 points was the 28th best in the qualifying round, with the top 80 advancing to Sunday's final. Their point total was tied with two other teams and were withing five points of being in the top 10. Three of their shooters scored a 95 or higher, meaning they missed five or fewer targets in two rounds of shooting.

 

 

The team shoots again at 9 a.m.

Ports push past Cubs on 105.1 the GOAT

The West Jacksonport Ports put the game out of reach early and put it away late to beat the Institute Cubs 19-7 in eight innings Friday night. 

 

The Ports sent eight men to the plate in the first inning, but starting pitcher Jake Pflieger limited the damage to RBIs by Riley Cordier and Jaeger Brusky to make it 2-0. Pflieger was not as lucky in the second inning as he walked five and was victimized by two errors that led to the Ports scoring 10 runs on just four hits. Derek Niedzwiecki delivered the innings biggest blow with a bases-loaded double. The Ports would score twice more before the Cubs would finally get on the scoreboard in the fourth inning.

 

In that frame, the Cubs took advantage of three walks and three hit batsmen to score six runs, capitalized by RBI singles by Quin Schram and Kyle Ploor that drove in three of the six runs.

 

Drew Tanck's double would get one of those runs back in the fifth inning only to be matched by the Cubs' Brent Haberli who singled before stealing second and scoring on an errant throw. 

 

With the score now 15-7, the Ports would bat around in the top of the seventh inning, collecting five hits and scoring four runs. The Cubs were set down in order in the bottom of the eighth inning to end the game early. The Cubs remain winless on the year while the Ports remain very much in the playoff picture.

 

 

The other games scheduled for this weekend include Washington Island hosting Sister Bay, Egg Harbor traveling to Kolberg, and Baileys Harbor making its way to Maplewood. Tim Kowols and Gary Barta will have the call from Washington Island beginning at 1:15 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 1:30 p.m. on 105.1 The GOAT.

Institute, West Jacksonport meet under the lights on 105.1 The GOAT

Institute and West Jacksonport kick off the busiest eight-game stretch of the season for the Door County Baseball League with a game on Friday night.

 

The Ports look to rebound from a tough 8-1 loss to Sister Bay as heard on 105.1 The GOAT on Sunday. It was the third straight road loss for the Ports as they dropped to 4-4 on the season and outside of the playoff picture. Woody Schartner and Drew Tanck lead the Ports with 12 hits apiece and batting averages north of .380 as of July 1st.

 

The Cubs are still searching for their first win of the season after dropping their eighth game of the season to Washington Island 9-6. Part of the Cubs' issues are on offense with no hitters batting above .300 on the season. Quinn Schram leads the way with seven hits and seven walks.

 

Tim Kowols and Paul Schmitt will have the call on 105.1 the GOAT Friday night beginning at 7:15 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 7:30 p.m. The other games scheduled for this weekend include Washington Island hosting Sister Bay, Egg Harbor traveling to Kolberg, and Baileys Harbor making its way to Maplewood. Tim Kowols and Gary Barta will have the call from Washington Island beginning at 1:15 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 1:30 p.m. on 105.1 The GOAT.

 

Earlier in the week, the All-Star roster was announced for the game to take place on July 13th at Green Bay's Joannes Park at 7:30 p.m. against the Shoreland League All-Stars. Kolberg leads the way with six selections, followed by five for Sister Bay and Egg Harbor, three for Washington Island and Maplewood, and one for Baileys Harbor, Institute, and West Jacksonport. Tim Kowols and Reece Robillard will have the call from Joannes Park beginning at 7:15 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 7:30 p.m. You can find the All-Star Roster for Door County below. The Shoreland League has not announced their roster.

 

 

Luxemburg-Casco Trap prepares for Nationals

The Luxemburg-Casco Trap Shooting Team has their targets set high for this weekend's Nationals competition at the MTA Homegrounds in Mason, Michigan.

 

After two days of practice rounds, the Spartans are expected to begin the team competition at 9:50 a.m., shooting in the third flight in field two. 

