Baseball: Hatchets win two, drop one heading into Regionals
For the Tomahawk Leader
TOMAHAWK – The Tomahawk Hatchet baseball team continued its late-season winning ways earlier this month, adding two more to the win column by downing Wittenberg-Birnamwood and splitting a road doubleheader at Abbotsford, winning game one in 11 innings before dropping game two.
In Thursday, June 3’s contest at Tyler Kahle Memorial Field in Tomahawk, the Hatchets would strike first with a run in the bottom of the first. Shortstop Jake Kaminksi walked, stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice and scored on a wild pitch. Tomahawk would add two more in the third, both coming with two outs. An Isaiah Scheffler single, followed by back-to-back RBI doubles by Payton Bunce and Garrett Nelson, did the damage.
The Chargers would answer in the sixth, earning a walk and three of their four hits of the game off starting pitcher Isaiah Scheffler to plate three runs and tie the game.
The Hatchets had one final answer in the bottom of the seventh, as a Tyler Welke and Scheffler singled with one out, putting runners at second and third. Bunce was intentionally walked to load the bases and set up a force play, but Nelson foiled the move with a game-winning single to left.
Scheffler went the distance on the mound, carrying a no hitter into the fifth inning. He allowed four hits and three earned runs with two walks, a hit batter and two strikeouts. Scheffler and Nelson added two hits each to lead the offense, while Kaminski recorded nine assists and a putout without an error defensively.
Tomahawk travelled to Abbotsford on Saturday, June 5, where game one became a four-hour marathon as both teams had trouble closing each other out. Tomahawk finally did the job, plating six in the top of the 11th to break a 13-all tie, which allowed them to absorb a grand slam in the bottom of the inning.
The Hatchets had chances to win in the eighth and ninth innings, pushing across one and two runs, respectively, but the Falcons had answers each time, tying things up with a combination of key hits and Hatchet mistakes.
Abbotsford jumped to a 5-2 lead after the first inning, knocking Hatchet starting pitcher Garrett Nelson from the game before completing the second inning. Jake Kaminski came on in relief and allowed the Hatchets to take the lead, 8-7 through four innings. The Falcons would eventually regain the lead, 10-8 going to the top of the seventh, but were unable to close things out, allowing a pair of Hatchet runs in the top of the inning which eventually forced the extra frames.
Seven of the Hatchet starters scored two or more runs, five had two or more hits and three had two or more runs batted in.
Game two was a different story, as the Hatchets were unable to bounce back from another five-run Falcon first inning. Logan Bishop pitched for Tomahawk and recorded a hit, walk and scored the team’s only run in the fourth. Welke and Jacob Towle had two hits each for the Hatchets.
The Hatchets were set to travel to Antigo for a Regional matchup on Thursday, June 10.