The Rhinelander High School baseball team was finally able to snap their eight-game losing streak on Thursday in a Great Northern Conference doubleheader at Tomahawk. The Hatchets would take the first game 7-3, before the Hodags came back to shutout Tomahawk 6-0 in the second game at Kahle Field.
The Hatchets would take the lead in Game 1 and plated three-runs in the third frame. Starting pitcher Bryce Schickert walked the first two batters in the third before giving up an RBI single to Jake Ruid. Jakob Kahle drove in rud later and put Tomahawk ahead 3-1.
But the Hodags rallied back and would tie the game up in the sixth. Rhinelander plated on run in the fourth when Eric Grulke grounded home Liam Stevens. Then in the sixth, Jacob DeMeyer connected on an RBI double.
Unfortunately, errors on Rhinelander's defense doomed them in the bottom of the sixth and the Hatchets took advantage and tacked on another four runs to earn the 7-3 win. Two errors and passed ball as well as a walk aided the Hatchets in their rally which would plenty of support to take the first game.
Schickert was relieved by Stevens in the fifth inning. Stevens took the loss in Game 1 for the Hodags. While Schickert led the Hodags at the plate in the first game and had two doubles.
While the tables turned in the second game of the evening and junior Josh Randolph had a stellar night on the mound for the Hodags. Randolph faced the minimum of 21 batters and finished with seven strikeouts as RHS blanked the Hatchets 6-0.
Tomahawk's starting pitcher William Russell struggled early on as he walked the first three batters of the second game. All three base runners made it home after a sacrifice fly from Owen White, a passed ball, and a groundout by Schickert.
The only hit Randolph allowed came in the second frame when Jacob Matti singled, but was caught stealing later in the inning. But that would prove to be the only offensive threat for the Hatchets. Brad Comer had a two-RBI double in second to add to their lead. And Jacob DeMeyer plated home Teagan Guckenberg in the fourth.
The Hodags were finally able to break their losing streak after starting the season strong at 9-0. Rhinelander finished third in the GNC standings and received a No. 2 seed for the WIAA playoffs.
Rhinelander will head to D.C. Everest for a non-conference doubleheader at D.C. Everest and will be back at Stafford Field on Monday when they host Merrill.
The Rhinelander High School baseball team struggled at the plate in Game 1 of a doubleheader at home against Antigo on Tuesday evening at Stafford Field but came back strong in Game 2 to nearly upset the Robins but came up a run shy. It also marked the Hodags' seventh straight loss.
Antigo shutout Rhinelander 5-0 in the first game of the evening and would hold to earn a 10-9 win in the second game after RHS rallied for nine unanswered runs after being down 8-0. The Robins were able to clench the Great Northern Conference title.
The Hodags were held to only three hits in the first game against ace Brady Tatro who also struck out eight in the shutout. The Robins also took advantage of a few Rhinelander errors throughout the contest. Senior Jacob DeMeyer collected two of the Hodags' three hits in the first contest.
Nick Marshall got Antigo on board with a two-RBI triple on two outs. A Rhinelander infield error in the fifth allowed Tatro to score from second base and gave the Robins a 3-0 advantage. Antigo plated two insurance runs in the sixth on RBI singles from Tatro and Garret Held. Jacob DeMeyer pitched five innings before he reached his 100-pitch limit and only allowed one earned run on five hits.
The Robins used a strong third-inning rally against starting pitcher Brad Comer and plated seven big runs to take a convincing 8-0 advantage. A majority of their runs and hits in the third frame also came on two outs.
Rhinelander was able to cut the defect to four runs after scoring four runs in the fourth inning. Bryce Schickert and Liam Stevens started the rally back and had back-to-back two-RBI hits on two outs in the fourth. The Hodags would add another run in the fifth after DeMeyer singled and scored on Comer's single that was misplayed in the outfield.
Then in the sixth, RHS would add another four runs to take a one-run lead at 9-8. Brad Quade connected on a two-RBI single to pull the Hodags with one run and a pair of Robin errors would allow Rhinelander to take the lead.
But once again errors doomed the Hodag which would give Antigo runners on the corners with no outs in the bottom of the sixth frame. Held and Tatro each recorded RBI singles which would give Antigo back the lead and fended off Rhinelander in the seventh after a walk and dropped fly ball put Hodags on the corners. But a strikeout would end the game and RHS would come up a run shy of the upset.
Schickert would take the loss on the mound in Game 2 after giving up two runs (one earned) over 2 1/3 innings of work. Even with the Hodags' 10 hits in the second game, they didn't have enough to pull through. RHS will be back in action Thursday at Tomahawk for a GNC doubleheader.
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