 

The team qualified for the nationals competition by winning their first team state title last month in Nekoosa, Wis. Cole Anderson (95), Ethan Buresh (94), Jacob DeGrave (99), Kyle Kratz (93), Mitchel DeGreve (94), Charlie Simonar (90), Garrett Simonar (98), Jayden Stein (96),  and Trey Vincent (92) all scored at least 90 points across their two sessions. 

 

You can keep track of their success by clicking this link.

 

If they qualify, the team would shoot again Sunday at 9 a.m.

 

Photo courtesy of Luxemburg-Casco Trap Team

 

Caratini, Brewers salvage series split from Cubs

Victor Caratini continued the torment of his former team as the Milwaukee Brewers survived a rally to beat the Chicago Cubs Thursday afternoon 4-3.

 

Cody Bellinger was a one-man wrecking crew for the Cubs, who continued his post-injured list spark with an RBI double to open the scoring in the fourth inning and a homer in the sixth inning that got the North Siders to within a run after the Brewers beat up on All-Star pitcher Marcus Stroman. The Brewers got an RBI single from Joey Wiemer to tie the game before Christian Yelich went yard to make it 4-3 in the fifth inning. After the Brewers tacked on a run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, Yan Gomes hit a game-tying homer to make it 5-5 heading into the bottom of the eighth. The theme of poor bullpen execution continued to the benefit of the Brewers as Caratini hit a solo shot to give the Brewers a one-run advantage before closing the door in the ninth.

 

The Brewers will stick around town to try to knock the Cincinnati Reds off the top pedestal in the NL Central beginning Friday night at 7:10 p.m.

Rattlers Drop a Heartbreaker to Beloit

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Beloit Sky Carp battled each other for twelve innings on Thursday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  At the end of the night, it was the Sky Carp who prevailed with an 8-6 victory over the Rattlers.

 

The Timber Rattlers, who scored fourteen runs on Wednesday night, started Thursday’s game with four runs in the bottom of the first inning.  The first three hitters reached to load the bases.  Hendry Mendez, the fourth batter of the inning, lined a double off the wall in right to score two runs.  Alex Hall, who had nine RBI last night, knocked in another run in the first inning with a groundout.  Eduardo García capped the inning with a two-out, RBI single for the 4-0 lead.

The Sky Carp (7-5 second half, 34-43 overall)chipped away with single runs in the second and third innings.  A misplay on a potential inning-ending double play in the second inning let the first run score.  Kahlil Watson drove in the run in the third inning with a grounder to short.

 

Wisconsin (7-5, 33-43) got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fourth.  Jose Acosta tripled with one out.  Robert Moore followed with a single to score Acosta for the 5-2 lead.

Tyler Woessner worked six solid innings as the Wisconsin for his sixth quality start of the season.  On Thursday, he gave up two runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout.

The Rattlers missed on chances to add to their lead at points in the game.   A runner was thrown out at the plate in the fourth.  A lead-off triple in the fifth and a one-out double in the sixth were both left stranded.  In the eighth, they got a runner to third with one out, but left him on base, too.  The Rattlers stranded thirteen runners and were 5-for-23 with runners in scoring position for the game.

The Sky Carp got a run in the seventh inning on an RBI double by Zach Zubia.  However, Wisconsin carried that 5-3 lead into the ninth.

Sam Gardner, who had pitched a scoreless eighth, went back out for the ninth, but allowed a one-out double to Joe Mack and a walk to Zubia.  Beloit manager Billy Gardner Jr replaced both runners for more speed as Osiris Johnson took over for Mack and Angeudis Santos ran for Zubia.  Gardner got the second out on a flyout to center and that left Gardner with one more move to make.

Cameron Barstad, who had a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning on Tuesday night, was called off the bench to pinch-hit for Jorge Caballero.  The count went full to allow the runners to be off with Garners payoff pitch.  Moore, who was at short and shading Barstad up the middle, got a good jump on the grounder up the middle.  He fielded the ball cleanly before whirling and throwing a bit wide of first the ball skipped past Martinez at first and both pinch-runners raced home to tie the score and – after the Rattlers didn’t score in their half of the ninth – send the game to extra innings.

