The Rhinelander High School baseball team hosted Tomahawk on Thursday in a Great Northern Conference matchup held at Stafford Field. The Hodags rallied to score all nine runs in the first three innings of work in route of a 9-1 victory.
Although Rhinelander only finished the night with seven hits including one extra-base hit, they took advantage of Tomahawk mistakes and charted three runs on passed balls. Tyler Blomdahl, Brad Comer, and Brad Quade finished with two RBI’s each in the win.
Comer earned the win on the mound for RHS, pitching six innings and only allowing one run on five hits. He finished with five walks and six strikeouts. Tait Spencer would come in and pitch the final frame for Rhinelander.
The Hodags didn't waste any time when Easton Senoraske led off with a double. Brad Quade would reach on error, allowing Senoraske to score. And two batters later, Tyler Blomdahl would draw a walk to load the bases. After a Hatchet double play, Alec Modrow reloaded the bases. And with two outs, Brad Comer connected on a two-RBI single to put RHS up 3-0.
Tomahawk would respond in the top of the second frame, and would record their only run in the inning. Nick Baacke led off with a single and two passed balls would advance him to third base. And Eli Wurl would drive in Baacke on a RBI single to left field. Justin Jarvensivu walked to load the bases, but starting pitcher Comer used a strikeout to get out of the jam.
Wyatt Kupper took the loss for the Hatchets after pitching for the first inning, and Jakob Kahle came in for relief. But that didn’t slow up Rhinelander, as they added two more runs in the second frame.
Matthew Rudolph reached on error followed by a single to left from Senoraske. Jacob DeMeyer drove in Rudolph on an RBI single, and runners advanced into scoring position on the throw home. And a wild pitch allowed Senoraske to score, and the Hodags took a 5-1 lead.
RHS would tack on four more runs in the bottom of the third to give them an eight-run victory. Tait Spencer singled between first and second base while Rudolph reached on a fielder's choice. Senorasked followed with a walk to load the bases and a passed ball with DeMeyer at the plate allowed a run in. Blomdahl ripped a two-RBI single up the middle. And Quade would reach on error, allowing the Hodags' final run to score.
Comer earned the win after six innings of work and only allowed one earned run on five hits. He walked six and also struck out six. Spencer pitched the final inning, and did not allow a run or hit. Only two Hatchets got on base in the seventh on a walk and an error.
With Antigo still ahead in the conference standings, the Hodgas' will have to win the rematch with the Robins on Monday paired with an Antigo loss to keep their hopes of alive to sharing the 2017 title. RHS is now 8-2 in the GNC and 13-4 overall.
The Hodags were originally scheduled to host a doubleheader against Rice Lake on Saturday but was cancelled due to the weather. Rhinelander's next game will then be the showdown against Antigo on Monday at 5:00PM at Hodag Park.
In a Great Northern Conference battle between the top-two teams, the Rhinelander High School baseball team fell 7-2 on Tuesday. The Robins are undefeated in conference action and have earned four straight GNC titles, rallied late to earn the five-run victory at Kretz Brothers Park in Antigo.
The Hodags got on board first in the top of the second. Brad Quade would reach on error and advanced to third on Cole Spaulding's single. Alec Modrow would then connect on an RBI single to give RHS an early 1-0 lead.
The Red Robins would answer back in the bottom of the frame. A.J. Kirsch would leadoff with a single followed by a walk from Hunter Kirsch. Garret Held then hit a three-run homer to give Antigo a 3-1 lead.
Antigo would tack on some insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings. With two outs in the fifth, the Robins would use three straight singles to plate one more run. And in the sixth, Antigo would tally three more runs.
Matt Arndt doubled and was drove in by another double from Matt Winter off starting pitching Jacob DeMeyer. Easton Senroaske would come in for relief after Winter's double. He would walk Brady Tatro and then gave up a two-RBI triple to A.J. Kirsch.
Rhinelander would manage to get back one run of their own in the top of the seventh, but that damage was already done. Starting pitcher Brady Tatro gave up leadoff single to Tait Spencer and walked Josh Randolph. Senoraske flew out to left. Hunter Kirsch came in for relief, where DeMeyer had an RBI single to plate in Spencer for Rhinelander's final run.
The Hodags had plenty of offensive opportunities on the night, and would leave eight runners stranded, including leaving the bases loaded in the third inning.
DeMeyer took the loss for Rhinelander and allowed six runs on 10 hits. He finished with two strikeouts and helped the Hodags' offense, going 2-for-4 at the plate.
Rhinelander fell to 7-2 in the GNC and are now 12-4 overall. Antigo has perfect 10-0 conference record and are now 19-2.
With Antigo's win, they now clenched at least a share of the GNC title, marking their fifth consecutive. Rhinelander will have a rematch against the Robins on Monday at Stafford Field. But first, RHS will host Tomahawk on Thursday night with first pitch scheduled for 5:00PM.
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