Neither team scored in the tenth inning.  Beloit sacrificed their inherited runner to third before Nick Merkel retired the next two batters.  Wisconsin had runners at first and second with one out and the bases loaded with two outs but left them loaded to get the game to the eleventh.

Both teams scored in the eleventh.  Jake Thompson doubled on a deep fly to left to start the inning, but Yiddi Cappe went back to tag and ran through a stop sign put up by Gardner to be an easy out at the plate.  However, Thompson took third on the throw to the plate and that allowed Johnson to knock him home with a sacrifice fly to give Beloit the lead.

Moore, who had three hits and was on base four times, tied the game in the bottom of the eleventh with a one-out, RBI single.  He would be left at second as the potential winning run and the game went to the twelfth inning.

Barstad put the Sky Carp ahead with an RBI single in the twelfth.  Jacob Berry added an insurance run with a sacrifice fly and that was enough.  Wisconsin went down in order in the bottom of the twelfth to see their brief two-game winning streak end.

Moore is now on a 24-game on-base streak.  Martinez, who singled in the third inning, extended his current hitting streak to twelve games. 

 

Mendez had three hits and was a home run shy of the cycle for the Wisconsin.

 

Game four of the series is Friday night.  Edwin Jimenez (2-1, 3.99) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Gabe Bierman (3-2, 3.39) is set to start for the Sky Carp.  Game time is 6:40pm.

Two big innings doom Rockers vs. Chinooks

Two big innings sent the Green Bay Rockers home with one lopsided 12-5 loss to the Lakeshore Chinooks Wednesday night.

 

Two unearned runs put the Rockers up 2-1 after two innings, but they would give up six runs in the fourth inning to leave them chasing the host Chinooks the rest of the evening. A Nainoa Cardinez RBI single in the fifth inning and another unearned run in the sixth inning would cut into the lead for the Rockers, but their bullpen would implode again as they gave up four runs in the bottom half of the sixth to doom them the rest of the way. A sacrifice fly by JoJo Jackson would be the last run the Rockers would score as they dropped to 22-16 on the season. 

 

The Rockers return home Thursday to face the Wausau Woodchucks at Capital Credit Union Park at 6:35 p.m.

Packers announce times for first three practices

You can start making plans for the first week of Green Bay Packers Training Camp.

 

The organization announced on Wednesday that the first three public practices of training camp (July 26-27, 29) will begin at 10:30 a.m.

 

The rest of the schedule, which has to fit Family Night, three preseason games, and two joint practices into the mix, will be announced at a later date.

Brewers fall late to Cubs

Closer Devin Williams had a rare off night as the Chicago Cubs rallied with three runs in the top of the ninth winning to steal the game from the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Wednesday night.

 

Both teams scored in the third inning with Ian Happ for the Cubs and William Contreas for the Brewers each singling in a run. A Wily Adames solo shot and RBI single by Brian Anderson gave the Brewers what seemed to be an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Cubs would piece together a rally in the top of the ninth against Williams with Mike Tauchman clearing the bases with a double to tie the game and eventually scoring on an errant throw. Adbert Azolay retired the Brewers in order in the bottom of the ninth to secure the Cubs' second win of the series ahead of the finale in Milwaukee on Thursday at 1:10 p.m.

Hall Drives in Nine for Wisconsin in 14-5 Win

Alex Hall broke an 0-for-22 slump in a record-breaking way for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.  Hall hit two homers, doubled twice, and drove in a team-record nine runs on Wednesday night to lead the Timber Rattlers to a 14-5 win over the Beloit Sky Carp.

 

Wisconsin starting pitcher Stiven Cruz walked the lead-off batter to start the game.  Kahlil Watson was next, and he homered to the Beloit bullpen for a 2-0 lead.  Two outs later, Jake Thompson hit a solo homer to right to put Beloit (6-5 second half, 33-43 overall) up 3-0.

Beloit starting pitcher Zach King walked Darrien Miller to start the Wisconsin second inning.  Eduardo García followed with a double.  Then, Ernesto Martínez followed with another double to drive in both runners.  Additionally, Martínez extended his hitting streak to eleven games with that hit.

Hall got Martínez home with another double to tie the game.  That was Hall just getting warmed up on the evening.

Beloit should have been out of the inning with a tie, but an error with two outs allowed Joe Gray Jr to bat with runners at the corners.  Gray singled to left to score Hall for a 4-3 lead.

Hall would step to the plate in the bottom of the third batting right-handed against King with the bases loaded and he hit a long home run to left for Wisconsin’s first grand slam since Darrien Miller hit one against the Cedar Rapids Kernels on July 1, 2022.  That put the Rattlers up 8-4.

In the fifth inning, García walked to start the inning against reliever Tyler Eckberg, but he was at second with two outs.  Hall, batting left-handed this time, launched a homer to right and Wisconsin had a 10-3 lead.  This was Halls third multi-homer game of the season.

In the seventh, Yeuris Jimenez retired the first two batters he faced before walking Martínez and Ben Metzinger to being Hall back to the plate again.  Hall ripped a double down the line in right to score both runners to give him nine RBI in the game.

Wisconsin added two runs on a two-out error in the bottom of the eighth inning to go up 14-3.  The Rattlers loaded the bases to get Hall one more at bat with the bases loaded.  This time he would take a 3-2 pitch for strike three to end his record-setting night.

Cruz went six innings and allowed six hits with no walks and three strikeouts to pick up his second straight win.

Miguel Guerrero tossed the final three innings.  He allowed a two-out, two-run double to Jacob Berry in the ninth inning, but nothing else to pick up a save in his first appearance since being called up for Carolina.

The biggest RBI games for the Timber Rattlers since 2005 were held by Victor Roache (July 22, 2013), Carlos Peguero (June 15, 2007), and Marshall Hubbard (May 17, 2005).  All three had seven RBI in those games.

 

Game three of the series is Thursday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  Tyler Woessner (5-4, 3.82) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Beloit plans to have Jared Poland (3-3, 4.70) as their starter.  Game time is 6:40pm.

Brewers rally, but fall to Cubs in extra inning thriller

For the second game in a row the Milwaukee Brewers rallied back late, but the Chicago Cubs were able to pull out a 7-6 victory in 11 innings on Tuesday, thanks to two double plays by outfielder Ian Happ.

Happ threw out two runners at the plate in extra innings to preserve the win for the Cubs.

The Brewers fell behind early as starting pitcher Wade Miley gave up four runs in five innings and Chicago held a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth inning.

The score was 6-2 after the Cubs tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the eighth, but the Brewers came back for the second day in a row to tie the game with four runs late.  Christian Yelich delivered a key two-out single in the ninth that was followed by a sac fly by William Contreras to tie the game at 6-6 after nine innings.

After a scoreless tenth inning, when Happ threw out Jahmai Jones who was trying to score from second on a single by Owen Miller, the Cubs took the decisive lead in the top of the 11th  inning on an infield single by Nico Hoerner.  That set up Happ’s heroics in the bottom of the frame, gunning down Miller who was tagging up to score on a fly ball to left field.

The Brewers and Cubs play game three of the four-game series Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. at American Family Field with Adrian Houser going for Milwaukee (3-2) and Justin Steele (9-2) for Chicago.

T-Rats top Sky Carp in opener

Four Wisconsin Timber Rattlers pitchers held the Beloit Sky Carp to one run on four hits and the offense held up its end by scoring enough for a 3-1 victory at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium on Tuesday night.

 

Robert Moore wasted no time in extending his on-base streak to 22 games as he cracked a triple to start the Wisconsin half of the first inning.  Joe Gray Jr drove in Moore with a double to right and the Rattlers were up 1-0.

Alexander Cornielle, making his first start since June 4, pitched 3-2/3 scoreless innings for the Timber Rattlers (6-4 second half, 32-42 overall).  He struck out five and allowed two hits before leaving with two runners on base in the fourth inning as he reached 65 pitches for the game.

Karlos Morales walked the first batter he faced to load the bases but got out of the inning with the lead intact.  Morales pitched two scoreless innings and would pick up the victory.

Darrien Miller lined a lead-off homer in the bottom of the fourth to double Wisconsin’s lead.  It was Miller’s fifth home run of the season.
 

Tanner Shears took over for Morales in the top of the sixth inning with the bases loaded and two outs.  Shears got the final out of the inning to maintain the shutout.  He would also work a scoreless seventh and a perfect eighth inning.


Gray and the Rattlers added to their advantage in the bottom of the sixth.  Gray walked, stole second, and went to third on a wild pitch.  Eduardo García drew a two-out walk to allow the Rattlers to attempt a double steal.  García broke for second and beat the throw for a stolen base.  Gray broke for the plate on the throw through to second and scored easily for a 3-0 lead.

The Sky Carp (6-4, 33-42) got on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth on a one-out, pinch-hit homer by Cameron Barstad off Shane Smith.  That was all Beloit would get as Smith closed out the game for his first save as a Timber Rattler.

 

Game two of the series is Wednesday night.  Stiven Cruz (3-5, 6.59) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Zach King (4-5, 4.87) is set to start for the Sky Carp.  Game time is 6:40pm.

Bucks add guard Malik Beasley

The Milwaukee Bucks are adding a three-point sharpshooter to their roster.  According to HoopsHype, the Bucks and Malik Beasley have agreed to a one-year contract worth $2.7 million, which is the veteran minimum.  A career 37.8 percent shooter from the three-point arc, the 6' 4" Beasley has averaged 10.8 points per game during his career.  The move can not be announced until July 6th when the free agency period begins in the NBA.  

The Bucks earlier this summer resigned Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez, while adding Brook's brother Robin Lopez.   Former Bucks Joe Ingles and Jevon Carter decided to test the free agency waters with Carter signing with the Chicago Bulls and Ingles inking a deal with the Orlando Magic.

 

Brewers rally to beat Cubs

Trailing 6-0, the Milwaukee Brewers made their biggest comeback of the year against the Chicago Cubs, posting a 8-6 win at American Family Field on Monday afternoon. 

 

Newcomer Jahmai Jones hit a pinch-hit bases-loaded double in the seventh inning to score three runs to tie the game at 6-6.  The Brewers then took the lead in the eighth inning on an RBI single by Willy Adames and added another insurance run to take an 8-6 lead into the ninth.

 

All-Star Devin Williams closed out the game for his 18th save of the season after allowing a walk and hit before striking out the last batter.

 

Milwaukee and Chicago will now play at 3:10 p.m. in the second game of the four-game series.

 

 

Julio Tehran gave up six runs in the first three innings, but managed to go six innings before the Brewers' bullpen held the Cubs in check the rest of the way.

 

Williams named to 2023 All-Star Game, Yelich snubbed

The National League announced its roster for the upcoming Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Seattle next week and Devin Williams will be the only representative for the Milwaukee Brewers.

 

Williams has a stellar 1.57 ERA and has converted on 17 of 18 save opportunities while posting a 4-1 record this season so far. 

 

Christian Yelich was expected to get serious consideration but was not named to the roster despite posting impressive numbers of 10 home runs with 40 RBIs and a .273 average with 18 stolen bases.  He could be chosen as a replacement player later this week.

 

The All-Star Game will be held in Seattle next Tuesday with game time set for 7 p.m. 

Timber Rattlers Holds On for 5-4 Win over River Bandits

One night after a heart-breaking walk-off loss to the Quad Cities River Bandits at Modern Woodmen Park, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers found themselves trying to protect a late, one-run lead against the Bandits.  This time the Rattlers held on for a 5-4 win as Sam Gardner got a huge strikeout to end the game with the tying run at second and the winning run at the plate.

 

Joe Gray Jr gave the Rattlers (5-3, 31-41) the lead in the top of the second inning.  He was at the plate with the bases loaded and two outs when he lined a single to left to score two runs.  Matt Wood followed with a two-run double to left and Wisconsin was up 4-0.

Hendry Mendez, in his first game with the Rattlers since May 10, added to the lead with a no-doubt, lead-off home run to right-center to start the third inning.

The River Bandits (2-6, 34-40) rallied for two runs off Wisconsin starter Jacob Misiorowski in their half of the third inning.  Diego Hernandez tripled to start the inning.  Gavin Cross knocked in Hernandez with a sacrifice fly and the Bandits had two outs with no one on base.  However, Misiorowski walked Cayden Wallace to extend the inning.  Carter Jensen made Wisconsin pay by lining a double to left-center to score Wallace to cut the Rattlers lead to three runs.

Misiorowski went back out for the fourth inning and retired the side in order to end his night.  Misiorowski allowed two runs on two hits with two walks, two hit batsmen, and four strikeouts with 82 pitches – 44 strikes – in his four innings of work.

Nick Merkel, who pitched 3-1/3 scoreless innings in game one of the series, was the first reliever for the Rattlers.  He worked a 1-2-3 fifth but ran into trouble in the sixth.  Wallace singled to start the inning.  Juan Carlos Negret hit a homer to left-center with one out and the Bandits were within a run.  Merkel would give up a single to River Town before retiring the next two batters in the sixth and pitching a perfect seventh.

In the bottom of the eighth, Jensen doubled to start the frame.  Merkel got the first out with a strikeout before turning the game over to Sam Gardner, who had a three inning save in game one of this series.

Gardner retired the next two batters to end the inning.

The bottom of the ninth started out with Gardner retiring the first two batters and the Rattlers were one out away from a win.  Vaz, who had the walkoff, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning for the River Bandits on Saturday night, was standing in the way and he doubled to left to bring Cross to the plate as the potential winning run.

Cross, the first-round pick of the Kanas City Royals in the 2022 draft and their #1 prospect, had hit six homers and driven in sixteen runs against Wisconsin in 2023 as he headed into this at bat against Gardner, a minor league free agent signed by the Milwaukee Brewers off the roster of the Gateway Grizzlies, a team in the independent Frontier League exactly one month ago.

Gardner got ahead of Cross with two quick strikes.  Cross fouled off the next pitch.  Gardner got Cross to swing and miss at the next pitch for strike three to end the game for his second save of the series.

 

The series finale is set for Monday evening at Modern Woodmen Park.  Cameron Wagoner (1-9, 6.96) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  William Fleming (2-2, 4.23) is set to start for Quad Cities.  Game time is 5:00pm.  

Sawyer's big day puts Bays over Ports on 105.1 The GOAT

Riding on the big bat of Tom Sawyer, the Sister Bay Bays rolled over the West Jacksonport Ports, winning 8-1 Sunday afternoon on 105.1 The GOAT. 

 

After a silent first inning, Tom Sawyer began his big day with a walk, and came around to score after Casey Weddig drew a walk, making the game 1-0 after two innings. Spencer Krause would start off the third strong, with a double and an advancement to third on a throwing error from left fielder Derek Neidzwicki. Sawyer would then single home Krause, one of his two RBIs on the day. The very next pitch, Griffen Cole would double home Tom Sawyer, as Sawyer had been responsible for all three runs in some way at that point. 

 

Sister Bay would tack on two more runs after that with a Sam Forkert two-run home run. Forkert's big day would not just be at the plate however, as he held the West Jacksonport Ports scoreless through 8 innings, giving up the lone role in a complete game shutout attempt. Forkert would finish with eight strikeouts on the day. 

 

The Bays would go out to a 8-0 lead until Jackson Lindemann singled home Frankie deYoung, both in pitch hitting roles. The win moves Sister Bay to 7-1 and drops West Jacksonport to 4-4 and losers of three straight road losses. 

 

Other Door County Baseball League Scores: 

Egg Harbor 11 Baileys Harbor 4 (Friday Night) 

Washington Island 9 Institute 6 

Kolberg 6 Maplewood 5 

Brewers top Pirates 6-3

The Milwaukee Brewers took advantage of a strong pitching performance from Colin Rea and came away with a 6-3 win over the Pittsburg Pirates to take the three-game series on Sunday.

 

Pittsburg jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-run home run by Nick Gonzales, but Rea (5-4) would settle down and pitch 6.2 innings and allowing only the two runs on five hits.

 

William Contreras hit a monster homer in the third inning with two runners on to give Milwaukee a 3-2 lead that they would not relinquish.

 

The Brewers added a few more runs with the help of a couple Pittsburg errors to pad the lead late and Devin Williams pitched a perfect ninth inning to come away with his 17th save of the season.  Williams was selected as a pitcher for the Major League All-Star game that will be played next Tuesday in Seattle. 

Bandits Steal a Win from Wisconsin

Brown ranged over from short to field the ball and step on second for the force play to end the game.  However, the ball glanced off the heel of Brown’s glove and deflected towards first base.  There was no play anywhere and the tying and winning scored to give the River Bandits the walkoff win.

 

Game five of the series is a Sunday night game at Modern Woodmen Park.  Jacob Misiorowski (1-0, 1.15) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Tyson Guerrero (0-3, 3.43) is set to start for the River Bandits.  Game time is 6:30pm CDT.

Bucks retain Middleton and Lopez in Free Agency

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed back their two biggest free agents, as Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez have reportedly signed deals returning to Milwaukee. 

 

Middleton, a three-time all star, returns to the Bucks after an injury rideculed 2022-2023 season on a three-year, 102 million dollar deal, a deal that gave Milwaukee a bit of cap help, instead of Middleton accepting his $40 million player option. When healthy, the small forward was the second best scorer for Milwaukee, as he averaged 23.8 points per game in the first round against Miami, where the Bucks ultimately lost the series in five games. 

 

For Brook Lopez, it is a two-year, 48 million dollar contract that brings the center back to the team that revamped and restarted his career. Rumors swirled that the Houston Rockets were the favorites to land Lopez, and a team friendly deal from Khris Middleton gave the Bucks a bit more money to offer the seven foot center from Stanford. Lopez averaged 19 points per game in the postseason, including a 25 point performance in a Game 2 win and a 36 point performance in a Game 5 loss. 

 

It wasn't all good news for the Bucks, as two free agents decided to sign elsewhere in the likes of Jevon Carter and Joe Ingles. Carter signed with the Chicago Bulls for three-years, $20 million. The point guard grew up just three hours away from the United Center, so Carter signing with the Bulls is a hometown reuinion. Joe Ingles found his way to the Orlando Magic after just one year in a Milwaukee Buck uniform, signing a two-year, $22 million contract. 

 

The Bucks still have notable free agents unsigned, such as Jae Crowder and Thanasis Antetokounmpo. 

Bays look to sweep season series with Ports on 105.1 The GOAT

After tempers flared in week one between the Sister Bay Bays and West Jacksonport Ports, the two teams will meet up once again for the first week of the second half of the season Sunday. 

 

The Bays rode the bat of Tom Sawyer in the week one win, as Sawyer found himself knocking in two runs and scoring himself a handful of times, like he has all season. Sam Forkert has been his usual self this season, cementing his title as one of the top pitchers in the entire league. The Bays have a tough road ahead, as they play three of the top four teams in the DCBL standings in the Ports, Islanders, and Braves. 

 

The West Jacksonport Ports are looking to stay afloat after they have lost the past two games, dropping their record to 4-3, compared to Sister Bay’s 6-1. Drew Tanck has been a bright spot this season for the Ports, who will look to steal one from one of the top teams in the league this season, and what seems like forever. A loss for West Jacksonport will send them spiraling into fifth place, with Egg Harbor picking up a win over Baileys Harbor Friday night. 

 

Gary Barta and Reece Robillard will be on the call from Sister Bay on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 1:15 p.m. for the pregame show and 1:30 p.m. for the first pitch between the Bays and Ports. 

 

Other games on Sunday in the Door County Baseball League include Institute taking the ferry to Washington Island, and Kolberg hosting its neighbors, Maplewood. 

Packers Family Night tickets on sale

Your best chance to see the Green Bay Packers on a budget is on sale now.

 

The Packers released tickets for their annual Family Night scrimmage on Thursday for $10 each no matter the seat. The scrimmage will once again mimic what they do on either side of the Don Hutson Center during the week in an effort to prevent injuries. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the events inside the stadium beginning at 7 p.m. Titletown will have its own activities leading up to the scrimmage, which will also include fireworks at the event's conclusion.

 

This is the 22nd Family Night scrimmage in the organization's history, which has also raised thousands of dollars for local charities during that span.

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